The Hotel - Saint Lucia
About Phil Buckley – Estate DirectorPhil Buckley first arrived on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia in 2006 with his wife Judy.
Phil is an engineer by profession, and when he joined us as Hotel Chocolat’s Country Head in St Lucia he oversaw the extensive redesign of the old cocoa plantation, which was originally established in 1745. Handpicked teams of stonemasons, carpenters and painters worked alongside Phil to create the hotel’s 14 calming lodges and turn Boucan Hotel into the unique and beautiful place it is today.
Phil loves a challenge, and although he had built chocolate and similar food factories previously in his career he had never actually built a hotel. This, however, was never something to be concerned it. Every step of the hotel’s development was meticulously thought out; from the open-air showers inside the lodges to the show-stopping view at the infinity pool and the perfectly positioned lodges, which catch the cooling breeze that rolls gently in from the Caribbean Sea.
Phil has also helped establish our Island Growers program, forging an ethical trading partnership with more than 170 local farmers, helping restore Saint Lucia’s fame for its prized variety of fine cocoa.
In 2012, Hotel Chocolat also created the world’s first ever single-côte chocolate bar, with cocoa harvested solely from the Marcial côte of Rabot Estate.
The passion and energy that pours out of Phil is captivating. Project Genesis, the long-anticipated chocolate manufactory is currently under construction with the first phase being completed, the excitement as we await the second phase is evident at the resort. Watch this space…
One of Saint Lucia’s most popular foodie destinations, the Boucan restaurant serves our pioneering cacao cuisine.Restaurant
Experiences on offer at the Boucan Hotel in Saint Lucia. Be as active or as laid back as you wish during your stay with us.The Experiences - Saint Lucia
Details of our room rates for the Boucan Hotel Saint Lucia, which include breakfast and essential luxuries.Room Rates