Boucan by Hotel Chocolat
What We Love
- 2015 Jetsetter Hotel Food Award Winner
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
WOW! We had a beautiful dream wedding here at the Ridge (the ceremony area with a full on view of the pitons!). I can't thank Lorna and Judy and the kind staff enough for their awesome job planning, emailing, working with me, etc etc etc!!! The whole hotel is serenity in a nutshell, gorgeous luxe lodge rooms (again, please splurge on this room as other guests reviewed here too, the views are just amazing and overtly worth it). The only thing I have to mention is you will be with the elements in your room – quite hot/sweaty, mosquitoes, bees sometimes, the lizards and birds (but those were great in the room actually!!). I had to bug spray myself to sleep even though there is a mosquito net. I hate to sound like a diva but it was a bit difficult to sleep in the warmth of the end of May/June. However, the pool view, the tranquility and everything else, the drinks, the food, the people, the cool hiking trails, the cocoa experience, all made up for this. When I say that it means a lot because I really get eaten alive by mosquitoes even being from Miami, FL and never get used to it. hehe. The set up of our private dinner for us newlyweds by the pool was oh so wonderful, thank you to Lorna and staff again and the food is so innovative and wow, delicious. Perfect for the discerning foodie as well!! I also might add that I read these reviews on here and followed lots of advice, including someone who commented about Daniel Marcion of It's my Wedding Belle photography....needless to say, thank god I read that review because I hired him for my wedding and WOW he is amazing. He knows all the best spots at Boucan and beyond. So if you are doing a wedding here or anywhere in St. Lucia, please look him up. Just wow!
Food was excellent, even if we didn't know what we were ordering.
Open style lodge made for great sleep with the noises of the rainforest.
Locals were all super helpful and inviting.
Chocolate in everything and anything....make sure you get dessert and rum before you go! The nightly turn down service made for all the romantic vibes and bugs or mosquitos were never an issue. We also hiked Gros Piton and went to the hot springs while we were there. Many things were accessible from our area.
Upon arrival we were picked up by our previously scheduled hotel car. The driver was very courteous and friendly, without being overly talkative. When we arrived to the hotel, our bags were unloaded and we were told they would be taken care of. The front desk area is shared with the restaurant, sitting on this lodge style open building with a stunning view of the Petit Piton. We were offered a complimentary check-in cocktail, and front desk staff thoroughly reviewed the activities and policies of the hotel. Hotel staff walked us through the grounds on our way to our room, carefully outlining some of the property features and activities as we walked. We stayed in a Luxe lodge, which are the rooms that are elevated and have the better view of the Piton. The room was impressive; wood floors, four-post bed, plenty of room for storing clothing, and even an iPod playing soothing music for your arrival. Our luggage bags were already there. Chocolate, cookies, and water are complimentary and replenished daily. The bathroom was breathtaking, with his/hers sinks and plenty of counter space. The rainfall shower was beautiful, and further opened to the outside and the sky. Toiletries were provided, and can be replaced daily if needed. Every single day of our stay was amazing. We decided to book all our activities with the hotel for convenience, but you can certainly use a 3rd party and possibly save some money. Our checkout experience was as pleasant as our check-in. We were sad to leave, but hopeful to return in the future!
Me and my partner stayed here in
May for 10 nights in a lux lodge. The experience was out of this world. The views in the morning were amazing overlooking the piton. We had birds joining us for our morning coffee as we sat out on the balcony.
We were full board so over 10 nights we managed to get through the entire menu. Every dish was spectacular especially the tuna.
The hotel staff were so friendly and welcoming they couldn't do enough.
Me and my partner got married half way through our stay with the help of Judy and Lorna, they made it so stress free. Everything ran smoothly and so well organised I couldn't have imagined it going and better. I would definitely recommend getting married here.
We will definitely be back.
We have truly had a wonderful time here, we’ve met some very special guests who we made some great memories with, and some amazing staff, nothing was too much trouble. We would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to Judy (what an amazing woman) and that she and her husband, with the help of her staff have achieved something they can be truly proud of. Also in particular we would like to thank Marguerite and Camillus, staff that made our stay truly exceptional.
We booked Boucan because my husband is a long standing fan of hotel chocolat (long before they opened their first shop) and has always wanted to visit since he found it existed!! As it was our 20th wedding anniversary, we thought why not!
We were slightly hesitant to book as the hotel is not directly at a beach, but thought we would try something different. Upon arrival it was obvious that we had made the right choice, as we felt an immense sense of peace and tranquility the moment we arrived.
