Boucan by Hotel Chocolat

St Lucia, Caribbean

From $1200 per person for 7 nights in low season
From $1700 per person for 7 nights in high season

based on 7 nights

per person for 7 nights based on 2 people sharing a Lodge Room on a Bed and Breakfast basis, including private transfers.

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At a Glance

  • Adult only, an ideal place for a honeymoon or a romantic retreat

  • A unique hotel with stunning views of the Pitons

  • Popular Boucan restaurant has cacao-inspired cuisine

  • Lodge rooms set amongst stunning rainforest

  • Striking, black quartz infinity pool with great views of the Pitons

  • Tree to Bar is an exclusive opportunity for guests to create their own chocolate

  • Learn to graft a plant and name your own tree in a Plantation tour

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Offering warm temperatures throughout the year the Caribbean is a perfect year round destination. With an average of 9 hours sunshine a day the peak season runs from December through to April which is the dry season when you can expect very little rainfall. May to November are the slightly wetter months where you will find an increase in rainfall as the summer season goes on and with that some humidity, however the Summer months are still a great time to travel as the temperatures are hot and the rain tends to come in short heavy bursts but not all day long. The wettest months with the most humidity are September and October and these are the most probable months for hurricanes to occur in the region although many islands have not experienced hurricanes for a number of years. The average daily temperatures range from the mid-seventies in the winter months and mid-eighties in the summertime.

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Try one of Boucan Restaurants signature homemade burgers made with cacao and presented in a bun shaped as a cocoa pod or choose from a variety of other cocoa infused dishes on their menu, I recommend the Piton Flotant for dessert!

How about a spa treatment using the cocoa beans from the plantation?

A place not to be missed if you love chocolate – it is incorporated as much as possible in the menu

Do request a Plantation tour - Learnt to Graft a plant and name your own tree to perhaps visit in 2 years’ time to see how your tree is coming along!

The Bean to Bar exercise for guests takes place on a Thursday and is hugely popular

Breakfast was amazing and non-residents can also join for this - I really recommend it.

A complimentary laundry service is offered to guests!

Head out to Whispers Fish Fry on a Friday to experience a great local atmosphere, food and party atmosphere.

We can arrange a private dinner on the pool deck with a magnificent view of the Pitons

Plenty to do around Boucan; a walk up to the volcano, a stroll to the waterfalls, zip lining and other restaurants nearby.

The involvement of Hotel Chocolat and the idea for the hotel started with a member of their tasting club sending a 1920's cocoa and chocolate history book to Chief Executive, Angus Thirlwell.

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Boucan by Hotel Chocolat

Description

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat is a stunning boutique hotel set on the exclusive Rabot Estate with glorious Piton views. Set among the rainforest and famed for being the home of the Hotel Chocolat Plantation, experience plantation chic at its best.

Boucan is a chic hotel for adults only set on the exclusive Rabot Estate and offers the unique experience of staying within the heart of the renowned Hotel Chocolat cocoa plantation which dates back to the 17th century.

With only fourteen cottages and lodges, guests are ensured a relaxed and intimate stay making Boucan ideal for romantic breaks and honeymoons. All accommodations are cooled by the natural Caribbean breezes and many overlook the spectacular Piton Mountains. With little extras such as Open sky rain showers, REN products, iPod docks and complimentary chocolate and nibbles, guests may be reluctant to leave their room, but leave you must to explore this fascinating hotel and its surrounds.

Scott Dunn guests at the hotel have the opportunity to visit the plantation for an insight into how the Rabot Estate works and each guest is invited to the “Tree to Bar” experience, when guests can create their own chocolate!

The hotel’s restaurant, Boucan, is renowned for inventive and exceptional cuisine in this part of the island, offering Cacao cuisine, imaginative fare with the Hotel Chocolat twist. Scott Dunn recommends that all our guests visit here to dine even if they are not staying as the views out to the Pitons and sunset make this an unmissable experience.

Although not on the beach, the hotel offers a regular shuttle service taking under ten minutes down to the white sands at Sugar Beach during the day where guests can swim, snorkel and kayak, diving is also available here and sun loungers can be provided. For those that are happy to stay put and enjoy the rainforest experience there is a swimming pool and plenty of decks for lounging. There is also be the Cocoa Juvenate Spa which offers a cooling sanctuary in the grounds, with signature treatments harnessing the essence of the cocoa experience.

Hotel Chocolat offers a unique experience, ideal for a few days before or after a beach stay in St Lucia or simply for a completely different and indulgent week away. As this is a working plantation guests will experience some noise from plant machinery at certain times of the day.

Please note that due to the steep terrain, Boucan by Hotel Chocolat cannot accommodate wheelchairs and children under 12 years of age.

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Accommodation

Created to sit perfectly in the stunning natural beauty of the rainforest surroundings, both types of accommodation at Boucan are unique blends of Saint Lucian charm and sleek contemporary style. All rooms are perfectly positioned to catch the cooling breeze and are furnished with premium luxury and calming comfort in mind. The views are simply to die for.

All Rooms Include:

  • Four-poster, pillow top, king & super king size (UK) beds
  • REN toiletries from London

  • iPod and docking station – pre-loaded with play lists inspired by the estate

  • Welcome bottles of wine and rum in room

  • Freshly ground coffee, Jing tea, freshly made chocolate treats, water & ice – all refreshed daily

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Safety deposit box

  • Hair Dryer, vanity & sewing kits

  • Super-high tread count cotton sheets & towels

  • Free WiFi throughout the hotel

Childcare

Children under 18 years old are not accepted at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat.

