Photo: Auberge du Soleil
The Christmas decorations are down and the New Year's Champagne bottles hauled to the recycling bin: it must be time to start planning for Valentine's Day! This year, why settle for a heart-shaped box of chocolates when you can literally bathe your sweetheart in milk chocolate?
And by literally, we mean literally.
Throughout the month of February, the ultra-luxe Auberge du Soleil hotel in Napa Valley will be offering what you might call the crème de la crème de cacao of romantic spa treatments. The decadent, multi-stage, chocolate-themed treatment for two begins with "a delectable cacao and grape seed exfoliation" and ends with a full-body massage using chocolate-and-spice massage oil, according to our sister site Luxist.
In between the exfoliation and the massage is the real coup: the smitten couple steals away to a private outdoor garden where (we kid you not), they slip into a milk chocolate bath for two "while indulging in dessert and specially paired wine." ("Dessert"? Aren't they already swimming in the stuff?)
If it all sounds a bit over-the-top, well, Auberge du Soleil is known for catering to big-spenders (to wit, as Slashfood reported last week, Victoria and David Beckham spent New Year's there). The price tag for the chocolate treatment alone starts at $570 per couple.
Five hundred bucks could sure buy a lot of Hershey's syrup...maybe enough to, oh, fill your bathtub. Just sayin'...