MTV NOM: The Best Chocolate Holidays In The World
From St. Lucia to Switzerland and even, erm, Bournemouth - these are the world's greatest chocolate holiday destinations...
We all love holidays. We all love chocolate. Really, this listicle was inevitable.
Yep, while the world boasts an array of gastronomically electrifying cuisines, there’s one universal that’ll keep most of us coming back (and cancelling our gym membership) time and again.
Ye ol’ cocoa.
These are the places every chocoholic needs to visit. Because if chocolate isn’t a good enough reason to travel around the world, what is?
Capella Marigot Bay - St. Lucia
St. Lucia is far more than a pretty picturephotoshop-perfect postcard destination. While its infamous pitons garner their fair share of attention, the Caribbean island also boasts a rich history of gastronomic wonderment - particularly cocoa production.
Capella Marigot Bay is the epitome of luxury, and offers a variety of chocolate-fuelled activities and dining experiences that are guaranteed to blow your tastebuds away.
Check out this delirious itinerary for Chocolate Heritage month…
Morning: Cocoa French toast (with banana preserve), pumpkin crepes, chocolate mousse (with candied walnuts), cocoa nib granola.
Lunch: Sample cocoa snacks in The Rum Cave, such as cocoa rum truffles, cocoa goat cheese, cocoa salsa (with plantain chips), sugar cane skewered beef with cocoa BBQ sauce.
Evening: Seared scallops with hazelnut cocoa sauce, white chocolate mini-pop (with passionfruit), pan seared duck breast with cocoa-miso marinade, and chocolate device with toasted almond crust and coffee foam.
As our hazy memories and expanded waistlines attest from personal experience, Capella Marigot Bay is a chocolate lovers’ dream.
Find out more about Capella Marigot Bay.
Maison Cailler - Switzerland
ICYMI, Swiss chocolate is a tad gastrorgasmic. The Maison Cailler is as close to a real world Willy Wonka factory as you’re going to get. Situated in the alpine town of Broc, its pristine white exterior gives way to a world of toe-tinkling smells and sights, as you’re introduced to the world of chocolate making, and its origins dating way thousands of years to Aztec times, where tribes would hold ceremonies to celebrate the joy of all things chocolate.
Throw in a cinema showcase, a chocolate-heavy cafe (we heartily recommend the hot chocolate), and the option to take part in your very own chocolate making class (using only the finest Swiss alpine milk), where you can learn the art of tempering, conching and ganache-making, it’s pretty drool-worthy.
Find out more about Maison Cailler.
Dumon Chocolatier - Belgium
You may not immediately think ‘Belgium’ when you think cocoa, but Bruges boasts chocolate shops on almost every corner. Imagine the 902,742 Starbucks on every corner in New York, and you’re near the same ballpark.
If Bruge’s very own Chocolate Museum didn’t give you enough of a hint, chocolate lovers are well catered too. Almost *too* well catered too, such is the prevalence of chocolate shops. You won’t know where to start.
So we’ll happily recommend Dumon Chocolatier, which trumps its rivals array of chocolate waffles, lace and truffle-tastic dessert snacks with its infamous ‘Swan’ chocolates - unsurprisingly swan-shaped chocolates filled with almond pralines and infused with kletskoppen biscuits and great spices.
Find out more about Dumon Chocolatier.
The Chocolate Boutique Hotel - UK
If you thought Bruges was a random chocolate choice, then girder yourselves. We’re heading to Bournemouth. Yep, the land of quaint seaside piers, Christian Bale’s birthplace (random) and around 72 art colleges also houses The Chocolate Boutique Hotel - a living, breathing, live-in-able chocolate-fest hotel that boasts Mayan and Aztec bedrooms (cocoa-coloured, obvs), chocolate fountains (which can be sent up as room service), chocolate cocktails, chocolate workshops, and a whole lot more.
Find out more about The Chocolate Boutique Hotel.