Chocolate is one of the most popular confections for Valentine’s Day. Luckily, lots of hotels cater to people who enjoy eating this sweet treat — and not just on February 14th, but all year long. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorites around the globe.
Located on a cocoa estate on the stunning island of St. Lucia, the Boucan Hotel offers great experiences for chocolate connoisseurs. For a fee, guests can take a guided tour of the cocoa groves, select ripe cocoa pods and make their own chocolate bars. The hotel’s spa features treatments that use cocoa beans, and the restaurant’s menu includes items such as chocolate tasting plates.
This luxury hotel in Vienna is home to the original Sachertorte, one of Vienna’s most famous culinary specialties. The dense chocolate cake was invented in 132 by Franz Sacher, a 16-year-old chef’s apprentice, for Prince Wenzel von Metternich. Find out more about the legendary torte in our August 2013 blog post.
Located in charming Perugia, the Etruscan Chocohotel describes itself as “completely dedicated to chocolate.” In the lobby, the Chocostore sells sweets and chocolate-related items. The hotel’s restaurant serves “typical Umbrian cuisine and ChocoMenù: a Cocoa Menu from appetizers to desserts, ” and the breakfast room features “a big jar of Nutella and many other specialties, where chocolate is the undisputed protagonist.”
An official resort at Hershey Park, the Hotel Hershey has a variety of experiences that will delight chocoholics. Guests can start their day with a specialty coffee and chocolate pastries at the Cocoa Beanery, and the resort’s spa is known for treatments such as the “cocoa massage” and “chocolate fondue wrap.” In February, the hotel has special chocolate-infused dinners, chef demos and other sweet events.
Belgium is famous for chocolate, and the Thon Hotels group is offering a special package deal that includes a night at a hotel, breakfast and metro tickets for two, and entrance to the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate. The museum delves into the history of chocolate and how cocoa ended up in Europe, and a highlight is a demonstration by a master chocolate-maker on how traditional pralines are created.
Situated in Bournemouth in the UK, the Chocolate Boutique Hotel has a variety of chocolate events such as workshops on how to make Belgian truffles, as well as special Valentine’s packages and a chocolate weekend. The package includes two nights in a “chocolate-themed bedroom,” a luxury chocolate tasting, truffle making and more.
Known for the Fountains of Bellagio, the famous Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas is also home to the world’s largest chocolate fountain. The floor-to-ceiling fountain, which is located at Jean-Philippe Patisserie, features “a spectacular series of melted chocolate cascades.” The bakery sells crepes, gelato and various pastries. Click here for a video of the chocolate fountain.
One of Vienna’s most famous culinary specialties is sachertorte. This dense chocolate cake was invented by Franz Sacher, a 16-year-old chef’s apprentice, in 1832 for Prince Wenzel von Metternich. After Franz became a full-blown chef, he sold the cake to the general public to rave reviews. In 1876, Franz’s son Eduard opened the Sacher Hotel in Vienna. To this day, the hotel’s original recipe is a well-kept secret.
According to the hotel’s website: “The basis of the entire confection is a chocolate cake, thinly coated by hand with best-quality apricot jam. The chocolate icing on top of it is the crowning glory. It tastes best with a portion of unsweetened whipped cream.” (Learn more about how the cake is made in the above video.)
During our “New Year’s in Vienna” program, we will stay at the Hotel Sacher. During your free time, you might want to treat yourself to a slice of the legendary torte at the hotel’s Café Sacher Vienna. The group will also visit the renowned Demel Café for a light lunch including mélange coffee and traditional Viennese pastries.