The first morning at BodyHoliday, I woke up for a 7 am bike ride to Pigeon Island, the conical shaped chunk of land that juts out of the northwestern coast of St. Lucia. We biked along seaside villages and deserted beaches breathing in the humidity-thickened tropical air spiced with a heavy dose of salt. The next morning, I again rose early to hike up Mount Du Cap, climbing high above the resort for unparalleled vistas of the coastline and the island of Martinique in the distance.
I had read about BodyHoliday’s long line-up of fitness classes—spin, pilates, yoga, tai chi, aquafit—but loved the fact that the resort takes full advantage of its locale to offer activities outside. On Saturday morning, British Olympic Silver Medalist Keri-Anne Payne led swimmers on a mile race. On Sunday, you could participate in BodyHoliday’s version of a triathlon by biking to Pigeon Island, running to the fortress atop the island, rappelling down to the sea, and sea kayaking back to the property.
The best reward of all is the daily treatments included in the price. Walk up a short hill to a mega-sized spa where a talented local staff works on your body via massages, wraps, and facials. Restaurants serve fresh fish, grilled meats, all washed down with a good house shiraz. After dinner, with what little energy we had left, we danced to a live band. I’d happily return to this little patch of paradise any time.
(Prior to becoming a Virtuoso-affiliated travel advisor, Steve Jermanok, of Active Travels, worked years as a professional travel writer. His byline still appears regularly in Virtuoso Traveler, Yankee Magazine, Alaska Airlines and Everett Potter’s Travel Report).
Note: BodyHoliday, currently closed for renovations, will reopen in September 2018.