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
We arrived early morning but were able to get a room by 11am. It was a ground floor garden room and was well equipped with access to a large terrace. Good wifi.
Good choice of restaurants, all with great food, wine and service. Lovely beach with comfortable loungers, great bar service and nice swimming. Wide choice of watersports. Not much for children to do.
The wellness centre is the main feature of the resort. Here we had 4 complimentary treatments of massages, wraps and hydrotherapy. There were dozens of classes and we attended several good yoga workouts. The ambience and the pools are impressive.
The nude sunbathing area on the roof was disappointing however. Only 2 loungers, no mattresses or towels, no water cooler.
All prices are in USD which is inconvenient for British visitors.
Note that it is 90 minutes from the international airport.
Overall it deserves the 5 *.
Amazing venue, calm relaxing atmosphere, great food and wine, staff excellent customer service. Tuesday afternoon tea with jazz saxophonist was amazing.
Staff cannot do enough to ensure you enjoyed your stay.
My wife and I spent a week at BodyHoliday (booked with Costco Travel) and we loved it. We met many people there who had been to the resort multiple times over the years, and we can understand why. We traveled Saturday to Saturday which worked out well for us, and we feel we didn't miss anything. There was a manager's reception Wednesday evening at the spa (appetizers, wine, etc.), and Friday evening offered a free sunset cruise (appetizers, wine/beer, dancing) - not to be missed.
We had a Grand Luxury Oceanfront Room on the 4th floor (472 to be exact, just below the penthouse suite) which had a deck with an amazing view of the Caribbean and a side view of the resort and beach. I think we would have also been happy with the regular oceanfront or oceanview rooms.
Here are some tips:
* After you have booked (regardless of whether you booked direct or with an agent), go to BH's website and register for a login. Do the same for everyone in your party. This gives access to a webroom where you can sign up for your free spa sessions. It's easy to reschedule them later but at least you can lock them in. You can also message them in the webroom and ask for reservations for Tao or Windows. (I think they let you book one in advance.)
* Definitely make reservations for Tao (either in advance or when you are there). We did not eat at Windows (tasting menu which was less appealing to us, and it's a glassed-in room) but we ate at Tao twice. Anna at Tao very kindly accommodated us without reservations one night and actually setup a special table for us just outside the restaurant which I think was the best seat in the house.
* Check the daily schedule and take note of what activities you want to do (or not do, you don't need to do anything but relax!). You can look at samples on their website to give you ideas of what the schedule generally looks like. You can work your spa schedule around it.
* Watersports equipment: If you have sailed before, you can ask to take out a Hobie cat yourself (or if not or if you need a refresher, they can go out with you for a lesson). For kayaks, they have one and two seater plastic sea kayaks, but they also have fancier kayaks with pedals to control rudders. The also have paddleboards, windsurfers, mask/snorkel/fins, etc.
* Visit the piano bar. We tended to do this before dinner, and then later at night. Alfred is amazing on the piano, and the bartenders and servers are great. Later on in the evening, the songbooks come out and Alfred plays and the guests sing along (not well, but we try).
* Check out the evening entertainment and bar at the Clubhouse. There was a live band several nights when we were there. Speaking of the Clubhouse, we had good scones there during afternoon tea.
Two years ago my Wife and Daughter spent time at the BodyHoliday resort in St-Lucia. Their experience was memorable and we have heard countless recounts of their stay, from the great physically challenging activities to the even greater mentally relaxing treatments. Well two years later we repeated the experience following an unplanned health event that required healing time both physically and mentally. The BodyHoliday delivered in stride. We appreciated the high intensity workouts, the stretching activities and the good balance with the daily relaxing treatments and the experiences for the minds with tai chi, yoga and meditation. We also loved the food offerings and the focus on healthy menus. While BodyHoliday offers entertainment there is a sound focus on the wellness of their Guests, and the maturity of the Guests says it all about how to bring healthy body and mind while enjoying the sun! Finally, we certainly appreciated how the BH Team took special care of our requests...nothing can be perfect however when the BH Team listens and acts it can make a world of difference.
After many hours researching online for the perfect resort in the Caribbean, how fortunate we were to come across Body Holiday in St. Lucia. The previous TripAdvisor reviews touch on the features of this excellent destination and the near perfect amenities. I agree with them all. One of the unique things I took from this holiday are the number of "repeat" guests I encountered. When there are so many Caribbean resort choices why do people want to return to BH? Repeat guests are happy guests...and we count ourselves part of this category.