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
Maybe because we visited the restaurant as part of our chocolate-making day tour, the menu was very limited and, despite the interesting fact that every dish had some chocolate in it, average tasting and poorly executed. Burger was way below average, fish was extremely dry and desserts overly sweet. And don’t even think of going up there for a beer, they will charge you $11 USD for the local one, not worth it. I will give it a 3 rating just for the views.
When you arrive at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat you cannot help but smile and think that you have chosen very wisely. The place looks amazing and perfectly in keeping with the lush foliage of the rainforest that surrounds Boucan. Very Eco friendly style.
The Chalets are very nice but do lack a couple of essentials in my option. The first is windows and the second is air-con. My visit was during early August when the low temperature at night was a muggy 27 degrees. The Chalets have wooden blinds, but no glass and the sound of nigh-time insects will literally keep you wake. Every room comes with a two sets of disposable earplugs, which was a first for me.
The Four poster bed comes complete with a white mosquito net which is absolutely essential as the rooms are not in any way sealed from elements so flying bugs do get in.
The location and views from the hotel are wonderful and the whole place is reminiscent of a large African Safari Lodge.
Food in the Restaurant is good and the evening ambiance was excellent. Breakfast was also very pleasant and is al a carte.
A great place for a short stay if you are travelling the Island, but not sure how I would have if I had stayed longer than two days.
We had an amazing experience at Hotel Chocolat! We were in St. Lucia for my boyfriend's birthday and decided to stay at this hotel for two nights before traveling to the northern part of the island. When we arrived, they already knew who we were and which room we reserved. They offered us welcome drinks (choose any drink in the bar) and we sat back and took in the views. The best thing about this hotel are the views of the Petit Piton. You can experience these views in the dining and lobby/bar area, at the pool, and in the room. The hotel is near all of the popular excursions like the waterfall, sulphur springs, hikes, etc.
The views from the room made the experience. Definitely get the luxe room if you can. The room was large with a huge balcony facing the Petit Piton. The room was very nice with wood decor and a sheer canopy over the bed. The rainfall shower in the bathroom is also amazing! I really was impressed with the rustic beauty of the room. The "openness" of the hotel takes some getting used to but the fan created a nice breeze that made everything comfortable. If you aren't comfortable with your partner, you may not want to stay in the room because even the restroom has an open ceiling so you can hear everything going on in there.
We had dinner at the hotel one of the nights we were there. The food is definitely "fancy" and I appreciated the experience and the opportunity to try so many dishes with cocoa. They brought us several things to try including a chocolate and onion flake soup, sorbet, a chocolate snack, and other goodies I can't remember. I am happy we ate there because of the views and the romantic experience although I enjoyed the food at a restaurant off of the property better. The breakfast was really really good and it was included in our room. It was so much food every morning. We ordered an omelette with toast and bacon and they bring out fresh cut fruit, coffee/tea, smoothies, chocolate muffins, and anything else you want. Everything we ate at the restaurant was fresh and delicious.
Go to the spaaaa!!! We got the cocoa scrub and massage and it was so amazing! The spa is open air too but the breeze makes it so comfortable. That was the best spa experience I have ever had. My skin was soft and moisturized for DAYS after the treatment. It was so relaxing and romantic.
Hotel Chocolat was by far THE BEST hotel I've ever stayed in and I will be sure to stay there again when I return to St. Lucia. The experience and views are superb. Stay for a couple nights and then go to the north and party (if that's what you're into). We did and cherished the experience even more because we didn't have enough time to get bored.