Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa Creates Chocolate Program

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Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa in the Philippines province of Cebu is launching "The Land of Chocolate," a program with specialized chocolate sommeliers. The chocolate is made from cacao grown at the resort.

"The Land of Chocolate" was two years in the making. The sommeliers are, the resort says, a first for the Philippines. Chocolate sommeliers Amelyn and Sheena learned of traditional chocolate-making by Raquel Choa, who is nicknamed “Chocolate Queen.” She founded The Chocolate Chamber restaurant and is credited with introducing Cebuano cacao to the world.

The chocolate sommeliers guide travelers through chocolate tasting highlighting three different Filipino destinations: Cebu, Bohol and Davao.

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The tastings start with native sikwate (hot chocolate)—a morning drink—and then tasters drink a chocolate high tea in the afternoon. Chocolate Martinis conclude the evening.

The chocolate experience is carried over in the Lobby Lounge, where pastry chefs showcase locally sourced cacao beans. The chocolate high tea includes macarons, tarts and eclairs, as well as a selection of fresh fruits, all served with premium tea or sikwate . The native hot chocolate comes with traditional Cebuano merienda (snack) or biko (Filipino rice cake) and mango. Additionally, guests who stay in Ocean Club rooms and suites get complimentary artisanal chocolate upon arrival.

To support this program, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa is collaborating with local partners The Chocolate Chamber and Auro Chocolate.

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