Worth getting out of bed for
Boucan has enough activities to keep any chocolate fan occupied for days. Relax with cocktails by the black-quartz swimming pool, which looks as if it’s filled with liquid chocolate. Set inside the guests-only Club Boucan, the pool has plenty of sunloungers, and a steward to bring around drinks and snacks throughout the day. After that, book a chocolate-centric spa treatment at CocoaJuvenate, then head off to the groves to try and make your own truffles or chocolate bar.
St Lucia has plenty of natural wonders for exploring. The hotel staff can arrange a visit to the world’s only drive-in volcano, a hike up Gros Piton mountain or a soak in the nearby sulphur springs. Rent a boat to snorkel in search of leatherback turtles, or join the Boucaneer West Coast Raiding Party, a retro exploration inspired by raiders of yore that includes local lunch and rum punch as you conquer – or simply explore – Pigeon Island, Rodney Bay and Marigot Bay.
With views of the sea and Piton Mountains, Mango Tree (+1 758 459 5648; www.stonefieldresort.com) has a setting to match its excellent Caribbean food. Order conch chowder, jerk chicken, roasted fish or spicy shrimp, with brightly coloured rum cocktails. Request a table near the water at Petit Peak, on Maurice Mason Street in Soufrière. The restaurant serves buttery roti, curries, creole-spiced chicken and stews. Don’t leave without trying the banana crumble. Get a taste of the best native St Lucia ingredients at Dasheene at Ladera (+1 758 459 6623; www.ladera.com). The restaurant, which has spectacular sunset views, serves Caribbean specialties, including sweet potato soup, plantain gratin and roast conch. Sunday brunch features a St Lucian Shak Shak band. Up on a hill with sea views, Gee’s Bon Manje in lower La Haut (+1 758 457 1008; www.geesbonmanje.lc) serves local specialties, including saltfish, curried goat and cocoa tea.
Just outside the town centre, Whipsers on Bridge Street is the best place to catch football matches (+1 758 720 8486) with cold beer and snacks. The unofficial drink of the island is rum punch, best ordered at the low-key shacks just off the road.