With Easter just around the corner, there has never been a better time to plan your own chocolate-themed break away.
Our Travel team have done some of the hard work for you and hand-selected some of the world’s best chocolate destinations.
Switzerland has been producing some of the world’s finest chocolate since the 17th century. Cailler is one of Switzerland’s oldest and most popular chocolate brands.
Their chocolate factory has been operating since 1898 and you can go and visit to see what goes on behind the scenes.
You’ll get to see how this fine chocolate is produced, and, most importantly, taste it!
Visits take around an hour and a half and there are plenty of paths and hiking trails around the factory to work off the calories afterwards.
It is believed that Mexico is the birthplace of chocolate, and it was only when it arrived in Europe that sugar was added and it became the chocolate that we know and enjoy today.
The chocolate in Mexico is divine and comes in many different varieties.
From the traditional Maya style hot chocolate loaded with chilli peppers, to the more modern Spanish chocolate flavoured with cinnamon, ground almonds and milk, this place is a chocolate lover’s paradise.
When you’ve finished sampling the local delicacies, pay a visit to Tabasco’s chocolate museum to brush up on a bit of chocolate history.
Brussels is an absolute must for any chocoholic.
Often referred to as the 'chocolate capital of the world', Belgium is home to some of the world’s best and oldest chocolate shops.
From Godiva to Leonidas, you are sure to come across some of your favourites as you wander through the streets.
The Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat features many fascinating stories and artefacts surrounding the history of chocolate. Here you can enjoy a chocolate tour that finishes with a special tasting session.
Afterwards, take a walk around the Botanical Gardens which are just a short stroll from the city centre.
Look out for the beautiful bright green parakeets that have made their home here.
Back in Switzerland again but this time we’re on the move! The Swiss Chocolate Train will take you from Montreux on the Swiss Riviera down to Broc where Maison Cailler (Nestle) Chocolate Factory is situated.
Here you’ll be treated to a fascinating film presentation, a tour around the factory and a opportunity to try the chocolate in the tasting room.
On the way you can also stop off at Gruyeres, home of the famous cheese, and pay a visit to the cheese factory there. Definitely a day to forget about the diet!
Famed for its white sandy beaches and iconic volcanic peaks, St Lucia is also home to some of the world’s most amazing chocolate. Here you’ll find the home of Hotel Chocolat, the boutique chocolate shop that has become famous in the UK and around the world.
It produces chocolate made from cocoa beans grown on its own estate. Fancy something a little different?
The Boucan restaurant offers a special chocolate menu featuring curried cacao and coconut chicken and a citrus salad with a white chocolate dressing.
When you’ve sampled enough chocolate of the edible variety, treat yourself to a blissful Hotel Chocolat 'Cacao Rejuvenate' spa treatment.
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