December 28, 2021 – 16:16 GMT
A review of BodyHoliday St Lucia – a luxury resort on the northwestern point of the Caribbean island
‘Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind.’ This is the, somewhat intimidating, mantra that sits front and centre of BodyHoliday St Lucia‘s website. When I first clicked to find out more about this luxury, all-inclusive resort, my first thought was, “Am I about to step into a scene from Nine Perfect Strangers?”
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I imagined a health retreat with arduous fitness schedules, portion-controlled raw food menus, and teetotal guests zipping from one exercise class to the next. But instead, what I found in this Caribbean slice of paradise were free-flowing cocktails (as well as green juices), relaxing yoga and breathing classes (as well as Olympian-led beach bootcamps), and absolutely zero judgement if you’re more partial to massages, facials and flopping on the beach, than working out on your vacation. Did I mention they serve afternoon tea every day?
The warm Caribbean water and sandy beach are all too tempting
The BodyHoliday experience
BodyHoliday has been around since the late eighties and is the OG when it comes to wellness retreats. It started off by catering to stressed-out professionals and baby boomers who wanted to improve their health and lifestyle. But ramming wellness down a guest’s throat has never been part of its ethos. You are very much left to do as much or as little as you want in terms of healthy eating and exercise, but the wealth of sports available coupled with the fantastic spa will ensure you feel totally relaxed and rejuvenated after a week there. It really does do wonders for the body and mind.
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A stay at BodyHoliday …….