We stayed for 10 nights, half board in lux lodge 11. As a small boutique hotel with only 14 rooms, we felt we had the place to ourselves most of the time. The room was extremely clean and spacious, private, with a stunning view of the Piton. We were treated to a bottle of bubbly, chocolates and petals on the bed by the staff for our special occasion. There were snacks, unlimited supply of water and milk supplied in the room fridge, and topped up twice a day and a complimentary bottle of rum punch.
There was a turndown service every night which included a card with the next days weather forecast on it which we thought was a nice touch. There was no TV in the room thank goodness (or in the whole establishment as far as we could see, another plus!). WiFi was only really available in the dining area, but we did get a weak signal from our balcony, and anyway who comes to a place like this to spend all their time on their phones and tablets, so no big deal for us.
The food was simply outstanding throughout our whole stay.
Breakfast consisted of a simple but very tasty menu, fresh fruit platter, smoothie shot, muffins, liquid hot chocolate, local fruit juice and the most amazing scrambled eggs we’ve ever had!! There were various other options to choose from and all were very very good.
Throughout the day at the pool, there were a variety of freshly prepared free snacks provided, and these were topped up by staff on a regular basis. There was free complimentary water and ice available, and a stocked fridge with various beers and other beverages, also a phone to the bar if you wanted to order a cocktail, all they asked was you left your room number so these beverages could be charged to your room.
During the afternoons, if you were by the pool you were offered a bowl of ice cream or sorbet which was different everyday. Try the rum and raisin, amazing!
Evening meals, where do you start. We cannot put into words how amazing this meal was. The menu choice were fantastic, with cacao added very subtly to every dish.
With such a variety of choice on the menu, unlike other reviews, we had no difficulty choosing something every night. The quality of the ingredients and the presentation of the food was amazing, waiting times between dishes was minimal even when they were busy, and the staff were very informative about each of the dishes they were serving. We were glad that we opted for the half board package as it turned out to be real value for money, and we were able to enjoy every meal without worrying about the cost. We really want to thank all the restaurant staff for their hard work and dedication.
The cocktails were amazing, there was no skimping on the alcohol in these!! Be warned they are very rich and calorific!! Best pina coladas ever!
Unfortunately on our arrival we were informed that their boat was under repair and unavailable for the trips. All the trips were available from our local tour rep so we didn’t miss out on any excursions, but unfortunately we were unable to take advantage of the hotels personal touch on their own boat. This was of course beyond their control and to make amends Judy organised a free complimentary boat trip one afternoon along the west coast, with hotel food and drinks for the guests that decided to go. She also arranged for a small fee via an external company a full day boat trip up to Rodney bay and Pidgeon island, snorkeling and relaxing, with hotel staff as our guides and a banquet of hotel food!!
We obviously done the tree to bean and bean to bar tour (who wouldn’t). It is in 2 sections, each approximately an hour, with half hour between each. It was very informative, very hands on and fun experience to graft your own tree and make your own chocolate bar, and I think everyone was surprised at the effort involved in grinding your own cocoa nibs!! We learnt about the fair trade practices that hotel chocolat are using on their estate and promoting within the farming community on the island.
As the hotel is set on a plantation estate there was the opportunity to take various walks, all varying in length and difficulty with some amazing views and photo opportunities. Staff were available with information and maps to help you on your way and point you in the right direction. Our favourite was the Old French Road.
The hotel offers a free shuttle twice a day to and from Sugar beach, but while we were there this had changed to Anse Chastanet beach. Upon enquiring we found they were very flexible and accommodating and we were able to get dropped off at Sugar Beach on their regular run. All the drivers were lovely, friendly and very accommodating, stopping at viewpoints for photographs, or the local supermarket in Soufrière if you needed supplies, or like us needed to shop for local rum!!
We booked the Gros Piton hike, as this was an early start the hotel provided us with a breakfast packed lunch, which was very much appreciated after the hike.
The grounds in and around the hotel were very well maintained, and they were in the process of re-varnishing all the outdoor areas around the pool area when we were there, with absolutely no impact on the tranquility of our stay.
There is not much more to say about the amazing infinity pool, we usually had it all to ourselves, and the photos from it are amazing, in fact the photos that you see on Tripadvisor really don’t do it justice.
It was all the little things that made this holiday wonderful. It even supplied free sun tan lotion at the pool, free mosquito repellent in your room, and all the attention to detail throughout the whole estate was amazing..
Whilst we were there, one couple got married on the estate at the Big Nature View Point, which offers a spectacular backdrop for any wedding photo.
This is the perfect romantic location for couples, not suitable for children (which honestly was a major plus for us) or people with physical limitations as there are lots of steps and slopes.
We now have an excuse to go back, as we have a cocoa tree to keep an eye on!!