The founders of the British chocolate company, Hotel Chocolat, bought 140-acre Rabot Plantation in St Lucia so they could grow their own organic cacao. However, the sheer beauty of the estate’s location, high in the Soufrière Hills, overlooking the Caribbean and the twin Pitons, with the verdant rainforest behind, soon convinced them to share the chocolate-box setting with the rest of us.
This dreamy, breeze-cooled boutique hotel is the result. Boucan offers just 14 rooms, a spa, a restaurant and a bar. As you would expect, the emphasis is very much on the Food of the Gods: from the creamy hot chocolate served at breakfast to the cacao-infused lunch and dinner menus and even the cacao-oil lotions used in the spa. It’s the perfect location if all you want to do is kick back and relax with a rum punch and a bar of salted caramel. Equally, Boucan makes an excellent base for exploring the rest of the beautiful island of St Lucia, with the famous ‘walk-in’ volcano and sulphur baths close by and the white sands of Anse des Pitons a short hop away by complimentary shuttle bus.
Local stonemasons, carpenters and painters worked alongside Boucan’s resident designer to create 14 tranquil Lodges. Six are arranged around a garden courtyard and overlook the Petit Piton; eight larger Lodges are set at a higher level and boast spectacular views of both Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. All have open-sky rainforest showers and décor throughout is plantation house meets contemporary boutique hotel, with four-poster beds swathed in billowing netting, white walls, wood furniture and arty prints of cocoa beans. There are no TVs or air-conditioning but spoiling touches include a regular supply of truffles and cocoa-nib cookies.
Boucan is an adults-only hotel.
FOR WEDDINGS AND HONEYMOONS
Whether you’re planning an intimate wedding or a larger affair, the dramatic views and tranquil cocoa groves that surround Boucan make this the a particularly romantic spot for tying the knot. The hotel will help with every detail and will arrange for the ceremony to be held in the location of your choice. Honeymooners can be as active or as laid-back as they like, being pampered in the spa, relaxing by the pool or enjoying some of the treasures of St Lucia.
OUT & ABOUT
Guided tour of the estate on a unique Tree-to-Bar Experience
Join the Boucanier west coast raiding party
Hike to the summit of Gros Piton
Visit the Soufrière ‘drive-in’ volcano
WINE & DINE
The pavilion restaurant is the focal point of the hotel
Healthy cocoa-based cuisine
Herbs and fruit are home-grown; vegetables and salads come from local growers
The idea for Red Savannah was always based on a clear market need. A small team of the most experienced travel designers, supported by the latest technology and delivered with the lightest touch. In short, a travel company redefined for the 21st century.