The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Do you know the an­swer to the fol­low­ing ques­tion? What is the name of the only luxury “open air” re­sort over­see­ing the fa­mous Pitons on the UNESCO World Her­itage site? Mar­cia Ver­non from Lon­don,UK did; she an­swered “Ladera” and won a seven day hol­i­day to the re­sort lo­cated in Soufriere.

Ms Ver­non was cho­sen live on stage at “In Cel­e­bra­tion of My Sis­ters” (ICOMS), the popular en­ter­tain­ment show that brings thou­sands of women to­gether dur­ing In­ter­na­tional Women’s Month in the UK.

The show, which is now in its 19th year, was hosted by BBC TV’s Brenda Em­manus and UK/Caribbean TV Pro­ducer Delia Dolor. The star-stud­ded line-up for this fam­ily-friendly show fea­tured the de­but of the al­ls­tar Reg­gae In­spi­ra­tional Choir founded by lovers rock queen Paulette Ta­jah, and co­me­di­ans Curtis Walker, Felic­ity Eth­nic and “Dibi” and an ap­pear­ance by US per­son­al­ity and TV host Iyanla Vanzant.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple de­scended on The Dolor Fac­tor UK stand at Fair­field Halls, Croydon, Eng­land to get the op­por­tu­nity of win­ning the seven day hol­i­day with but­ler ser­vice, stay­ing at one of Ladera’s new Par­adise Ridge vil­las. Ladera Re­sort is rec­og­nized as one of the best luxury ho­tels in the world and best luxury ho­tel in St. Lu­cia ac­cord­ing to the World Luxury Ho­tel Awards 2014 list.

Olivier Bot­tois, VP Op­er­a­tions said, “We are de­lighted to be rep­re­sented at this pres­ti­gious event in the UK and we are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing Ms Ver­non and her part­ner to our ‘ro­man­tic par­adise.’”

Ms Ver­non was elated and ad­mit­ted to look­ing at pic­tures of Ladera at the stand and think­ing, ‘this looks like par­adise!’ “I am de­lighted, thrilled to have won such an amaz­ing hol­i­day. I never dreamt I would have won this stay at this fan­tas­tic ho­tel. It’s a dream come true. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d win such an un­be­liev­able prize. I want to ex­pe­ri­ence the el­e­gance and beauty of the Ladera re­sort and I am look­ing for­ward to soak­ing up the at­mos­phere and to be pam­pered by my own per­sonal but­ler. Thank you Ladera!”

Lucky win­ner Mar­cia Ver­non

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