BodyHoliday All Inclusive
What We Love
- The rate includes all meals, wine with lunch and dinner, a daily 50-minute spa treatment (excluding arrival and departure days), scuba diving and more
- More than 20 activities to choose from: scuba, spinning, sailing, tennis, yoga, tai chi
- The outstanding wellness center houses 33 treatment rooms, approximately 50 therapists, a state-of-the-art gym and swimming pool, plus a beautiful Ayurvedic pavilion with arched walkways and pillars
- Register your details and preferences on the hotel’s website so everything is set up for you on arrival
What To Know
- Children under 16 are not permitted (except December 11 to 26, when children 12 to 15 are permitted)
- No TVs in the rooms
- It’s a cab ride to the nearest hot spot, Rodney Bay, and its marina
- Make reservations at the Tao restaurant in advance, and keep in mind that some dishes cost extra
- Some rooms are a tiny 135 square feet
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
All-inclusive wellness beach retreat on St. Lucia’s north shore, with four restaurants, two pools, and a huge spa
At the northwest tip of St. Lucia, BodyHoliday sits on an almost private crescent-shaped stretch of Cariblue Beach. Since its opening in 1989, this all-inclusive retreat has provided guests the chance to rest and refuel with seemingly endless wellness activities on the 42-acre grounds, which consist of four peach-colored buildings surrounded by lush tropical plants and hammocks strung between swaying coconut trees.
Bed and Bath
The 155 thoughtfully-designed guestrooms make for peaceful retreats. The Grand Luxury Ocean Front Rooms come with a mahogany four-poster kingsize bed, a writing desk and robins egg–blue walls; Luxury Ocean Rooms also have an all-over jet shower and French doors that open onto a terrace with wicker armchairs. And from the Luxury Ocean Front Rooms, which are clad in cedar and stone, you can hear the sea breaking in front of your balcony.
It’s all about wellness at BodyHoliday, whether that means soaking up the sun by the pool and rising only to lie down again for an Ayurvedic massage at the Moorish-style wellness center (which features 33 treatment rooms and approximately 50 therapists), playing volleyball or tennis, hitting the four-hole golf course or filling your days with Zen activities such as yoga, Pilates and tai chi. In all, there are more than 20 to choose from. The resort’s four restaurants get their ingredients from the on-site organic garden. On a second-floor balcony overlooking the beach, the award-winning Tao restaurant fuses Asian and Caribbean flavors in dishes such as miso-crusted mahi mahi with vegetable and udon noodles.
In the Area
With so much on offer at BodyHoliday, there’s little need to leave the resort. Join a game of pool volleyball, take to the open waters in a kayak or on a standup paddleboard, or practice your archery skills. And if you’re looking to see what’s on offer beyond the property’s gates, hit the links at St. Lucia Golf & Country Club for a day on the greens, spend a day visiting Soufrière, the world’s only drive-in volcano, or meet the locals at the Gros Islet Fish Fry on Friday nights.
How to Get There
Just back from my 8th trip to Body Holiday after a break of a few years and realize how much I have missed it---there have been some changes (upgraded oceanview rooms; a redesigned deli and Tao restaurant; and two villas are going up on the hill looming over the south end of the resort), but the essence is still the same---intimate, friendly, activity-orientated, and the spa is still a wonderful retreat. I do many of the classes--and so happy to see Donna and Renetta are still there, and this time had great yoga classes with Kez and Danni (she teaches a unique brand of yoga--so relaxing). Great walks with the delightful Marlene and Mindy. We had a great housekeeper (Cecilia) and love the staff at the deli where I went every day--especially Sacha and Brendan. And all the great ladies who do the included treatments---Anika and Vanessa J stand out especially.
My major suggestion---please put screen doors across the balcony in the oceanview rooms--that way we could keep the doors open at night---hear the surf, enjoy the fresh air and not worry about bugs and birds coming in---plus keep the aircon off and save a lot on energy costs.
Contemplating trip number 9!
We have stayed at the BodyHoliday several times over the years but this year decided to try its sister hotel The Rendezvous as it also gets rave reviews. You can obtain a day pass to each hotel during your stay and we decided to grab a cab and go back to The BodyHoliday for the day. It was the best day of our holiday for me and reminded me of all the things I so love about this hotel. I seriously considered transferring for the last 4 days of our vacation.
Almost everything is better - facilities, beach, grounds, activities, food, and the staff being on par I would say.
I made the mistake of going to a different hotel this year. I won’t make that mistake again when we return to our favourite Caribbean island.
After only our second trip to BodyHoliday we are full-time scheming how and when to return! We are so jealous of those people who tell you they have been there 10,12,15+ times. We can absolutely understand how you could NEVER tire of this sensational place. As I said to the General Manager as we met him fleetingly 'in the line-up' as we arrived for the cocktail party, I truly believe there is nowhere like it in the world - and believe me I have Googled hard to try to find anywhere else that includes daily spa treatments as well as everything else! It is quite an incredible formula.
