Reviews & Awards

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

We are delighted to announce that, we have for the 4th year running we have received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. This accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor We are delighted to announce that, for the second year running, we have received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 + Hall of Fame

This unique accolade is granted only to those businesses that have won the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row. 

Jetsetter Hotel Food Awards 2015 - Best Food-Themed Spa

Get up close and personal with your daily antioxidant dose at Hotel Chocolat’s Boucan spa, which uses St. Lucia’s world-renowned cacao in four signature treatments. read the full article here.

Academy of Chocolate Awards 2015

Silver in “Bean to Bar under 80%” category for Rabot Estate Single Cote, Bord du Lac 70% cocoa and Bronze in “Best Flavoured Milk Bar” category for Saint Lucian 65% Milk Earl Grey. Luxury chocolate brand, Hotel Chocolat, has scooped the most awards at this prestigious world event, two of them for products made exclusively from Saint Lucian cocoa, grown at their own estate in Soufriere as well as from 160 cacao growers across the island. Read the full article here.

Destination I Do Magazine - Stunning St. Lucia Nuptials

“[The venue] is a working chocolate plantation, their restaurant serves dishes infused with chocolate flavors, the reviews were spectacular and once we saw the wedding site we knew there would be no better place to get married. Our wedding planner at Boucan was a dream come true. [She] handled everything on the island required (DJ and videographer) and assisted me 100% when I got on the island." Read more

Conde Nast - Top 10 Hotels for Chocolate Lovers, 2015

"Unsurprisingly, the sweet treat is an in-room amenity, and can also be found in plenty of dishes at the on-site restaurant. The antioxidant power of the cacao bean is also harnessed at the Cocoa Juvenate Spa, which offers treatments like facials, exfoliating scrubs, and mani-pedis." - Read more here.

Caribbean Journal - Top 25 restaurants in the Caribbean, 2015

Yes, there is some element of cacao in everything on the menu at this hotel restaurant in St Lucia. And it works. Spectacularly. Read more here.

Luxury Hotel Awards - Luxury Boutique Hotel Award, 2015

The World Luxury Hotel and Spa Awards are accepted as the pinnacle of achievement for Luxury Hotels & Spas worldwide. These Awards were established as a celebration of ultimate achievement in service excellence. It is about rewarding and congratulating hotels and spas that have excelled beyond the normal call of duty. Read more here.

All Travellers - 21 most incredible pools on Earth, 2015

"This hotel has a 50 ft. infinity pool. It is situated to give you a panoramic view of the Piton Mountains. Guest can order drinks and food while sitting in there reclining sun lounger, which is conveniently placed in the shade." Read the full article here.

Caribbean Journal - The Caribbean’s Coolest Hotels in 2015

"It’s an luxury eco-boutique set on a cacao plantation, with a direct view of St Lucia’s Petit Piton from its infinity pool. Boucan by Hotel Chocolat is unlike any other hotel in the Caribbean. Whether you’re planting cacao, making your own chocolate or eating some of the best food anywhere in the region, this is the epitome of cool. It’s not just a hotel — it’s an experience." Read the full article here.

Caribbean Journal - Best Restaurant of the year, 2014

At this cacao plantation-cum-hotel, though, the execution is masterful, with superb plates by head chef Germaine Mathurin that often make you marvel that there’s any cacao involved. And it’s all right in view of one of St Lucia’s famous Pitons.Read the full article here.

The Telegraph - Top hotels in the world

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, is a luxury St Lucia hotel offering colonial-chic bedrooms, a historic cocoa plantation location and sophisticated

Caribbean Hotel Design Award at the 2014 International Hotel & Property Award

We’re proud to announce that Boucan has won the prestigious Caribbean Hotel Design Award at the 2014 International Hotel & Property Awards. Hosted by design et al, a leading interior design magazine based in the UK, The International Hotel & Property Awards are voted for by top industry professionals as well as design et al readers, clients and the general public.Find out more here.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

We are delighted to announce that, for the second year running, we have received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. This accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor.

World Luxury Hotel Awards Nominee 2014

Nominated in the following categories:
  • Luxury Boutique Hotel
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Luxury Restaurant Hotel
Find out more here.

