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A Tour of Chocolate Isle

A St. Lucia boutique hotel is reviving the island's centuries-old cocoa trade

February/March 2014

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The showstopping view of Petit Piton from the restaurant at Boucan.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Tourist soaking up Boucan’s tropical surroundings.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Manager Bernabe Alexander with the latest crop of cacao beans.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards

The inviting interior at Boucan.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards

The innards of a freshly picked cacao pod.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards

A bowl of Boucan’s cacao gazpacho.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Mornings at Boucan begin with fresh island fruit and cups of liquid chocolate.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards

A chef assembles a dish of local dorado over creamed leeks with red wine and cacao sauce.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Cacao beans are laid out to dry in the sun at the hotel’s nursery.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Boucan’s chocolate tasting plate.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards