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 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.