What is Project Chocolat?
Here, you’ll find out how cacao grows. Plunge into the rainforest for a tour of the cacao groves, and learn how to graft a tree before hand-crafting your very own chocolate bar. You will discover cacao cuisine, served street-food style, cocktails and more – all enjoyed looking out over a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finish by treating yourself (or your loved ones) to cacao alcohols, cacao beauty products and - of course - more chocolate!
You’ll never think about chocolate in the same way again.
It all starts with a bean. Our expert guides draw on their expertise as both cacao grower and chocolatier, marrying the hedonism of luxury chocolate with sustainable cacao farming. The tour takes guests through the seedling nursery and rainforest canopy, where they learn about every step of a cacao bean’s journey from seedling to chocolate, finish by crafting their own handmade bar of chocolate to take home.
Project Chocolat is a centre of excellence for sustainable farming, working with our local grower partners to encourage sustainable development in Saint Lucia. A certified organic cacao farm, everything that is done is underpinned by respect for nature. The cacao is from heritage trees; we know our genotypes and have helped the most robust and environmentally efficient to flourish. But rather than a harmful monocrop, cacao demands biodiversity to thrive; you’ll see coconut, mango, citrus, and other trees as you walk through the rainforest. This in turn encourages fauna from butterflies and other insects to hovering, jewel-like hummingbirds.
An entire platform at Project Chocolat is dedicated to gifting. This begins with Hotel Chocolat’s unmissable award-winning handmade micro-batch chocolate in 50%, 65% or 72%, made with rare, ethical fine-flavour Island Grower cacao. Guests can pick their favourite cacao-infused alcohol or beauty products, clothing and bags.
At the epicentre of Project Chocolat is the cacao. This begins with our unmissable award-winning single-origin chocolate, made with rare, fine-flavour cacao. But you can also explore new taste experiences with the same famed cacao cuisine as our Rabot Restaurant, served at the Market: inspired by our combined West Indian and British heritage, here the bean is used as a subtle, savoury spice – served street-food style.