Boucan by Hotel Chocolat4.5 out of 5.0
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat4.5 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
We accidently came across this hotel while on St Lucia and I had to have lunch there as I am a chocoholic! Everything was great about the experience. The view of the Pitons from the restaurant was lovely, the atmosphere was upscale but pleasant and friendly and the food and drink were amazing! They started off with free homemade bread with cacao nibs and three sauces to dip it in, scrumptious! I had a Turbo Bailey's drink with Bailey's, rum and cocoa and loved it. The fish and chips I had were very tasty and cooked well and the dessert we had was great, they all sounded amazing. Every dish has chocolate in it somehow, although you can't necessarily taste it in the fish batter for example. It was a perfect experience for someone like me and it would be fun to stay there as well, but probably pricey. I bought their cookbook and hope to try some recipes soon. They have a website that has much more chocolate for sale than they have at the restaurant, I think a wider array of chocolate related items on site would sell well. I would love to go back!
We stay in Hotel Chocolate for 4 nights. The lux room has a breath taking view and it was unique experience to wake up with Piton view in the middle of the jungle. There are plenty of activities around. We went to the Gros Piton Hike. It was 20mins drive from the hotel and early pickup at 6.45am. The hike was 2hrs up and 1hr down, quite a walk. The sulphur spring was 20mins walk from the hotel. It would be better to go there early before the large crowds arrive. For the beach, the hotel help us to arrange free return trips to Anse Chastanet in the afternoon. Our favourite however, is the walk around the estate before dinner time. July is the season for mangos. The mangos left on the street are even more tasty than the one selling in any supermarket in London. For the food, all the dishes we tried in the restaurant were delicious, the mahi-mahi fish, ribeye steak, chicken curry. My favourite is the lava cake dessert! Definitely will be missed even years after. All the staff members were very friendly and they help us to arrange a very romantic private dinner for our honeymoon.
Booked a table for dinner, we had a good table with a nice view of the Pitons as the sun set. The staff seemed a bit grumpy to begin with but they seemed to warm up to us eventually. The menu is quite impressive and each dish contains chocolate which was one of the reasons I wanted to come and eat here. We had scallops (tasty but small) and the pulled pork (huge but very tatsy) for starter, we both enjoyed these dishes but my OH did have to help me eat most of mine. For main course I had the Market Fish Fricassé which was very tasty but by this point everything was starting to be very rich and sweet so I could not finish it. The OH went for Beef Fillet, the steak itself was very tender and tasty but again it was just very sweet with carrot/ pumpkin and chocolate gravy. We did have a taste of the white chocolate mash, it was good but too sweet after everything else we ate. Having said that the food was too rich we could not leave Hotel Chocolat without having dessert so we shared a Mousse au Chocolat and had an espresso (amazing coffee!), because the chocolate was so dark this was actually a good end to the meal. There was a saxaphone player on the evening we went, he was brilliant but when one of the waiters started to sing along that song was not so good ;) We did find the payment process very strange and I would warn you to keep an eye out for this - they took the card from or table for payment then beckoned my OH over for his pin number. One of the waiters then took his card and started copying the details into an ancient computer, they even asked for the pin number - I have never had this before and of course my OH just said no and took his card back straight away. This was a strange end to the meal and did kind of take the shine off the evening a little bit.
My adult son and I stayed a couple nights at Ladera last month and I was very eager to try Boucan's bean-to-table cacao-based menu, so we had a light lunch here one day. We split the sharing platter of starters and topped it off with the irresistible chocolate lava cake. The sharing platter consisted of two Cacao Gazpacho Shots, Cacao Gin Cured Mahi-Mahi, Pulled Pork Piton, and Sweet Plantain Strips. The pulled pork was our favorite. They also give you bread with three accompaniments: a chocolate sauce, chocolate butter, and an herby thing like a pesto or chimichurri. All were divine. The lava cake was as decadently wonderful as you’d expect. The best. Along with that, they brought us another chocolate dipping sauce to try, and two chocolate-mint truffles. I’m not a mint person but my son is and said they were incredible. We loved the view, and the airy, modern vibe. Each table has a space cut out in it for a bottle of water. A very thoughtful touch. If we had been there longer, we would’ve come back to explore more of the offerings. Just to clarify, when we were getting ready for our trip to Ladera, I read all these reviews that made it sound like Boucan is right across the street from Ladera. In theory it is. The grounds of the Ribot Plantation are right across from Ladera, and even Boucan is right across from Ladera, but it is not a direct path, if that makes sense. Due to topography and other things, you have to cross the road, walk down said road a bit, and then sort of double-back along another path a bit to get to Boucan. There is actually another restaurant right when you get to their entrance, I guess on the edge of their property, that we mistakenly thought that was Boucan when we were looking for it.
I had booked a dinner reservartion for my significant's other birthday. I didn't specify the occassion before hand as he dislikes the attention (being sang happy birthday to). We had dined at many other restaurants before and decided to give Boucan a go. The dinner menu was very limited and posed a bit of a difficulty in deciding what we wanted. Although it was very much different from other restaurants we found that it was "okay". We had a lovely waitress and she attended to all our needs. Despite not stating the occassion before hand Neisser was very kind and gave him a birthday plater which he reallt enjoyed ! Generally, we came to the conclusion that every place caters to a different type of client and overall the experience was okay. The staff are amazing and lovely ! The setting and ambiance was calming. However, we're both foodies and felt like that was lacking a bit...not in taste but in variety.
