Boucan by Hotel Chocolat

Rabot Estate, West Coast Rd., 2 miles (3 km) south of Soufrière, Soufrière, Soufrière, St. Lucia

Anyone who loves chocolate will love this themed boutique hotel just south of Soufrière and within shouting distance of the Pitons. Two successful British chocolatiers decided to come to the source and built this upscale eco-friendly hotel on a historic (1745) 140-acre cocoa estate that continues as a working plantation. Boucan—named for the shed that houses the rolling trays used to dry cacao beans in the sunshine—consists of a half-dozen one-bedroom lodges and eight one-bedroom "luxe" lodges that are nearly twice as large and provide unobstructed Pitons views. The decor throughout the property is, of course, predominantly a rich chocolate brown and white. Everything is high-end here: the contemporary decor in the suites, the granite counters in the bathrooms, the concierge cabinets with fresh coffee and tea, as well as bottles of champagne, wine, and beer—and estate-made chocolate treats. Boucan has solar lighting and collects rainwater for its own use. Cottages are built to maximize air flow, so there's no air-conditioning. Boucan restaurant, on-site, serves "cacao cuisine"—dishes infused or spiced with cocoa and chocolate platters for dessert. Even the spa uses cocoa products. Guests can hike the marked trails or picnic in the cacao groves. The Tree to Bean tour lets you talk with planters, learn the history of chocolate in St. Lucia, and graft and tag your own tree, while the Bean to Bag experience allows you to select cacao pods and make chocolate bars and truffles from beans you roast yourself. Two boats are available for sunset cruises and complimentary shuttle service to local beaches.

PROS

  • small and sophisticated
  • chocolate lover's dream
  • self-guided trail walks throughout the estate
  • cocoa tours
  • daily beach shuttle service

CONS

  • no air-conditioning, but naturally breezy
  • no TV, but a preloaded iPod and free Wi-Fi
  • no children under 12
  • car advised
  • not for anyone allergic to or less than thrilled by chocolate

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 758-572–9600

HOTEL DETAILS

14 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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