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Rated as one of the top five-star luxury hotels in the world, providing its guests with an authentic Saint Lucian experience, Ladera Resort also provides opportunities to many Saint Lucians.
To further promote this and the uniqueness of the island, Ladera has recently launched a new programme dubbed “Artists in Residence”, which will provide an avenue for Saint Lucian artists to market their work.
The programme which started about a week ago, will eventually feature a Saint Lucian artist most days of the week, allowing them to work in front of the guests, teaching their craft “First-hand!”
Vice President of Operations at Ladera, Olivier Bottois, said “the programme was initiated so as to provide opportunities for local Saint Lucian artists to showcase their work and increase their income from sales. This is consistent with our ongoing efforts to support the St. Lucian economy and Tourism.”
Bottois told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an exclusive interview that “most tourists want to learn about the culture when travelling and interact with our artisans.We want both our guests and artisans to benefit from the local talent that will be on display, and gain knowledge of local art instead of importing items to sell in our boutique. I think people like to meet the artist in person and see them do something right in front of them,”he added. “This is also part of Ladera’s high level of personalized service.”
The idea is not only limited to Ladera guests, but it is extended to all patrons of their award-winning restaurant –Dasheene. Time will vary based on availability.
Ladera currently has a full time “artist in residence” Boniface Modeste, who does all the carvings in the suites and villas, public areas and boutique.
Ladera is the only resort in the world that makes its own furniture on site and actually markets bedroom sets, customized tables, chairs and carved wood pieces and have it shipped to customers worldwide.
The resort currently employs 145 Saint Lucians and has 37 suites. It continues to promote Saint Lucia not only as a major Caribbean tourism destination, but the island’s culture and the hospitality of its people.