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New York, New York
February 14, 2007
This resort is like a tropical hide-away deep in the rainforest on top of a cliff. It has the most incredible views. The guests were primarily honeymooners in their 20s and 30s. There is only one real common area at the resort, the pool/bar area, so we saw the same people every day all week long. That was good and bad. We met some nice people though, and made friends with one wonderful couple on their honeymoon. We ate dinner with them several nights.
This is definitely not a Sandals-type resort. It is very quiet. People seem afraid to raise their voices above a whisper. My husband and I aren't loud people by any means, but even when it was just the two of us we felt like we were going to get scolded by other guests for laughing and talking in normal voices! Ladera is an amazing place to relax, unwind, be close to nature, but there is absolutely no nightlife. We assumed we'd be able to go to other resorts some nights for dinner, but it was easier just to eat at the hotel's restaurant. The resort is so far removed from everything else. But that was fine, we weren't looking for a crazy spring-break-like vacation! We ended up never using the pool. It was gorgeous but freezing cold! The hotel doesn't have its own beach because it's so high up. We took the morning shuttle to the beach every day. There are two options: The shuttle will take you to Jalousie, a beach at another resort where you're in a little cove, the water is very still and warm, and the Pitons rise up on either side of you. We went there 4 days, and to Anse Chastanet once. The latter was more difficult to get to--shuttle into town, then a boat ride to the beach. One downside is that you feel very out of place since the beaches belong to other resorts. You can only sit on certain lounge chairs, etc. I would have enjoyed the beach much more, but it rained every single day. It was Monsoon rain. No exaggerating. The sun would come out periodically. Don't go during the wet season! That's probably why it's half the price during the summer... I think we paid $600 a night. A lot of couples did tours (botanical gardens, rainforest, sulfur springs) but we weren't interested.The decor was very Caribbean, bright colors. Every room has an open wall that looks out over the Pitons and the ocean, plus a private plunge pool. Gorgeous! The rooms are perched on the rim of the mountain in a row, so even though you're looking straight out at the view, you can't see any other rooms (and they can't see you). The bed was firm, it didn't bother me but my husband was a little uncomfortable. There's mosquito netting on the bed, and it's essential at night! Service was exceptional; everyone was SO nice and accommodating.
From journal August Getaway to the Ladera Resort in St. Lucia