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Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat, St Lucia

Last Visited By Tania, Travel Specialist

Tropic Breeze Rating:4.0

  • Especially Romantic
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco friendly
  • Gourmet food
  • Pool
  • Spa

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From £2,000 per person     From £2,250 per person
in low season                        in high season
 
Based on 7 nights bed and breakfast, inc. flights and transfers. * 

Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat, formerly Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, is a luxurious property on St Lucia which is owned by the popular chocolatier, occupying the island’s oldest cacao estate just a few miles from the coast. Hotel Chocolat has rejuvenated the cacao groves of the 140 acre Rabot Estate and restored the original estate house.

Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat comprises of just 6 Eco Lodges and 8 Luxe Eco 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.

Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat still has a strong connection with cacao and chocolate, and the hotel’s restaurant allows guests to experience cacao cuisine. 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 cacao 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 is harvested from the rain, showing a respect for the environment and the rainforest that underpins the ethos of Rabot Hotel from 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. The spa allows guests to experience unique massages using cacao butter & cacao nib exfoliating rub-downs.

There are plenty of opportunities to explore the island – guests can choose to spend a day on the beach, take a powerboat trip to Marigot Bay, go deep sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling by the Piton, take a sulphur springs bath, zip wire over the rainforest, visit the drive through volcano or climb the 2,500 feet Gros Piton ... the possibilities are endless!

The hotel is an ideal escape for groups and can be hired for exclusive use.

Call us on 01752 880 880 to speak to our friendly travel specialists about this hotel!

 


Our Opinion

Last Visited By Tania, Travel Specialist

Rabot Hotel from 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 this hotel 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 cacao enriched spa treatments, the popular ‘Tree to Bar Experience’ where you choose your own cacao pods and experience the whole chocolate making process and various different nature walks through the cacao plantation estate.

- Tania

For more information about Rabot Eco Escape from Hotel Chocolat or alternative resorts, take a look at Tania's St Lucia Trip Diary.
 

Fact File

Children: Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat is not suitable for children under 12 years due to the steep terrain and position of the hotel.
 
Distance from the airport: Approximately 30 minutes.
 
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.
 
Excursions: Numerous excursions are available including a guided estate tour, deep sea fishing, power boat trips to Discovery Bay, coastal cruises, drive sthrough the Volcano, visits the Sulphur Spring Bath, zip wiring over the rainforest, climbing the Pitons, nature watching.
 
Dining: Stays at Rabot Hotel are on a bed and breakfast, half board or full board basis. Meals are served at the Rabot Restaurant which is open from 7 – 10am for breakfast, 12 – 3pm for lunch and 6 – 9.30pm for dinner daily. The Cacao Bar is open from 10am – 11pm.
 
Disabled Guests:  Unfortunately Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat is not able to accommodate wheelchairs due to the steep, uneven terrain.
 
Accommodation:
Included with all rooms: four poster, pillow top king and super king size bed, complimentary toiletries, freshly ground coffee, freshly made chocolate treats, water and ice - refreshed daily, daily housekeeping, safety deposit box, hair dryer, vanity and sewing kits, super-high thread count cotton sheets and towels, turndown service and ceiling fans (no air conditioning). 
 
Eco Lodges: Situated around a relaxing garden courtyard, all six Eco-Lodges have views of the Petit Piton and feature stunning rainforest showers that are not to be missed. The lodges feature a UK king size four poster bed, lounging sofa and open-sky rainforest shower. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults. (450 sq.ft)
 
Luxe Eco Lodges: Located in an elevated position, our eight Luxe Lodges have dramatic views of both Pitons and the Caribbean Sea beyond from their private verandahs. These lodges feature a UK super king size four poster bed, private verandah with twin Piton views, sun loungers on the verandah and open-sky twin rainforest shower. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults. (750 sq.ft)
 
NB: The entire property can be hired for private use.

* Price given as a guide only. Departure date, exchange rate, flight class, board basis and room type can affect prices considerably.
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