valentine’s-day-gift-guide:-the-most-decadent-chocolate-spa-treatments

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: The Most Decadent Chocolate Spa Treatments

A chocolate spa treatment at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort on the Caribbean island of Grenada

True Blue Bay Boutique Resort

If you want to go crazy for chocolate, there is no better time of year than Valentine’s Day when every business plays its cocoa card. Hotel spas know that travelers are looking for pampering, and this heart-shaped holiday is the ideal time to pull out all the stops. Whether you’re traveling with a loved one or just looking for some self-pampering, these hotels have some of the most decadent chocolate spa treatments around. Don’t forget to register for the latest winter promotions from hotel loyalty programs to maximize the experience.

Chocolate Lover’s Treatment, Anse Chastenet, St. Lucia

The St. Lucia resort is home to more than 1,500 cacao trees where staff harvest the cacao plant.

Anse Chastenet

Home to more than 1,500 cacao trees, Anse Chastenet on St. Lucia harvests its own chocolate, which it uses for many onsite spa treatments. Among the most popular is the chocolate lover’s treatment, which blends a chocolate citrus body polish, a mocha massage and relaxing chocolate facial all in one. Chocolate is packed with powerful antioxidants that is rejuvenating for the skin, and this resort has plenty of it.

Chocolate Love, True Blue Bay Boutique Resort, Grenada

A number of chocolate spa treatments is available at Grenada’s True Blue Bay Boutique Resort.

True Blue Bay Boutique Resort

An endless number of choco-themed treatments at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort will lure cocoa buffs to Grenada. There’s a mocha body scrub, chocolate facial, chocolate body wrap, chocolate manicure and pedicure, and cocoa calm bath soak. Grenadian chocolate can help to moisturize sunburned skin, something honeymooning couples and frequent sun seekers may appreciate.

Chocolate Kiss, Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, Miami Beach

The pool at the Kimpton Surfcomber in Miami Beach

Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel

Get a “chocolate kiss” in Miami Beach. At least, that’s what the spa folks at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel in Miami Beach, part of the IHG Rewards program, will tell you. Therapists will scrub your body with chocolate, cocoa butter and sugar to exfoliate the skin before using peppermint oil as part of a soothing massage.

Chocolate Buttercreme Float, Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Float your mind and soul in chocolate at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

The decadence at Loews Philadelphia Hotel’s Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa & Salon starts with a rub down using a chocolate sugar scrub before you are completely coated in chocolate “buttercreme.” This moisturizing treatment is best for dry skin, but the body covering is sweet enough to eat. Then, there is a body wrap to enjoy before a “heavenly float” in the soft-pack system, a pressure-free cushion of water. While “floating,” guests can indulge in a scalp and facial massage as their so-called “cherry on top.”

Cacao Exfoliator, Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas, Belize

Try a variety of chocolate-themed treatments in Belize before enjoying a bar of local chocolate to … [+] take home.

Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas

The cacao exfoliator with chocolate body wrap at Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas, in Placencia, Belize, uses a homemade cacao body scrub that detoxifies pores for better firming and toning. It can help plump out wrinkles thanks to moisturizing lipids and fats (the only kind you want to know about during a chocolate wrap). There’s also a scrub, body wash and scalp massage before leaving with a bar of Belizean chocolate.

Chocolate Whoopie, The Landings Resort & Spa, St. Lucia

Spa goers can get their chocolate fill at The Landings Resort and Spa.

The Landings Resort and Spa

The Chocolate Caribbean Whoopie Ritual at The 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, toxin-eliminating chocolate wrap. Next up is a massage using coconut chocolate milk mixed with antioxidant-rich oils. The ritual also incorporates 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

A treatment area at Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Los Cabos, Mexico

Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

It all starts with a Mexican chocolate scrub designed to help the skin with antioxidants and protect against sun damage before a coconut milk and citrus bath. During the soak, spa guests enjoy spicy cocoa-inspired treats before finishing with an organic chocolate oil massage. While Zadun does not participate in Marriott Bonvoy, it is still a favorite of those familiar with the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton brands.

Chocolate Fondue Body Wrap, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

A treatment room at the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta where a variety of chocolate-themed spa … [+] treatments await.

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta (choose your favorite: it’s part of both World of Hyatt and I Prefer Hotel Rewards) offers its own version of a choco heaven where it wraps guests from head to toe in chocolate. It all starts with a chocolate mint scrub body exfoliation and then a chocolate fondue body wrap. If that’s not enough chocolate pampering, there’s a hydrating chocolate mousse mask, too.

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Florida

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island offers a variety of treatments including chocolate-themed … [+] options.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island

For 2.5 hours at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island, guests can luxuriate in a decadent treatment dubbed, “The Couples Chocolate Wrap to Remember.” It includes a honey vanilla milk bath for two followed by a chocolate wrap where the couple is “cocooned together in a thermal blanket” so that the chocolate can penetrate the skin. Warm scalp massages and a body massage are also part of the luxury.

Mint Chocolate Mani/Pedi, Salamander Resort, Virginia

Get coated in chocolate at the Salamander Resort in Virginia, a state that is self-declared “for … [+] lovers.”

Salamander Resort

Indulge in the mint chocolate manicure and pedicure with a spiked hot chocolate in hand. It begins with a eucalyptus and peppermint soak before the therapist applies a sweet cream salt scrub. Then you’ll lay back for a chocolate mask and hot stone massage smelling your skin as if it were a candy store from start to finish. This seasonal treatment is available at Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia.

Chocolate Immersion, The Hotel Hershey, Pennsylvania

Chocolate ingredients from The Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania

The Hotel Hershey

Where else to finish an indulgent choco-roundup than at “chocolate central” itself (at least in the U.S.), Hershey, Pennsylvania. The spa at The Hotel Hershey, part of the Historic Hotels of America grouping and a Forbes Travel Guide property, has a variety of treatments including “chocolate immersion” with a chocolate sugar scrub and fondue wrap rolled into one. Warm moor mud and cocoa essence are the first application followed by a body brushing and fondue before being wrapped in a warm blanket. There’s also a whipped cocoa bath with foaming chocolate milk designed to renew the skin. Your body will find it both decadent and delicious.

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