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Ladera Resort, Soufrière 

St. Lucia
Tel: 758 459 7323
Tel: 866 290 0978
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Around the bay from Anse Chastanet is the newer, sleeker, but otherwise somewhat similar 25-unit Ladera. Accommodations here (there are rooms, and one- and two-bedroom villas) have no phones, TVs, or AC, and, crucially, no fourth walls. Instead there are Piton panoramas, along with in-room treatments by the hotel's new spa, and private plunge pools for romantic wallowing; this place is all about moonlight and champagne and…well, you know. Children aren't allowed—but given that the resort sits on a cliff 1,000 feet above the sea, that's probably a good thing. The same local artisans who supplied Anse Chastanet seem to have been responsible for the madras linens and clay floor tiles, though this decor is a bit fancier, with its stone walls and polished, mosquito-netted, tropical-green heartwood beds and armoires. There's a big communal infinity pool, and though there's no beach, a free shuttle goes to Anse Chastanet beach as well as Soufrière town. Everyone calls the restaurant, Dasheene, the island's best.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
"The privacy, the view, and the accommodations' open fourth wall" are the defining characteristics of this resort below the Pitons. Bright rooms with canopied beds and private pools are constructed of Caribbean timbers and stone; suites have waterfalls. Dasheene's revamped menu employs sustainable ingredients; its wine list is "not too badly priced."

(32 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 90.1
  • Design: 89.7
  • Food: 89.7
  • Location: 94.9
  • Rooms: 89.8
  • Service: 86.4

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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