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Where Balenbouche and Fond Doux give guests a taste of vintage plantation life, this boutique hotel dials it up a notch or three to plantation luxe. We're talking preloaded iPods, open-sky rainforest showers, and a black-quartz infinity pool. But a stay at the Boucan is much more than just high-thread-count sheets; it's a big dip in a vat of silky St. Lucian chocolate, almost literally. Run by Hotel Chocolat, the British chocolatier, Boucan was built on a vintage St. Lucian rainforest estate that under new ownership has been reborn as a working cocoa plantation. This means you get daily supplies of chocolates and cookies in your room, and cocoa-centric food at the hotel restaurant dubbed "cacao cuisine." It also means that, in the interest of chocolate education, you should consider the signature 3-hr. "Tree-to-Bar" tour, which includes a stroll through the cocoa groves, harvesting cocoa pods, and making your own chocolate bars or truffles (Mon–Fri 9am–noon; $61 hotel guests, $88 non-guests).

The rooms themselves—a collection of open-air bungalows—come in two categories: Lodge and Luxe Lodge. Both have fourposter beds with pillow-top mattresses, iPods and docking stations, and London-based REN toiletries, but the larger Luxe Lodge units (750 sq. ft.) have private verandas with views of both Pitons. All reside around 1,000 ft. above sea level, sans air-conditioning but built to take advantage of the natural ventilation. The Rabot Estate has a number of nature trails with sweeping mountain and sea vistas. Beach lovers can take the free 10am shuttle down the mountain to Sugar Beach; the trip takes 20 minutes, but know that the Sugar Beach resort charges a hefty surcharge for the daily use of a sun lounger.