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Retreat into Wellness at BodyHoliday in Saint Lucia

“Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind.” This isn’t just a mantra at The BodyHoliday, one of the world’s preeminent wellness resorts—it’s a promise.

Surrounded by 32 acres of rainforest on the northern tip of Saint Lucia, BodyHoliday has been luring travelers who desire a health reboot for over three decades. Many of the resort’s devotees return year after year on an annual pilgrimage to find zen. Why? Rooted in an East-meets-West philosophy, this luxury all-inclusive meticulously curates the wellness journey of each guest, spanning nutrition, fitness, and other integral facets of wellbeing. 

The postcard-caliber setting is hard to beat. BodyHoliday’s 155 rooms and four private villas are stacked on a lush hillside, directly overlooking crescent-shaped Cariblue Beach. In between dips in the clear emerald waters, guests can lounge at three freshwater pools, or partake in a slew of watersports like Hobie Cat sailing and kayaking. While the scenery is undoubtedly spectacular, the major draw at the Caribbean’s first destination spa continues to be its vast wellness offerings. 

Upon check-in, guests are greeted with a fully-customizable itinerary of suggested programs tailored to their needs and goals. Included in the nightly rate are unlimited fitness classes and activities (there are more than 40), meals at the handful of on-property eateries, and a daily 50-minute spa appointment. With over 170 different treatments led by expert practitioners, supplementing with additional therapy modalities is recommended. They include reiki, osteopathy, Bhutanese healing, and more. Most of the rejuvenating treatments take place in the hilltop Wellness Center, a Moorish-inspired pavilion with 33 therapy rooms and the Caribbean’s only authentic Ayurvedic temple.  

In response to the pandemic, BodyHoliday debuted four new programs to help folks get back on their feet: Wellness Rehabilitation (a return to health equilibrium), Covid Convalescence (for those recovering from Covid), Boost Your Immunity (focused on illness prevention), and Corporate Wellness (to address burnout). The BodyHoliday isn’t about becoming a new person, but returning to your true self.

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