Chocolate is synonymous with Valentine’s Day in my mind. It seems many spas are on the same page given the chocolate-infused treatments on menus in February and created for couples all year round. The antioxidants in chocolate help boost the skin’s moisture content and the caffeine improves circulation and provides a temporary tightening effect. Here are a few chocoholic-approved services to help spa-goers reap the benefits of cocoa:
- The Chocolate Lovers Made Fresh Daily Treatment ($195, 90 minutes) at Aquaterra Spa at Surf & Sand Resort (Laguna Beach, CA) features chocolate in each portion of the luxurious experience. This seasonal offering includes a chocolate chip scrub, chocolate wrap, chocolate massage, and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with chocolate sweet treat.
- At Grand Geneva Resort & Spa (WI) guests have two chocolate-covered treatments from which to choose. The Berry, Wine, and Chocolate Delight Transformation Facial (starting at $120, 50 minutes) includes a cranberry-scented milk facial cleanser, shea butter sugar polish, dark chocolate CoQ10 enzyme mask, and a super-antioxidant cocktail made from Texas winery grapes and a peptide serum. Skin appears plumped and revitalized. Spa-goers can also opt for the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bliss Body Treatment (starting at $120, 50 minutes) to get their chocolate fix. It begins with a hot butter brûlée whole milk soak to soften and moisturize skin followed by an exfoliating sugar scrub made with raspberry extract. A warm dark chocolate softening mask is then painted from head to toe and left to nourish skin. After the mask is removed, a whipped shea butter and strawberry fruit spread moisturizer is applied.
In addition to the onsite Love Doctor for romantic excursions at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa (SC), guests can also savor the chocolate Heavenly Meltdown treatment. It features a hot coconut milk soak towel wrap followed by a sugar scrub, and application of a chocolate mask on the back, and a warm cinnamon oil full body massage.
What are key ingredients in romantic couples' treatments at your spa?