We have just returned from an absolutely wonderful week at Hotel Chocolat on the Rabot Estate. From the moment we were collected at the airport until, sadly, we were delivered back there for our return to the UK everything went exceptionally well. There are now two types of accommodation cottages called I - Pods and I Pod - luxe. The latter are larger with a big open balcony and larger bedroom and bathroom. Both types of cottage were excellently fitted out with all mod cons, european sanitary wear etc.,. We were in an I-Pod ( only ones available when we booked) which was perfectly adequate and although none of the Pods have air conditioning we found the large silent fan over the bed perfectly adequate, no noise and kept the air moving. There were no problems with mozzies with the mosquito net over the bed.
The Boucan restaurant food was also marvellous, 'fine dining' we would say, a real credit to Jon the chef who devised the menu and his staff. If anything too much food for us but everything delicious from the breakfast with estate grown fruit right through to dinner. Big eaters will find there is more than enough food at every meal to cope with their appetites.
Of the tours we did the 'Tree to Bar' experience which involved a tour of part of the plantation with an explanation of the different types of cocoa pods, grafting our own cocoa tree and making our own chocolate.
Not to be missed is the trip on the Hotel's boat to the capital Castries and the tour to the volcano, hot springs and botanical gardens, We were also lucky enough to be there when one of the founders, Peter Harris, was there - good company and on Sunday morning he kindly walked us up to Rabot Heights, the highest point of the estate, from where there are wonderful views of the Pitons and the Soufriere basin -rated the best view in Saint Lucia.
If you go, we do recommend all these 'experiences' and also that you walk the Old French Road along which soldiers passed during the Battle of Rabot which took place between the French and English in 1795.
Value for money? We think so. Not cheap but you get what you pay for and although we are not big drinkers we found the daily allowance for drinks about right and the mini bar in the Pod is filled with various alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages all of which are complementary the first time round, replacements have to be paid for. This is really an all inclusive holiday and we felt well worth the money, being a completely different experience from your usual run of the mill hotels etc
We are unable to give much information on the beach as we only saw it from the boat but it looked great with golden sand ( imported after the hurricane) sun beds (have to be hired from the beach hotel) beach hotel bar for food/drink and a safe area for swimming/snorkelling.
All the staff at Hotel Chocolat were friendly, very helpful and efficient and a thank you to Chester the Manager and all his staff, especially Nadia, Viana and Bernabe. We are looking forward to going back to experience this very special hotel in the not too distant future.
P & J. R
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover plantation chic - luxury, well-being & stunning natural beauty. Situated high in the hills near Soufriere, set in rainforest & cocoa groves with stunning views of the Piton mountains. A daily transfer is provided for guests to a stunning nearby beach by Hotel Sea Launch. Guests can enjoy trail walks around the cocoa estate, cacao inspired treatments in the spa, relaxation in Club Boucan with its private infinity pool & the exclusive cacao cuisine at Boucan Restaurant & Bar, free laundry service, room additions and Tree to Bean tour. Boucan by Hotel Chocolat offer 2 types of accommodation, both with 4 poster beds, preloaded iPods & docking stations, complimentary wireless, a mini-bar & open sky rainforest showers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boucan By Hotel Chocolat St. Lucia/Soufriere