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Hotel Highlights

  • Chocolate is never far from hand at this working cacao plantation.
  • Easy access to beaches and the rainforest.
  • Some of the best food and wine in the Caribbean.

Overview

A dessert island fantasy, Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in St Lucia seems made for chocolate lovers. The jungle-surrounded hilltop lodges – with views of the Caribbean Sea and Petit Piton peak – perch beside a cacao plantation that hosts classes and tours, with plenty of samples. The ultra-local restaurant serves some of the island’s best food, including chocolate in both sweet and savoury preparations. Though the hotel natural setting is relaxing enough to help you forget it all, cocoa is rarely far from mind: the superlative spa even uses homegrown pods in its massage treatments.

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Welcome cocktails and a tour of the nursery

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

14 lodges.

Check–out

12pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $250.00, excluding tax at 8 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include a full English breakfast.

Also

CocoaJuvenate spa focuses on chocolate-centric treatments in open-air rooms with mountain views. The staff use the plantation’s home-grown cacao beans, butter and oil, along with banana leaves, to make antioxidant-packed lotions and oils for treatments.

At the hotel

Spa, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, minibar, Ren bath products.

Our favourite rooms

There are only two room types: Lodges and Luxe Lodges – which are twice as large and have a private verandah and better views. Of the Luxe Lodges, Room 7 has the very best views and extra privacy. One of the first rooms built, it sits toward the end of the propert, offering some of the best views. It also has a stunning walk-in shower that is paved with river stones and has three separate water settings to simulate rainfall. Lodges 1 to 4 have particularly clear views of the Pitons, with east-west exposure for better tropical breezes and sunsets.

Poolside

The 50-foot infinity pool is spectacular: lined in black quartz, the still water seems to perfectly mirror its views of the Piton Mountains and rainforest. The pool is surrounded by wood sunloungers and Adirondack rockers, and has cocktail service.

Packing tips

Though the beaches are spectacular, the forest trails are even better, so bring a pair of hiking boots in addition to flip-flops.

Also

Make your own chocolate in the Tree to Bar class, which starts with guests cutting cacao pods and ends with creating chocolate bars and truffles. There are also self-guided walks through the cocoa groves.

Children

Leave them at home; this hotel is best for adults.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel is extremely eco-conscious, using locally sourced, organic and seasonal products wherever possible. The staff composts, recycles waste water and uses solar power.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The open-air Boucan restaurant has 180-degree views of the Pitons, mood-setting candlelight throughout and a jungle soundtrack supplied by tree frogs and birds. Like the rest of the hotel, the restaurant specialises in cocoa – think nibs, pulp, powder, roasts, grinds and more – for dishes like local dorado fillet with red wine and cacao; confit duck with bittersweet orange-cacao sauce, and beef with dark-chocolate-port-wine sauce. The kitchen also uses tropical island ingredients, including coconut for a bread served with a choice of three cocoa infusions: balsamic, cocoa nibs in butter and basil-nut pesto.

Hotel Bar

The hotel bar is open all day, from 8am to 11pm, with a blackboard listing the in-season fruits in drinks like rum punches, watermelon mojitos and passionfruit bellini. Deep sofas are arranged to best take in sunset views, with a soundtrack of calypso tunes and classic rock. True to the hotel’s name, the bar also serves chocolate-spiked cocktails, like a cacao-infused bellini, combining cacao pulp, prosecco, lemon verbena and soursop juice. There’s also a chocolate daiquiri.

 

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 10am, lunch from 12pm to 2.30pm and dinner from 6.30 to 9.30pm; food is available poolside from 7am to 9pm.

Room service

A selection of sandwiches, salads and entrées – including fresh fish – is available from 8am to 9pm daily; the minibar in each room is stocked with local beer, rum punch, wine, water and soda.

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Dress code

Though this is one of the island’s best restaurants, with top-tier food, the dress code is fairly relaxed. Opt for island-casual, including linen pants, maxi dresses and sandals.

Top table

Snag a table along the edge for the best views of the mountain peaks.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

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.

Local restaurants

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.

 

Local bars

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.

 

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It's a jungle out there

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat

PO Box 312, Soufriere, Caribbean

Hotel Chocolat is set on the Rabot Estate in Soufrière on St Lucia.

Planes

The island’s main gateway is Hewanorra International Airport (www.slaspa.com), a 45-minute drive from the hotel. It offers flights from London (www.ba.com), New York (www.united.com) and other major cities.

Automobiles

If you intend to explore the island, stop by the rental kiosks at the airport and pick up some wheels. From the airport, follow signs for Soufrière, then keep an eye out for the Rabot Plantation, on the right

Other

Those who arrive by boat can dock at the marina in nearby Soufrière.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in St Lucia and unpacked their chocolate bars and cocoa powder, a full account of their Caribbean Island escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Boucan by Hotel Chocolat……
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Boucan by Hotel Chocolat

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in St Lucia and unpacked their chocolate bars and cocoa powder, a full account of their Caribbean Island escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Boucan by Hotel Chocolat…

What could be better than a palm-fringed paradise on a tropical island? Chocolate at every turn. Boucan is a fudgy fantasy set in the midst of a cacao plantation, with tours, classes and, of course, cocoa desserts at every turn (and bite).

Wonka fantasyland aside, Boucan has one of the most perfect perches in St Lucia. The black infinity pool seems to jut straight out to Petit Piton, and jungle birds create a soundtrack for morning walks or sunset lounges on the private verandah. Take advantage of the natural splendour with guided hikes or jungle tours, or simply sit back and take it all in with a rum punch in hand.

Unsurprisingly, chocolate is the star of the superlative hotel restaurant – appearing in most sauces and a nib-studded butter – but it isn’t the only local treat. The hotel serves an Eden of tropical fruit, including abundant breakfast platters and bright seasonal cocktails. Sugar phobes need not apply.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Boucan by Hotel Chocolat's Guestbook below.

 

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Stayed on

We loved

Hotel Boucan is true escapism: beautifully situated, incredible views, tasteful understated rooms and friendly and warm staff. It's the opposite of stuffy: no airs and graces, just a quiet, premium hotel. The Luxe rooms are well worth getting – and room 7 (as Mr & Mrs Smith recommended) has the best view, but they do all have a great view. The rooms are well sized, and the balconies on the Luxe cottages are spacious with two big sun loungers and a sofa – we spent most afternoons there. They are totally secluded and you'd be forgiven for thinking no one else was staying there until the evenings when other guests magically appear for dinner. Breakfast was simple but delicious, with chocolate granola being a highlight! The pool is not huge but perfect for cooling off when the sun is high.

Don’t expect

The only real issue all week we had was with the food. The chocolate theme, whilecompletely justified given the nature of the hotel and the cocoa production, is just too heavy. It's almost impossible to not have chocolate or cocoa nibs in food. Honestly, it gets a bit tedious. I actually felt sorry for people on full board – we'd gone breakfast only and had two evenings and two lunches at the hotel and that was more than enough. The menu doesn't change either, which was disappointing. They need to do some simple, local food in addition to chocolate-based everything.

Rating: 10/10 stars