HERSHEY, Pa. -- Guests have a new way to indulge themselves at the
"Sweetest Place on Earth."
The Spa at the Hotel Hershey made its debut in January, and
chocolate is a key ingredient in its signature treatments.
Guests are "very intrigued" by this tasty element, according to
spa director Jennifer Wayland-Smith.
Hershey Kiss, Hershey Hug, Cocoa Butter Scrub, Whipped Cocoa
Bath and Chocolate Wrap all are on the spa menu.
One treatment that lures people to the spa is the fondue wrap,
The treatment begins with a body brushing followed by an
application of warmed moor mud and cocoa essence.
The body is then wrapped in a warm blanket followed by a Hershey
Vichy Shower and an application of Cocoa Body Moisturizer.
The hourlong treatment costs $90.
She said guests expect chocolate to be draped over their body,
but it is used in an aromatherapy sense instead.
"We use [chocolate] in more of an indulgent, enjoyable way,"
She said the spa does use chocolate in its Whipped Cocoa Bath,
which is "like soaking in a tub of chocolate."
The bath recipe includes Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder and
instant nonfat dry milk.
The treatments lasts 25 minutes and is priced at $45.
As a tribute to chocolate mogul Milton Hershey's wife Catharine,
who had a fondness for roses, the spa offers a Rose Petal Soak.
For $45, guests can bathe in rose petals and sea salts for 25
minutes while looking out on Hershey Gardens.
The Spa at the Hotel Hershey also offers traditional spa
treatments, including massages, facials, manicures and pedicures
and body wraps.
Yoga, tai chi, step aerobics, nature walks and other exercise
classes are available.
Facilities at the 17,000-square-foot spa include 10 massage
rooms, four wet treatment rooms, two facial rooms, four soaking
tubs, two steam rooms and an inhalation room.
There also is a fitness center with an indoor swimming pool.
The Quiet Room, located on the third floor, is another component
of the spa.
The room, which is modeled after the Hershey estate's library,
is designed as a spot for guests to relax before, between and after
Wayland-Smith recommends that travelers make spa appointments at
the time of their room booking because the spa has been busy since
its opening, she said. Most appointments are made four to six weeks