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
My husband and I were there in March . I have been meaning to write a review... We Loved Hotel Chocolat. We stayed in a luxe lodge. We enjoyed having no air conditioning and coexisting with nature for a week. We had a couple geckos in our room but we enjoy seeing them. The service and the food were wonderful. I especially enjoyed the breakfast .It was a 15 minute bus ride to the beach but the charm of the hotel was worth it. Also the pool was beautiful. We recommend the cocoa tour right on the hotel grounds. One of the most unique places we have stayed.
This hotel is a must stay place. We stayed for 2 nights at the start of our St Lucia holiday. We had a deluxe lodge with a great view of Petit Piton. The infinity pool with honest bar was lovely. With only 14 lodges at present the feel is very chilled and the service was fantastic. The food with its chocolate bias was lovely. We did the bean to bar tour which was really good. We also did a walk through the estate to the volcano and up to the ridge for more fantastic views. Little touches like cookies and truffles in your room were wonderful. The whole estate ethos of organic food, and supporting the local economy was great too. We would definitely go out of our way to stay here again.
Large drink menu. Good menu and interesting items. Vegan entree was delicious! Desserts are beautiful with many options and a must have with a visit. Service was very good. Walking distance from Ladera Resort.