The Body Holiday, Saint Lucia

I have a slight confession to make.

Staying at The Body Holiday was not my idea, and it was not one I was particularly looking forward to.

I had these visions of skinny “Mr Motivator” types shouting at you to run up and down the beach, “put down that dessert” and stay well clear of anything even hinting at being indulgent.

But I was greatly mistaken.

The whole concept is based on the idea that you can do as much or as little as you want.

You can spend every waking moment training with Olympic athletes, getting ready for a marathon, or even worse… a wedding!

Or you can treat it as a relaxing break, and just make the most of the spa and endless cocktails.

We spent our mornings chatting over leisurely breakfasts, as we watched the fishermen haul in their nets.

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Strolled barefoot in the surf with our morning cuppas.

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And generally took it pretty easy!

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We broke up the days with life altering spa treatments…


Rather than being an added expense, you’re treated to a spa treatment once a day. Naturally you can book in for more. Everything from facials to massages, reflexology, blow dries, manis, you get the idea. In between being scrubbed, rubbed, polished and smooth, we took time to join yoga classes, pilates, and even go tubing behind the speedboat.
Instead of it being all “push push push” to join in, you pretty much end up just doing it anyway!
Saint Lucia Body Holiday-9 After just a couple of days we started to feel more vibrant, full of energy and much more active. Saint Lucia Body Holiday-10 Saint Lucia Body Holiday-14 Saint Lucia Body Holiday-11 Well, most of the time. Saint Lucia Body Holiday-12 Saint Lucia Body Holiday-13 Saint Lucia Body Holiday-16 For lunch we mostly ate freshly grilled fish and stacks of salad, washed down with coconut water. In the evenings we mostly stuck to TAO, the asian inspired restaurant.

Feasting hour 👯🍴🍷 A photo posted by Rosie Londoner (@rosielondoner) on

There may be a formal dress code for TAO, but they don’t take it too seriously!

Sailor stripes and palm trees ⚓️💚

A photo posted by Rosie Londoner (@rosielondoner) on

Striped off the shoulder dress

And then come morning, we’d head back to the beach and start all over again!

The Body Holiday’s slogan is “Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind.”

We stayed for less than a week, and left more relaxed, together and happy than we had been in a long time.

 

 

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A truly restorative holiday, and one I would certainly return to.

A million thanks to the Saint Lucian tourism board for convincing me to go (not that it took much!). Saint Lucia has taken its firm place as one of my favourite places on the planet.

Next time, I want to go for carnival!

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  • This does sound like travel heaven – it’s not often that you return home full of more energy than when you left!

    • Agree! It definitely looks like heaven <3

  • Stunning photos, I’d love to visit one day!

    Anika | http://www.anikamay.co.uk

  • This sounds like a great retreat, I can definitely understand why you were initially apprehensive but sounds like the experience was worth it!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • I like the idea of a “restorative” holiday. Usually the opposite happens when I’m traveling. I try to pack so many activities into my day in fear of missing out. Then when you add in all the indulgent food, you need a few days detox on arriving home!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

    • Nano B

      I totally agree! I’m the same way and in the end always end up saying that I need a vacation after vacation! 🙂

      xoxo // travelwithnanob.wordpress.com

  • What an interesting concept! I had never heard of this until your post! It sounds like it would actually be fun to try. Especially the one spa a day being included. :]

    xox Kristen
    http://currentlyonline.blogspot.com/

  • This sounds like such a relaxing trip! And returning home with more energy than you had before leaving sounds so refreshing. I usually come back somewhat more stressed!

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  • Looks amazing! You must have had a blast with your friend!

    Heba xx ││The HebaBloglovinInstagram

  • Ahhh this looks amazing! I need to go there!
    Thanks Rosie!! Also you look beautiful as always!

  • Sounds amazing, Beautiful photos as always Rosie!

  • Nano B

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful posts, what a slice of heaven! Gorgeous photos, you absolutely inspired me to go too! 🙂 You ladies look stunning and I also swooned over your outfits! Can you share where you got that long backless cover-up with palm trees on it? Loved it! 🙂

    xoxo // travelwithnanob.wordpress.com

  • A spa treatment a day sounds like heaven!

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  • The last hotel looked such a dream, what a great way to revive and reconnect with your mind and spirit! Plus with views and chocolate spas, who can resist?!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Sounds heavenly!
    xo
    styleontheside.com

  • CB

    I love the idea of a body holiday – need some serious detoxing after a birthday weekend and St Lucia sounds like a great place to start!

    CB x

    http://thecblife.blogspot.co.uk

  • Holly & Boydie G.

    Isn’t it wonderful when the things that cause us to hesitate end up being just what we needed? Wonderful post!

  • But where’s that amazing red dress from??

  • Caroline Schurman-Grenier

    Looks like heaven. I want to go back to the Caribbean so badly. What did you prefer, Saint Lucia or the Maldives?

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  • That looks like the perfect resort to finish your trip – with all that exercise it’s as though the Hotel Chocolat never existed 😉
    Olivia – http://www.cravemorebeauty.co.uk

  • Wow, that place sounds like a dream!

  • Kat

    Absolutely love the balance between taking it easy and full on health retreat, so many places don’t get it right!

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  • Love all the pictures! Adding Saint Lucia to my places to go one day!
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  • Shen Outar

    This all sounds and looks so wonderful, already a huge lover of the Caribbean, so St. Lucia is defo on the bucket list x Shentalks.com

  • Anita

    Gorgeous. Where is your peach/blue bikini from please??

  • Looks beautiful! 🙂

  • Aijing Wang

    I’m totally suffering from post-holiday blues. Holding on to the last bits of summer by reading travelling blog posts. Please check out mine if you have a second! 🙂

    http://medschoolandlife.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/day-2-dubrovnik.html#more

  • Madison

    What an incredible trip! My recent excursions to Panama weren’t quite so…active. Motivation for my next excursion, definitely 🙂

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  • You Saint Lucia posts have been utterly epic – I just hope I get to go one day!!! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • It looks so beautiful in there! Dream beach! 🙂
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