Ditch Valentine’s Day for a chocolate day spa

Does Valentine’s Day make you gag? Do you want to run away? All that icky hearts and flowers stuff,  kitschy cards, the pressure to say I Love You, fork out for a romantic dinner etc. And oh the agony of being forgotten!  Or forgetting! Try running away to one of these places for the ultimate chocolate indulgence. Being slathered in melted chocolate. Just for you. To hell with anyone else. There, doesn’t that feel better already?

CHOCOLATE DAY SPA: Savill Court Hotel and Spa near London is good value at only STG169.50 for the two-day package. A speciality of the spa is a chocolate body wrap where your body is brushed with melted chocolate for 65 minutes. I don’t know if you eat it off afterwards. It costs STG119. The hotel is very reasonably priced – rooms start at STG114 a night. And it’s only a 10-minute drive from Heathrow Airport. Spa packages start at STG72 per person.  Bishopsgate, Windsor Great Park Surrey TW20 0XN Tel 0844 879 9067


MELTING AT THE HERSHEY HOTEL: Melt into the ultimate luxury at the decadent Spa at The Hotel Hershey (pictured above), affectionately known as The Chocolate Spa. An elegant haven with the unmistakable touch of Hershey, The Spa offers a decadent variety of traditional massages, hydrotherapy, facials, and more. It features signature chocolate treatments like the Whipped Cocoa Bath and new Cocoa Facial Experience all wrapped in a warm, luxurious tradition inspired by Milton S. Hershey and his wife, Catherine. The Spa At The Hotel Hershey is located in Central Pennsylvania, near major highways and just 1.5 hours from Baltimore, 3 hours from New York City, 2 hours from Philadelphia, 2 hours from Washington, D.C. and a 15 minute drive from Harrisburg International Airport (MDT). www.chocolatespa.com

Chocolate truffleCHOCOLATE TRUFFLE EXFOLIATING SCRUB: Daylesford Day Spa is in the Australian southeast state of Victoria, located in a region known for its mineral springs, spas and health treatments. Daylesford Day Spa has six treatments room, offering a range of therapies including Jurliques Facials, Relaxation and Deep Tissue Massage, Aromatheraphy Spas, Rose Milk Baths, Body Treatments and Le Stone Therapy. Imagine a decadent chocolate spa treatment that smells good enough to eat because this 99% natural based treatment contains lavish amounts of real chocolate. Start by relaxing in the aromatherapy hydrotherapy spa. You are now ready for a relaxation massage and a divine truffle exfoliating scrub. Finish this decadent treatment off with a chocolate fondue mud masque and body moisturiser. $A315 single, and $A600 double for 180 minutes.  www.daylesforddayspa.com

If this doesn’t appeal, you could just eat a lot of… chocolate…with chocolate lovers….

Chocolate fondue

Read about Dan Cilo’s ethical chocolate project in Peru, and if you can’t get away from Valentine’s Day, here’s a list of the top 10 hotels for hot romance.

The Maison Moschino, Milan, where beds are dressed as ballgowns
The Maison Moschino, Milan, where beds are dressed as ballgowns

*Images courtesy of Travmedia

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