I was wrong about The BodyHoliday
in St. Lucia. Not 'dead' wrong, mind you but rather 'there is
so much more to this story' wrong. I'd heard that The BodyHoliday
was a pleasant spa facility that single women would probably enjoy.
That led me to imagine an island oasis offering lots of pampering,
healthy food in dainty spa portions, weigh-ins, and guests relaxing
on the beach between mandatory exercise classes. Actually, if
truth be told, I would have been well satisfied if that was all
The BodyHoliday at
delivered. However, what I got when I went to investigate was
so much more.
Lucia is one of the most southerly islands of the Windward
group of the West Indies.
St. Vincent and Grenada are its neighbours to the south
while Martinique and Dominica sit directly to the north.
English is spoken along with an interesting Creole patois
that is unique to this area.
is located on the northwest tip of St. Lucia.
waterfalls, rainforests and lush vegetation in the interior
of the island teamed with coastal mountains, a 'friendly'
volcano, fabulous sandy beaches and coral reefs to warm
the heart of any diver. Picture bananas, bananas, bananas,
the island's leading money maker, and a tourism industry
that is constantly adding media kudos to its repertoire.
The best news is that St. Lucia is still not blase about
its visitors. Warm smiles, genuine interest and excellent
service is the norm from the moment you step off the plane
and into their tiny airport. Be prepared to be charmed.
and match situation...
just one visit to The BodyHoliday website I was forced
to drop any notion of a health farm where determined divas
congregate for the sole purpose of shedding extra weight
and whipping their bodies into shape. Instead a whole
new approach to stress reduction and healthy living unfolded
is not simply a spa. It's an elegant, beautifully landscaped
resort that sits on 15-acres of property and houses a
world class relaxation facility. Clients are most often
returnees--satisfied guests who appreciate the all-inclusive
program of food, drink, spa services, lectures, instruction,
exercise classes and water sports.
vacationer fulfills a personal goal...
some guests holiday utopia is about shedding pounds with
hard driving exercise. For others, the more pampering
they receive the better. Sunseekers may want only sun,
sand and water sports
while 'beach bunnies' prefer to make themselves comfortable
under an umbrella with a good book and cold glass of white
to learn new skills and practice old ones abound. On tap
are pilates, fencing, calypso dancing, archery, scuba
diving, golf, waterskiing, meditation, kick boxing, to
name just a few. One day I counted thirty-five different
scheduled activities yet there wasn't a hint of cajoling
from staff to attend sessions, no loud speakers calling
slackers to exercise, no teasing for non-attendance. The
only stress I ever encountered was finding time to check
out all the classes that appealed to me. I learned that
I didn't fancy fencing at all but loved meditation and
women fit right in...
spas generally attract a predominantly female clientele.
Not so at .
This is, first and foremost, a pampering resort that also
attracts couples of all ages needing a break from the
real world. The majority of guests generally arrive from
the U.K. with Americans
placing a close second. The week I was there there was
also a smattering of guests from Canada, the Islands and
various parts of Europe. All in all it made for a fabulous
mix of ages, cultures, singles, marrieds, men and women
with no guests under the age of sixteen.
It was also lovely to find out that the resort dedicates
twenty-nine generously-sized rooms with quality views
totally to the solo traveller. There is a single-supplement
involved in this category but it's only a few dollars.
Kudos to the management for this forward thinking, very
single-friendly gesture. And, here's a little secret about
those rooms--the word is that the view from number 711
why guests appreciate 'S
gorgeous Body Guards...