Our favourite things: the healthy 'shots' at the Deli (well, the Deli generally - no other spot for gorgeous light lunch dishes in our opinion!), having stewed saltfish for breakfast (love it!!), incredibly friendly Marlon from Lifestyle who took us on our En Bas Saut day trip, the soothing saxophonist playing one day at the clubhouse as we enjoyed early evening drinks, the FISH - just wonderful fresh fish daily, especially the bbq-ed king fish at the Friday night Beach BBQ, those moreish plantain chips on the sunset cruise, watching Donna take the AquaFit class with exceptional enthusiasm (must get to that class next time!!), the feeling that even if you are a beginner in any of the classes (and we did MANY!!), you aren't going to feel stupid as many people are just giving things a go, the body stretch classes in particular to help limber up, that stunning view from our oceanfront room, the EXCELLENT house rose (yum!), the meditation with Darren - just wish it was on the schedule more times per week as he's amazing ......I'll stop there but if I went on and on here the list of everything that makes this THIS perfect holiday would be far far longer than any of the things I am about to mention next.
There were just a couple of things to mention that could be improved: the fridge really never gets cold so we had to put our water in the freezer section, I felt the food on the Caribbean buffet was too 'dumbed down' for us tourists and didn't have enough punch, and I was also looking for the national dish of green fig and saltfish but it was absent sadly, the pannacotta dessert one night was in a jar like a creme brulee and nothing like a pannacotta, the side dish offerings in the Cariblue restaurant are somewhat boring and a little 'heavy' so not a good match for the dishes, the maids never hang up the dressing gowns (which might be a VERY picky thing to write but it is somewhat strange!) and the bath towels in the rooms are so tiny.
Finally, it was suggested to us we should go to the sushi bar one night (i.e. the Deli turns to a sushi bar some nights) so we put our names down. When we got there the menus presented showed prices and so, embarrassingly, we departed. We were not informed that this was not part of the inclusions so that was somewhat disappointing. It wasn't really about the price; more just the principle, Incidentally, the sushi being offered around at the cocktail party was absolutely delicious!!!!
What I just don't get is why the owners have not started up another BodyHoliday somewhere else in the world - we would be happy to register as the first two guests!!! This place does absolute wonders ...yes, guests can absolutely choose to do little and just lounge on the lovely beach, but coming from a desk job with very long hours, to be able to busily dash from class to class, activity to activity, meal to meal all day long (and a bit of 'drink to drink' too!) still feels like glorious 'down time' to me. The perfect head clearer.
Have now been back from Bodyholiday a week and missing it This has been on my bucket list for ages and I was not disappointed...in fact, better than I had hoped for The food was so good....particularly the deli at lunchtime and Tao and the house wine was good All the staff were very friendly Loads of activities to do,if you want...I tried new ones such as archery in addition to my normal Pilates etc The dolphin tour was great...saw loads of dolphins but alas no whales and also enjoyed the Keelboat sailing All the “Bodyguards” were so full of energy It was one persons first week...sorry, can’t remember his name...and by week 2 he was already so enthusiastic and encouraging Will definitely be back ...hopefully soon
This was my 2nd Solo trip to BodyHoliday, and while I didn't think it possible, this trip far exceeded the first! Things I loved:
1. The staff are all wonderful and do their best to ensure a lovely vacation
2. The other Solo travelers are so much fun! I met several people who I'm staying in touch with. I plan to see some of them when I'm in London this summer in fact.
3. The activities are top-notch. My goal was to try something new every day. I did Krav Maga, Boxfit class, Tia Chi, a sailing lesson (with an Olympic Gold medalist instructor), several yoga classes, Aquafit, etc.
4. The spa! I still cannot believe you get a treatment each day included. I love the full-body massages. I also added a hot stone and bamboo massage one day, which was wonderful. And their facials are great too.
5. The Solo traveler communal dining table at dinner was even better this trip. They had so many solo travelers that we had to split into 2 tables most nights. I got to meet and get to know 10+ wonderful people that I'm happy to call friends. I also love that most of the guests are not American. I love learning about other cultures, so the diversity is a plus for me!
6. The food and drink is perfect. Food quality is top-notch, and I have the incentive to try new things. The cocktails at the piano bar are delicious! The specialty restaurants are tasty too. I'm a bit of a foodie, and while this isn't the best food I've had, it is the best healthy food at an all inclusive I've ever experienced. My favorite is the salads and smoothies at the deli (it's not a typical deli - they really shouldn't call it a deli in fact).
7. I paid extra to do a snorkel sailing trip to the Pitons, and it was a fabulous day! This was probably my favorite part of the trip in fact. I highly recommend it.
I can't wait to return to the BodyHoliday. It has become my go-to for the perfect balance of relaxation and activity at a beach resort!