My two favorite things: chocolate and travel (eco-friendly, of course) combine to create this promising getaway in Belize.

The new Cotton Tree Lodge, where organic cacao orchards “flourish”, is debuting a unique program that allows guests to dive into every aspect of the local chocolate trade, including: chatting to local farmers, learning about the Free Trade practices and politics of production and—most importantly—creating their own rich, traditional Mayan chocolate that begins by plucking the cacao fruit from the tree.

Located in the heart of the Belizian rain forest, Cotton Tree Lodge’s sustainability practices were recently hailed by The New York Times. Travelers take note: private riverfront cabanas are standard, as is the chance to explore virtually untouched rivers and jungles among vast wildlife.

Rates start @ $245/night. For more info, visit

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