August is Chocolate Heritage Month in St. Lucia // (c) 2014 St. Lucia Tourism Board
August is Chocolate Heritage Month in St. Lucia // (c) 2014 St. Lucia Tourism Board
Guest of the Capella Marigot Bay can enjoy private, guided tours of Rabot Estate // (c) 2014 Rabot Estate
Guest of the Capella Marigot Bay can enjoy private, guided tours of Rabot Estate // (c) 2014 Rabot Estate

Saint Lucia’s chocolate legacy, which dates back to the thriving cocoa industry of the 1700’s, is celebrated every August, during the Chocolate Heritage Month in St. Lucia celebration.

The island’s chocolate-making process has hardly changed since the original chocolate boom, which solidified Saint Lucia’s reputation as a top quality cocoa producer. Hotels and resorts are now tapping into Saint Lucia’s rich heritage to create inventive chocolate services and amenities as well as hands-on agritourism experiences for visitors.

Throughout the month of August, visitors can celebrate chocolate through plantation tours, exclusive chocolate-inspired spa treatments, specially designed menus and distinctive hotel packages.

August is Chocolate Heritage Month in St. Lucia // (c) 2014 St. Lucia Tourism Board
August is Chocolate Heritage Month in St. Lucia // (c) 2014 St. Lucia Tourism Board

A few packages include:

Anse Chastanet
Dan Dous – A Celebration of Chocolate at Anse Chastanet

The luxury Anse Chastanet, with its breathtaking views of St. Lucia’s twin-peak Pitons mountains, has revitalized cocoa production on the 30-acre Emerald Estate. Here, guests can learn the basic techniques of making chocolate, tempering chocolate, creating fudge, and making a personalized chocolate bar–the best part of a stay at Anse Chastanet may be the opportunity to leave with a sweet souvenir of the experience.

The luxurious Anse Chastanet features breathtaking views of St. Lucia's twin-peak Pitons mountains. // (c) 2014 Anse Chastanet
The luxurious Anse Chastanet features breathtaking views of St. Lucia’s twin-peak Pitons mountains. // (c) 2014 Anse Chastanet

“Guests can take home what they make… classes are hands-on, so guests are forewarned to be prepared to be covered with chocolate!” said resort owner and executive director Karolin Troubetzkoy.

For a limited time, guests who “Dan Dous” at Anse Chastanet will receive a chocolate welcome culinary amenity and cocktail, a chocolate infused one-hour spa treatment, a chocolate sensory tasting of the resort’s own organically grown, locally made chocolates and a visit to the resort’s organic farm Emerald Estate in the Soufrière hills.

The package also includes complimentary airport transfers, daily breakfast and dinner, offering guests superior luxury at exceptional value at one of the top-ranked hotels in the world. Furthermore, it can be added to Anse Chastanet’s already attractive fourth and seventh night free promotion for a combined price starting at US $1,163 per person for four nights in standard accommodations Guests must book by Aug. 31, 2014, and complete travel by Oct. 31, 2014.
www.ansechastanet.com

Capella Marigot Bay
Chocolate Tasting Experience Package

This tasty package digs into the origins of chocolate with a private guided behind-the-scenes tour at The Rabot Estate’s Chocolate Plantation. The package also includes nightly turn down service with homemade chocolate goodies and freshly prepared hot chocolate; specially crafted chocolate themed plates with each meal; one “Chef’s All Things Chocolate Culinary Menu” private dining experience; and a rum and chocolate pairing experience at the resort’s Rum Cave. Rates start from $399 per person, based on double occupancy, for stays completed by Oct. 31, 2014.
www.capellahotels.com/saintlucia

Cap Maison
Suite Romance

Romance and chocolate prove to be the perfect pairing at Cap Maison, where the Suite Romance package includes champagne on arrival, champagne on Rock Maison complete with red rose and handmade chocolates, a $100 resort credit for use in the restaurants or spa, and a sunset cruise with drinks on Cap Maison 1, the resort’s own luxury power yacht. Rates for a Villa Suite start at $472.50 per night, with private” pool and Jacuzzi options available, and are good for stays through Dec. 19, 2014.
www.capmaison.com

Coconut Bay – Vieux Fort
Chocolate Harmony

Perfect for families, the all inclusive Coconut Bay – Vieux Fort “Chocolate Harmony” package includes chocolate desserts, late-night chocolate buffet, a chocolate fountain and the resort’s Kei Mer Spa offers chocolate-inspired spa treatments. Rates start at $149 per person, per night for stays of 7-nights or longer and also includes daily meals; unlimited juices, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages; weekly manager’s cocktail party, champagne and cold towel check-in; CocoLand Kidz Klub and Waterpark; adults-only pool and bar; activities and entertainment, airport transfers and all hotel taxes and gratuities. Travel must be completed by Aug. 31, 2014.
cbayresort.com/specials/sizzling-summer

Fond Doux Holiday Plantation
Authentic Chocolate Experience

A chocolate historical tour stars in the Authentic Chocolate Experience at Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. The package also includes a welcome “Choc-Tail” upon arrival, chocolate bag with welcome goodies, “cocoa- rina” dance classes, chocolate history gift book, chocolate couples swoon massage, chocoholic’s romantic dinner under the stars, Chocó-Loco-romantic sunset cruise, daily breakfast with cocoa tea, and airport transfers. Package rates start at $1,599 for five nights.
www.fonddouxestate.com

Jade Mountain
Chocolate Alchemy at Jade Mountain

Get hand’s on with the Chocolate Alchemy at Jade Mountain package, which includes a learning excursion to the resort’s Emerald Cocoa Estate, as well as a Chocolate Sensory tasting followed by an interactive class in Jade Mountain’s chocolate laboratory to learn basic techniques of making chocolate, tempering chocolate, creating your own fudge and making a personalized chocolate bar. The package also includes a chocolate welcome amenity and cocktail, Chocolate Lovers’ breakfast in bed , a chocolate-infused one hour spa treatment per person, airport transfers and breakfast and dinner daily. The package can be added to Jade Mountain’s free night promotion, with rates starting at $5,050 per couple for four nights. Travel must be completed by Oct. 15, 2014.
www.jademountain.com

The BodyHoliday
Chocolate Dream

Wellness resort, The BodyHoliday celebrates chocolate in a cooking class with a resident nutritionist who demonstrate the benefits of 100 percent raw cocoa, as well as a cooking class by Executive Chef Didier showcasing chocolate treats. The package also includes a chocolate wrap and scrub body treatment.
www.thebodyholiday.com

Chocolate Heritage Month Promotions
www.stlucianow.com/saint-lucia-chocolate-heritage