Ladera St Lucia

Ladera room picture

Ladera suites feature an open wall

The Caribbean is home to hundreds of resorts catering to every taste and every budget. There are large resorts sporting well-known brand-names popular with millions of travelers all over the world, while, in hidden corners of this tropical paradise there are also several exclusive destination resorts that provide a unique and refined Caribbean hotel experience.

Ladera is one such resort. Situated in the small rural town of Soufriere on the island of St Lucia, Ladera is balanced high on a volcanic mountain ridge overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea. With panoramas of the majestic Twin Pitons a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and open-air rooms that allow the fragrance of hibiscus and bougainvillea to provide a romantic, sensual reminder of your stay, Ladera is the penultimate romantic getaway, and is a preferred location for weddings, honeymoons, or just rekindling a romance with someone you love.

There are less than a dozen villas and a scattering of suites tucked into this secluded mountaintop retreat. The rainforest provides the walls and the backdrop, the open-air the ceiling. Ladera was once part of Rabot Estate, one of Soufrière’s oldest and most famous cocoa plantations. In 1982 it was transformed into the unique resort it is today.

– Charles Edwards frequently writes about Caribbean hotel ideas.