Ladera Voted #1 Hotel in the World by Conde Nast Traveler Readers

Award supports trend for life changing travel experiences, not just quick getaways

SOUFRIERE, St. Lucia, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ — In a surprise double victory, Conde Nast Traveler readers have voted Ladera not only the “Best Hotel in the Caribbean,” but gave it the highest score of any hotel in the world, ranking it the “Best of the Best” in the overall hotel category. The honor marks the first time in the 18-year history of the awards that a Caribbean hotel has appeared on the “Best of the Best” list. The awards are featured in the November issue of Conde Nast Traveler, available on newsstands this week.

When an intimate, 25-room, open-air hotel overlooking the St. Lucian rainforest and Caribbean Sea is rated the number-one property in the world, it is a confirmation that the current trend toward life-changing travel experiences, and not just quick getaways, is here to stay.

“We are honored to be recognized by an opinion leader like Conde Nast Traveler and their readers, whom we consider the most discriminating and informed group of travel consumers,” said Robert Stewart, General Manager of Ladera. “Considering the competition, not only in the Caribbean, but worldwide, we are at once humbled and very, very proud.”

Ladera opened in 1992. It is located in the Windward Islands of the Caribbean and uniquely situated on a ridge at 1,100 feet overlooking the volcanic Piton mountains, the Caribbean Sea and the Soufriere valley. Ladera is known for its distinctive eco-lodge architecture, built with Caribbean timbers and modeled on luxury tree-house living and a relaxed, barefoot lifestyle. Guestrooms were intentionally built without a fourth wall, yet were designed to be both sheltered and completely private. The design affords spectacular sunset views and unobstructed star gazing at night.

Dasheene, Ladera’s restaurant, is noted throughout the Caribbean for its innovative kitchen and creative renderings of island cuisine. Unlike many island resort restaurants, Dasheene’s menu is based on native ingredients and relies on the local bounty for its fresh, innovative take on West Indian dishes. The produce is grown exclusively for the resort by island farmers and neighboring plantations. Fish is caught daily in the nearby waters and the spices are harvested from indigenous St. Lucian plants. Ladera has been at the forefront of St. Lucia’s “sustainable cooking” movement to encourage other local restaurants to use their native produce and products and to claim Caribbean cooking’s rightful place in World Cuisine.

For reservations guests may call Ladera toll free at 800-738-4752 or send an email to reservations@ladera.com For more information go to http://www.ladera.com/.

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