St. Lucia’s BodyHoliday is one of the best known active and wellness focused destination resorts, but it is also a normal all-inclusive beach getaway. This means that unlike other more cleanse oriented, immersion spas, you can get your workout plus your margaritas, great food and vacation fun and relaxation all in one place.
BodyHoliday does a lot of these special weeks and theme months. The next WelllFit weeklong program is this fall, and also offers an optional 4-day SwimFit add on for swimmers. Both sessions will be offered twice, back to back, from October 29 to November 19. The programs are led by Olympic medalist and former World Champion Kerri-Anne Payne (swimming, Great Britain) and her husband David Carry, a three-time Olympian in swimming and former Commonwealth Games Champion. The WellFit portion is similar to the April one, while the SwimFit is a new endeavor for BodyHoliday and will offer specialized swim instruction for all abilities. The focus is on Payne’s specialties, open water and long distance swimming, which are of special interest to anyone who does triathlons. It’s hard to find immersive instruction in these areas. The program includes a mix of group and private instructional sessions, video analysis, tactics sessions and open water boat and night swims.
If you don’t want to leave the husband and kids behind for your workout vacation, every summer BodyHoliday offers seven weeks of WellFit Family sessions, with a mix of workouts, guided fitness instruction, and more fun and adventurous activities, like rappelling down canyon walls and cycling. These sessions also have celebrity athletes leading them, including NFL legend Randy Moss and Olympians Marlon Devonish, Jamie Baulch, Michael Jamieson and Steve Williams.
If you do want to leave everyone behind, September is solo month at BodyHoliday, when each week has an attractive program for those traveling on their own, which adds spa treatments and a number of parties and social gatherings to the regular activity slate. Any week here is jam packed with options for fitness and activities, and the resort features a spa Conde Nast Traveler rated one of the best in the world. Regular nightly rates include a 50-minute spa treatment each day, something few all-inclusives offer. Rates vary seasonally but are typically around $320-$450 per person per night. WellFit week rates start at $630 per day.
What about food? As the resort’s site says, “Many people are under the impression that because we talk about health and wellbeing a lot, we serve our customers carrot juice and lettuce all day. Nothing could be further from the truth. Do we serve healthy food? Yes. Do we give you advice on a balanced diet if you want it? Yes…but we have guilty pleasures in abundance and you will find cocktails, good wines, juicy steaks and chocolate cake as well. This holiday is about choice and it’s about a question of balance not abstinence.” Choice indeed, with eight restaurants and bar venues, including a wine salon with guided tasting flights that won Wine Spectator Magazine’s Award of Excellence. The range of culinary offerings including Caribbean, Asian fusion and Western, supplied in part from the resort’s own organic garden.
I’ve visited St. Lucia and it is a wonderful spot for a Caribbean vacation, but it is even more appealing when there is so much to do and so many ways to stay active.