Sea Spa: getting into shipshape at St Lucia's BodyHoliday
by Sophia Wilson
Where is it?
Located in a private bay at the island’s northern end, with its own 135 metre stretch of beach, this luxurious fitness retreat has a work-hard, play-hard attitude that extends to its wellness centre, with daily treatments included.
Why the hype?
Celebrating its 30th year, the resort has just undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, which included updating its 76 oceanfront rooms, public spaces and six restaurants. Sitting at the top of the hill, with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and Pigeon Island, its 33 treatment rooms run like a Swiss watch, as guests flow through to be pampered after taking part in more than 50 activities on offer. Sailing buffs should make sure they check in during its annual Spring Sail programme, where Olympians including Saskia Clark are on hand to hone skills.
What to have?
As well as traditional Western experiences, the resort also offers ayurvedic therapies, which take place in a temple designed and built by Indian craftsmen. This 5,000-year-old tradition, originating from Kerala, is based on the idea of letting your natural energy flow. If you have had a hard day on the water, opt for the Chavutti treatment: an experienced practitioner will use their feet to apply pressure and perform an oil-based massage. The therapists maintain their balance by holding onto a rope while performing intricate sweeps and kneads for deep muscle relief.
Best by boat
BodyHoliday is located less than three nautical miles from Rodney Bay Marina, which can accommodate yachts up to 70 metres. From there it’s either a short drive or less than a four kilometre jog (if you want to start your workout early) to the resort.