After 10 months of anticipation, Alex and I finally jetted off to St. Lucia for our honeymoon in mid-April. Ahead of us lay the Pitons, the Caribbean Sea, and a completely open agenda. We couldn’t wait to kick off a week of romance and relaxation on the Caribbean island!
Our adventure began at Ladera, a resort situated on a volcanic cliff overlooking the Pitons near the town of Soufrière. I was giddy with excitement when we arrived, and we were greeted with a delicious “welcome punch” made with lemongrass, ginger, and pineapple. From the moment we stepped onto the property we knew that we were somewhere special, and I couldn’t wait to see more.
All of the resort’s rooms have just three walls, with the west side of each room left open to breathtaking views of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. We’d be spending the next two nights exposed to the elements, so our bed included a net to keep mosquitos from snacking on us as we slept…
…and was decorated with a sweet arrangement when we arrived.
In front of the bed near the open side of the room was a little lounge area. It was the perfect spot for catching the sunrise and for stargazing in the evenings.
The bathroom was absolutely gorgeous! The sink and mirror featured hand-carved wood, which could be found throughout our suite and the rest of the resort.
And how about this enormous mosaic shower?!
My favorite part of our suite was the private plunge pool! The pool was four feet deep and just big enough for the two of us.
And, as if the plunge pool wasn’t cool enough, it even included the most adorable swing. This swing would prove to be the perfect spot for an afternoon cocktail and a morning cup of tea.
The absolute BEST thing about our room? The view! With the Pitons (that’s the Petit Piton below) and the Caribbean Sea just outside our three walls, the views from Ladera cannot be beat!
When we finished touring our suite, we popped open the bottle of bubbly that was waiting for us…
…plunged into the pool with our beverages and plate of tropical fruit…
…and toasted the beginning of an amazing trip!
That night, after a delicious dinner at Ladera’s Dasheene Restaurant, we fell asleep to the soothing sounds of birds and bugs. We were awoken in the early morning by a torrential downpour, with the sound of rain pounding on the roof and pouring through the trees. Even though we were safe and dry in our bed, it was pretty intense to feel like we were right in the middle of the storm. The excitement of the storm didn’t last long though, and we drifted back to sleep as the rain moved out to sea.
The next morning, we woke up with the sun and took some time to explore the resort before breakfast.
We wandered around the property, past the other suites…
…and discovered charming details at every turn.
The view from the pool definitely did not disappoint! Plus, only from the pool deck can you see the row of suites lining the ridge and overlooking the Pitons.
We’d worked up an appetite while exploring the resort, so we made our way up the steps to the restaurant for breakfast.
And – no surprise – the views from the restaurant are stunning, too! From our breakfast table we stared out at the Caribbean Sea nestled between the two Pitons.
To begin the meal we were offered an assortment of delicious breads and pastries with mango jam. I also got curious and tried the cocoa tea. Cocoa tea, as I learned, is essentially St. Lucian coffee that’s made with cocoa nibs instead of coffee beans. Think of a less sweet hot chocolate with the consistency of black coffee. It took me about two days to acquire a taste for it. I’d been unsure of what to expect and didn’t immediately love it, but it quickly grew on me and became a breakfast staple for the rest of the trip.
Once the pastries were devoured we moved on to the requisite fruit plate, plus a bowl of granola.
After breakfast we made a quick pit stop at the spa for a foot massage before it was time to hit the beach. We hopped on Ladera’s shuttle and made our way down the ridge’s windy roads to Sugar Beach.
As soon as we arrived we plopped ourselves down under a canopy and got ready for some rest and relaxation!
I could not stop admiring the Pitons from every angle…
…and the beach bar wasn’t a bad perk, either!
Eventually we made our way into the sea, where we splashed around in the clear water and floated on rafts under the hot sun.
Then we made our way across the boardwalk in search of lunch…
…after which we enjoyed a mojito in the sand before making our way back to Ladera.
Back at the resort we had another cocktail while hanging out in our plunge pool. This time we opted for a Piton beer, the local lager of choice, and of course I had to take this cliché photo of my Piton beer in front of the Petit Piton!
Eventually we got cleaned up for dinner and made our way up to the bar at Dasheene Restaurant to catch the sunset.
We arrived just as the sun started to dip in the sky…
…and we weren’t the only ones trying to take in the beautiful view.
We watched as the sun sank lower…
…and lower towards the horizon…
…and we sat down to eat just as the last bit of daylight disappeared behind the Pitons.
The next morning we woke up before the sun, slipped into our robes, and took in the sunrise from the comfort of our suite.
We took advantage of the binoculars that the resort provided as we watched the sun rise over the ridge and begin to illuminate the tops of the Pitons.
I had been a little nervous about what creatures we might encounter while staying in an open-air suite, but we were fortunately only visited by a number of small birds and a few geckos (plus one moth that was large enough to be a bat, but we’ll let that one slide!). I kept trying to photograph the birds in our room, but they were always too quick to fly away when I came near with the camera. I was thrilled when this little guy stuck around long enough for me to snap his photo!
I took every opportunity I could to swing in the pool, and enjoying a cup of tea while watching the sun rise into the sky seemed like a pretty good idea!
As I sat there taking it all in, a rainbow suddenly appeared across the sky, and it was pure magic!
After two nights at Ladera it was time for us to journey on. We took one last dip in the pool and enjoyed a final meal at Dasheene Restaurant before heading to the northern end of the island for the second phase of our adventure. Be sure to check back on Thursday for more details and photos from the rest of our trip!