Cocoa-infused spa treatments at the Cocoa Juvenate Spa; don’t miss the Cocoa Reflexology, with roast cacao–infused oil
Sleek, view-heavy infinity pool with a black quartz lining that perfectly reflects the breathtaking Piton mountains
In the “Tree to Bar” experience, you’ll learn the ins and outs of chocolate making, plus score some bars to take home
What To Know
The constant breeze at the hotel’s high elevation keeps things cool sans AC
The hotel isn’t beachfront; a free shuttle leaves once daily to local beaches
There are WiFi, preloaded iPods and docking stations in each lodge (but no television)
The hotel is right off a main road
The drive from the airport is quite steep and winding — if you're a nervous driver, it'd be best to book a car
Children 12 and under are not permitted
Parking on site
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Boutique hotel set on the grounds of a working cocoa plantation overlooking St. Lucia’s legendary Piton mountains
On the grounds of St. Lucia’s oldest cocoa plantation (established circa 1745), this hotel unassumingly blends into its rain forest surroundings as a tiered enclave of 14 modernist, plantation-chic cottages and an open-air, industrial-inspired restaurant and pool club. Minimalist style and principally employing hardwoods channels attention toward the ubiquitous vistas of the iconic Pitons. Within each of the 14 lodges, a sheer curtain billows over the romantic four-poster bed, which is framed by stark white wooden walls and complemented by hand-crafted dark wood furnishings. The seductive bathrooms almost steal the show, each one oversize with double sinks and an open-air rainfall shower enveloped in beige river rock. It’s all about the haute chocolate experience at Boucan. Treatments at the Cocoa Juvenate Spa underscore the healing powers of chocolate. At the foodie haven restaurant, chocolate is the backbone of each masterful dish and drink; a dinner may feature cacao nib and peanut infused chicken satay or cacao butter roasted seasonal fish, not to mention artisanal cocktails muddled with the fruit that surrounds raw cacao beans. The “Tree to Bar” experience is essential to any Boucan stay: You harvest your own pods, dry the beans and make your own chocolate with pestle and mortar. Expect the room attendant to deliver various handmade chocolate treats daily.
In the Area
St. Lucia is a very large island, but thankfully the best sights are found in the beauty-rich south, close to Boucan. Amble through the splendors of the rain forest and the island’s renowned botanical gardens at Diamond Falls, and later swim under the 17-foot falls itself. Dare to submerge in the ultimate mud bath, the sulfuric pools of Sulphur Springs Park. Walk over to the neighboring hotel, Ladera, and feast on contemporary interpretations of traditional St. Lucian dishes — think roast conch with pickled vegetables in a yam basket — at the hotel's restaurant, Dasheene.