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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cocoa Lounge returns to the Island Hotel in Newport Beach

Chocolate lovers, spa-goers and foodies will all have something to indulge in this February at Island Hotel Newport Beach, the acclaimed AAA Five Diamond luxury hotel in Newport Beach.

Cocoa Lounge at island hotel

February 4 through February 26: Tuesday to Saturday, 6:00 to 10:00 pm

What: Back by popular demand, Palm Terrace’s Cocoa Lounge Dessert Buffet will be serving up chocolate decadence.

Why: Executive Pastry Chef Michael Owens will offer scrumptious creations that include Banana Chocolate Mousse Cake, White Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake, Triple Chocolate Cupcakes, Double Chocolate Fudge S’mores, Manjari Obsession in Chocolate Cups, plus lollipops, peanut caramels, port chocolates and coconut almond bars, and much more – served among displays of chocolate statues and chocolate velour.

Price: $18 per person, tax and gratuities not included.

Insider Tip: Order a two- or more-course dinner at Palm Terrace Restaurant in February, Tuesday through Saturday, and receive complimentary entrance into the heavenly Cocoa Lounge.

ISLAND Spa and Chocolate Indulgence

When: Available February 4 through February 26

What: Experience a luxurious 60-minute spa treatment at the award-winning Spa at Island Hotel, followed by a decadent sweet finale at Palm Terrace Restaurant’s Cocoa Lounge. Choice of: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Deep Cleansing Facial, Gentlemen’s Fact Therapy, Aromatherapy Facial, Honey Hibiscus Hydrating Facial, OC Facial Drench, or Organic Carrot Vitamin Facial.

Price: $130.00, including the Cocoa Lounge Dessert Buffet (tax and gratuities not included). To book an appointment or arrange to give as a Valentine’s Day gift, please call (949-759-0808).

Insider Tip: These 60-minute spa treatments are normally $140, so this is a sweet deal.

Valentine’s Day Dining at Palm Terrace Restaurant

When: Monday, February 14 – 6:00 to 10:00 pm

What: Executive Chef Bill Bracken’s four-course Valentine’s Day menu is deliciously designed for Her & Him.


For Her: Chilled Seafood Terrine with Tarragon and Tender Greens

For Him: Terrine of Foie Gras with Pineapple Chutney and Toasted Brioche

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For Both: White Asparagus Veloute with Roasted Pheasant and Mushroom Ravioli

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For Her: Pan Roasted John Dory
with Braised Artichokes, Roasted Beets and Blood Orange Butter Sauce

For Him: Roasted Petit New York Steak
with Weiser Farms Potato Gratin and Savory Mushrooms

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For Both: Cocoa Lounge, Pastry Chef Michael Owen’s dazzling chocolate buffet

Price: $95 per person (plus tax and gratuity), includes a complimentary glass of Champagne with the Cocoa Lounge dessert course. Live entertainment. To make a reservation, please call 866-554-4619.

Insider Tip:
Start the romance early on Valentine’s Eve, Sunday, February 13, from 5:30 to 9:00 pm, with a three-course “Her & Him” dinner for $65.00 per person (including the Cocoa Lounge Dessert Buffet), plus tax and gratuity.

WHERE: Island Hotel Newport Beach
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Toll Free: 866-554-4620
Phone: 949-759-0808