We stayed here for 4 nights in April and had mixed feelings about this place. This review will concentrate on everything except the evening meals, which I will cover in a separate review of the restaurant itself. We had arranged a car to collect us from the airport, but unfortunately the driver wasn't quite there when we arrived so we had a slightly worrying 5 minute wait whilst taxi drivers tried to get our business. Once the driver did arrive he was very friendly and our trip to Boucan was a good one. Arrival was good with a friendly greeting from the staff, and a welcome drink at the bar. The view from the restaurant, bar and pool are fantastic, with the petit Piton right in front of you. During your welcome drink you complete the necessary paper work and when you are ready are taken to your room. We booked the cheapest room type, which was a 30 second walk from the restaurant and pool. From speaking to other guests the more expensive rooms are quite a walk. Our room was lovely, with a semi open feel on stilts, with simply shutters between you and the outside world. An open plan bathroom with double sinks and toilet in the same space with the shower was open above. There was a mini bar, with complimentary truffles replaced daily as well as bottle house water on demand. The bed was surrounded by a mosquito net and the only source of cooling was ceiling fans. Everything was in pretty good condition and I generally liked the room itself. The hotel had a variety of things to do, which kept us entertained. The infinity pool was below the restaurant with enough sunbeds for all, some shaded and some not. There were a few free snacks at the pool bar each day as well as a help yourself honesty bar. Cocktails and food could be ordered too. There was also a selection of books and games that could be used to pass the time. There were a few self-guided walks from the hotel around the estate, as well s the popular tree to bean and bean to bar experience where you can see the process of how chocolate is made (additional cost). There are a number of excursions that can be done from the hotel, although we only opted for two. The beach at a local hotel, which was nice but be warned sunbeds are not guaranteed and they are very expensive too! We also climbed the Gros piton, which meant an early start but after a tough climb, beautiful views. Breakfast at the hotel in included and a la carte. The menu was quite large with a variety of your usual fare as well as a special each day all of which were tasty. Overall our stay was a good one. I felt that 4 nights was enough, as we had enough time to experience the hotel and all it had to offer without getting bored. Some negatives are the restaurant (which I’ll do a separate review for), and the staff, who could have been friendlier.
This place is just amazing - we initially wanted to eat here and do the tree to bean to bar experience but then changed our mind and booked a night stay during our trip to St Lucia. It just oozes luxury from arriving and when you upgrade to the all inclusive package you just get spoilt! The rooms are stunning with huge open balcony and amazing bed with mosquitos net and an open rainfall shower. The food was just too stunning for words and I wish I could share all the pictures but there isn’t room. The pool is beautiful with a fantastic view of the pitons and the honesty bar is a great idea. The grounds are lovely and the tree to bean experience and planting our own cocoa tree was just great. The bean to bar experience was hard work but so rewarding to come out with your own handmade bar of chocolate goodness. Even after we’d checked out we stayed at the pool until we decided to leave and had chocolate ice cream brought to our sun beds. The place is such an experience. Would not hesitate and cannot wait to return. Be prepared for an amazing food experience and a great stay.
To celebrate my birthday we decided to splash out and visit St Lucia for a few nights and having seen a programme on TV which featured Boucan by Hotel Chocolat we were surprised there was not more Brits staying. The positives; - Get back to nature, wonderful wildlife right on your doorstep - Cabins are open to nature with natural aircon flowing in and out - Massage with chocolate & banana wrap was truly epic - Breakfast was included and had something unique everyday - Bar snacks The criticisms; - 10% “service fee” added to everything, I’d like to know where that goes and who to? - Staff were a little lax at some things, lacked a little finesse and 1 was downright rude and aggressive - Bean to Bar we understood to only be for hotel guests but it appeared not, personally I didn’t find it good value for money and was bored, especially as the group was too big and you didn’t get personalisation - Hotel Chocolat is huge in the UK, they sell beauty products, yet in the hotel they import some American crap for shower gel etc - no no no, it should all be Hotel Chocolat specific - they are building a new chocolate factory, my worry is it will destroy the experience - The infinity pool is great, but is far too connected to the main bar/restaurant, people who aren’t staying at the hotel venture downstairs to take photos & it ruins the tranquility
We visited this restaurant after a trip to the volcanic mud baths. A truly beautiful setting and marvellous food. The staff were delightful and knowledgable and this is one of the loveliest places I’ve ever eaten in. All of our party loved it and we will be back!
Amazing time making our own chocolate. Our instructor was fantastic. Very educational! We had no idea chocolate had such a history. Lunch at the restaurant was 5 star and you can't beat the view. Was stuffed but still made room for a fantastic dessert! We will definitely be back!
- Close to Soufriere Volcano and Sulphur Springs
- Free cooked-to-order breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat places you within a mile (2 km) of popular attractions like Soufriere Volcano and Sulphur Springs. This 4.5-star resort has 14 guestrooms and offers a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi.
Free cooked-to-order breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy a bite to eat at Boucan, the resort's onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.
Guests can expect to find free WiFi. The bathroom offers a rainfall showerhead, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include a balcony or patio, an iPod dock, and a refrigerator.
Guests staying at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat enjoy access to a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with concierge services, and answer any questions about the accommodations. This luxury resort also has a reception hall.
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94.0% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 609 reviews