Hotel Chocolat, St. Lucia, West Indies

Chocolate, luxe accommodations, exquisite cuisine and a connection to nature that most won’t find anymore when on a Caribbean vacation is readily available at Hotel Chocolat. Sustainable, historic and absolutely gorgeous, the Hotel Chocolat is a Caribbean vacation experience like no other.  You will experience nature, see how chocolate is made, have dining experiences you never imagined possible and of course, you will relax.

 The 140 acre plantation dates back to 1745 and was recently purchased, renovated and is now a luxe hotel and chocolate plantation that offers their guest so much more than the typical Caribbean island experience. Forget boring all-inclusive buffet style dining, basic accommodations and employees with a sour look on their face, because you certainly won’t find it at Hotel Chocolat. Located on the gorgeous island of St. Lucia in the West Indies, Hotel Chocolat is a short drive from the beach and you can be transported by their complimentary shuttle service. If you prefer to relax and unwind in the idyllic setting of a lush green garden setting, then there is no need for you to leave the resort.

Upon arrival at the Hotel Chocolat you will be greeted with a rum punch and shown to your  pod (room) that has gorgeous views of the Pitons. You can choose from a Cocoa Pod room or a Cocoa Pod Luxe room but either will be sure to impress. The Cocoa Pod rooms are 450 sq. ft and among other amenities have a king size four poster bed and an open-sky rain forest shower. The Cocoa Pod Luxe rooms are 750 sq. ft and feature a super king size four poster bed, a private veranda with stunning views of the Pitons and an open-sky twin rain forest shower. Despite which type of accommodations you choose, included in your stay are:
Full breakfast – including cocoa tea, fresh estate fruit & cooked breakfast daily
• Four poster, pillow top, king & super king size (UK) beds
• REN toiletries from London
• iPod, pre-loaded with playlists inspired by the estate and docking station
• Welcome cocktail in Boucan Bar
• Welcome bottle of Hotel Chocolat prosecco in room
• Freshly ground coffee, Jing tea, freshly-made chocolate treats, water & ice (refreshed daily)
• Daily housekeeping
• Safety deposit box
• Hair Dryer, vanity & sewing kits
• Super-high tread count cotton sheets & towels
• Free WiFi throughout the hotel
• Daily beach transfer
• Access to Club Boucan, private infinity pool clubhouse
• Access to unguided trail walks throughout Rabot Estate
• Seedling nursery tour

Although the accommodations at Hotel Chocolat are amazing, chances are you won’t be spending much time in your room with all of the gorgeous places to explores and things to see on the island of St. Lucia. Hotel Chocolat is a great place to start out from because there are plenty of activities to occupy your time right at the resort.
Club Boucan is open to resort guests only and features a 50 ft. long black quartz infinity pool. Cocoa Juvenate  is the spa at Hotel Chocolat and as you can imagine many of the spa treatments are inspired by chocolate and many of the lotions and treatment potions are made fresh right on the resort grounds. Whether you indulge in a cocoa inspired massage or relax in the gorgeous pool, you will feel as if you have landed in paradise during your entire stay at Hotel Chocolat.

One of the most unique activities is right at your fingertips and is not only fun but also very educational.  The Tree to Bar Tour lasts approximately 3 hours during which you can see how chocolate is made starting with the tree and going through all of the stages of the chocolate making process. Guests even get to roast beans and make their own chocolate bar as well as do lots of chocolate tasting. The tour is $45 per person for resort guests and $65 per person for non-resort guests. The Tree to Bar Tour has excellent reviews from past guests and is highly recommended not only for Hotel Chocolat guests but for any visitors to the island of St. Lucia.

 The best part of Hotel Chocolat is the dining experience and if have you read any reviews from past guests you can be confident that you will have an extraordinary dining experience during your stay at Hotel Chocolat. The cuisine is made from fresh local ingredients and is inspired no other than cocoa. Some dishes boast a strong infusion of cocoa while others just a subtle hint and all dishes are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Think of dining in a gorgeous setting with incredible views of the Pitons while eating a Fresh Citrus Salad with White Chocolate Dressing followed by Beef Rib Eye with Dark Chocolate Port Wine Sauce and finished off with a St. Lucian Chocolate Tart all made from fresh local ingredients. It doesn’t any better than that! If you are looking for something as equally exquisite to drink, try a glass of wine from the wine cellar, some vintage rum or a mango bellini.

 Hotel Chocolat is not only an amazing resort though, they strive to make the island of St. Lucia a better place and are not only concerned with making money and boosting tourism. Instead they are trying to make a difference in the local economy not only in the chocolate industry but in other areas as well. They use a lot of locally grown produce, locally caught seafood and most of their employees are locals. When you stay at Hotel Chocolat you are not just another resort guest at a mega resort that will better the lives of rich resort owners but you are a resort guest at a sustainable resort that focuses on boosting the local economy and works hard to provide jobs to local residents.

 If you’re looking for a vacation that is above and beyond the typical Caribbean island experience, you are looking for an intimate romantic getaway or you love amazing cuisine, then Hotel Chocolat is just the place for you. If you love nature, culture and falling asleep to the sound of tree frogs, then Hotel Chocolat is for you. If you love romance, chocolate and something out of the ordinary, then Hotel Chocolat is for you.

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