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
Spectacular view, warm tropical breeze, prompt service and excellent menu suggestions. Walked over from Ladera where we spent the week in paradise. Boucan dinner began with pulled pork Piton then lamb shank followed by chocolate and more chocolate. The tuna entre' was also perfect. So perfect we returned two nights later.
What a fab hotel- only 14 lodges ( some de luxe) food is fab. Pool is very cold. De luxe lodges have huge bathroom and massive shower- with views of Piton.
Great restaurant and cocoa walking tour.
Service is first class and they can organise taxis to go to town but $40 return is steep.
Absolutely stunning hotel in a great location. Beautiful surroundings and views. Being able to do some lovely walks through the cocoa plantation was fantastic. The food was absolutely amazing - we stayed for ten nights and every dish that we had was delicious. The staff were fantastic - everyone was so friendly and helpful and the rooms were kept immaculately. There is no doubt in our mind that this is the best hotel on the island and we thoroughly recommend it.
My husband and I just returned from a wonderful honeymoon at Boucan. We debated staying at Tet Rouge, Found Doux and Ladera and glad we chose this property. The staff was friendly, always helpful but not obtrusive. The little extras in our room were so helpful - cookies, cream for coffee, water. We loved the honesty bar system at the pool.
The shuttle to the beach worked well but takes approx 30 min by the time you get in a beach chair. St Lucia has spectacular topography but isn’t the best island in terms of beaches. Just realize that the 2 options near Boucan are both lovely albeit a bit of a trek and expensive to get chairs.
We ate 3 of our 4 dinners at the restaurant onsite. The food is good, creative though feels a little bit “dated” as each dish seemed to focus heavily on sauces and less on fresh and fragrant produce. Meals were also pretty expensive and service varies by waiter.
All said, the personal attention, thoughtful details and European charm are lovely if you’re looking for a luxurious boutique experience. This place isn’t for you if you like all-inclusive amenities and nightlife.
I stayed here recently on a solo trip and couldn't have been more pleased. The property is tucked away in the rainforest hills of Soufreire.
Aside from the food I think the overall aesthetic and comfortable amenities are the strong points of this property. I was pleasantly surprised and upgraded to Luxe Lodge upon arrival, strongly suggest staying in one of these as you will get a better view of the Pitons with your own balcony and a shower to dieeeee for. Everything is open air, which would sound concerning to most, but it works perfect here. There is no need for AC with the rainforest climate and architecture. You will get a few friendly bird and lizard roommates but I loved that part of the experience--and the bed is of course surrounded by a mosquito net for the evening.
The infinity pool area provides one of the best views in St. Lucia--staring straight at Petit Piton--and the decor and layout makes for a lush, quiet, paradise setting. The main part of the Hotel also serves as a delicious restaurant. The food tasted very authentic and had cocoa infused into every dish because it is located on a cocoa plantation after all. If you're not a chocolate person--fear not they are usually just subtle hints of cocoa aside from the desserts. I am obsessed with chocolate so this was a huge selling point for me.
The location is also wonderful. I'm more of a beach person but there aren't many amazing beach front hotels in Soufriere (I'm guessing due to the mountainous terrain). However I stayed here knowing I can easily take their shuttle down to the beautiful Sugar Beach about 10 minutes below the resort (this beach is one of the most stunning sights I've ever seen, you must go. You have to pay for entry and a bed if you want that but it is wellll worth it). You can also take the shuttle to Anse Chastanet beach which is pretty as well but I found it much less awe inducing and comfortable than Sugar Beach.
If there's a rainy day, don't worry--you are in the rainforest so this happens. There are wonderful spa services if you need to stay in (also infused with cocoa). Additionally, Ladera resort is across the street if you want to take in another of the many beautiful views of the Pitons at the resort restaurant.
Lastly I found the staff here and every local I met in St. Lucia to be incredibly kind and hospitable. The concierge helped me figure a lot of things out, Barnabe is the best! (I was kind of winging this vacation). I strongly suggest this resort if you're looking for a wonderful experience in St. Lucia.