IHotel Boucan is set in a lovely spot on the edge of the forest with views of the Petite Piton but a bit too low for views of the sea. We loved that it had none of the feel of the overdone resorts that populate much of the island. We are happy to have sprung for the luxe lodge, as the room was large and decorated, as is the entire property, in chocolate brown with a perfect view and open to the outdoors. The mosquito netting on the king bed may be necessary under some conditions, but we experienced few if any biting insects. The bathroom was to die for-- semi-outdoor full rain shower, stylish fixtures, and double sinks. The service is impeccable and island-friendly. We had breakfast brought to our room, and despite the uphill climb with a full tray, the waitstaff made us feel that they were happy to do it. Breakfasts were lovely; eggs were done to perfection each morning, although the fresh fruit platter rarely contained ripe fruits, as if they were more concerned with the look of the plate than the taste. A lunch at the pool of chicken roti could not have been more delicious or more nicely presented. The dinners were delicious and beautifully served, but limited in choices, which is a problem if you are taking all your meals at the hotel and staying for more than two nights. In addition, the dining room ambiance was anything but romantic-- for a truly romantic dinner, walk across the street to Ladera and enjoy its views of the Pitons and the sea. The problem with the ambiance could easily be remedied with tablecloths and a lot less lighting. We did not do any of the guided tours, instead enjoying self-guided hikes into the forest and to the neighboring farms. We did take advantage of the spa and highly recommend the unique chocolate scrub.
- 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