This October, Saint Lucia will once again celebrate Chocolate Heritage Month recognizing the role cacao and its beloved byproduct chocolate has played in its history. With a number of on-island experiences, the month-long festivities will delve into Saint Lucia’s cacao roots, offering travelers unbeatable island-wide hotel and resort promotions for plenty of chocolaty fun.
Visitors can indulge in the island’s rich heritage through specialized plantation tours, available at a variety of locations including the Marquis Estate, Anse Mamin Plantation, Emerald Estate, Morne Coubaril Estate and La Dauphine Estate. The Chocolate Decadence Tour by Island Routes Tours takes guests on a luxury catamaran from Castries port to the Rabot Estate for an all-day tour that includes chocolate making from scratch, and a chocolate infused gourmet meal followed by a leisurely afternoon at the Sulphur Springs’ mud bath.
Travelers can dine on cocoa-inspired dishes dreamed up by leading island chefs and partake in exclusive chocolate spa treatments. Island visitors can follow Saint Lucia’s Chocolate Heritage Trail map at www.facebook.com/SaintLuciaTouristBoard, which highlights the island’s sweet spots, including history, key sites and special offers.
“Travelers are in for a sweet surprise when they visit Saint Lucia during Chocolate Heritage Month,” says Tracey Warner-Arnold, deputy director of tourism. “Saint Lucia’s cacao culture begins with the plantation tours where visitors can actually harvest the beans and follow the process through to experience our creative cuisine, infused spa treatments and even delicious local traditions like cocoa tea.”
Chocolate Heritage Month promotions offered by island hotels and resorts this fall include:
- Bay Gardens Resorts – Rodney Bay
- The BodyHoliday – Cap Estate
- Boucan by Hotel Chocolat – Soufrière
- Calabash Cove – Marisule
- Coconut Bay Resort and Spa – Vieux Fort
- Crystals – Soufrière
- Fond Doux Holiday Plantation -Soufrière
- Jade Mountain – Soufrière
- Habitat Terrace Hotel – Bonne Terre
- Harmony Suites – Rodney Bay
- La Haut – Soufrière
- Villa C’est la Vie – Trouya Pointe
- Windjammer Landing – Labrelotte Bay