Celebrate Chocolate in August!
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 agro-tourism experiences for visitors.
“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 chocolateinfused spa treatments.”
Chocoholics interested in planning a chocolateinspired trip filled with Saint Lucia’s cocoa delights can visit Saint Lucia’s Chocolate Heritage Trail map at https:// www. facebook. com/ SaintLuciaTouristBoard, which highlights the island’s sweet spots, including history, key sites and special offers.