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Staying at The BodyHoliday, St Lucia 

It’s now time to talk about the second half of our holiday in St Lucia at The BodyHoliday hotel. As I mentioned in my previous post, I was looking for something a bit more chilled out for this part of the trip and The BodyHoliday looked ideal! We were picked up via private transfer (all thanks to Turquoise Holidays who we booked the trip with) and driven all the way along the West coast road from Soufriere to Castries. It was such an enjoyable journey – we travelled through lots of places I’d been researching for the holiday, so it was helpful to get a feel for where they were all located for future reference. Our driver was very knowledgeable with lots of St Lucia anecdotes. At one point he told us to look out for the man with an anaconda at the upcoming bus stop. We thought we’d misheard him but indeed there he was, with a snake wrapped round his neck, and is apparently a bit of a tourist attraction! The weather in …

Dinner at Orlando’s, St Lucia 

When we were researching restaurants in Soufrière ahead of our stay there in January, we read and heard great things about Orlando’s, located in the main town close to the beach. Generally when I find somewhere I want to go to, I tend not to look into it much further, as I still want there to be an element of surprise. So we jumped in a taxi from our hotel and headed for dinner at Orlando’s, to celebrate Tim’s 30th birthday, not knowing quite what to expect, yet expecting good things! Orlando’s restaurant is owned by British born and internationally trained chef, Orlando Sachell, and serves ‘Ti Manje‘,which means small plate of food in the local Kwéyòl language. Orlando uses only the freshest local fish, meat and produce to create his masterpieces. We were seated in a beautiful little courtyard, adorned with local sculptures, paintings and décor. We ordered the set menu,  which consisted of: Pumpkin soup Cocoa ribs with red onion and papaya jam Kingfish and curry risotto with ginger fruit salsa Jerk pork and …

Tree to Bar Experience, St Lucia 

One of the many reasons I was excited about our stay at Boucan hotel in St Lucia was the ‘Tree to Bar’ experience. I’ve always appreciated good chocolate (I mean, who doesn’t?!) and learned a bit about the chocolate making process when I attended a class at Bake with Maria earlier last year. So to be able to get to experience it in the flesh in St Lucia was incredible! As I mentioned in my first post about Boucan, the hotel is owned by Hotel Chocolat and is located on the historic Rabot Estate. As you walk around the grounds, you’re constantly surrounded by cocoa trees, adorned with pretty red, yellow and purple pods, which will soon be made into chocolate. We were given a tour by our expert guide Merle who was incredibly knowledgeable, walking us through the whole process from planting the trees and their maintenance on the estate, through to sorting the beans and making the choccie! We were shown how to carefully pick the pods from the trees, making sure the …

Climbing the Gros Piton, St Lucia

When we were looking at things to do in St Lucia, we discovered that you could climb the iconic ‘pitons’ – the Petit Piton was apparently difficult and only for the experienced climber (involving ropes etc) but the 2619ft high Gros Piton (from the reviews I’d read) seemed doable. Now I’d like to point out that up until recently, I rarely went to the gym. I did manage to lose over a stone in the couple of months leading up to our wedding a year ago, but after a house move (and the loss of the free gym in our old complex), a job in food PR and this blog, things had gone rather to pot. Still, ‘how hard could it be?!’ I said to myself… We were picked up early at 6.45am to try and beat the heat, with a private transfer to the piton. Our hotel (Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, which I’ve written about here) provided us with water, sandwiches and fresh fruit. On arrival at the piton we were met by our …

Staying at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, St Lucia 

In the words of Maria Von Trapp, “let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start”. I was wondering where to begin on writing about our wonderful holiday to St Lucia and then the wise old words of Maria sprang to mind. So this first post is about our arrival in St Lucia, and our stay at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in Soufriere. When I was booking the holiday as a surprise for Tim’s 30th, I wanted it to have two elements – both relaxing and adventurous. Boucan certainly fit the bill for the latter (and even the former, to a degree!) Boucan is a small luxury hotel owned by world renowned chocolatiers Hotel Chocolat, on the South-West of the island in Soufriere. Boucan is set among the rainforest, on St Lucia’s oldest chocolate plantation, the Rabot Estate. When you think of St Lucia, you might think of the two big ‘mountains’ that you see in all of the photos, known as the pitons. Well this hotel overlooked them both – you …

An incredible holiday in St Lucia!

We just got back from a truly amazing holiday in St Lucia. You may have read my previous post about how I’d secretly booked the trip as a surprise for Tim’s 30th birthday. I booked it nearly a year ago and after all of that build up, I can’t believe it has now been and gone. But we have brilliant memories! The photo above was taken from our hotel room balcony which gives you an idea of how wonderful it was! We did so much and ate at so many  lovely places that I decided to break it down into a few different posts. I’ll be writing about our stay at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in Soufriere, the ‘tree to bar’ chocolate experience, dinner at Orlando’s, dinner at Dasheen, hiking the Gros Piton and our stay at The BodyHoliday in Castries. So keep your eyes peeled – I’ve got a lot of piccies to get through 🙂 A big thank you to Turquoise Holidays who I booked the holiday with (we used them for our …