The avid viewers of Countryfile or Keeping Britain Safe are familiar with the BBC and ITV presenter Julia Bradbury – although she usually isn’t in the middle of a jungle. When she isn’t playing host to Britain’s country treasures and their keepers, she is a seasoned traveller with a gunnysack full of globetrotting expertise.
Her latest destination brought the spotlight to a very special luxury hotel, the Ladera Resort on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. “Ladera is completely breathtaking. It is completely unique and I’ve done quite a lot of travel in my professional career; the environment is key.” She alludes to the locally-sourced building materials and connection to the resort’s surrounding nature.
The irresistible appeal of the open-air hotel has captured her fascination: “At Ladera you have the magnificent views and the equally magnificent Paradise Ridge which is so utterly unique and luxurious. I’ve never seen anything like it!” An understandable reaction, considering that the UNESCO committee was equally smitten by the mesmerising Pitons, the two volcanic mountains rising from the azure Caribbean ocean, and included them in their catalogue of World Heritage Sites.
The resort combines luxury with the raw beauty of the tropical forest right in front of their guests’ eyes. “Ladera is a must for the experiential traveller! Where else can you sleep in a world heritage site in the world – and view it from such an amazing resort? Your window opens as far as your eyes can see.”
Ladera Resort is a cocktail of exceptional ingredients that result in a refreshingly different approach to luxury hotels. The outstanding location is a great part of it, but nevertheless, it only reaches its full potential as a dream hideaway in combination with the resort’s amenities that root in the landscape. Its three-wall rooms open up to the wild nature sprawling at your very porch, while you enjoy your lush comfort.
“At Ladera, you can take a dip in your private pool which you share only with your partner and nature…order room service…it’s easy to remain in your villa for days and have no desire to leave. Oh and did I mention the service was so perfect? We had a butler who just knew what to do and everyone else made us feel so welcome.” Bradbury praises her experience highly.
The icing on the cake of tropical paradises is undoubtedly the dining experience offered at Ladera. Bradbury’s words draw a picture of invigorating spices, flamboyant dishes and a feast for the senses. “We went to Ladera’s restaurant; Dasheene and the food was fantastic. We had lobster salad, mahi mahi, tuna tartar, curried prawns and soursop sorbet. A large proportion of ones holiday is definitely the food – it can make or break your holiday. At brunch I was spoilt for choice; local fruits and vegetables, macaroni cheese, peas, plantains; truly authentic Caribbean food. Tell guests they must try the flourless chocoloate cake – I’m still trying to find the right words to describe it!”
If these alluring tales are not enough, the visitors can pick from an array of activities to ascertain that their stay at Ladera is as unique and memorable as the place itself.