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Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, St Lucia

  • Especially Romantic
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco friendly
  • Gourmet food
  • Pool
  • Spa
Owned by the popular chocolatier Hotel Chocolat, this 140 acre cocoa estate dates back to 1745 making the original Rabot Estate the oldest one on the island.  Boucan by Hotel Chocolat has rejuvenated the cocoa groves and restored the original estate house, naming the hotel Boucan - the creole name for a cocoa drying shed.
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat has been named 'St Lucia's Leading Hotel' at the 2016 World Travel Awards.
 
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat comprises of just 6 Lodges and 8 Luxe Lodges constructed from local wood and stone with high ceilings to allow the cooling breeze to flow throughout each simple but stylish interior.  The double bedrooms have king or super king size beds with ultra-high thread count cotton sheets and the bathrooms have polished granite double basin and open-sky rainforest showers.   Each intimate, exclusive guest accommodation features a private veranda with Rabot Rocking Chairs and cabinets of chilled drinks in every lodge.
 
Boucan is the hotel's own restaurant, where guests can experience cacao cuisine. The Boucan offers a strong connection with cacao and chocolate.  For over 3,000 years, cacao has been used as a savory ingredient and for only the last 500 years as a sweet one.  The menu explores both uses, with the chefs taking their inspiration from the fresh cacao growing all around the estate, together with amazing local fish and seafood, salad leaves, vegetables and plentiful fruit.  However, the cuisine is far from cocoa heavy as the menu often makes use of cacao as a light, subtle spice or as an infusion.
 
Surrounding the lodges, the landscaped grounds are lit by solar powered lights and water has been harvested from the rain showing a respect for the environment and the rainforest that underpins the ethos of Boucan by Hotel Chocolat.  Unique to the Rabot Estate is the Tree to Bar Experience - an exclusive opportunity for guests to create their own chocolate starting with walking on the estate, selecting ripe cacao pods to cut from the tree, roasting them and culminating with the making of chocolate bars and truffles.  Tours include all the stages in-between such as visiting the seedling nursery, fermenting room, sun drying, grinding, mixing and lots of tasting! 
 
Guests can also take a guided fruit tasting Safari as the estate grows its own guava, mango, banana, papaya and breadfruit to name but a few.  The 50-foot infinity pool is set high above the trees and is surrounded by lounge areas and a pool bar.  Guests can experience unique massages using cocoa butter & cocoa nib exfoliating rub-downs.  Opportunities to explore the island – perhapds to spend a day on the beach (you can be dropped off and picked up), take a powerboat trip to Marigot Bay, go deep sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling off the Pitons - a world class dive site, take a sulphur springs bath, zip wire over the rainforest, visit the drive through volcano, climb the 2,600 feet Gros Pitons ... 7 days just isn't enough!
 
Exclusive use... The hotel is an ideal escape for groups, the entire property can be hired for private use.
 

 


Our Opinion

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat is a unique hotel which is really suited to the type of guest who wants total seclusion, a rainforest retreat, simple lodge-style accommodation in a minimalistic style and the opportunity to sample some of the best chocolate inspired cuisine in the world as well as locally-made chocolate of course!

We tend to recommend Boucan primarily for short stays as part of a twin centre or island hopping holiday in the Caribbean as it doesn’t offer the typical amenities such as a beach or water sports that some people may want to include in their stay. However, for something unusual and off the beaten track in St Lucia, it makes for a very memorable experience. Guests can enjoy cocoa enriched spa treatments, the popular ‘Tree to Bar Experience’ where you choose your own cocoa pods and experience the whole chocolate making process and various different nature walks through the cocoa plantation estate.

- Laura


Fact File

Children: Not suitable for children under 12 years due to the steep terrain and position of the hotel.
 
Distance from the airport: Approximately 30 minutes
 
Facilities: Club Boucan has a private, 50 ft. pool & clubhouse (2,500 sq. ft. for guests’ exclusive use) with sun loungers, a club steward serving drinks, nibbles and lunches as well as a bar for cocktails, Champagne, Prosecco and wine.  Restaurant.
 
Voltage: Guests from the UK don't need an adaptor as the plugs and voltages are the same.
 
Currency: US dollars at the hotel.  (Eastern Caribbean and US dollars used on the island).
 
Clothing: Recommend a good sun/water resistant hat, light waterproof (the hotel is close to the rainforest so there may be the occasional tropical downpour), small rucksack and trainers/light walking boots if guests intend to be active.  Smart casual attire required for evening dinner at The Boucan.
 
Tours: Guided Estate tour.  Deep sea fishing.  Power boat to Discovery Bay.  Sail the coastline.  Drive through the Volcano.  Visit the Sulphur Spring Bath. Ride a zip wire over the rainforest.  Climb the Pitons.  Nature watching.
 
Meal Arrangements: Half board and full board options are available.
 
NB: The entire property can be hired for private use.
 
Disabled Guests:  Unfortunately Boucan by Hotel Chocolat is not able to accommodate wheelchairs due to the steep, uneven terrain.
 
Accommodation/Room Amenities: Hair dryer, safety deposit box, complimentary REN toiletries, cotton dressing gowns and slippers, vanity and sewing kits, i-Pod docking station with speakers and free loan of hotel's i-Pods loaded with exclusive playlists, tea and coffee making facilities with Jing tea bags and freshly ground coffee.  Concierge cabinet with cold Piton beers, Champagne, Prosecco and still wines, local rum and complimentary water.
 
Lodges: Located in a courtyard setting.  Four Lodges with views of the Piton and two Lodges face the courtyard. 450 sq. ft.  The lodges feature a UK King size bed, chaise lounge day bed (or single bed on request), double basin, polished granite bathroom and an open-sky rainforest shower (privacy ensured).
 
Luxe Lodges: Elevated with dramatic views of both Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. 750 sq. ft. so would suit 2,3 or 4 guests.  Main bedroom with UK Super King size bed, open lounge with two chaise lounges day beds (or can be set up with 2 single beds). Features a polished granite bathroom with a double basin and a private open-sky rainforest shower. Open verandah with sea and mountain views and Rabot Estate rocking chairs. 
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