The destination that you choose for your honeymoon is very much a personal decision; the goal is to find a spot that speaks to your interests and personalities, one that provides the kind of experience (romantic, adventurous, relaxing) you expect from your first getaway as a married couple. Whether that means finding a gorgeous Caribbean resort with a killer lineup of water sports, an exotic retreat known for its life-changing spa treatments, or a charming hotel in the heart of French wine country, it's completely up to you.
So if you and your SO consider yourselves chocoholics, why not plan your dream honeymoon around your favorite sweet treat? The beautiful hotels and resorts described below offer all sorts of chocolate-themed activities and excursions that you won't find anywhere else. Add in some breathtaking scenery and top-notch service and you're all set for the trip of a lifetime.
Hôtel Royal, France
There are countless reasons to book a honeymoon in the gorgeous French spa town of Évian-les-Bains: the grand architecture, the awe-inspiring scenery, its famous mineral water. Take in the incredible views of Lake Geneva from your balcony at the palatial Hôtel Royal, an Évian-owned property with a rich heritage and stylish decor to boot. The best part: the hotel offers excursions to the nearby chocolate factory for Maison Cailler (Switzerland's oldest chocolate brand), where you'll get schooled on the history of chocolate and witness the production process firsthand before indulging in an all-you-can-eat chocolate tasting. The Atelier du Chocolat also hosts tempering, conching, and ganache-making workshops if you want a more hands-on experience.
Laluna Resort, Grenada
If the secluded thatch-roofed cottages (each with its own private plunge pool and veranda) and beachside yoga pavilion at Grenada's Laluna Resort aren't enough to entice you, the island's annual Chocolate Fest will certainly do the trick. Each May, residents and travelers celebrate Grenada's chocolate-making history with a series of interactive exhibits and events. "Bean to bar" tours through the cocoa groves and the Grenada Chocolate Factory, cooking classes, chocolate tastings, and a chocolate beach party are just a few of the scheduled happenings. Pick and choose which activities you want to partake in and plan to spend the rest of your trip lounging at Laluna's beachside bar with a custom cocktail made especially for you.
Royal Mansour, Morocco
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more exquisite place to spend your honeymoon than Marrakech's Royal Mansor, a luxurious estate owned by the king of Morocco. The accommodations here are unlike any other: instead of rooms or suites, the hotel has 53 private residences (called riads)—and you'll get one of them all to yourselves. Each riad has three impeccably decorated floors, including a rooftop terrace with a plunge pool, reclining loungers, and a fireplace. Chocolate lovers will appreciate the hotel's on-site chocolate laboratory, as well as a fresh selection of confections available daily in the Pastry Library. You can even arrange for a private tour of the lab where Royal Mansour's chocolate chef will teach you how to make your own sweets.
Ka'ana Resort, Belize
Tucked away among the Maya Mountains in western Belize, Ka'ana Resort is an intimate tropical hideaway perfect for adventurers and romantics alike. During the day, explore the ancient Mayan ruins, go zip-lining through jungle canopies, picnic at the base of a 150-foot waterfall, and tour a 3.5-acre cacao farm where local experts will walk you through each step of the chocolate-making process (from harvesting the seeds and grinding the beans to mixing in the right amount of flavorings to make your perfect bar). Then, as the sun goes down, pop over to La Ceiba Restaurant for authentic Belizean cuisine, made with ingredients grown in the resort's organic garden, before heading back to your villa for a dip in your private pool.
UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, Brazil
Thanks to the lush cacao trees located right on the property, there's a constant supply of fresh chocolate coming out of the kitchen at UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in Trancoso, Brazil. Whether they're whipping up homemade chocolate bars or small-batch ice cream (chocolate with Bahian pepper is the most popular flavor), the staff is always getting creative with their recipes—and they love when guests join in on the process. Once you've gotten your fill of the sweet stuff, go for a swim in UXUA's one-of-a-kind green aventurine-quartz pool (the stone is said to have healing powers) or travel on horseback to nearby Taipe Beach for the raved-about white-clay treatment; you'll slather yourself in a mineral-rich body scrub, bask in the sun for a bit, and then jump in the ocean to wash it all away.
Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel + Spa, Mexico
Situated on the Paseo de Montejo, the most prominent avenue in the historic Yucatán city of Mérida, the Instagram-worthy Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel + Spa is quite a sight to behold. The hotel's bubblegum-pink facade will catch your eye immediately—and that's just a preview of what's inside. While the stylish 17-room property boasts a rooftop lounge bar, a sunny interior courtyard with a palm-tree-lined lap pool, a fully stocked tequila bar, and private outdoor bathtubs, it's the hotel's Xocolate Experience packages that'll have you booking your stay ASAP. There are two packages available, depending on which accommodations you choose (deluxe room or master suite), but both feature a three-course chocolate-themed dinner and three hours' worth of chocolate treatments at the spa.