Come with me, and you'll be in a world of pure imagination—okay, perhaps you’ll never be able to visit Willy Wonka’s fantastical chocolate room in his candy factory. (A chocolate waterfall? We wish!) But if you have a sweet tooth, you need not despair for lack of a candy-filled adventure. You can find your own little slice of paradise not in your imagination, but in the hotels around the world that cater to chocolate fanatics, whether they offer chocolate-themed menus, tours of a cocoa plantation, or spa treatments infused with cacao. Here we take a look at seven such properties that have the perfect chocolate decadence for you.
Set on the rainforest-filled grounds of St. Lucia’s 18th-century Rabot Estate, the oldest on the island, is the luxe Boucan by Hotel Chocolat. The property was acquired by the company’s co-founders, as the volcanic soil, high elevation, and rainforest water of St. Lucia are perfect for cocoa production. But rather than just use the estate as a plantation, they built a luxury hotel to cater to chocolate-loving guests from around the world. Every aspect of your stay revolves around chocolate, from the “cacao cuisine” of its on-site restaurant, cacao massages at the spa, to the freshly made chocolate treats in your room.
Vienna’s famous chocolate cake, the Original Sacher-Torte, was created in the café of the Hotel Sacher Wien in 1832 and the recipe is closely guarded by the property today. The hotel is not only famous for its dessert—it’s hosted such famous guests as President John F. Kennedy and Queen Elizabeth II.
One of the world’s foremost chocolate destinations is located right in the middle of Pennsylvania, in Hershey, the home of the eponymous candy company founded by philanthropist Milton S. Hershey. Chocolatetown, U.S.A., as the town is lovingly nicknamed, was literally founded around the sweet. It is still home to the Hershey chocolate factories, as well as amusement park Hersheypark, Hershey’s Chocolate World, and the Hershey Story museum. The upscale Hotel Hershey is a great place to stay—guests can indulge in chocolate spa treatments like the Chocolate Fondue Wrap and the Chocolate Sugar Scrub.
Two hours northwest of London is the quaint village of Mickleton, home to the historic Three Ways House Hotel. Though the property is known for being home to the international Pudding Club, whose mission is to preserve the Great British Pudding, the hotel caters to chocoholics as well, who will want to stay in the Chocolate Suite. The hotel also offers chocolate-themed packages, which are filled with delicious activities.
While chocolate might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi has an chilled underground wine and chocolate cave where guests can enjoy tastings. Don’t worry—the hotel provides fleeces and hot water bottles.
It’s not hard to surmise that the Chocolate Boutique Hotel is a chocolate lover’s paradise. From rooms decorated in a palette of cocoa, cream, and caramel hues to chocolate portrait painting courses, there’s no end to the delectable surprises. It’s perfect for a weekend getaway to England’s charming southern coast.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, Executive Pastry Chef Dimitri Fayard puts on “Chocolate at the Pen,” a smorgasbord of chocolate treats, in one of the hotel’s restaurants. It’s open to non-guests, and those who are dining at either of the on-site restaurants are able to visit the chocolate bar for their dessert course.
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