Chocolate Tourism at Anse Chastanet (Resort), St. Lucia

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As it relates to nature adventures, trekking, zip-lining, snorkeling and diving are among the most frequently engaged in activities for tourists in St. Lucia. It can make all the difference where you stay and who your guide is. That said, how often does one want to do the same activities on a trip? Once, twice, trice, or more often? 

Personally, each island I visits I want to try something new and different. This is something not usually offered by the other islands. Someone once said to me “Once you see an island you see them all.” From experience, I can say, “This is not quite true.”

Many of the resorts offered on this website strive for uniqueness and the people they employed will go the extra mile to make sure that theirs is where the difference lies.

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Chocolate laboratory, Anse Chastanet, Saint Lucia.

Take for example Anse Chastanet. The resort is owned by architect Nick Troubetzkoy, whose passionate is sustainable design. Here, he incorporates this with elements of the local scene and culture. Comprising 600 acres of the lush landscape, the hotel offers views of The Pitons (peaks, and World Heritage Site) and the ocean. It grants access to beaches, an organic farm and chocolate laboratory. Twenty minutes from the estate, in the hills of Soufriere hills, is the Emerald Farm where cocoa beans are grown in addition to a variety of tropical fruits, spices, nuts and vegetables that are used in the hotel’s kitchen. A trip, for guests, to the farm can be combined with visits to the Sulphur Springs and Botanical Gardens.

Chocolate production is not new to St. Lucia and neither is the concept of Chocolate Tourism. The month of August is declared “Month of Chocolate.” Yet still, Chocolate Tourism never became as popular in the Caribbean as did the activities I mentioned earlier in this article. At Anse Chastanet, chocolate lovers and enthusiast can see how the products come together and try assorted flavors. Chocolate sensory tastings, educational estate trips and truffle making classes offered on a year-round basis are the main highlights.

 

Article by Jack MacGregor, L’ EcoResorts