Beds & Books: A Novel Retreat in ST. LUCIA
The Bed: Ladera, St. Lucia
We have personally laid our heads on these beds, and cozied up with these books…
The majestic Pitons mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lord over St. Lucia seemingly protecting it
from harm. Hidden bays with tropical fish, bobbing sailboats and dark, delicious local rum make this lush
island a lover’s paradise. Nestled into the side of the Soufriere Volcano, Ladera looks down a thousand feet
below onto Sugar Beach and the dazzling blue Caribbean Sea. Gros Piton and Petit Piton, which frame the
surreal view, also create the backdrop for all of the resort.
Eco chic design and the highest level of luxury and service make Ladera a top retreat. The clean facade
gives way to charming rooms filled with hand-carved furniture by local artists. Fish, dolphins and turtles
embedded in the cabinets watch over the private plunge pools found in every room.
Some rooms have swings over the pools. This is the perfect way to watch the natural tableau that guests
enjoy while staying here, because in each suite the fourth wall is completely gone. The open-air rooms use
the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea as their shelter.
Champagne awaits guests in the rooms but the best way to enjoy a cocktail is sitting at Dasheene, the onsite
restaurant. A destination unto itself, Dasheene shares the same vertiginous view as the rest of the resort.
Coconut soup, roasted conch, Caribbean lamb salad and award-winning Shrimp Dasheene are the perfect
complement to a sunset and rum punch.
Our favorite moment: Swimming in our personal plunge pool with a waterfall while gazing up at the full moon.
The Book: The Prodigal by Derek Walcott
St. Lucia has the most Nobel Prize winners per capita, and Derek Walcott is a must-read while gazing out of
Ladera’s canopy beds. This 100 page poem about Walcott’s travels and homecomings is both universal and
uniquely St. Lucian.
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