Families will argue about many things - what to watch, who to vote for, how to dress - but there is one thing we can pretty much agree on. Chocolate isone of the best substances ever devised. Therefore, wouldn't it make sense that Christmas - one of the best holidays - be spent indulging in the stuff? Whether you want sophistication, pampering, or fun, chocolate can provide it all.
The Rabot Estate in St. Lucia is a cacao plantation that produces quality, ethically grown cacao beans. The estate also has its very own Boucan Hotel and restaurant, where you can sample the finest chocolate cuisine, and rejuvenate at the cocoa spa.
Surrounded by rainforest, the Boucan lodges are fuse rustic and modern styles to create a luxury stay. They provide four poster beds, a welcome bottle of wine, free wifi, a iPod docking station, as well as daily coffee, tea, and chocolate. There is also a beach club that takes you on at Soufriere harbour.
The restaurant menu features exquisite savoury starters and mains served with cacao ingredients, such as nibs, pesto, and glazes, while the desserts include tarts, mousses, ice cream, and more.
As well as making delicious chocolate, cacao beans are packed with antioxidants and vital minerals to leave your skin looking beautiful. The Juvenate spa gives a whole range of treatments, including manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages, using cacao infused oils and creams.
Another hotel specialising in chocolate is the Chocolate Boutique, for which you don't even have to leave the UK. Located in Bournemouth, the Grade II listed building have thirteen unique chocolate themed bedrooms. They include daily chocolates, free wifi,an iPod docking station, LCD TV, and breakfast. While at the hotel, you can take part in workshops and holistic therapies such as reflexology, Indian head massage, Thai yoga massage, and aromatherapy.
Have kids? No problem, a trip to Cadbury World might be more up their street. Starting off at the Aztec Jungle, you'll travel back in time, a thousand years, to where chocolate first began. Continue to Europe, and then meet John Cadbury, who set up shop in 1824. He'll tell the Cadbury story, and how the business was built, and then you'll learn how their different ranges of chocolate are manufactured, such as Buttons, Creme Eggs, and Roses.
Cadbury's chocolatiers will give a live demonstration, after which you can have a turn at making your own chocolates. Purple planet is probably the most fun zone, where there will be interactive virtual games, such as chasing Creme Eggs, and growing your own cocoa beans.
starting from the 23rd November, there will also be special the Christmas events, such as a pantomime performance of Jack and the Cocoa Bean Stalk, festive food in the cafe, and a visit from Father Christmas.
Thons Hotels are offering a package deal holiday to Brussels that includes a voucher to the Belgian Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate. Learn about the history of chocolate, key dates, such as when it was introduced to Belgium, and see daily demonstrations. It will be a one night stay with a buffet breakfast and choice of hotels.