Hotel Hershey Spa offers real sweet treatment

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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, she said.

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," Wayland-Smith said.

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 treatments.

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 in advance.

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