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Project Chocolat the Tree to Bar/Bean to Bar Experience from Hotel Chocolat

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  • 1 to 3 hours (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English

Overview

    What's Included

    • Chocolate Making
    • Lunch is only included in the Tree to Bar option
    • Lunch is not included in the Bean to Bar option
    • Tree to Bar tour is not included in the Bean to Bar option
    • Transportation from your destination in not included

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Project Chocolat
      Unnamed Road Malgretoute, St Lucia

      Across the street from the starting point you will see Ladere Resort.

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Experiences are not suitable for children under 8 years old
    • We are Covid Certified
    • You must arrive for your experience with good time, ensuring you are not late
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travellers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Great chocolate making experience
    Lisa_R, Jan 2023
    The chocolate making was really interesting and interactive. The estate was very scenic , there was a bar ,cafe ,restaurant and shops , this was a great day out would thoroughly recommend.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Fantastic day at hotel Chocolat
    Anne_L, Jan 2023
    Had a wonderful day at Hotel chocolat. The staff were lovely, very friendly, informative and helpful. The meal we had at around midday was absolutely delicious and plentiful also. We were then ready for our tree to bar tour at 1pm. It was lovely walking around the grounds seeing all the trees and plants and seedlings area etc. Making the chocolate bar afterwards was good fun and we very much enjoyed eating it later at our hotel. I have been interested in Hotel Chocolat for years and have even had an exclusive tour around the factory in the UK, so for me this was the cherry on the top. My husband very much enjoyed the tour even though he originally only came because I wanted to visit. I had booked the tour in the UK before my holiday in St.Lucia. It had not included transport from my hotel in Rodney Bay which made it a little difficult getting to. In the end we paid US$ 200 to take a catamaran to Soufriere and then a taxi US$40 for the short journey to hotel Chocolat. (Which hotel Chocolat kindly arranged for us, but we probably could have arranged ourselves because lots of taxis waiting at docking area). The catamaran we came on we arranged on the beach and we came with a group on a tour doing snorkelling, mud baths, waterfall etc and had to pay what they paid for trip. Trips to hotel Chocolat on island can provide transport, but still costs about what we paid in total. If your accommodation in Soufriere works out a lot cheaper, but still glad we did it. It was a fantastic day!
    Fun. Definitely worth it.
    Jerald_W, Jan 2023
    Fun tour. Expensive but worth it , especially with the great lunch at the end. Our guides were very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the history of chocolate in St. Lucia. The chocolate we made was better than the chocolate we made in a similar tour in Belize. Both were great, but this was just a bit better.
    The superb dinner...
    Thomas_N, Jan 2023
    The superb dinner afterwards. Completely outstanding and a awesome way to finish the evening after making the chocolate
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Something great for chocolate lovers
    Danyelle_C, Jan 2023
    Great experience about chocolate especially with having a bunch of chocolate lovers in my family. Was a bit of walking/stairs and the chocolate bar making was definitely intense but we had a great time and my chocolate bar was good. They even had umbrellas for the rain! Would definitely recommend to others that enjoy chocolate.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Good but pricey
    Robert_B, Jan 2023
    The event itself is good fun and informative but is rather expensive for what it is. I took the view that we were more supporting the project than paying for the experience.
    Go for the shorter one, making chocolate only
    saloney_a, Jan 2023
    The tour through the plantation was medium interesting. It was hard to follow the guides. It was beautiful but I might skip that if I were to recommend this to someone else. Making the chocolate and having lunch were the best parts. There was about 30-45 min waiting time between the plantation walk and making chocolate, just to hang out at the bar and buy drinks. It would be better if this waiting period was cut out as we had nothing to do and wanted to move on with our day rather than wait.
    Can't miss experience on St. Lucia
    Tim_Y, Jan 2023
    What a fantastic way to start our trip! Despite the pouring rain, Monique was a wonderful tour guide and chocolate making coach. We will never think of chocolate the same way. The lunch was also very tasty, and getting to take home a bar you made yourself made it so special. Throughout our time here the staff and service at Hotel Chocolat and Project Chocolat was the best on St. Lucia.
    Good tour, food not worth the money!
    Susan_B, Nov 2022
