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Rabot Estate, Soufriere St. Lucia
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Set 1,000 feet above the Caribbean Sea, with breath taking views of Saint Lucia’s Piton Mountains, Rabot Hotel is a space where the sounds of nature replace the noise of day-to-day life, stimulating and inspiring relaxation like nowhere else on Earth. Comprising an open-air restaurant, bar, spa and 14 luxury lodges, here you’ll find a sense of freedom as you reconnect with nature; sustainably living, eating and prioritising your wellness. Previously known as Boucan (the Creole word for a traditional cacao drying shed), the hotel is re-opening under a new name: Rabot Hotel, paying homage to the grounds of the beautiful cacao Rabot estate it resides in since 1745, an organic, sustainable 140-acre cacao farm on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. As cacao growers, Hotel Chocolat use every part of their cacao harvests in their Rabot restaurant and Cacao Bar; from the lychee-like pulp to the nutty, buttery nibs, nothing goes to waste. Serving contemporary dishes influenced by the West Indies and Britain, roasted cacao beans feature as a subtle savoury spice and garnish – as well as the rich, deep heart of desserts. Elsewhere, cacao is used for wellness treatments at the Estate’s open-air rejuvenation area. Using fresh ingredients that are gathered each morning – banana leaves, peppermint leaves and cacao nibs – its Cacao Massages are some of the best you'll experience. Blending into the verdant greenery via inside-outside structures, each of the Estate’s lodges brings guests face-to-face with the primordial beauty of the rainforest and Hotel Chocolat’s Rabot Estate cacao farm. Drawing on Hotel Chocolat’s expertise as a chocolatier and cacao grower, Rabot Estate Hotel offers guests the opportunity to discover cacao like never before. Beginning with a walk through the cacao farm and ending with crafting your very own chocolate bar, Hotel Chocolat’s Tree-to-Bar Experience covers all the fascinating stages of making your own chocolate, from fermenting and sun-drying the cacao to grinding, mixing and more – with plenty of tasting in-between… Taking a self-guided stroll through the 140-acre Estate’s valleys and cotes or setting your yoga mat down in the forest surrounding your lodge are also actively encouraged. Leave the headphones behind; exotic birdsong provides the only meditative soundtrack you’ll need. Accommodation at Rabot Hotel is a unique blend of Saint Lucian charm and sleek contemporary style. All rooms are positioned to catch the cooling breeze and are furnished with premium luxury and comfort in mind – and the views are to die for. There are two types of accommodation, both with 4 poster beds, Ceiling fans, Complimentary wireless, Mini-bar & Open sky rainforest showers.
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Sara Lynn Burnett wrote a review Jan 13
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I’m still shocked and recovering from this experience— we stayed at a nearby resort and heard the view from Rabot’s restaurant/ bar / pool was epic so we wanted to check it out - these days during covid you have to have a dinner reservation but we were allowed to go to the bar as we are vaccinated etc with our white wrist bands St. Lucia gives you so we went just before sunset to enjoy cocktails and the view. First of all yes the view is pretty (see pic) but there’s no real bar - everything’s all jammed up together in one building and the “bar” is four backless chairs facing a black wall, I kid you not. With a view like that and that’s the bar?! We stared at the people in the pool for a while which was odd - I could have poured my drink in them if I wanted to and then all this smoke came pouring up - billowing in clouds from below the restaurant/ bar and everyone puts their masks on and we’re all trying to find some air and this one guy ran towards the narrow entrance and left his girlfriend coughing at the table (not a hero) — we were being bug bombed! And it got all over the glasses as the tables were already set and a day later My mouth still tastes like it, my dress still smells like it… I’m shaken! Im sure it wont kill me but still - I’ve never inhaled that much chemical ever and while I understand the need to spray for mosquitoes, especially ones as bad as this resort has but still - during sunset?! How about an hour earlier? How about don’t set the tables until you finish with your smoke bombs?! My drink tasted like it, I couldn’t even finish! And not one staff member said a thing— frantic guests were asking ME what it was. The staff just went about like it happens every day.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Sarah wrote a review Jan 12
Manchester, United Kingdom2 contributions
Beautiful hotel room and grounds. Incredible food for breakfast and evening meals (try the chocolate gravy!) Gorgeous spa treatments. Project chocolat experience is fabulous. Sunset cruise is a must do! Big thank you to hotel manager Chrys who seamlessly ironed out a few teething issues and was very kind and helpful, you made our stay exceptional!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Starr899 wrote a review Jan 11
London, United Kingdom25 contributions13 helpful votes
Views of Petit Piton are amazing and pool area is lovely but you are paying for that in the room rate plus it is not total tranquility as you can hear the busy road from the lodges. I didn’t mind it being loud at night with the insects as I expected it for the location. The Wi-Fi is so annoying you can’t consistently connect it is forever dropping out. They completely missed the mark with New Year’s Eve it simply turned into a staff party. Rushed out the dinner service so the staff could turn the restaurant into a dance floor for themselves. Completely oblivious to the fact that it made most of the guests leave and go to their rooms and it was hardly a boutique hotel vibe. Apparently only 10 guests even stuck around until midnight. At every opportunity this hotel wants to rip you off which just leaves a sour taste in your mouth. The tour to climb the pitons is $120 so they add a $70 US surcharge on for them to book it for you. The cost of the guide and entry to the national park is only $50 US. Breakfast is included in the room rate so packing up a breakfast picnic and providing you with a bottle of water shouldn’t justify such a large surcharge and the taxi is just 15 mins to get there. I wouldn’t recommend booking trips through them as a result, if you do some research most tour companies will include hotel transfers. They use an outrageously expensive taxi company so would recommend sourcing your own taxis to avoid being ripped off. Covid testing in order to travel home is charged here despite it being complementary in all other luxury hotels throughout the island again another opportunity to charge more. It is misleading in their advertising that they offer a beach shuttle service but it isn’t available - they can book you a taxi to the beach but again it’s $50. You wouldn’t want to stay here for more than 3 days as the chocolate theme becomes tiring and novelty of cacao nibs in every meal does wear off. Quality of food is good but is expected for level of hotel. Some of the combinations are really random and service is so so slow for lunch, be prepared to wait about an hour for 2 salads. The staff in the restaurant don’t appear to be particularly happy so not that bothered about the service. We ordered mains and it took 55 minutes for them to arrive despite there only being 3 tables in the restaurant. They seem care more about getting external visitors to visit for tours and the restaurant more than they care about hotel guests. No real comfortable bar area for sitting in the evening just some bar stalls and one sofa that they use for hotel check in. Soufriere is beautiful, I just wish we had booked to stay in Ladera as we went for dinner and it was absolutely delicious!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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TravelTips wrote a review Jan 9
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Wow- what an incredibly experience. Dedicated, kind, helpful and knowledgable staff, beautiful setting, incredible view and AMAZING food. The Chocolate Project Tour (included for guests of hotel) absolutely fascinating. We can’t wait to find an excuse to return.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Izabel wrote a review Jan 8
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This hotel is a must-stay in St. Lucia. It opens a breathtaking view of Petit Piton which you can admire from the infinity pool of the hotel and from all Luxe lodges. Hotel Chocolat has a great concept and many delicious modern food recipes including cacao. Don’t forget to experience their Tree to Bar tour and make your own chocolate.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
$273 - $548 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat
LOCATION
CaribbeanSt. LuciaSoufriere QuarterSoufriere
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rabot Hotel From Hotel Chocolat
Which popular attractions are close to Rabot Hotel From Hotel Chocolat?
Nearby attractions include Zaka Art Cafe (0.7 miles), Pitons (0.2 miles), and Anse Mamin (3.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Rabot Hotel From Hotel Chocolat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Rabot Hotel From Hotel Chocolat?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a mosquito net, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Rabot Hotel From Hotel Chocolat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Rabot Hotel From Hotel Chocolat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rabot Hotel From Hotel Chocolat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Jade Mountain Club, Martha's Tables, and The Beacon Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rabot Hotel From Hotel Chocolat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Rabot Hotel From Hotel Chocolat have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Rabot Hotel From Hotel Chocolat offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Rabot Hotel From Hotel Chocolat?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Balenbouche Estate Heritage Site (5.5 miles).
Does Rabot Hotel From Hotel Chocolat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.