Built 1100 feet above sea level, and nestled into a forested ridge like an eagle’s aerie, the Ladera is famous for its uninterrupted views of the Pitons.
Each suite is different but all have one thing in common’no fourth wall. The suites are gloriously open to the vista of mountain, sea and sky. The pyramid-shaped Pitons are the first thing guests see when they open their eyes on mornings. Despite the missing wall, the rooms have been strategically positioned to give absolute privacy, so guests can strip down to the bare essentials without a care. All nine villas and 23 suites have private plunge pools, some with waterfalls.
No phones or televisions interrupt the tranquility because Ladera does not seek the big-hotel clientele but rather the discerning traveler who appreciates an unconventional away-from-it-all ethos. Still, you’re not totally disconnected, unless you want to be: each guest is given a firefly (walkie talkie) on arrival to order room service, book at the outstanding Dasheene restaurant or just get in touch with reception, where there are phone, fax and Internet facilities.
While it is unconventional, Ladera still knows how to pamper and coddle. The spa, called Ti Kai Rose (Creole for little house of rest), has two mineral soaking tubs in its own gardens, for the clients to chill out in before they have their treatments.
Children are allowed but as the hotel is built on a very steep cliff with open walls, this really isn’t the perfect destination for them. Ladera is also not suitable for visitors with mobility problems.
Executive chef Orlando Satchell has created a new lighter, healthier menu at Dasheene based in his farm-to-table philosophy.
There’s an efficient shuttle service to the Jalousie and Anse Chastanet beaches but many of the guests just prefer to chill out in their suites or around the luxurious infinity pool, where snacks and lunch can be served.