Start with one of the most beautiful islands in the West Indies, add a highly acclaimed world-class spa and you wind up with the most compelling all-inclusive adults-only resort in the Caribbean. Situated on St. Lucia, BodyHoliday pioneered the concept of vacations centered around wellness, self-care and tailor-made athletic programming.
With year-round tropical temperatures and cooling trade winds, St. Lucia is the kind of tropical paradise dreams are made of. The island offers unique natural features like lush landscapes, pristine sandy beaches and picturesque volcanic mountain peaks.
BodyHoliday recently debuted a new level of luxury with its Oasis Villas, five-star lodging with remarkable panoramic views and personal concierge services. Accommodations include Villa Aurora and Villa Calypso, two-story dwellings with a penthouse on the ground level and a junior suite on the upper level. Penthouses boast beautiful verandas with direct access to private infinity pools from the living and bedroom areas.
The resort caters to every wellness whim with an ever-changing calendar of programming. Daily massages are covered in the all-inclusive rate, letting guests choose from a variety of massages, body wraps, facials and other treatments offered in the massive temple-like spa reminiscent of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. There’s a focus on Ayurvedic medicine, one of the world’s oldest comprehensive healing systems that employs therapeutic concepts from India to cleanse the body and restore balance. Additional holistic specialists offer Chinese and Bhutanese therapies like acupuncture. Guests are inspired to stay active with 40+ daily activities and group exercise classes, including yoga, Pilates, cycling, fencing, tennis, archery and watersports.
BodyScience is an elective offering that provides a health consultation from a licensed physician based on biochemical and physiological information gathered from a guest. It employs state-of-the-art technology and noninvasive diagnostics to assess a variety of factors — from circulation to heart health to nutrient, hormone and stress levels — and make recommendations for living better.
Six onsite restaurants boast cuisine made from locally sourced foods and ingredients fresh from the property’s organic garden. Standouts include main dining room Cariblue, informal Pavilion Grill at the Clubhouse, tasting-menu eatery Windows, and fine-dining sushi and Asian-Caribbean fusion restaurant Tao. Sommeliers guide the selection of fine wines from an exclusive cellar. BodyHoliday is popular with solo guests, and singles are welcome at hosted communal tables within each restaurant.
Ital, meanwhile, is an organic farm-to-table dining experience that takes place nestled away behind the resort amongst a canopy of trees with panoramic water views. The concept is rooted in the principles of the celebrated Rastafari diet movement of Jamaica. Participants enjoy a guided tour of the garden, where they help harvest fresh produce, then subsequently assist chefs in the preparation of vegan feasts.
BodyHoliday has been recognized as one of the world’s best destination spas by such authorities as Condé Nast Traveler and most certainly delivers on its signature promise: Give us your body for a week, and we’ll give you back your mind.