We just returned from a wonderful experience at Hotel Chocolat. We purchased the three night, all inclusive chocolate experience. We were warmly greeted at the airport by a driver, Herod, provided by the hotel. He had a cold cloth and Piton beer for my wife and I. The position of the hotel is on a hillside with a direct view of Petit Piton, just uphill and across the road from another famous resort, Ladera. The front desk, restaurant (Boucan), bar, and kitchen are all under the same roof in an open air, no solid walls, huge deck-like building above the reflecting pool. The grounds are very lush, with cacao trees, papaya, trees, etc. all around. It is an intimate property with a friendly but reserved staff. We stayed in a bungalow complete with a netted canopy bed, nice sitting area, and large bathroom. The stone shower was large enough for at least two and extended out from the bathroom area with an open, but private slatted roof. We experienced no insects in December, although we had a tiny tree frog or two on a windowsill. Their sounds at night were charming for us, maybe loud for others. The WiFi worked well; there was no AC, nor TV in our bungalow. The ceiling fan was quiet and cooled us perfectly. We had a tour of the plantation, learned about grafting trees and fermenting and drying cacao beans. We ground some beans and made chocolate bars. Most of the food (three meals a day) and drinks are prepared with some degree of cacao that is mostly subtle and not candy bar sweet. We ate well, had fun in the optional mud baths/volcano/falls excursion, and enjoyed the views. We loved the place, would recommend it, and would go back. It is the opposite of a Sandals resort experience (which we have visited and enjoyed, too) because it is small, quiet, intimate, and romantic.
- 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