    The seedling and rain forest walk was excellent. Very enjoyable. The making of the chocolate bar was hard work but fun. The food was awful, I notified of a dietary requirement when booking and no provisions were made at all. Don’t waste the extra on the food part!
    Great fun
    Pippa_H, Nov 2022
    Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Project Chocolate where we did the Bean to Bar experience. We learned about the history of chocolate and made our own bar. Had a great time and thank you to all the staff who made our afternoon so memorable.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Chocolate Delight!
    Ashleigh_L, Nov 2022
    Highly recommend the Tree to Bar tour! You will leave with a different appreciation for chocolate. Marina was our guide and she was amazing! The lunch was delicious! Better than the restaurant!
    Disappointing
    Lynn_B, Nov 2022
    Very expensive Disappointing. I would have liked to learn about hotel Chocolates ethics and research.
    Breath Taking both literally and figuratively
    Tamika_H, Nov 2022
    I loved every part of the tour, from our tour guide Flying Brian to the beautiful but tiring walk. Definitely dress for a good workout because you will put in work! We were able to start a plant and name it. Walk through the beautiful plantation with the rich history lesson as well as make our own chocolate bars. Mine not so good, but I enjoyed every minute of it. At the end we enjoyed lunch with dessert which was exquisite.
    Tree to Bar experience - amazing!
    Sabrina_M, Nov 2022
    We did the tree to bar experience and absolutely loved it! The tour guides are super energetic and very knowledgeable which definitely added to the experience. We got to plant a baby cacao plant of our own before being showing around the plantation/gardens and then to the chocolate making!! The tree to bar experience also includes lunch (cocoa infused menu) which was delicious - Really happy we went with this one and I do think it was good value for money
    Chocolate Tour
    Steve_S, Oct 2022
    Fun tour of the Rabot cacao plantation. Guides were informative although we felt a little rushed. Enjoyed making the chocolate bar, quite tasty. Lunch was a selection of pre-made items, nothing special.
    Worth doing!
    Hilpa_A, Oct 2022
    Kids loved making the chocolate bar. The whole experience was very educational. Great attention to detail… including handing out water / refreshing drinks and a cold towel to keep us comfortable.
    Awesome experience!
    Walter_T, Oct 2022
    Our tour guide Brian was great, taught us a lot. Grafting the tree, trying the cacao beans, walking through the rain forest, and making the chocolate were all memorable experiences. 10/10 would recommend
    Really fun excursion, perfect for a not-so-sunny day!
    Amy_G, Oct 2022
    We really enjoyed this trip. The morning was rainy, so we weren't going to be on the beach anyway, but the day cleared up enough that we genuinely enjoyed our walk through the rainforest with our expert guide, Xystus (pronounced like "Ecstasy" without the last syllable). He had so many interesting things to tell us, we got to suck on raw cacao pods (the slimy coating tastes like citrus!), we got to eat some flowers, and the coolest thing was getting to graft a cacao tree onto some scion stock! If you look through my photos, you'll see the plants in the greenhouse tagged with guests' names, and also one mature tree in the rainforest with the guest's name on a sign hanging off of it. So, you can come back in a few years and visit your own tree, assuming it makes it to adulthood! On the 'bar' half of the "From Tree to Bar" experience, Marina walked us through making our own chocolate bars, starting with grinding cacao nibs by hand with a mortar and pestle. After the bar has set, you get to take it home. We unwrapped our bars when we arrived home, some four days after we made them...and they smell AMAZING. You will never have chocolate like this anywhere else! The food was good, too, especially the 'Ice Cream of the Gods.' It *seems* disappointing when they hand you a small cup of vanilla ice cream, but this is vanilla infused with cacao, and it is, bar none, the best ice cream I have ever eaten, and that includes Berthillon's in Paris, home made fresh in our own home, dairy-made delights here in Pennsylvania farm country, or ANYTHING. Ice cream is now ruined for me because nothing will ever be as good as 'Ice Cream of the Gods'! Oh, and don't miss bringing home a bottle of their Velvetised Chocolate Cream Liqeuer. Delicious! (And a real shame they no longer sell and ship to the US!!!) This is a pricey tour, but we felt it was well worth it; it gave us pretty much a whole day (from lunch to dinner) of education, entertainment, satiety, lovely memories, and just plain fun
    A must for chocolate lovers
    Pat_C, Sept 2022
    The Project Chocolat experience brings new meaning to every bite of chocolate. The tour was fantastic, making a chocolate bar was fun and the lunch was delicious. An excellent 3 hr experience.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Really great day!
    Chris_R, Sept 2022
    Xystus was our guide and was awesome. Gave us a very informative tour round the grounds and got us involved all the activities on the tour. Chocolate making was a lot of fun to finish off the tour.
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