We went to a couple of resorts on the northern part of the island and booked our last 4 nights with Hotel Chocolat and we are extremely happy with our choice. The locals in St. Lucia are very friendly and especially the employees of Hotel Chocolat. The property is small enough (5 pods and 5 luxe pods) that they can and will cater to whatever you want or need. The accomodations are extremely unique and luxurious (or chic as they describe it) and you get an authentic St. Lucian rainforest experience. Although the rooms do not have AC, we found the temperature to be extremely comfortable at night and comfortable during the day. There is always a cool breeze blowing and a few brief rainshowers during the day. In addition, there is a large ceiling fan in the room which you can adjust by remote control which keeps the rooms cool. When you walk in, Hotel Chocolat has already put island music on an ipod and it is playing as you walk in. You will also want to shower 10 times a day in the outdoor shower - it is GREAT. The Hotel provides earplugs because the tree frogs, etc. can be somewhat loud at night, but nothing that is annoying.
But, by the far the best part of the experience is the food. I consider myself fairly well traveled and the food was the best I've had. Everything has a hint of caoco which makes it absolutely fabulous; it is a unique spin on things you cannot get anywhere else. I have attached pictures of some of the dishes we tried. It is by far the best food on the island. In addition, the drinks they make are amazing; you must try the MOJITO! You also must eat the chocolate; you will not find chocolate with a taste as rich and fresh as you will find here. The breakfast is very filling and the dinners have perfect size servings to make you feel full (3 courses).
There is also plenty to do - we went out on Boucaneer I (the awesome Mako boat with twin 225 hp motors on the back) to cruise around the Carribean side of the island to sightsee and snorkel - the Underwater Explorer Outing. The Boucanner I also will whisk you around to Jalousie Beach or Anse Chastanet as a complementary water "taxi" if you request it the day before (or you can take a land taxi to Jalousie Beach). "Captain Kirk" and Shawn are great tour guides and will spend as much or as little time at the snorkeling or sightseeing locations as you want. Shawn even ventured up to the Piton Waterfall with us from the beach. They are absolutely great tour guides and are extremely friendly and accomodating. My wife went to the spa for a caoco facial and she said it was the best experience of her life. The therapist is extremely professional and the spa is built up high off the ground so you get a perfect view of Petit Piton from the treatment room. In addition, the treatment was for 90 minutes which makes it worth every cent.
In conclusion, if you want to stay and explore the southern side of St. Lucia near the Pitons, you must stay for at least a few days at Hotel Chocolat. You will not get an experience like it at Jalousie Plantation (which is kind of snobby) or Ladera. The staff are extremely friendly and laid back and you have the ability to make the experience as personalized as you want. The staff will also go way out of their way to help you. The experience is well worth the price! The only disadvantage is that I wish we could have stayed longer.
- 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