If you want to go chocolate crazy, there’s no better time of year than Valentine’s Day when every company plays its cocoa card. Hotel spas know that travelers want to be pampered, and this heart-shaped vacation is the perfect time to pull out all the stops. Whether you’re traveling with a loved one or just looking to pamper yourself, these hotels offer some of the most decadent chocolate spa treatments. Don’t forget to sign up for the latest winter promotions from hotel loyalty programs to maximize the experience.
Chocolate Lovers Treat, Anse Chastenet, St. Lucia
Home to more than 1,500 cocoa trees, Anse Chastenet in St. Lucia harvests its own chocolate, which it uses for many on-site spa treatments. Among the most popular is the chocolate lover’s treatment, which combines a chocolate citrus body scrub, mocha massage and relaxing chocolate facial all in one. Chocolate is packed with powerful antioxidants that rejuvenate the skin, and this resort is full of them.
Chocolate Love, True Blue Bay Boutique Resort, Grenada
An endless number of chocolate-themed treatments at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort will draw cocoa lovers to Grenada. There’s a mocha body scrub, chocolate facial, chocolate body wrap, chocolate manicure and pedicure, and soothing cocoa bath. Grenadian chocolate can help moisturize sunburned skin, which honeymooners and frequent sun-seekers can appreciate.
Chocolate Kiss, Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, Miami Beach
Get a “chocolate kiss” in Miami Beach. At least that’s what the spas at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel in Miami Beach, part of the IHG Rewards program, will tell you. Therapists will rub your body with chocolate, cocoa butter and sugar to exfoliate the skin before using peppermint oil as part of a soothing massage.
Chocolate Buttercream Float, Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Decadence at the Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa & Salon at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel begins with a scrub with a chocolate sugar scrub before you’re completely coated in chocolate ‘buttercream’. This hydrating treatment is best for dry skin, but the body coating is sweet enough to eat. Then there’s a body wrap to enjoy before a “paradise float” in the soft-pack system, a pressure-free water cushion. While “floating”, clients can indulge in a scalp and facial massage as their so-called “cherry on top”.
Cocoa Scrub, Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas, Belize
Cocoa Exfoliator with Chocolate Body Wrap at Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas, Placencia, Belize uses a homemade cocoa body scrub that detoxifies pores for better firming and toning. It can help plump up wrinkles thanks to moisturizing lipids and fats (the only ones you want to know about during a chocolate wrap). There’s also a body scrub, shower gel and scalp massage before leaving with a bar of Belizean chocolate.
Chocolate Whoopie, The Landings Resort & Spa, St. Lucia
The Chocolate Caribbean Whoopie Ritual at Landings Resort and Spa in St. Lucia is chocolate from start to finish. This all-natural chocolate treatment uses local cocoa nibs as part of the natural chocolate wrap that removes toxins. Next, a massage using chocolate coconut milk blended with antioxidant-rich oils. The ritual also includes exfoliating sea salts, which have been infused with chocolate mousse designed to remove impurities and polish the skin.
Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Los Cabos, Mexico
It all starts with a Mexican chocolate scrub designed to help skin with antioxidants and protect against sun damage before a coconut milk and citrus soak. During the bath, spa guests enjoy spicy cocoa-inspired treats before finishing with an organic chocolate oil massage. Although Zadun does not participate in Marriott Bonvoy, it remains a favorite of those familiar with the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton brands.
Chocolate Fondue Body Wrap, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta (pick your favourite: it’s part of both World of Hyatt and I Prefer Hotel Rewards) offers its own version of chocolate heaven where it wraps guests head-to-toe in chocolate. It all starts with a mint-chocolate body scrub followed by a chocolate fondue wrap. If that’s not enough, there’s also a moisturizing chocolate mousse mask.
The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Florida
For 2.5 hours at the Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island, guests can bask in a decadent treatment dubbed “The Couples Chocolate Wrap to Remember.” It includes a honey and vanilla milk bath for two followed by a chocolate wrap where the couple are “cocooned in a thermal blanket” so the chocolate can penetrate the skin. Warm scalp massages and a body massage are also part of the luxury.
Mani/Pedi Mint Chocolate, Salamander Resort, Virginia
Treat yourself to a chocolate mint manicure and pedicure with hand-enriched hot chocolate. It begins with a eucalyptus and peppermint bath before the therapist applies a gentle cream salt scrub. Then you’ll lie down for a chocolate mask and hot stone massage that will have your skin feeling like it’s a candy store from start to finish. This seasonal treat is available at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia.
Chocolate Immersion, The Hotel Hershey, Pennsylvania
Where else to end an indulgent choco-roundup than at “chocolate central” itself (at least in the US), Hershey, Pennsylvania. The spa at the Hershey Hotel, part of the Historic Hotels of America group and a Forbes Travel Guide property, offers a variety of treatments including a “chocolate immersion” with a chocolate sugar scrub and a fondue wrap in one. Warm moor mud and cocoa essence is the first application followed by body brushing and melting before being wrapped in a warm blanket. There is also a whipped cocoa bath with foaming chocolate milk designed to renew the skin. Your body will find it both decadent and delicious.