8 February 2014

Ladera, St Lucia

Over the next couple of weeks I won't be posting quite as often as I usually do, sorry. This is because I'm on holiday, currently residing at a hotel in St Lucia called Ladera. Alex and I are 1,083ft above sea level, sandwiched between the two volcanic plugs that are the Pitons.

The view from our room is quite spectacular.

This is our second visit to St Lucia. We wanted the holiday to include a few days of total relaxation before we head on to California next week for something a little more lively. The resort overlooks Jalousie Bay; a beautiful beach we visited back in 2009 when we were sat just a few feet away from a not necessarily 'with it' Amy Winehouse. I can't believe that was 5 whole years ago.

The hotel is somewhat unique in that it doesn't actually have a fourth wall; the front of the room is completely open and you have no choice but to try and sleep at night to the sound of crickets chirping, the breeze rustling the trees and in our case thus far, the pouring rain. There's hardly been any insects or creepy things to worry about though - just the odd little fly or tiny frog. It's all pretty cool really...like being one with nature.

We arrived on Thursday afternoon and we've not been particularly lucky with the weather. We've had a bit of sun but it's mainly been overcast and raining frequently. It won't dampen our spirits though and it's still a very satisfactory temperature at about 28 degrees.

 Lack of sunshine aside, our holiday has so far been filled with all the best a Caribbean getaway has to offer - beautiful cocktails, great food, a friendly service and astonishing views.

The food in the hotel restaurant is made to a high standard and visitors from all over St Lucia come to eat at Dasheene.  To my early-morning delight, they made me a fantastic egg white omelette with goat's cheese and peppers (I love my breakfasts and I'm chuffed when an egg is done right!).

The grounds of Ladera are stunning and clearly well looked after. I'm a bit of a bird lover and I'm fascinated by the varieties here, especially the beautiful hummingbirds.

We haven't ventured out much; just wandered the grounds or lazed around reading books and sipping on fresh coconut water. We don't intend on doing much in the way of activites while we're here; we did all that last time we came so these six days are just for a full battery recharge!

Having said that, we're still trying to make our personal trainer proud and do a workout each day! There's a decent little gym on the grounds and we also brought the TRX along. We've been working hard on getting into shape recently so we thought we may as well try and keep it going...at least a little bit!

But with such a glorious variety of food and drink on offer, we're not holding back in the evenings. It's wonderful to sip on a cocktail in the bar as we watch the sun set between the Pitons then head up the restaurant's wooden steps for dinner. The ingredients are all locally sourced and today's Catch of the Day (King fish) was gorgeous.

There are a few small negatives about the place that I won't bore you with (except that it has the worst hotel shower EVER) but we're having such a great time so far and we've only just begun...

I shall be back in a couple of days to update you further. Hopefully I'll have more of a tan by then!

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!


  1. I am so jealous, this looks absolutely amazing!! Hope you have a lovely time!! xo


  2. I actually want to cry with how gorgeous it is!! I never hold back with food and drink on holiday, life's too short! I just diet when I get home! Jade Mountain (like Ladera) is one of bucket list hotels! Can't wait to read more.

  3. This looks amazing. I love the idea of waking up to find a little frog in my room. Enjoy it!

  4. This looks like an incredible hotel. Even with the pouring rain I would love to be there now. Have a great time, which i'm sure you will 100%.


  5. What a fabulous view from your room! I wish I was back there! The weather changes so quickly, I'm sure you'll have lots of sun very soon :) Have fabulous time!
    Josie xoxo

  6. Me jealous?! Nah you must be thinking about someone else! I'm quite happy here snuggled on my sofa in my onesie desperately trying to get warm thank you very much :D

  7. That is exactly where I want to be right now! sooo jealous!
    Hope you have a wonderful chill out...can't wait to see more adventures

    Grace x

  8. OMG! Looks amazing! Gorgeous pictures!

    Have the best time.

  9. I am so ruddy jealous! Have an amazing time xo

  10. Just wow... That photo of you in a bikini with the view HAS to be a good cover photo, you just look beyond jaw dropping. But in every single photo what I love is that you have the smile of a child on Christmas morning!!!
    Have the most amazing time and can't wait to follow along.
    (I'm going to be incredibly jealous of your tan!!!)
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

  11. How incredible do you look?! I know you're slim but my god girl I would kill to have your body. Really hope you're having an amazing time. Who needs to shower anyway? Just swim in cocktails all day ;) The lighting in that last photo is amazing! Go Alex!

    Don't come back too brown, I don't want to be even more jealous than I am now!

    Katie <3

  12. Wow, this looks amazing!!
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your time there, and safe travels to California!
    Wee Bit of Rachel

  13. Thank you for all your lovely comments guys! I love reading them and really appreciate it! I'm having a lovely time so far....although a little bit more sun and a bit less cloud would be nice...

    I'll be doing another post in the next couple of days :)

    C xxx

  14. Oh you are so lucky! What I wouldn't give for a few weeks in the warm. Have a fantastic trip, can't wait to hear about the rest of it.

    B xx

  15. Wow this looks amazing! Lucky you.

    And so dedicated doing exercise on holiday :)

    Hmm maybe...

  16. Enjoy your holiday, looks like your you're having a great time, your photos are incredible!

  17. It looks amazing, I'm green with envy it's so bitterly cold at home. Have a fabulous time.


  18. What a beautiful spot!! Wishing the sun comes your way, enjoy!!

    Rosie xx

  19. How utterly stunning!! I hope you have a wonderful time :)


  20. Wow this looks just so incredibly beautiful - I would LOVE to swap drizzly London for a bit of warmth in the Caribbean!

    I also love your little blue crop top, you're giving me all sorts of inspirations for summer style :)

    Charlotte xx


  21. I want to be somewhere stunning right now! I am so jealous, I am craving warmth and nature.
    And that omelette! You've even got me craving omelettes!

    {Teffy's Perks} X

  22. Wow looks amazing!! Wish I were there - I can't wait for warm weather!

  23. This makes me so jealous! I seriously want to get out of England again already and I've only been back 2 months!
    So lucky, have a great time! xxxxx


  24. I should not have looked at these pictures while we are having yet another dreary day in London. I'm so jealous! I love the unique place you're staying - I suppose it's safe enough there that you don't have to worry about anyone creeping in on you during the night?

    Good for you taking off for somewhere warm and {sometimes} sunny, though. I'll remember to do that next year! ;o)

  25. I'm not a beach person, at all, but would LOVE this right about now, given the amount of snow we've been dealing with for the last 3 months!

  26. I my gosh ... what I would give to be there right now!!!
    Last week we had -24°C for 4 days straight here in Canada - the sun & warm temperatures must be so lovely!
    Enjoy your vacation :)
    Best wishes,
    ♥Vivienne von Feel Wunderbar

  27. WOW! That looks absolutely amazing!!

  28. I'm from Trinidad, so not too far away from St. Lucia. I've actually been several times, but we stayed with friends and family. There are so many amazing eating places around the island...'local hot spots'. Next time you go, do let me know and I'll fill you in on the 'local' things to try. Ever had doubles? Americans who try it either love it or hate it. :)

    1. Oh wow thanks, will let you know if I do! What are doubles? No never heard of them! :) x


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