Attention chocolate lovers: Here's your chance to enjoy some romantic adventures with home-grown organic chocolate...served up with a view of one of the most spectacular sights in the world. And on an exotic Caribbean island, no less.
If amorous escapades (with chocolate) make you pay attention, check out a slate of new packages built around experiences with the sweet stuff this summer at the Jade Mountain Resort on St. Lucia.
Take the resort’s “Chocolate Alchemy” package. It starts off with a chocolate welcome amenity (served with a special cocktail, of course), followed the next morning by a chocolaty breakfast-in-bed and then an hour-long “chocolate infused” spa treatment. After that you’re off to the resort’s Emerald Cocoa Estate for a chocolate “tree-to-bar” tour, and then to Jade Mountain’s new chocolate lab for some “chocolate sensory tasting” and a hands-on class in which you’ll learn to make your own brand of yummy chocolate bars and fudge.
Perched on a mountain top, the resort’s 24 suites – called “sanctuaries” -- look out at two half-mile-high volcanic peaks straight off the travel posters. (A missing wall makes sure guests get an unobstructed view of the peaks.)
Guests at Jade Mountain and its sister resort Anse Chastanet on a nearby beachfront property can enjoy either the alchemy package or any of its individual components, such as sensory tasting (complimentary to resort guests) and chocolate making in the Chocolate Lab ($45 per person).
A four-night stay at Jade Mountain including the alchemy package starts at $5,010 per couple this summer. The deal is good from July 15 through Oct. 15, but you'll need to book it by Aug. 31.
A spokeswoman for the resort notes that St. Lucia has long been known for the quality of its chocolate, growers having harvested and produced chocolate products on numerous plantations on the island for over 300 years. Jade Mountain’s estates, she adds, are home to more than 1,000 cocoa trees.