Press Reviews

Rabot Hotel, formerly known as Boucan

Reconnecting with nature by way of open-air architecture, sustainable earthy materials and organic, eco-conscious practices is all part of the ethos of our Saint Lucian idyll. And so it was that as of July 2020, we found ourselves unifying under a moniker that captured this spirit.




New York Times online

In St. Lucia, a Celebration of Chocolate

"Some St. Lucia properties such as Boucan, a boutique hotel on a cocoa plantation owned by the British chocolate manufacturer Hotel Chocolat, offer cocoa-related activities regularly." 

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The Independent 

St Lucia: The sweet life

"The three-hour tour at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat – the best-known name among St Lucia's chocolate producers – is the perfect crash course in all things cacao."

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Life's Luxuries - Indulgence

"Hotel Chocolat do more than make delicious truffles and pralines, they also run a stylish boutique hotel from their sweet-smelling St Lucia plantation." 

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Condé Nast Traveler 

List of the 121 Best New Hotels in the World

"Visitors come here less for a beach holiday than to immerse themselves in a world of chocolate. You can harvest cocoa in the morning, temper it into chocolate in the afternoon, then kick back with a poolside martini infused with the sweet pulp of just-picked pods."

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New York Times

DIY Candy

"Cacao farming on St. Lucia recently got a boost when the Britain-based chocolate maker Hotel Chocolat opened a six-room hotel and restaurant on its 140-acre cacao-growing Rabot Estate" 

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USA Today 

Caribbean islands add new pizzazz

Hotel Chocolat, a boutique hotel on a working cacao plantation, is due in February. It features a massage pavilion and beach access.

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Sunday Times 

That's the way to do the Caribbean

Of several estates in St Lucia where you can stay...being the swish Hotel Chocolat, which is taking futuristic...

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National Geographic 

Caribbean Escapes

After spending years restoring the old plantation house and cocoa groves at Rabot Estate, a St. Lucia cocoa farm that dates to 1745,British chocolatiers opened...

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Daily Telegraph 

What's new in the Caribbean? 

The Hotel Chocolat, part of a company that runs chocolate shops in British high streets, opened this year on its own cocoa plantation...

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24-hour room service

Angus Thirlwell has a Willy Wonka twinkle in his eye – or at least that's the impression I get from the photograph in the brochure of his latest venture, a hotel in Saint Lucia...

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Fox News 

The World's Most Amazing Hotel Pools

Why It's Cool: The guest-only infinity pool at this five-month-old property is lined with black quartz tiles, a stroke of genius on the part of Hotel Chocolat's upscale English chocolatier owners; the resulting dark color reflects the iconic Pitons Read...

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