The Bodyhotel Le Sport, St.Lucia

Suzanne Barney on 25 September 2009
I was so excited about staying at The BodyHotel Le Sport. Their strap line is ‘Give us your body for a week and I will give you back your mind’. It is quite a unique holiday that combines activities, rejuvenation and pampering under one roof. We flew direct with Virgin; they have just upgraded their entertainment system so we had a choice of 24 of the latest films which kept us busy during the 8 hour flight.

The hotel is located on the northwest tip of the island, not far from Rodney Bay, on a beach in 42 acres of lush tropical gardens. From the moment you arrive, you feel you have arrived at a ‘retreat’. Cold towels and a refreshing Peter Punch cocktail await. My room was lovely, located on the first floor overlooking the sea with plenty of cupboard space, mirrors (oh bliss), a huge double bed and even an iron and ironing board. The hotel is all inclusive and includes so much that it is hard to know where to begin. Le Sport has one of the best spas in the world and a spa treatment is included everyday (except first and last day) with the all inclusive price. There are extra a la carte treatments that you can pay for locally. I treated myself to a deep tissue massage to help with my back and neck and it was amazing. There is so much to do at the hotel - you are spoilt for choice! We signed up to the meditation class one day and on another day we were taken out on the hotel speedboat to Marigot bay to sample the abundance of sea life snorkeling. I had taken my tennis gear but there was no time to play. I did however participate in a 3 mile guided walk to Cas en Bas; this was an intermediate walk which was really tough but the views were awesome. We also managed to fit in zip wiring, at Dinnery National park, through the rainforest which was such an adrenalin rush as we tackled 11 different wires.

It’s a good job there was so much activity as the food was excellent so we seemed to be eating all the time! There was a good choice of restaurants at the hotel. There was also a Deli for healthy food and the Club house for afternoon tea. We mostly ate at the Cariblue restaurant, which was buffet during the day and a la carte in the evening. The most exclusive restaurant was ‘The Tao’ restaurant which has AAA 3star diamond award and has been included in the Conde Nast travelers list of ’60 hottest tables’; reservations were required. There was also a more informal barbecue restaurant at the Boat house. In the evening the Piano Bar opens; it’s a great place for cocktails before dinner and it stays open until the last person leaves.

Nightlife was very low key but they do have a variety of entertainment including jazz bands, saxophonists, limbo dancing, a disco, a staff show and a quiz night. The weather was very hot (the hottest on record for September) and it only rained on one day when we went snorkeling. Rain did fall in the evening in sharp short bursts. There were various water sports available such as canoes and waterskiing with friendly staff available to assist with instruction. We used the beach to relax - they even had a flag system for drinks so you didn't need to move if you needed a cool drink.

I have come back wishing I had more time there to try more things, however, despite my short stay I feel that I have a lot more energy and do feel rejuvenated.