My husband and I stayed at Boucan by Hotel Chocolate the last three nights of our honeymoon after spending a week on the beach at the Jalousie Plantation. We arrived around lunch and was welcomed with a welcome drink while they made up our room. We received an upgrade to a Lux Lodge due to the coupon from TripAdvisor (thank you!). Our room was simply stunning with a wonderful view of Petitie Piton and the ocean in the distance. I loved the modern and minimalist decor in the room and the open rainforest shower was the coolest shower I have ever seen. We were welcomed with a complimentary bottle of prosecco from the hotel manager Chester, as well as a second bottle of prosecco from my parents with a chocolate plate and beautiful flower arrangement (thanks mom and dad!). The ipod in the room loaded with relaxing songs was also a huge plus, and the complimentary run punch, cookies, nuts and chocolate was also a welcome treat.
The pool at Boucan is a beautiful black infinity pool with a view of Petite Piton. We basically had the pool to ourselves during our stay and it was quite a relaxing place. If you didn't realize already, the hotel is on a working cacao plantation and most of the food at the restaurant includes cacao in some way. I also very much enjoyed the fact that the hotel had their own prosecco and house wine that was all very good. The food at Boucan was phenominal. The breakfasts (included with our stay) were outrageous and included an amazing fruit tray, homemade toast or muffins (with cacao butter and smudge-chocolate/hazelnut spread), and a hot egg dish. Lunch and dinner was equally amazing. I have never eaten so much wonderful food in my life.
We did several tours through the hotel. They arranged for our ziplining trip that was a fun but quick excursion. We also did the "Tree to Bean" and "Bean to Bar". The tree to bean tour was very informative and we learned a ton about the Rabot Estate and chocolate making. Our guide (I apologize for forgetting his name) was wonderful and offered to take many pictures of us with the cacao pods, harvesting cacao pods, drinking coconut water from the cocunuts his workers cut up for us and grafting our own cacao tree. We can't wait to go back to see our tree and that it is producing fruit! The "Bean to Bar" tour was also interesting (and hard work) and we grounds cacao nibs and made our own chocolate bars. Out of the two different parts of the tour, the Tree to Beach was more interesting, but it was fun to make our own chocolate too.
We had a wonderful stay at Hotel Chocolat, but do have a few constructive criticisms. The temperature in our room was quite warm and there is no air conditioning. Although there is a ceiling fan, it did not cool the room well at all which made it somewhate difficult for me to sleep. The warmness of the room, however, is in exchange for the beautiful view you receive waking up in the morning. The other comment I have is that the staff seemed somewhat scared of us. They were very polite, but seemed very timid. We did have some confusion with certainof our bills but the issues were quickly resolved. Also, we tried to go on one of the advertised walks of the estate and the person working the front desk could not give us directions and said most of the trails were not walkable at that time. Finally, the hotel's boat was out of commission during our stay. We had been looking forward to taking the snorkeling or sunset cruise and were disappointed that we did not get to do so. Despite these few issues, we had an amazing stay and I highly recommend Hotel Chocolat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover plantation chic - luxury, well-being & stunning natural beauty. Situated high in the hills near Soufriere, set in rainforest & cocoa groves with stunning views of the Piton mountains. A daily transfer is provided for guests to a stunning nearby beach by Hotel Sea Launch. Guests can enjoy trail walks around the cocoa estate, cacao inspired treatments in the spa, relaxation in Club Boucan with its private infinity pool & the exclusive cacao cuisine at Boucan Restaurant & Bar, free laundry service, room additions and Tree to Bean tour. Boucan by Hotel Chocolat offer 2 types of accommodation, both with 4 poster beds, preloaded iPods & docking stations, complimentary wireless, a mini-bar & open sky rainforest showers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boucan By Hotel Chocolat St. Lucia/Soufriere