Wanderlust | Malagos opens Chocolate Spa at Legacy House

THERE’S one meme that made the rounds on Facebook not too long ago that says “There is nothing better than a friend – unless it is a friend with chocolate” (Linda Grayson of The Printwick Papers).

But of course, who can’t resist a friend with chocolate? I know, it would have been so much easier if it’s a chocolate with a friend.
Did you know that ancient Aztecs were known to be the first to find a connection between the cacao bean and libido? It was when Emperor Montezuma consumed cacao beans in plentiful amounts just to fire up his romantic rendezvous. What he discovered was a prehistoric Viagra.6

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To take it closer to home, remember how much seeing a photo of a chocolate bar online can trigger a maelstrom of delight in the pleasure center of our brains? Yes, that’s how irresistible and powerful chocolate can be.
Now imagine getting a facial or foot massage with that rich and warm chocolate syrup dripping from your face as it stream its way to your mouth. Seems like it’s straight out from a fantasy scene in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” right?
Well, guess what? It’s all real and it’s only found here in Davao City.
Malagos Garden Resort, home of one of the world’s award-winning chocolates, just opened another groundbreaking attraction called Malagos Chocolate Spa at Legacy House.
“Since we already produce the best chocolates, we have thought of other exciting ways to make the most of our byproducts. So, we came up with Chocolate Spa that will make use of what others thought are waste materials from cacao, then we turned into soaps and scrubs,” said Malagos Garden resort general manager Hermie Tabanag.
Incidentally, Malagos Chocolate was a recent recipient of various wins at the 2018 Academy of Chocolate in the United Kingdom. For the Drinking Chocolate category, it won Silver for Malagos 85% Dark Chocolate, Bronze for Malagos 100% Pure Unsweetened Chocolate, and another Bronze for Malagos 72% Dark Chocolate. For the Tree to Bar category, it won Bronze for Malagos 85% Dark Chocolate and Bronze for Malagos 72% Dark Chocolate.
Legacy House, a spacious log cabin, was the former residential abode of the resort owners.
According to Tabanag, the Chocolate Spa will soon offer various wellness services and where guests can even stay for a day or two for a full wellness immersion complete with their own butler.
Since they are still on soft opening, they are initially offering a leg and foot massage (Chocolate massage, cacao scrub, and Simple Pleasures, a 30-minute calming massage), head and shoulder massage, and back massage. The massage services starts at PhP600.
“We also have our spa-ckages, the Malagos Delight (body, leg and foot massage) and the Malagos Indulgence, for those who really want the ultimate chocolate spa experience,” she added.
The Malagos Indulgence is a combination of cacao facial care and chocolate leg and foot massage.
For the facial, they first cleanse the face using chocolate soap, then scrub the surface with cacao nibs. As we all now, cacao has tons of antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, iron and a natural mood enhancer. It also has exfoliating properties. Then a mixture of oatmeal and banana is applied to the face for the skin’s PH balance.
Then finally, the showstopper: warm melted chocolate is massage the face up to the chest area. It did drip from your face and streamed its way to my mouth. So, Iicked it. So, sue me. Chocolate, I just can’t resist it.
After a few minutes, the chocolate is wiped off while honeyis smeared on the face (also has exfoliating agents and antioxidants), followed by aloe vera (also for PH balance) and cucumber (natural moisturizer).
Then, a 45 minute leg and foot massage, also utilizing warm melted 65% Malagos chocolate.
The result is a refreshing and calming feeling. Who knew something so powerful and irresistible, like chocolates, can also be used to eliminate stress and promote a relaxing, peaceful state of mind and body? Well, only in Malagos.
By the way, Malagos Chocolate will be participating in this year’s Asian Edition of London’s greatest gourmet event, the Speciality & Fine Food Asia. The leading trade show for artisan, gourmet and fine food and drink will be held on July 17 to 19 in Suntec City, Singapore. Well, kudos, Malagos Chocolate, and let’s charm Singapore with Davao’s – and the world’s – best.

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