When you think of St. Lucia, you think of romance, and with good reason.
An overwhelming portion of the guests at St. Lucia’s utterly romantic and secluded Ladera resort are on their honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary or on a getaway with their significant other. Once you cross the threshold of one of the suites, it is abundantly apparent why they chose this place. The breathtaking view of the Piton Mountains and shimmering sea below is precisely where the fourth wall should be. To add to the romance of the open-air layout, each suite features a wooden porch swing for two over a private ensuite pool.
If the magnificent view isn’t enough to wow you (doubtful), the recently added Paradise Ridge suites offer on-call butler service, so you quite literally never have to leave your romantic bliss –not for your massages, or your meals. However, you will certainly be tempted to leave for the dramatic white sand Sugar Beach that awaits 1,100 feet below. If you do choose to venture out, highly recommended is the on-property restaurant, Dashenee, a culinary jewel of the island. (Full Disclosure: We chose to eat at Dashenee three out the five times, it was that good – nothing else compared! My fiancé is still talking about the steak.).
To be sure, Ladera isn’t for everyone. It is experiential travel destination, not your typical luxury resort on the beach. If you are looking for a cookie-cutter beach escape, look elsewhere. This is for the traveler who gets it. The open wall means there will be the noises of wind, rain, and loud frogs (however, being a New York City resident, we absolutely loved the lullaby that the noises of nature created). Birds and other friends may even join you in your suite. Not to worry, although the four-poster bed sports a romantic mosquito net, we did not get one measly mosquito bite.
An important feature to note is the lack of air-conditioning. (This might not be the ideal place for a babymoon, however, the high elevation creates lovely cool breezes even in the dead of summer.) The other concession due to those unbelievable ridge-top views is the distance from the beach – if you want to swim, you’ll have to take a shuttle to another resort. However, there is a beautiful (and famous) pool on the Ladera property if you just would like a dip in a more social setting. Venturing further afield offers St. Lucian activities such as climbing the Gros Piton or bathing in the sulfur springs. (I highly recommend this – it’s a lot of fun and will detox your body and leave your skin as smooth as a baby’s.)
Privacy reigns supreme at Ladera resulting in many rumored A-List stars stays. Where else can you have a sweeping open view without any possibility of anyone gazing in? Ladera is so captivating and enchanting that for those who come to experience the true beauty of the island, there is no reason to leave. Ever.