The Piano Bar, an air-conditioned swank nightspot with a white piano
Three pools, including an elevated infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean
Fitness trail with instructive signs to guide guests through core exercises
Hospitality suites with lockers and showers for guests to use after they check out
The resort is built into a hillside, which means there are lots of stairs to climb
No children under age 16 allowed (except for specific time periods)
It's an 80-minute drive to the international airport
Some of the rooms are small and are more suitable for singles
None of the rooms have TVs (pro for some!)
There is a hefty fee for late checkouts
The pool area can get messy with used towels and glasses by the end of day
Guests need to take a cab to access off-site restaurants and bars in Rodney Bay
Wi-Fi can be spotty in the guest rooms
BodyHoliday Saint Lucia bills itself as a place to refresh, refocus, and reenergize, and the resort offers guests plenty of opportunity to accomplish these tasks. The 154-room upscale, all-inclusive resort is one of the most luxurious on St. Lucia, with daily rates that rise above nearby Sandals resorts and Rendezvous, the sister resort to BodyHoliday. Accommodations are set in a series of buildings built into the hillside overlooking Pigeon Island National Park and a secluded cove and white-sand beach. The huge temple-like wellness center is the hub for daily spa treatments, but there are also endless activities from yoga to archery to motivate guests to stay active.
A secluded, all-inclusive, wellness retreat with a luxury vibe
While BodyHoliday Saint Lucia touts itself as a wellness resort, it doesn't follow the rigid regimen found at resorts such as Canyon Ranch. BodyHoliday is not about detoxing (although that is an option) -- it's more about re-connecting, getting back on track with a fitness regimen, and trying something new all while enjoying the warm sun and private surroundings.
The hotel underwent major renovations in 2011 and 2014 through 2015. The result is a cohesive design that's organic, inviting, and stylish. A serene lobby with vaulted whitewashed ceilings, tree-trunk tables, soft-textured sofas in soothing neutral tones, and Alberto Giacometti-style statues sets the stage for arriving guests. A 14-foot photograph-on-canvas landscape of the Caribbean guides guests from the lobby down to the hotel's social center, where an open-air restaurant faces the sea.
A wine salon enclosed in glass is used for private tastings while additional dining options include a deli, a buffet, and a fancier Asian restaurant set in the cliffs above the beach. A very social afternoon tea at the modern and brightly appointed (lots of orange fabric) Clubhouse brings guests together for snacks and tea from an escorted cart. The Clubhouse also features a circular bar and an adjacent lounge finished with oversized sofas in cool colors, TVs, billiard tables, desks for working, and shelves stocked with games and books; it's an ideal retreat for rainy days.
Guests at the resort run the gamut from overly enthusiastic fitness buffs who like to take full advantage of the daily classes to water sports enthusiasts looking to explore local reefs to the mellower yoga crowd. No matter what the preference, BodyHoliday offers the opportunity to indulge in a favorite sport or try a new one. Golf, tennis, and scuba lessons are included in the rates.
The biggest indulgences happen at the enormous temple-like wellness center. The hilltop palace features a salon and more than 30 treatment rooms tucked away among artful reflecting pools, lush gardens, and enticing terraced spaces, all of which are designed for relaxing and rejuvenating.
On the far northwest tip of St. Lucia, adjacent to Pigeon Island National Park.
The resort is located in a secluded spot on the northwest tip of St. Lucia, a stunning location that's sheltered by Pigeon Island National Park. The resort is built into a hillside overlooking a small, crescent-shaped white sand beach.
Five-minute drive to St. Lucia Golf and Country Club
Six-minute dive to Rodney Bay Village
20-minute drive to Castries
15-minute drive to George F. L. Charles Airport
80-minute drive to Hewanorra International Airport
A collection of rooms and suites finished in soothing Caribbean colors and rich fabrics
The resort's multi-story, French-Caribbean style buildings, housing 154 rooms in eight different categories, are built into the hillside and overlook the property's gardens and beach. While not large, the rooms are appointed with well-proportioned mahogany and wicker furniture, and finished with neatly tailored soft goods in sea glass colors, whimsical dragonfly prints, and quality fabrics. Artwork hangs on sky blue, pale yellow, and cream-colored walls, offering a mix of up-close photographs of Caribbean items (sea grass, rippling sand) and fitness-inspired bronze sculptures that mimic the large statues in the hotel lobby.
Garden Rooms are the smallest, but have king-size beds and chic furnishings. Luxury Rooms offer the same garden views but with more square footage and king-sized or two queen-sized beds. Luxury Ocean View rooms are similarly equipped, but offer views of the Caribbean from covered terraces. The most spacious and more luxurious rooms fall into the Beachfront and Luxury Beachfront categories -- and you can hear the waves from the balconies. These rooms have more contemporary bathrooms with twin glass sinks set on travertine vanities and separate make-up vanities. Balconies are furnished with wicker armchairs and footrests. The resort also offers suites, including a penthouse with its own private spa.
Most of the rooms at the resort come with stone tile floors, four-poster mahogany beds with rattan headboards, and mahogany desks and side tables. All of the rooms are air-conditioned and come equipped with iPod docks, safes, a selection of pillows from the pillow menu, and white cotton robes for lounging and wearing to appointments at the Wellness Center.
Five restaurants, three pools, a huge wellness center, and a white-sand beach
BodyHoliday hums with activity from morning to late at night. While it is not the largest all-inclusive resort on the island, it is one of the best equipped and certainly the most sport- and fitness-oriented. From the beach, guests can partake in a variety of water sports. The resort also offers three pools, golf and tennis instruction, archery, a modern gym, and a nifty fitness trail that winds through the hilly property marked with stations where guests perform specific exercises -- everything from gymnastics to calisthenics.
The resort also boasts the largest and arguably the best spa on St. Lucia, as it has received top honors several years running for being the best spa in the Caribbean by Spa Finder. The hilltop palace is a shrine to wellness, offering a daily list of special treatments such as acupuncture and Buqi healing (to remove negative chi). While some treatments are extra, there's a variety of treatments available to guests that are part of the all-inclusive plan.
The five restaurants include TAO, offering renowned Asian fine dining; Cariblue, the main buffet restaurant; and The Deli, a casual spot on the beach.
Free instruction for beginner golfers and scenic areas for chipping and putting
The resort's Coubaril Golf Academy offers two PGA professionals as well as equipment rentals, free lessons, driving nets, several chipping areas, and putting greens. The St. Lucia Golf and Country Club, located close to the resort, is an 18-hole, par-71 course that plays 6,685 yards from the blue tees. Guests can play the course for an additional fee.
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