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
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.
I visited this resort with my 17 year old son for a spring break vacation oriented on fitness and relaxation. We found the resort to be at the level we expected, right at the top in terms of quality of offerings. The site is beautifully located, the beach is nice, not to crowded, the food is excellent and the service is warm and professional. We had a comfortable room with a spectacular view on the ocean. The wellness center’s personnel is particularly good and the treatments I received (all included in the price of my stay) were memorable. I did some fitness classes and they were all animated by very qualified trainers. At night, the ambiance is magical, with all dinner seating locations offering the sound of waves and the see breeze. This is an exceptionaly well managed resort which I recommend without hesitation. I would offer one constructive comment: it seems to me that for an hotel focused on fitness and sport, it lacks a lap pool. Agreed that there is the ocean but open water is not necessarily for everyone and it would be a nice addition to the resort.
This was my second time at the body holiday & my first time travelling alone as a single woman
It was also my best holiday ever --- so far
If you’ve any doubts about being there as a solo guest – please don’t you’ll be well looked after & never feel left out of anything
Most reviews are so good it makes it a challenge to add anything but I had such a good holiday that I feel I should share
The resort offer so much for everyone of all ages, singles, couples & families with older children. It offers activities for all tastes & abilities from 7am until the last guest retires.
I was so looking forward to Thai Chi with Edwin again & found it even better this time around. The location had changed to a deck overlooking the sea – perfect for relaxation & concentration. This is truly for all ages & abilities & Edwin has to be the best instructor. I left each class floating & mentally lifted every time
There weren’t enough hours in the day to take part in all the classes & activities on offer but I went to yoga, stretch & am saving golf & tennis for future holidays
The food was excellent. I’m a vegan & was delighted to see everything was clearly labelled making choices simple. I enjoyed everything I ate - & I ate a lot (for me)
The Club House served the best lunches & the Deli offered such a variety of tempting juices, shots, chia pots, cakes etc that I couldn’t try them all. Everything I had was delicious & the staff at the Deli are the best
I had a meal at the Tao, which was nice but I wouldn’t bother with Windows again
For singles, the choice of meeting fellow single (or other) guests each night in the Piano Bar for a drink & then eating together at a communal table means you never need to be alone unless you choose to. I much preferred the round tables though as the other option was a very long table. This wasn’t so sociable because you can really only chat to whoever is either side of you preventing everyone talking to each other.
Maybe because they cater so well for singles, or maybe because the resort is smallish, it makes for a very friendly atmosphere. The feel is quite intimate & I got to know lots of lovely people - which I hope to meet there again. It’s hard to arrive home & not share a friendly few words with everyone around you afterwards
The evening entertainment in the Club House was more subdued than my last visit. Some nights were very quiet but others livelier. The Piano Bar was open until the last guest left & Alfred’s piano still a place to gather round & sing along (badly in my case) before retiring & the staff were excellent
It was lovely that the manager & his wife – Pascal & Mariel were around mixing with the guests all the time. They both made sure we were all happy & were great company too. Garth the food manager also made a point of chatting & making sure all was ok
The Body Guards - Delia & Mindy were the only two I got to know but they were all helpful & friendly
My room was great – spacious with a lovely balcony, although it was a shame that I had some plumbing issues. I do hope this won’t become a problem in such a great resort
I miss my walks on the beach, my daily treatments at the spa, my 7am Thai Chi or Yoga classes & most of all I miss all the lovely people - staff & guests that made my holiday so special
Thank you all & see you at the Body Holiday next year