Most people appreciate a weekend retreat in a lovely hotel, but if you’re looking for an added indulgence, why not sprinkle a pinch of everyone’s favourite treat to the mix? A chocolate experience is often just the recipe for an extra special getaway. Read on to discover which hotels give a whole new meaning to the term “sweet escape!”
Sweet Dreams at the Langham Boston
Visions of sugar plums are welcome to dance but dip them in chocolate and you’ve got the dream-come-true Deluxe Chocolate bar at the Langham Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Featuring a “Forever Young” theme in its 29th season, this dessert spectacular offers over 100 goodies, including a chocolate fountain complete with items like fruit and marshmallows just begging to be dipped in velvety goodness. More of a donut person? The Langham has an entire wall dedicated to the confection where patrons can drip, dip, and decorate to their heart’s content. Prices start at $35 for children and $45 for adults seeking a walk down a chocolate covered memory lane.
Chocolate Bar at the Peninsula Hotel Chicago
For a sweet weekend activity, hit up the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, where their bar serves up one and two-bite petite treats. Guests can sip on coffee, cappuccino, espresso, or choose to toast the occasion with the addition of a chocolate martini. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time for the $40 buffet that takes place in their elegant restaurant, The Lobby. The Pen pairs their sweet bar with the luscious lyrics of local singer-songwriter, Stephanie Browning.
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat
The name says it all with this Caribbean hotel built on the Rabot Estate cocoa plantation in Saint Lucia. Opened in 2011, Boucan by Hotel Chocolat operations have progressed substantially since the plantation was first established in 1745, priding themselves now on an ethical model for sustainable cocoa farming. While the hotel features the ultimate in spa luxury, cocoa lovers will find true fulfillment in the cocoa-centric activities. Guests can walk the bean groves to discover the cultivation process from grafting plants through to the fermentation and sun drying of cocoa pods. In an additional experience, participants can actually mix and pour their own special chocolate bar. Off-site guests can join the tours for between $28- $61 and are required to pre-book.
Jade Mountain: Tempering, Tasting, and Truffles
The Big Rock Candy Mountain gets a chocolate-style upgrade at the Jade Mountain Hotel on the “Island of Chocolate,” Saint Lucia. Since 2007, a farm-to-table philosophy has served resort guests with numerous organic crops, including mangoes, sugarcane, buckwheat, cilantro, and – of course – cocoa. Grown on 40 acres of farmland, visitors are encouraged to tour the farm for a behind the scenes look at their food production. With 1000 cocoa trees on-site, participants in the special Chocolate Discovery Experience get insider secrets on how to temper the mixture to create the perfect truffle inside the Jade Mountain Chocolate Lab. Additional tastings are also offered at the resort restaurant, the Jade Mountain Club.