The Stunning Pitons, St. Lucia

The Stunning Pitons, St. LuciaCredit: Skeffling Lavender farm

If you are looking for a unique and unforgettable vacation, friendly, beautiful St Lucia is a truly amazing place, chocolate or not.  Luxuriating in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the tropics while the warm winds bathe you is heaven.

Wading into warm crystal-clear water in your snorkel gear gives the most incredible feeling of anticipation.  Snorkeling is one of the many activities available for the traveler to colorful St Lucia.  Banana plantation and Rum tours, boat charters, swimming,  zip-lining, adventure and eco tourism hikes, waterfalls, volcanoes, and shopping in Castries are all popular if you want to can bear to leave the waving palms and soft sandy beaches! 

Stay at a Chocolat Hotel or Plantation or go with vacation rentals in St. Lucia, the choice is yours.  An all inclusive vacation to St Lucia is always an option.  It may be the best way to get a cheap holiday to St Lucia as it can be a more exclusive Caribbean island to visit.


Beautiful Marigot Bay, St Lucia.Credit: Skeffling Lavender Farm

Marigot Bay, St. Lucia.  Considered of the most beautiful bays in the Caribbean.  The first 'Pirates Of the Caribbean Movie' was filmed there.

Beautiful Organic Cocoa Plantations in St Lucia

You can stay there or just enjoy a tour.

Fond Deux Holiday Plantation is a 250 year-old working 135 acre cocoa plantation close to beautiful historic Soufrière. There are 10 plantation villas available, some 1 and some 2 bedrooms.  Some have kitchenettes for the guests comfort.  HRH Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla Parker-Bowles visited Fond deux in 2008 and had a hands-on tour of the cocoa plantation.

The cocoa plantation offers unique tours of the ecofriendly organic cocoa plantation for non-residents as well.  Tour are complimentary for guests staying in the charming old plantation cottages.  Take in the history of the cocoa plantation, it's evolution and how the current chocolate making process begins in the Cocoa Fermentation House.  Smell the incredible chocolate aroma and see the drying trays, cocoa dancing and Cocoa sticks being made and enjoy a hot chocolate tea.  The lush tropical surroundings are heavenly and have to be seen and heard to be believed.

The Hotel Chocolat and hostel is a stunning new cocoa plantation resort in St. Lucia with a wonderful ethical approach to growing and marketing St. Lucian cocoa.  The new Hotel Chocolat cottages and villas are located on the historic Rabot Estate also near Soufrière. 

The Hotel Chocolat has the unique CocoaJuvenate spa for chocoholics with it's wonderful relaxing Cacao treatments. Massages can include exfoliation with estate grown cacao nibs, then estate cacao oil massage and cocoa butter soothing balms.  Chocolate plantation tours are available and you can join in the cocoa harvest and processing.

Interesting Video on the Revival of Cocoa Bean Growing & Processing in St Lucia

Please excuse the picture quality, but it is well worth watching

Cocoa Sticks - Rolled Bars of Cocoa for Heavenly Cocoa Tea

Makes incredible hot chocolate, like nothing you have ever tasted

These cocoa sticks are available locally at markets, tourist areas and even the airport in Vieux Fort, St Lucia.  They can be found online at the Hotel Chocolat amongst other places.

The cocoa sticks are made from crushed fermented cocoa beans.  The cacao sticks are rolled into a fairly hard 1" thick cylindrical roll.  The cocoa sticks are usually grated when used as they are quite hard. 

This hot chocolate tea drink is so rich, you will feel the moisturizing cocoa butter on your lips.  The cocoa tea has a superb spicy taste that is wonderful and the tropical spices blend and complement the chocolate flavor.  It is a surpring mix, but usually things that grow together go together.

Recipe for Spiced St Lucia Hot Chocolate Tea

Cocoa Sticks, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Bay Laurel

Ingredients for Delicious St Lucian Hot Chocolate Tea Made with a Grated Cocoa StickCredit: Skeffling Lavender Farm


Ingredients for St Lucian Hot Chocolate Tea

  • 6 tablespoons grated cocoa sticks
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 stick cinnamon 
  • 1 clove nutmeg
  • 4-6 tablespoons of brown sugar to taste
  • Optional 1 drop of Vanilla essence or a Vanilla pod once boiled


Making St Lucian Cocoa Tea Hot ChocolateCredit: Skeffling Lavender Farm

Simmering the Ingredients for St Lucian Cocoa Tea.  See the sheen from the cocoa butter.

6 Easy Steps for St Lucian Hot Chocolate Tea

  1. Place the water in a saucepan on heat on the stove
  2. Grate 6 tablespoons of St. Lucia cocoa sticks and add to the pan
  3. Add cinnamon stick, grated nutmeg (to taste), and bay leaf to water and grated cocoa sticks
  4. Bring to a boil to infuse spices and chocolate
  5. Add the milk, sugar and vanilla to the pan and bring to the boil again
  6. Strain the hot chocolate tea into your favourite mug, relax and enjoy your St. Lucian cocoa tea.

Chocolate, anyone?

St. Lucia is an incredible vacation destination.  As you can see it is friendly, beautiful and unique.  The chance to indulge in chocolate adventures and gourmet treats is not to be missed.

Whether you book an all inclusive vacation to Saint Lucia, or stay at an exclusive Plantation Hotel you will not be disappointed.  Simple independent vacation rentals in St. Lucia are fun too.

Once you try St. Lucia, you will be back.  Until then, a taste of St. Lucian hot chocolate cocoa tea will have to do!