EXT. BOUCAN HOTEL, SAINT LUCIA – DAY
+ that’s screenplay speak – it’s known as a slugline and writers put it in a script to tell the director the location each scene is taking place. EXT (exterior) and INT. (interior) comes before the location and is usually followed by either DAY or NIGHT. Now that we’ve got that covered…
The first time I saw pictures of Saint Lucia I was smitten. I imagined myself standing on some balcony, cocktail in hand, staring out at those insanely picturesque Pitons. So I did what any self-respecting thirty-something would do and took it to the internet. When I found out Oprah was a fan, I knew I had to get there. I mean, Oprah, you guys. She’s pretty classy.
Fast forward a few years and me and my husband were finally in a position to get to Saint Lucia. Jeff had just accepted his new job at Pandora, so we decided it was the perfect time + place to celebrate before our move to Oakland, CA. I knew we weren’t likely to get back to Saint Lucia anytime soon, so I wanted to make the most of our time and see as much of the island as possible. We ended up splitting our time between three different hotels for our seven night trip. That may or may not have been prompted by my FOMO (ok fine, it definitely was). Since I took a ton of pictures, I’m going to split up the posts by hotel just to make it easier on all of us.
First up, Boucan, which is located on the west coast of the island in the town of Soufriere. The hotel sits in the middle of a lush rainforest on a working cacao plantation called the Rabot Estate and it’s one of the most crazy-beautiful places I’ve ever seen. It’s a boutique hotel with just 12 lodges, and we somehow managed to get upgraded. If you ever find yourself planning a trip to Saint Lucia, debating about which room at Boucan to choose, get the luxe lodge. The views alone are worth it. Promise.
We arrived in our lodge to find a welcome letter and treats (including a little bottle of rum). I cannot tell you how much I love when hotels go the extra mile to make you feel welcome.
Remember when I told you about that view? I wasn’t lying. Front row seats for nature, doing what it does best.
OK, OK, back to the story. When we (read: I) stopped freaking out over our lodge and the views, we cleaned up real nice and headed down to dinner at their restaurant, Boucan. Apparently, according to Harper’s Bazaar UK, New Yorkers have been known to fly over in their private jets just for dinner (um, crazy), which is why we ate all our meals here during our three-night stay. They incorporate cacao into most of their dishes, so it was pretty much a no-brainer.
I love to sleep in and I seriously could not wait to get up every morning while we were staying here (and not just for the breakfast). But actually, the breakfasts were a big motivator now that I think about it. In between meals, we spent our days relaxing or strolling the grounds.
Actually, I take that back. We mostly relaxed. One morning we hiked up to this lookout and were rewarded with views of the Pitons.
But then we probably went back to relaxing, most likely in the pool.
And of course many a beer was had, because… priorities.
Another really amazing thing we did there was take the ‘Bean to Bar’ tour, which I highly recommend. In the first part of the tour they show you how cacao is grown and on the second part you learn how to make your own bar of chocolate. Stay tuned for a post on our chocolate making experience.