BOUCAN BY HOTEL CHOCOLAT
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Saint Lucia’s oldest cocoa estate – a 140-acre plantation surrounded by steamy rainforests – provides a fitting location for Boucan, the first hotel by the founders of luxury chocolate firm Hotel Chocolat. British entrepreneurs Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris bought the estate in 2006, and have since transformed it into a tropical retreat that helps guests rekindle their relationship with cocoa. Food in the panoramic Boucan Restaurant, for example, isn’t just limited to sweet, chocolaty desserts. Chefs here use cocoa to complement seafood, leafy salads and estate-grown herbs and fruits. The Cocoa-Juvenate Spa also harnesses cocoa’s antioxidant power for use in a heady combination of massages and body wraps.
Set 1,000 feet above sea level in a Unesco World Heritage Site and shaped by skilled builders, all 14 of the Rabot Estate’s lodges have open-air rainforest showers and views of the cone-shaped volcano Petit Piton. The eight largest lodges also benefit from private verandahs that look out over mountains and seascapes. After taking a chocolate-making tour with the restaurant’s chef, guests can drench themselves in Club Boucan’s black-quartz infinity pool or sip prosecco at the bar, which is wafted by cool, chocolate-scented breezes. For chocoholics and eco-conscious design lovers, the place feels a lot like heaven.
Enjoy responsible luxury at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, a tropical retreat on St Lucia’s oldest cocoa estate, connecting the world of cocoa agriculture with hedonistic chocolate experiences.
LOCATION OF BOUCAN BY HOTEL CHOCOLAT
Saint Lucia is one of the stunning jewels of the Eastern Caribbean, situated between Martinique to the north and Saint Vincent to the South. Boucan Hotel & Restaurant is nestled in the beautiful grounds of Rabot Estate, the island's oldest working cocoa plantation, in the south west of the island, close to the old capital, Soufriere, and strikingly close to the iconic Piton Mountains.