Facilities

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat has one main restaurant, cocktail bar, swimming pool with clubhouse and bar, Cocoa Juvenate Spa, WiFi high speed internet.

Activities

Free activities: Swimming pool, hiking trails, kayaking, shuttle to local beach, snorkeling

Paid activities: Rabot Estate tours, spa treatments, deep sea fishing, sailing trips, use of loungers at local beach

Reviews

4

Alice Moseley (Staff)

A haven for couples and not suited for children. Set back from the beach so guests can enjoy the two pools at the hotel with views of the pitons. A boutique feel to it, with the rooms all open to the elements to make you feel close to nature. A fantastic restaurant with a huge selection to choose from on the menu.

4

Victoria Douglas (Staff)

A great restaurant, set on a Cocoa plantation with trendy rooms is how I would describe Boucan. The vibe here was very much couples, many honeymooners and the atmosphere social. With a really great play list in the bar, sit back and enjoy a rum cocktail and take in the views of the Pitons. The south is my favorite area of St Lucia and this is a great base for those wanting to get out and explore, the Gros Piton trek, Sulphur Springs and snorkeling at Sugar Beach are all within a short drive away.

4

Rachel Edgar (Staff)

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat is a beautiful contemporary hotel with traditional West Indian charm, a real must for chocolate lovers! With only 14 lodges there is a real feeling of peace and intimacy here, where you can relax and unwind and enjoy the views of the breathtaking Piton Mountains. A real stand out for me here was the warm welcome and friendliness of the staff here.

A place where you find yourself immersed in the laid back atmosphere, whether it's enjoying a sundowner cocktail at the bar or treating yourself to a soothing treatment at the Cocoa Juvenate Spa, I recommend the Cacao Detox Body Wrap.

You can relax by the striking infinity black quartz pool which is 50 feet long and looks directly at the Pitons or enjoy one of the fun experiences they offer here such as their signature Tree to Bar experience.

Each lodge has its own iPod and iPod dock and you are welcomed with a complimentary bottle of wine and rum as well as a daily cookie treat! They also offer a complimentary laundry service.

I would recommend staying her for 2-3 nights as a perfect start or finish to any vacation to St Lucia.

5

Katie May (Staff)

As a self-confessed chocoholic, Boucan Hotel Chocolate was paradise for me. The 14 lodges are wonderfully spacious, and are beautifully contemporary in style. I particularly loved the stunning rainforest showers.

5

Elizabeth Bray (Staff)

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat- I find is incredible to go for about 3 nights..This is a stunning Boutique style hotel with 14 lodges set in the famous a Cocoa Plantation of Hotel Chocolat - Rabot Estate with glorious Piton views. I find this one of the most Unique hotels in the Caribbean. The food is amazing, everything with a Chocolate twist! A Foodies Heaven! I wouldnt be surprised if they are on the way to a Michelin Star! The View of the Pitons is one of the most breath taking sites you will ever see, a little like the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland, you are just Mesmerised by it!

The rooms used to be called Coco Pods, now they are known as lodges, with romantic 4 Poster beds with mosquito net, and little pots with chocolate delights. The keys are even carved into a Cocoa pod shape with your lodge number engraved on them. The Infinity Pool with the view of the Pitons is out of this world and I have many a photo with the reflection of the pitons up close.

I highly recommend the amazing Fillet steak on the menu, Plus the super plantation tour, where you see all of the different colored chocolat pods and you can Graft your own tree! This experience is where you place together a new plant with the mother plant (The flavor of Hotel Chocolat that we all know and love) and you make a little nick and cling film them together for the flavor can carry on! They will plant your tree for you and you can go back to visit it in time to come. A nice little touch and I think you may like to do this for your honeymoon and perhaps return to see how the tree is coming along, especially when the yellow, green and red chocolate pods start to grow.

Please do see my Blog I wrote after I stayed here http://blog.scottdunn.com/post/16461440876/chocoholics-this-post-is-for-you

5

Sarah Jane Tichacek (Staff)

A perfect place for chocoholics - in the cuisine they try to incorporate as much chocolate as possible in the menu. It is still a working plantation. You can even make your own chocolate on the Tree to Bar experience.

Experiences

  • Bean to Bar Experience at Hotel Chocolat

    Bean to Bar at Boucan is a unique opportunity for guests to create their own chocolate from the cacao grown on the Rabot Estate. Taking in the whole of the estate from the cocoa groves to the original plantation house where you will make your own bar.

  • Climb Gros Piton

    St Lucia is most famous for its UNESCO world heritage Pitons, Gros and Petit Piton. Those seeking a challenge can hike with a local guide to the top of Gros Piton reaching the dizzying heights of 2619 feet above sea level with spectacular views.

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Location & directions

St Lucia, Caribbean

St Lucia is a 239 square mile island in the West Indies, part of the Lesser Antillies, north west of Barbados and south of Martinique. The island lies in the cocoa belt which girdles the earth, plus or minus 20 degrees latitude from the Equator. It is here close to the town of Soufriere one can find Boucan by Hotel Chocolat.

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