love their BodyGuards...
resort facility is only as good as its frontline staff
and the team at The Body Holiday at
is simply superb. Without fail they offer thoughtful,
efficient and welcoming service sans any hint of pretension.
Guest falls under the jurisdiction of a 'BodyGuard' (these
are both male and female) who are young, energetic, buff,
lovely to look at, and responsible for leading sports
and fitness classes. If this were a summer camp, they
would be called counsellors--teaching you new skills and
making sure that you're having fun.
my first day of holiday, I received a phone message from
one of the BodyGuards inviting me to join the 'community
dinner table' that evening. As a solo traveller this minimized
any stress of eating alone and I looked forward to meeting
staff member, Henderson and the other singles at the end
of the day. What a lovely experience! Guests all stayed
way past dessert and coffee, talking about home, telling
travel stories and forging liaisons that lasted our complete
stay. We waved hello on our way to spa treatments or walking
on the beach. We chatted about successes, failures and
dreams. We drank chilled champagne together and toasted
spectacular sunsets from the clubhouse patio. It was extremely
hard to feel alone at .
with a difference...
Oasis, a two-level body and relaxation facility stands
on a hill seventy-eight steps above the rest of the resort.
I must admit I huffed and puffed my way up the first couple
of days but I, like the rest of the guests, were pros
at the trek as the week wore on. We all viewed this extra
exercise as a tiny toll to be paid for the lavish pampering
available at the summit. Besides, it was so very good
new spas in North America are being designed in the 'simple
living' style--straight lines, earth tones and sparse
Not so at this Caribbean oasis which is styled after the
Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. Think exotic, think
fabulous. Think giant glass vases filled with floating
blossoms, archways, colonnades, courtyards and calm reflecting
pools. It was a joy to complete a spa treatment or a yoga
class and then stretch out on one of the many lounges
set around the pool area. There was an unwritten rule
that this was a quiet, meditative place with guests deep
into their own relaxation rituals--a pleasure you don't
often find in public places.
spas wait until you arrive to schedule your pampering
treatments. More often than not the slots you want aren't
available because someone else has already scooped them
all guests are entitled to a free fifty minute pampering
treat each day of their stay (except for arrival and departure
dates). You can actually book your included treatments
times online at least two weeks before you arrive. This
way there are fewer programming surprises once you get
there. What do you fancy --a Swedish Body massage, Aromatherapy,
Rejuvenating Facial or a Ginger Lily and Lime Glow? Just
log on and key them in.
extra spa treatments not included in your package? The
exotic choices go on and on, ranging from relaxation therapies
to Ayurvedic, holistic and rejuvenation therapies. There
are fees for these exclusive services but indulging in
Abhyanga (synchronized four-hand massage) or a Balinese
Exotic Facial (using Ylang Ylang oils and Hibiscus cream)
are special treats that don't present themselves very
often. I say, "You go girl, you deserve it."
my favorite spa experiences...
Deluxe Coconut and Spice Combo massage designed to alleviate
back stress was part of the package and an absolute delight.
In fact, I enjoyed it so much I scheduled two of them.
One was done behind a screen, under a deep blue sky and
against a backdrop of crickets chirping and birds calling
to each other. A few days later, I savored the second
one in a newly decorated treatment room sporting pale
apricot and gray walls, white latticed windows and sheer
moss green tied-back curtains.
the glorious scent of local organic coconut oil laced
with island spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add
to that a therapist (Simonette) with strong hands and
a caring attitude. For fifty minutes I was in 'St. Lucian'
heaven as the tight muscles in my neck, shoulders and
back were cajoled into submission. To close the session,
Simonette allotted fifteen minutes entirely to scalp massage
and combing my hair with her fingers. That was it. I was
down for the count!
drink and be merry...
it comes to meals, snacks and beverages, be prepared for
a cornucopia of choices. If you're there to lose weight,
you'll need will power but you can definitely do it. In
fact I felt it was a dieter's delight with the fabulous
fresh fruit stations at each breakfast buffet, huge salad
bars available for lunch and tasty low fat, low sodium
entrees for dinner. Not there to count calories? Then
consider yourself in heaven, and remember, meals are all
part of your package.
is a storybook setting. Year-round tropical
temperatures allow for open-air seating with the beach,
palm trees and the ocean in full view by day. In the evenings
the facilities are dressed up in hundreds of twinkling
lights. Guests are able to choose from a plethora of dining
opportunities--each with its own particular style and
main more formal dining room is the Cariblue where the
menu choices range from Indian and Mexican buffets to
a la carte entrees. The Deli is where the lunchtime bikini-clad
crowd pop in for paninis, snacks and fabulous fruit smoothies.
The Club House barbecue is designed for those who like
to dress casually and eat informally.
only restaurant at the resort that requires a reservation
is TAO which serves award-winning East/West Fusion cuisine.
Picture a starter of mirin glazed onion tarte tartin followed
by ginger mahi mahi served over somen noodles with vegetable
threads. Dessert was Fruit Sushi--local fruit wrapped
in a crepe and sweetened Japanese rice served with lemon
grass and ginger dipping sauce. Oh my goodness it was
any time of the day or evening the bars at
are ready to deliver your beverage of
choice --chilled white wine, beer, tea, cappuchino, fruit
smoothies, rum and lemonade, cranberry and soda, vodka
martinis, champagne. You name it, the bartenders can pour
it. Sitting on the beach and feeling thirsty? A staff
member takes your order and delivers it with a smile.
This is still all part of the package. When was the last
time you were pampered like that?
before you go on a St. Lucian holiday...