The BodyHoliday is one of those hotels that I often hear people talking about, along with clients who love it, I think because of the uniqueness that it offers. It has been a pioneering concept in the hospitality industry since opening over 30 years ago, long before the wellness industry took off and the days prior to having a spa in your hotel was standard.
Everyone is eager to look after themselves a little better with it being important for many to include doing so within their holiday.
BodyHoliday is the luxury wellness all-inclusive holiday resort for rejuvenating your body and mind. The concept is based on four pillars: relaxation, restorative beauty, exercise and diet, each stylishly catered for - and you choose to do as much or as little as you like.
Situated on the northwest tip of the beautiful Caribbean island of St Lucia, the resort sits directly on Cariblue’s crescent beach, surrounded by 32 acres of lush tropical gardens, a short drive from the George FL Charles airport and ninety minutes from Hewanorra international airport.
Whatever way you design it, BodyHoliday can be a hive of activity or a haven of peace, serenity and detoxing, especially digitally.
"Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind" sounds an enticing proposition to consider in our increasingly busy lives.
Although dedicated to well-being, there are any number of ways to soothe the senses and restore the spirit.
The predominantly all-inclusive resort not only provides spa and fitness facilities, a massive range of treatments, therapeutic cares, classes, adventure programmes, sport and expertise beyond that of a regular hotel, but is also a great beach holiday, supported by luxurious rooms and delicious cuisine.
The unique concept includes activities and a full fitness programme of your choosing and a customised spa treatment is included every day within your room rate.
It’s not all hard work though.
After a fabulous day of play that may include a morning hike, exercise classes, tennis, sailing, water skiing, beach or pool volleyball, scuba diving, snorkelling, golf or a workout in the gym with your personal trainer, a sundowner cocktail is well-deserved.
Food & Drink
Great food is also important at the BodyHoliday with an equally impressive cast of restaurant options:
The Cariblue overlooks the beach it is named after and the Caribbean Sea. The lunch buffet theme changes daily and an à la carte dinner is offered six evenings per week. Wednesday evenings feature a sumptuous West Indian buffet with a steel band providing musical entertainment.
Overlooking Coubaril Valley, the ITAL is an incredible new farm-to-table dining experience inspired by the on-site organic farm. The result is a spectacular vegan feast, featuring fresh and wholesome ingredients, sweeping West Indian views and an unforgettable meal.
The Pavilion Grill is a more casual dining alternative, incorporating a buffet, grill and pizza oven in one location serving primarily Mediterranean cuisine, including pizzas, calzones, flatbreads, grilled foods and fish.
The Deli is a daytime choice that provides lighter options and specialises in gourmet sandwiches, specialty salads, fresh fruit, vegetable juices and smoothies.
Cariblue Windows is a cosy, chic and stylish evening restaurant where a delicious tasting menu can be enjoyed along with the option to sit and observe the kitchen create your dish at the live action station seating or enjoy the view at the banquet tables along the windows.
Tao is a AAA 3 diamond award-winning restaurant offering a fusion of east and west cuisine and has been included in Condé Nast Traveller’s list of the '60 Hottest Tables'.
The Wine Salon
The Wine Salon is a temperature-controlled walk-in cellar serviced by a sommelier and showcases BodyHoliday’s commitment to wine along with a very special wine flight program to introduce guests to the extensive collection.
The Piano Bar
The air-conditioned Piano Bar is a relaxing nightspot beautifully decorated with cane furnishings and antique pieces which stays open until the last guest retires.
A selection of room types and suites are available, all furnished with contemporary natural bathrooms and fully air conditioned.
There is so much more that BodyHoliday has carefully thought through for guest’s pleasure and I am happy to provide greater detail on request about any of the following:
The Wellness Centre
Exotic adventures, including biking the coastline, hiking the mountains or abseiling a river gorge
Scuba diving programme to suit all, from the beginner to the most advanced at the PADI centre
Land sport facilities
Dual-level infinity pool
The seaside boardwalk
Treehouse and gym
There is also a brilliantly designed monthly themed programme that may influence when you choose to visit and indulge:
Spring Sail - March/ April
Spring Sail is delivered by Olympic champions and a qualified team of sailing professionals. It provides the perfect set up for both the experienced sailor and those just starting their voyage of discovery.
WellFit - April/ May
WellFit is an intensive, week-long set of training programmes aimed to transform your body, attitude and approach to health and wellbeing.
Jive June - June
Jive June is dedicated to dance and inspiring more people to take up this amazing exercise and have some fun.
WellFit Families - July/ August
This is a family based fitness week that encompasses all aspects of the resort, including the opportunity to learn new skills such as First Aid/ CPR, basic sailing and healthy cooking.
September Solos - September
This retreat is the perfect singles holiday, designed to offer the best elements of health, wellbeing and fun with other like-minded solo-travellers. A significant volume of singles return, taking advantage of the uniqueness of single rooms with no supplement.
Octoba Yoga - October
This is a truly restorative holiday designed for the beginner through to the more advanced when the BodyHoliday becomes the ultimate yoga retreat. It includes a dedicated menu of yogic foods and teas as well as an array of special massage and therapeutic treatments.
WellFit & SwimFit - November
WellFit is delivered by world class group fitness presenters, professional conditioning coaches and guest athletes who help you develop a suitable personal programme. SwimFit is a special 4-day programme, taught by Olympians for guests of any swimming ability who want to improve their technique, efficiency, and speed.
Pre-Christmas Restorative Break - December
An opportunity to couple an outstanding holiday experience with preparing both your body and mind for that festive time of the year where indulgence is obligatory.
I am so impressed with how these guys strive to provide the platform for the ultimate holiday experience, however you design it; reading a holiday novel on a sun-lounger with a cooling libation, abseiling down a river gorge, being gently massaged with soothing oils or experiencing true calm in meditation.
During the pandemic period, they have even created online content, including cooking demonstrations, meditation sessions, breathing workshops and exercise classes designed to improve personal wellbeing whilst self-isolating.
I'm impressed and I know you will be too.
What’s included in the price?
Your luxury accommodation in St Lucia
All meals (dinners are à la carte service as well as a BBQ grill)
A wide selection of wines with lunch and dinner
Bar cocktails and drinks by the glass (including premium brands)
A daily 50 minute spa treatment (excluding your arrival and departure day)
Beach and pool steward service
Watersports (motorised and non-motorised, including tuition)
Scuba diving (shore dives)
Scuba diving lessons (Discover Scuba)
Golf Academy (group lessons)
Tennis, including group classes
Various forms of aerobics, fitness, dance and stretch classes
Gym with an instructor
Live evening entertainment
The sunshine, the golden sand and the Caribbean Sea!
BodyHoliday is an all-inclusive St Lucia experience. However there may be some additional costs – such as certain drinks in the bar, a few dishes in TAO, some treatments at the Wellness Centre, extra SCUBA sessions, a round of golf and the Soft Adventure programme.