After doing a lot of research for something truly special within the Caribbean islands, I chose St. Lucia's Hotel Chocolat for my partner's big birthday celebration (can't mention the number, but it ends in a "0"). Neither of us could have been more pleased. From its unique location on a cacao plantation to its amazing views to the friendly service from the staff, this was exactly the type of "special" experience we were looking for.
We loved how everything was open air. Being from Florida, I know how humidity and/or bugs can sometimes be a nuisance, but that was not the case in St. Lucia. I didn't suffer a single bug bite (even without the mosquito netting), and the tradewinds kept us more than comfortable at night. I personally enjoyed the chorus of bugs, frogs and birds at night, but they're not for everyone, and the hotel provides earplugs for light sleepers.
What can I say about the view that others haven't already? Even though you see it from the pool, the restaurant, and your lodge, we never tired of it, and I have way too many photos of the Petit Piton (including one where we were lucky enough to catch a rainbow in front of it - what does it mean???).
I could go on and on about the cool open-air shower, the tasty deserts, the fresh fruit, and the Lucky Dube playlist, but suffice it to say it was a fantastic experience. It may not be for everyone due to its remote location, open concept, and heavy focus on chocolate (and Lord knows it ain't cheap), but for those looking for something completely different from chain hotels and all-inclusive beach resorts, Hotel Chocolat is a delightful option.