The Totally Amazing Holiday -at La Source

Suzanne Barney on 12 November 2009
On arrival at the airport a white limousine is waiting to whisk you off to La Source. They take you down a track and you can’t help but wonder ‘Where am I going’? The transfer is all of 5 minutes and once you get there you will be amazed. The resort only re-opened in 2008 and it is the ultimate all inclusive. It includes spa treatments, all kinds of land sports, water sports and tuition. There is also yoga, meditation and tai chi for the less active. Every evening a newsletter is put by the side of your bed to tell you what activities are happening the next day. They start as early as 6:15am with Tai Chi on the beach, power walking at 7.10am and then stretching at 8am.

There is also an air-conditioned gym, pool tables, table tennis, cycling…the list goes on! For the less active the sunbeds are plenty and very comfortable with thick mattresses and plenty of shade and there is plenty of reading material available should you finish your book. There was so much to do but you can’t do everything, so I stuck to my strengths - water aerobics (Andy the instructor what a physique - no photos I am afraid!), tennis lessons with Leonard (who would have needed another week to sort out my technical faults-I would have stayed!). I also tried stretching, beach and pool volleyball and snorkeling. Jim (my husband) also had golf lessons.

The food was the best I have had at any hotel, with fine dining every night. For lunch it was either the Deli which sold some lovely smoothies, paninis and salads, buffet at The Garden restaurant buffet or a la carte at Oscars on the Beach. The non alcoholic cocktails were great during the day and there were lots of premium drink choices in the evening. A waiter was constantly going around the pool with drinks just in case we were thirsty!

The spa treatments were another treat with a mixture of massages, facials and wraps. The men particularly liked the facials. We didn't do much in the way of water sports but divers could take advantage of a free dive every day. We did have a go at snorkeling. The beach was cordoned off into a 'lagoon' type area where Angel fish swam in shoals and there were plenty of fish to see near the rocks. The watersports team organised trips to various bays and to the famous underwater sculptures (for an extra $25pp). If you wanted to get out and about it was quite reasonable to hire a car and driver or take part in the excursions.

The island overall is very beautiful with waterfalls and spice plantations so well worth a look around. St George the capital reminded me of the Greek islands with its pastel coloured houses and terracotta roof tops, always with a cruise ship in port.

This hotel is so well organised and every detail is thought of. It is well managed, has great staff and is spotlessly clean with great facilities. We can’t wait to go back . The amount of people going back to the hotel time and time again is a testament to the hotel’s success.