I am penning this from my favourite spot in the Boucan Bar, Saint Lucia. With only 5 days to go until the Hotel opens, the place is a hive of industry… Newly inducted staff in Hotel Chocolat uniforms are going through their paces, final dabs of paint, dwarf date palm trees being dropped into their slots, balancing adjustments being made to cocktails and Cocoa Cottages being triple checked before our first guests arrive.
The weather is gorgeous with the usual cooling breeze and dazzling blue skies. The restaurant has been open for 3 weeks and there is a real air of confidence now in the kitchen and on the floor, thanks to the leadership and example set by hotel manager Chester Francois and executive chef Jon Bentham.
I will end here as I need to test out again the black quartz infinity edge swimming pool. The Piton is symmetrically reflected in its mirror surface… no accident according to Phil Buckley, designer/ builder/country head!