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Hotel Chocolat reopens stunning boutique hotel on Caribbean cacao estate

Luxury British chocolatier and cacao grower Hotel Chocolat has reopened the Rabot Hotel on the verdant island of Saint Lucia. 

Previously known as the Boucan (apparently the Creole word for a traditional cacao drying shed), the hotel is hitherto to be known as the Rabot Hotel, in homage to the spectacular sustainable 140-acre cacao farm it’s located in.  

Comprising 14 private eco-lodges and an open-air restaurant, bar and spa, this real world Hotel Chocolat overlooks the iconic Pitons, and luxuriates in the lush nature of what is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The luxury British cacao grower and chocolatier, who has been making our mouths water since 2004, opened this boutique bolt-hole in 2011.

Comprising 14 private eco-lodges and an open-air restaurant, bar and spa, this real world Hotel Chocolat overlooks the iconic Pitons…

The Hotel Rabot overlooks the iconic Pittons

We’re told the award-winning Rabot Restaurant takes inspiration from both the West Indies and Britain, serving contemporary dishes and cocktails with roasted cacao featuring as a subtle savoury spice and garnish, a menu of cacao cuisine if you will.

If you’re intrigued, it has a sister restaurant, the Rabot 1745, offering a similar menu slightly nearer to home, in London’s celebrated Borough Market. 

Enjoy an exclusive tree-to-bar experience

A stay at the Hotel Rabot clearly offers an experience unlike any other. Guests are invited to learn more about the cacao bean through a signature tree-to-bar experience, starting with the picking of a cacao pod from the estate’s cacao groves, grinding the nibs and finishing with a hand-crafted bar of chocolate.

It’s a fair bet that once done, you’ll never look at a bar of chocolate in quite the same way again.

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