Other Awards

  • Chosen for Condé Nast Traveller ‘Hot List’
  • Chosen for The Travel Leisure ‘It List’
  • Food and Travel – Top 10 Chocolate Experiences

Hotel Guest Reviews:


We chose to stay 5 nights at Boucan and hold our wedding ceremony on the estate. My husband and our guests agree that we couldn't have chosen a better spot for our nuptials. We found the grounds easy to navigate, perfect for our mixed group of couples, friends, and family, and still romantic and secluded enough for us, the newly-weds.
- Reviewed June 2014

Can't get any better than a hotel on a cocoa plantation located in the best part of St. Lucia, Soufriere. Chic property, delicious food for foodies, much-needed cocktails at the cool bar, helpful staff. Walking distance to Ladera. We got shuttled to nearby Sugar Beach at the Viceroy. Four day stay was way too short...will definitely return for spa, sulphur springs, Tree to Bar experience, piton hike...and definitely stay in Boucan again to rejuvenate!
- Reviewed 7 March 2014

Away from Castries and the cruise ships, this is a beautiful place to relax and unwind.
 - Reviewed 8 January 2014 

My fiance and I stayed here on our engagement trip and it was truly the best resort I have ever stayed at. The resort had a nice, intimate feel to it, the views are breathtaking, and the pool was amazing. The service was fantastic - everyone was lovely.
- Reviewed 28 October 2013

They have excellent service and some outstanding field tours on their cocoa plantation which makes me want to go again and see how my cocoa plants are doing. Bernabie and Cothbert are my best people there. The restaurant and Kitchen served me unforgettable meals. 
- Reviewed 29 June 2013

Stylish design hotel, fantastic staff, outstanding food & breath-taking views; highly recommended.
- Reviewed 18 May 2013


It is rare to find a combination of location, architecture, design, food and overall style all in one property. Hotel Chocolat succeeds with flying colors.

 - Reviewed 12 April 2013 

We had an amazing time at hotel chocolat!
- Neha and Charanjit Bhatt

We have been lucky enough to spend 3 amazing nights and have had a wonderful time. The lodges are simple elegance, lots of lovely little touches and thoughts. The food is it breakfast lunch or dinner has been exceptional and unique. The staff is attentive, nothing is too much troble and there is always a smile. The kitchen is so calm and quiet! Don’t know how that’s achieved! The musician was a lovely addition and added even more to an enjoyable meal. The tours by Cuthbert and the chocolate making with Chef Ron were brilliant.
- Jo Dan. Jack and Anna Midlands UK, August 24th 2012

Everything was wonderful!  The food was great and the view was amazing! Thank you!
- Lindsay and Rob. Pennsylvania, USA.

Thank you hotel chocolat for an all-around wonderful stay and experience in St. Lucia. We spent the week here for our 10year anniversary. The food was amazing, delicious, creative, fresh and most satisfying. We loved the tree to bar experience, gaining insight or the whole cocoa process and appreciate the engaged ethics efforts of HC. We loved the lodge and little details and touches. The infinity pool was a welcome refreshing place to go each day. The spa treatment exceeded my expectations, engaging all the senses and completely relaxing. We will likely still be remembering and savouring the various foods for years to come. Thank you to the staff for all their care and service.
- Luke and Anita Chuang. USA/China.

The tour was amazing! I learned a lot and all of the staff members were very friendly and welcoming! I can feel the passion they have for the cocoa beans and the chocolate they make! This was a truly wonderful experience! We have eaten two meals here during our trip and we will be back again for dinner! The food is delicious! Thank you for everything! 
- Melissa and Chris. New York USA.

We enjoyed the stay all the staff are very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend.
- H.W.Lee London UK.

What a fantastic six days! Wonderful food every night, morning stills around the estate. His friendliness of all the staff and learning so much where chocolate comes from. Can’t wait to see how the plants we grafted develop.Thanks to everyone for such a memorable stay. 
- Tim and Rebecca Jenlancia. Oxford UK.

Everything was amazing. By far the best atmosphere we have experienced while in St. Lucia. Thank you!
- Mr and Mrs Nernberger USA, WI.

An unbelievable experience! We were in chocolate haven.
- Adam and Sandy Herrod. Indianapolis.  August 1st 2012

The perfect indulgence on our honeymoon! Especially for chocolate lovers like us! Thank you!
- Elizabeth and Thomas McNeill

Loved each and every moment and taste of chocolat. A perfect ending to our honeymoon.
- Mr and Mrs Richards August 4th 2012

Tripadvisor Hall of Fame

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Restaurant

A popular Saint Lucia foodie destination, the Boucan restaurant serves our pioneering cacao cuisine menu.

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Menus

Inspired by the rare cocoa growing on Rabot Estate, browse our exclusive cacao cuisine food & drink menus.

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