I can't say enough about this amazing resort, the staff, the view, the experience. From the moment you arrive, you are treated like a first class guest. Everything is so well thought out, especially the design of the hotel. Who doesn't want to see the Pitons at every turn?
We were picked up from the airport by an extremely welcoming driver who provided us with drinks and ice cold, minty towels. Upon arriving at the resort, our bags were whisked away and we were immediately brought to the restaurant for a complimentary drink.
We had spa treatments daily and Barbara was wonderful, particularly with the massages. We had every single treatment on the menu, and hands down, my favorites were the massage and the facial. Everything was certainly relaxing though.
I plan to review the restaurant portion separately, but I will say that we never tired of the choices and certainly felt like there were enough options to benefit from a food plan that included 2 courses for lunch and 3 courses for dinner.
Although we didn't know that televisions and air conditioning weren't part of this resort, we both soon realized that both are completely unnecessary. If you want a chance to reconnect with yourself, to get out of the hustle of day to day life, or to just reset your internal sanity button, this is the place to go.
We took a number of walks while on the resort, and although you do need transportation to get around the island (which can be very costly), it doesn't feel like you are "trapped" while on the resort. Among other things, we enjoyed a walking trip to the sulfur springs, walks around the plantation, the Tree to Bar experience, a day at Sugar Beach, a snorkeling tour, and lunch in Soufriere.
The staff at Hotel Chocolat is superb. Several times throughout our stay, Judy came by to check in on us to make sure everything was going well. We wanted a shorter snorkeling trip, so she happily arranged this with the boat crew and made sure a taxi was available for us upon our return. After a morning trip to the market, Judy even came by guests' tables at breakfast one morning to share her fresh oranges. This is the type of hospitality and attentiveness every staff gives the guests. I definitely think the small, intimate setting of this resort allows for more specialized attention.
I traveled with a friend on this trip and while 90% of the other guests were couples, we were always welcomed and I feel like this is a great trip for friends to take together (as long as you are comfortable sharing space and a bed). We've already decided that we'll be back. Once you go you'll realize there is no way you won't want to go back.