This August visitors to St Lucia are in for a special treat; it's Chocolate Heritage Month! Famous for its world-class cocoa, this beautiful Caribbean island is a chocoholic's paradise any time of year, but this month more than most…
At the Inspiring Travel Company, we love any excuse for a sweet treat in the office and we have a fab time creating bespoke luxury St Lucia holidays (as well as going on our own!). But what is Chocolate Heritage Month all about? Well, it's more than just sampling your favourite food, though there's plenty of that too. Chocolate is a major part of the history and identity of the island, with many luxury resorts located on former plantations and even working estates.
Cocoa-infused spa treatments, 'choc-tails' and even gourmet cocoa-cuisine all feature in a celebration of all things chocolate this month. Sound like heaven? We think so, and couldn't resist joining in the festivities by showing you around a few of our top hotel picks for chocoholics!
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat is a luxury boutique hotel set in the midst of a working cocoa estate. Owned and run by such an illustrious chocolatier, you can imagine the chic decor and attention to detail that covers everything from accommodation to cocoa-inspired dining. Foodies will love the chance to witness the inner workings of cocoa production and of course purchase a few sumptuous samples to take home too! As part of Chocolate Heritage Month, Boucan is offering visitors the 'Bean to Bar Experience'; a unique chance to make your own chocolate bar.
At Cap Maison, an elegant boutique resort on St Lucia's northern tip, they're offering evenings of ‘Rum and Chocolate’ pairing in the stylish setting of Cellar Maison; a super-chic wine cellar. Any time of year, guests here can sample an extraordinary range of vintages and grape varieties, as well as the resort's signature cask aged rum, Solera. They even have a specialist 'Rummier' to advise your choices at the Cliff Bar!
For chocolate lovers, and many more besides, the aptly named Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, is another top pick for a St Lucia luxury holiday. Its exquisite setting is matched by the delicious cuisine on offer. The beachfront Bayside Restaurant serves classics such as Grandmother's Chocolate Cake and a Hot Chocolate Coffee Cup. Yum! In the stunning Rainforest Spa you can also enjoy a Nourishing Chocolate Body Scrub, using Dead Sea salts and 100% organic cocoa. Utter bliss.
Inspired? If all this has given you a taste for a luxury break in St Lucia you can start a webchat right now, or call a Travel Specialist on 01244 355 600 to begin planning a bespoke holiday in paradise. Perhaps you'll choose a twin-escape to Boucan with one of our suggested beach resorts, or a whole fortnight in one luxury setting. The choice is yours.