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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Beyond the Beach in St. Lucia


5. Oddball Day

The tree-to-bar tour at Hotel Chocolat teaches you about how chocolate is produced, from harvest to candy bar.   

Explore the island’s cocoa plantations, which are among the most famous in the world. After breakfastómaybe a chocolate croissant at your hotelóspend the morning learning about how the super-food cacao is grown, harvested, and consumed during the three-hour tree-to-bar tour at Hotel Chocolat ($65 per person; make reservations in advance). You’ll explore the nursery, learn how seeds are planted, cut your own cacao pods off the tree, and finally, craft your own chocolate bars. Next, treat yourself to a wood-fired pizza ($12) on the beach at the Jalousie Plantation’s open-air restaurant, Bayside before enjoying an 80-minute chocolate body scrub and back massage ($170) at the resort’s new Rainforest Spa. Revitalized, head out for a late-afternoon 40-minute tour of Fond Doux ($10), a small ecoresort and 250-year-old working cocoa plantation that sells its beans to famous chocolatiers including Hershey’s. Stick around for dinner at Jardin Cocoa Restaurant, where standout Caribbean-style dishes include Lamontagne’s Sous Kaye ($20), a fresh fish in broth with organic vegetables cultivated on the estate’s farm. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a chocolate-laced nightcap, like a Ponche Cocoa ($7), made with vodka, crème de cacao, amaretto, and chocolate ice cream.

Published on Jan 12, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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