Been eating lots of chocolate this week? Chocolate Week culminates in The Chocolate Show at Olympia, West London this weekend, October 17-19.
You can indulge your craving any time of the year if you stay in a chocolate-themed hotel or room. The Your-Hols team has come up with the Top 10 at home and abroad and if you have a choccie recommendation too, do stick it in the comments box below.
The Chocolate Boutique Hotel, Bournemouth
This has to be the ultimate chocolate lover’s hotel. It has 13 chocolate-themed rooms and you can even order a chocolate fountain to be there waiting for you. In a Grade II-listed building, the hotel offers free chocolates, chocolate-themed packages and workshops hosted by chocolatiers. Learn how to create the perfect Belgian truffles, try a delicious ‘Choctail’ at the hotel bar or even immortalise yourself in milk, white and dark chocolate in the chocolate portrait painting class.
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Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, St Lucia
You’ve seen the shops and the boxes of chocs, now see the hotel. Boucan by Hotel Chocolat is high among the St Lucia rainforest and cocoa groves of the Caribbean island’s oldest plantation Rabot Estate, above. You can walk the cocoa trails before tasting the chocolate in sweet and savoury dishes – including a nine-stage tasting plate from roasted beans to exquisite truffles, caramels and a chilled shot of liquid chocolat – or enjoy choccie-themed treatments in the Cocoa Juvenate spa.
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The Chocolate Room, Alton Towers
All aboard to embark on a journey of discovery in the travel-inspired The Chocolate Room at Alton Towers. This room is decorated as a railway cabin, complete with sound effects and of course endless supply of hidden chocolates! Sleeping up to six, a stay in the Chocolate Room will keep the family entertained even after the kids leave the rides behind, with activity packs and games.
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Du Cardran, Paris
Du Cardran is ideally located in one of the world’s most romantic cities, just a few minutes’ walk from the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Élysées. Attached to the hotel is a chocolate shop and bar, where customers can enjoy more than 30 kinds of chocolate, including unique flavours such as ginger, lavender and sea-salt. The bar also specialises in vintage hot chocolates with a hint of vanilla or chilli. Those seeking something a little stronger might want to try one of the chocolate-based cocktails.
The Wensleydale Heifer, Yorkshire
The Chocolate Heaven room is dedicated to lovers of both art and chocolate. Guests are treated to a delicious feast for the mouth and the eyes. Spoiled with homemade cakes, biscuits, and unlimited access to popcorn, the unique feature here is the room’s very own chocolate masterpiece of the famous Sistine Chapel, adorning the ceiling above the bath.
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True Blue Bay Boutique Resort, Grenada
The hotel is holding Grenada’s first ever Chocolate Festival – celebrating chocolate in all its forms from cocoa pods and truffles to cocoa tea and even chocolate spa treatments – from August 18-24. Tucked away on a hillside on the south coast of the Caribbean isle, the hotel has a three-day Chocolate Treat including a chocolate breakfast and dinner! Cooking lessons too, using chocolate of course.
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Three Ways House Hotel, Cotswolds
Home of The Pudding Club, the Three Ways has a Chocolate Suite equipped with Faith in Nature products – chocolate shower gel and chocolate soap. The bedroom also comes with free bars of Divine Chocolate and the bed cushions are shaped like chocolates! The hotel runs Divine Chocolate Indulgence breaks and Chocolate lunches and demonstrations every month.
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Etruscan Chocohotel, Perugia, Italy
As the name suggests, everything about the Etruscan Chocohotel is dedicated to chocolate. Each of the three floors has a different theme: Milk Chocolate, Gianduja Chocolate and Dark Chocolate. The guest rooms are decorated accordingly, with room keys shaped like chocolate bars. In the Chocostore, guests will find the finest products by Construttori di Dolcezze and chocolate-themed gadgets from iChoc. The restaurant’s ChocoMenu features everything from cocoa-based appetisers to chocolate desserts, whilst the chocolate breakfast buffet boasts croissants, nutella and a chocolate fondue.
Baur au Lac, Zurich
This is luxury all the way – luxurious chocolate in luxurious surroundings. Internationally renowned as one of the world’s top luxury hotels, it is steeped in 170 years of tradition and has been owned by the same family for six generations. And their 1844 Chocoholic Special does Swiss chocolate proud – 1844 standing for the development of its own chocolate recipes. You will enjoy an 1844 chocolate box, white chocolate martini five-course menu with chocolate dessert, hot chocolate and more!
Best Western Premier Mount Pleasant Hotel, Doncaster
This is what you need to make a choccie difference – an in-hotel chocolatier! Sous chef Steve Taylor and his team now make more than 4,500 petit fours a month which are served as after-dinner treats and you can buy boxes of them over the counter in reception. The four-star hotel – set in 100 acres of woodland – also offers chocolate-making sessions for guests.
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