Prestige Caribbean Presents a Chocoholic Holiday in Saint Lucia
March 19, 2012, Press Dispensary.
Melting holiday moments at Saint Lucia’s Hotel Chocolat from May 2012
For a truly indulgent holiday experience, those who love chocolate and the Caribbean needn't look further than Hotel Chocolat, located on the Rabot Estate in Saint Lucia. The blossoming gourmet chocolate brand opened the doors of the 'real' Hotel Chocolat in spring 2011 and, as well as attracting Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to visit its chocolate charms, this unusual accommodation option has now been added to the luxurious Prestige Caribbean
collection of properties.
For Prestige Caribbean, the inclusion of Hotel Chocolat is mouth-watering. The hotel, the brainchild of Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris, is a British-owned phenomenon committed to real, authentic chocolate. The idea of opening a high-quality boutique hotel on a working cacao plantation seemed a logical next step for the brand, as it makes a real connection between the consumer and the source of the cacao.
The resulting holiday experience is truly chocolate-coated: the well-appointed Boucan restaurant and bar at Hotel Chocolat offer the finest in cacao cuisine, with everything on the menu including some form of cacao. For those wanting to branch out from the cacao, however, the property also has a spa, a pool overlooking the Pitons, a secret bar and casual dining. A daily shuttle service operates to Jalousie beach and there’s 140 beautiful acres of land surrounding the property which, among other things, is a delight for hiking and bird watching.
Hotel Chocolat also features the 'Tree to Bar' experience, providing the opportunity for guests to create their own chocolate. It begins with guests walking along the estate's cocoa groves and ends with them making scrumptious chocolate bars. The tour includes a visit to the seedling nursery, fermenting room and sun-drying station, as well as grinding, mixing and lots of tasting! Participants are invited to graft their own cacao plant, which is labelled with their name and date of visit.
Prince Charles, together with the Duchess of Cornwall, visited the Rabot Estate to reinforce Britain's ties and to promote sustainable development, environmental protection and youth opportunity. The Prince was shown around the estate, given a demonstration in the art of grafting cocoa seedlings and invited to savour delicious St Lucian chocolate.
With a focus on sustainability, Hotel Chocolat reaches out to other cacao growers on the island to stimulate a Cocoa Renaissance as part of its 'Engaged Ethics' programme. For 20 years, cocoa farming in St Lucia has been in decline. Hotel Chocolat has pledged to buy local cocoa at prices 40% above those previously achieved, to help stimulate the sector.
The package from Prestige Caribbean operates from May to November 2012. The cost is £1,699 for seven nights' bed and breakfast accommodation, flights, transfer and UK taxes.
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About Prestige Caribbean
Prestige Caribbean is a new luxury tour operator which presents the finest hotels and villas in the Caribbean. Its portfolio of properties includes luxury boutique-style hotels and five star, full service resorts. Each accommodation option is located in an unspoiled part of the West Indies. The resorts are often privately owned and offer fine dining, excellent beaches and high levels of hospitality. Prestige Caribbean plans all holiday arrangements with considerable care and attention to detail.
For further information, please contact:
Jamie-Lee Crick, Marketing Executive
Tel: 0208 994 2244