6 Feb 2018

Food + Drink Gift Experiences Gift Ideas

Flowers wilt, Champagne goes flat, cards are recycled, but a Valentine’s Day experience will be ear-marked in their memory forever.

Make less-sweet, high-cocoa chocolate together, direct from the bean, unwind with a spa night in, or go as far as Saint Lucia, and get to the roots of chocolate making on our flourishing cocoa estate. Watch the sun sink behind the iconic Piton Mountains displaying a sky full of vivid colour from our hotel terrace.

These top five experiences will stratospherically notch up those brownie points. Points which will stretch way beyond Valentine’s Day…

1. Say it with a chocolate adventure
Valentine’s Day, February 14th
Where? Cocoa Vaults, Covent Garden or Chocolate Metropolis, Leeds.

Tasting Adventure by day, 3-4.30pm
Rose petals, rosé and real chocolate. Love chocolate? See the origin of chocolate made from the heart of the bean, the nib. Fermented and roasted, the flavour is transformed, it sparked a love affair with cocoa which spans back to the Mayans. By candlelight clink a glass of our Sparkling Pink Rosé, harvested from the Dolomite foothills.

Do they love chocolate? Try our Tasting Adventure

Bean-to-Bar by night, 7-8.30pm

When the lights go down. Discover the history of the original aphrodisiac – chocolate. Get hands on and make your own from beans grown on our Saint Lucian plantation. Try our roasted cocoa beans, with a malted edge, then transform it into your own chocolate bar all wrapped up and ribbon-tied in a goody bag.

Raise the bar. Handmade together from our cocoa beans.

Book your Bean-to-Bar Experience

2. Table for two: Rabot 1745, our Borough Market restaurant

Want a night out with a delicate cocoa twist? As growers in Saint Lucia we’ve got to know the bean, inside out. Our French chefs exploit the best parts for each dish, the husk infuses our award-winning Cocoa Gin, lychee-like pulp is a delicate side to salmon and roasted nibs lend a malty edge to desserts and distinctive marinades.

A plantation house in the heart of London

Our cocoa estate was first established in 1745, and we transport that feel to the heart of London with the natural edge of a Caribbean plantation house. Take your seat on our heated terrace overlooking the bustle of London’s oldest food market, Borough. Beyond dinner shared, a walk beside the glittering river Thames? Romance is on our doorstep.

Lights, cameras, spoons

From rum-cured wild salmon to A-list desserts created each year for the BAFTA award ceremony, take your front row seat. Browse our menu and book one of London’s most romantic venues.

BAFTA dessert

3. Your night in, pack a True Romantic Hamper

Your place or theirs? Wherever you’re spending your evening-in this Valentine’s Day, bring the romance with our carefully curated collection of chocolate and bubbles. From filled chocolate hearts to uplifting truffles made with real Champagne and a final ‘clink’ of Italian Prosecco Superiore DOCG. The True Romantic Hamper is packed with love.

4. Take home a spa experience

You could book a spa, or create your own at home. Our Rabot 1745 beauty products are inspired by cocoa grown on our estate and the flourishing flora and fauna which surround our groves.

The perfect Valentine gift? Our Cacao Revitalise Hamper. Cleanse, moisturise, nourish and inhale. From Cacao and Wild Honey hand cream to intensely smooth Cacao and Almond Body Butter and Koray Eau du Parfum. All you need for a night out, or night in. Indian head massage optional.

5. Boucan, the ultimate escape

Surprise them with the ultimate romantic getaway. Saint Lucia. Whisk them away to Boucan, our barefoot luxury hotel and spa with treatments inspired by cacao grown on our estate. Make your own chocolate harvested from the bean, tread white sands or sip chilled cacao-inspired cocktails overlooking the magnificent Piton Mountains. As the sun sets, we can’t think of a more romantic setting in the world.

Plan your escape…

Book your Boucan experience by 28th February 2018 and save 45% on stays between 1st June 2018 and 31st October 2018.

Make less-sweet chocolate together the original love potion, or book the ultimate romantic adventure. Change your view of Valentine’s Day. They will love you for it.