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
We love this place and St Lucia, this was our third visit in as many years. Bit like coming home. The island, the hotel and the people are super relaxing. The view of the Pitons from our luxe lodge is magical - you don't need TV. We find the open air nature of the lodge - not a pane of glass in sight, very comfortable. No need for AC in May. The wildlife is charming and not a problem, live and let live. The frogs, which sing at night, are just another delight, a tropical soundtrack. We love visiting Sugar Beach and making use of the hotel's boat service. Additionally, the Sunset Cruise is a winner and this year we took the day trip to the north of the Island - Pigeon Island and Rodney Bay. Fascinating trip, excellent crew - full of information and happy to chat. The picnic lunch was excellent. I also climbed the Gros Piton with a super guide arranged by the hotel - a great experience, not too easy but well worth the effort. Go early in the morning before the heat and crowds arrive. We look forward to returning when we can.
We were really looking forward to the food here (obviously, chocolate everything) and the meal exceeded our expectations. We started with a couple chocolate drinks, and the view was beautiful of the forest and pitons. The staff were extremely friendly, professional and accommodating. We started with some complementary bread and dips, and then we ate mahi mahi “risotto”, beef over a savory profiterole, chicken curry, and a vegetable main dish as well. The chicken curry was amazing in flavor and not too overdone. For dessert we had the chocolate lava cake which was the best molten cake we have ever had,
In addition to the assortment of 9 tastes of chocolate. For a chocoholic, this place is a must! And the view and exceptional service made it a truly great experience.
The location is a true gem with fantastic views of the Petit Piton, stunning sunsets and surrounded by thick green rainforest and a cocoa plantation on site. The food was delicious and inspired by the plantation's own cocoa and chocolate. Leave some space for the desserts! We enjoyed visiting the nearby bubbling volcano and sulphur springs along with grafting our very own cocoa plant. The service was outstanding and it all felt like a second honeymoon!
We stayed here as the first half of our honeymoon in St Lucia and it was a truly excellent start.
In fact my only criticism is the lack of signage to the hotel as you are driving from the Airport. There is nothing on the road going into Soufriere so you drive straight past it. If you reach the speed bumps outside the Ladera resort, turn around and its the first left that you drove past.
Upon arrival we were advised to leave our bags outside as we sat in the bar/restaurant/reception area which is all in one open space with ceiling fans, dark chocolate coloured (of course) wood and of course the spectacular view of the Pitons. You are provided with a welcome cocktail of your choice and the receptionist sits down with you and explains everything such as the honesty bar by the swimming pool which is a great touch, and possible excursions. They run a complimentary shuttle to Anse Chastanet which is a good service although the beach isn't all that. Whilst this is happening your cases are taken to your lodge which is a must as there are a lot of steps and it would be be last thing you want to be doing after a flight!
We were delighted to be upgraded to a luxury lodge and the room was great. It must be the biggest bathroom i've ever had and the shower could fit 6 people. The shower head was huge and high (around 7'5").
The bed was huge with ceiling fan and mosquito net. There is no A/C but as it is not a fully enclosed room there is natural ventilation and the sun doesn't get into the room until sunset so the temperature is comfortable so it isn't missed. Warning if you do not like birds or gecko's then be warned as they get in and are pretty friendly (and harmless!). We didn't mind at all.
What we were most impressed with was the little touches. Really good ear plugs which for me was great as the noise of insects & frogs in the evening is loud. Complimentary bottle of wine and truffles. Complimentary bottle of rum punch in the fridge. Fresh ground coffee so you can have a cafetiere on the terrace in the morning. Oversized robes. 2 Bottles of filtered water refreshed twice a day so bring your own reusable bottle for when you go exploring. The included breakfast is great also.
The star however is the pool. Simply magical and an instagrammers heaven! Free loungers and pool towels. Honesty bar including filtered water and cold mint towels. TIP - You can get your own drinks and load in the fridge if you don't want to spend $7 a beer.
Overall a great stay and they really look after you and make you feel comfortable. Highly recommend!
The location was a bit disappointing as having been across the road to Ladera you felt a bit as though your were in the stalls at the theatre and not the front row. That said the food outweighs everything else. Definitely worth a visit!