IMG00070-20101211-1020Saint Lucia Celebrates Chocolate Heritage Month this August with Sweet Deals for Travelers

SAINT LUCIA (May 21, 2014) The West Indies has a long, rich heritage in producing some of the world’s most sought-after chocolate, and the island destination of Saint Lucia is now sharing that experience with visitors during Chocolate Heritage Month this August. Throughout the month, visitors can celebrate chocolate and its roots in the cocoa bean through plantation tours, exclusive chocolate-inspired spa treatments, specialty menus and more. Island-wide hotel and resort offers for couples and families feature savings from 50 percent on room rates to chocolate tastings menus, indulgent spa treatments, and more.

Saint Lucia’s chocolate legacy dates back to the thriving cocoa industry of the 1700’s. The island’s chocolate making process has hardly changed since the original chocolate boom, solidifying Saint Lucia’s reputation as a top quality cocoa producer. Hotels and resorts are now tapping into Saint Lucia’s rich heritage to create inventive chocolate services and amenities as well as hands-on agritourism experiences for visitors.

Specialized plantation tours such as the Chocolate Decadence Tour by Island Routes Tours takes guests on a luxury catamaran from Castries port to Rabot Estate at Hotel Chocolat for an all-day tour that includes chocolate making from scratch, and a chocolate-infused gourmet meal followed by a leisurely afternoon at the Sulphur Springs’ mud bath. The Fond Doux Holiday Plantation tour leads guests through the cocoa fermentation house where visitors can participate in the traditional “cocoa- rina” dance to polish the cocoa beans.  Additional plantation tours are available at a variety of locations including the Marquis Estate, Anse Mamin Plantation, Emerald Estate, Morne Coubaril Estate and La Dauphine Estate.


Not just a dessert, dark chocolate has a number of wellness benefits attributed to it, from a healthier heart to sharper focus and lower anxiety. It also boosts blood circulation to the fine capillaries enabling skin to draw oxygen and nutrients that protect skin against dehydration, making cocoa an ideal spa infusion.  Many of Saint Lucia’s top resort spas and restaurants use native cocoa to create inspired savory and sweet dishes and spa treatments that are both indulgent and healthful.

“Travelers are in for a sweet treat when they visit Saint Lucia during Chocolate Heritage Month,” says Tracey Warner-Arnold, deputy director of tourism. “Saint Lucia’s cocoa culture begins with plantation tours where visitors can learn the process from bean to bar. Other island experiences include delicious local traditions like cocoa tea, creative cuisine, and chocolate-infused spa treatments.”

Chocoholics interested in planning a chocolate-inspired trip filled with Saint Lucia’s cocoa delights can visit Saint Lucia’s Chocolate Heritage Trail map at, which highlights the island’s sweet spots, including history, key sites and special offers.

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Chocolate Heritage Month promotions offered by island hotels and resorts this August include: 

Anse Chastanet – Soufrière

“Dan Dous – A celebration of Chocolate at Anse Chastanet”

Bay Gardens Beach Resort – Rodney Bay

“Sweet Relaxation”

Bay Gardens Hotel and Bay Gardens Inn – Rodney Bay

“Sweet Relaxation”

Blu Saint Lucia – Rodney Bay

“Blu Chocolate Escape”

Calabash Cove – Marisule, Gros Islet

“Sweet days in Paradise”

Capella Marigot Bay – Marigot Bay

“Chocolate Spa Indulgence Package”


Capella Marigot Bay – Marigot Bay

“Chocolate Tasting Experience Package”


Cap Maison – Cap Estate

“Suite Romance”


Coconut Bay – Vieux Fort

“Chocolate Harmony”


Coco Palm – Rodney Bay Village

“Chocolate Heritage Package”


Cotton Bay Village – Cap Estate

“Chocolate Madness”

East Winds Inn – La Brelotte Bay, Gros Islet

Fond Doux Holiday Plantation – Soufrière

“Authentic Chocolate Experience”


Harmony Suites – Rodney Bay

“Harmony Chocolate Heaven”


Hotel Chocolat – Soufrière


Jade Mountain – Soufrière

Chocolate Alchemy at Jade Mountain


La Dauphine Estate – Soufrière

“Cocoa Adventure Package”


Ladera – Soufrière


Royal by rex resorts – Rodney Bay

“Steamy Chocolate Affair”


St. James’s Club Morgan Bay – Castries

“A Sweet Suite Deal at St. James’s Club Morgan Bay”


The BodyHoliday – Cap Estate, Gros Islet

“Chocolate Dream”


Ti Kaye Resort & Spa – Anse Cochon

“Ti Kaye Cocoa Package”

Villa Capri – Cap Estate

“Sweet and Sunny”

Windjammer Landing – Labrelotte Bay

“Amazing Chocolate Package”


For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, or 1-888-4STLUCIA or visit


About Saint Lucia


One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. The “Helen of the West Indies,” Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. Saint Lucia also is home to world class cruise and yachting facilities. The island is continually recognized as one of the Leading Wedding and Honeymoon destinations worldwide