Celebrated Spa Guidebook author, Bernard Burt, previews LeSPORT in simply beautiful St. Lucia, West Indies.
Prepare to be swept away by the BodyHoliday at LeSPORTå...
Focused on fitness of body and mind, this innovative all-inclusive resort gives new meaning to wellness. Whether you want to lose weight, reduce stress, improve your golf game, or simply be totally pampered å- the BodyHoliday team stands ready to collaborate on every aspect. In addition to basic bodywork, choices here can be as varied as fitness and relaxation classes, power walks, aerobics, kick boxing, yoga, tai-chi, and stress-reducing meditation.
Overlooking a crescent-shaped beach, the 18-acre property features a unique oasis of well-being. Moorish arches and colonnaded courtyards surround a shimmering lap pool at The Oasis. There are 39 rooms where guests are pampered and rejuvenated, plus exercise studios. Treatments range from aromatherapy massages and facials to remineralising body wraps, mineral baths, and seawater jet massage. Phytomer products imported from France are used in many treatments, but this is the only Caribbean spa to utilise fresh seawater in the French tradition of thalassotherapy.
For the latest in therapies, both European and Ayurvedic, visit the Clarins salon within The Oasis. Additional charges apply for treatments with Clarins products by aestheticians trained in Clarins techniques, as well as reflexology and deep-tissue massage. Complete holistic and restorative body programmes include sun protection and skin care. The Oasis is an ideal hideaway for the sunscreen set, providing iced water and fruit, cool breezes, and privacy.
LeSPORT lives up to its name with all-inclusive outdoor adventure: Green fees and transportation to the nearby 18-hole Cap Estate golf course; scuba diving resort course; archery; sailing; windsurfing; water skiing; fencing; cycling; and tennis (lit for night play). Optional excursions on the island`s wild side are scheduled daily, require stamina, and cost extra.
Master Classes enhance the standard programme included in the daily rate. Most months of the year, you can join skilled professionals in various physical and mental health disciplines. Their diverse schedule ranges from Pilates to reflexology training, traditional Chinese medicine, Jazzercise, Gerontology and Reiki. Sessions are held in a well-equipped, air-conditioned studio, or on the beach.
The BodyGuides - are superb staff members who gently guide you into developing strategies for new lifestyle habits. Meetings can be arranged with the resident dietician to design and monitor your personal BodyBalance weight management programme. Throughout your stay, the healthy dining choices and exercise provide an opportunity to learn what works in meeting your personal health goals.
Dining options abound, even if the thought of all-inclusive meals with
wine and beer challenges the diet. No one seemed to be counting calories at afternoon tea served beachside. Buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner include tempting arrays of regional cuisine, and the Deli offers poolside sandwiches, panini, salads, and fresh fruit smoothies all afternoon. Traditional barbecue, burgers, grilled chicken
and fish are served outdoors six nights a week at the Club House.
Alternatively, ‘Eat Well’ fare appears on the dinner menu at the beachfront Cariblue restaurant. Lower in fat, salt, and calories, these a la carte items include vegetarian dishes. Special diets such as vegan, low sodium, or low fat are
available on request.
Capping LeSPORT culinary attractions is TAO, an especially romantic venue for dinner. Perched above the sea, the restaurant`s imaginative East-West
fusion cuisine features specialties from Java, Thailand, and Key West, spiced by herbs from the chef`s garden.
Cool and casual in every way, this is a resort where you can go shoeless or
dress for dinner. The Club House has a nightly show, followed by dancing.
Join the crowd at the Piano Bar, a mix of European and American couples and
single travellers. Decorated with white wicker furniture, red and white fabrics against terra cotta walls, the bar stays open until the last guest retires. A wide selection of fine-quality brand liquors and house wines is also on tap at no charge.
When you`re ready to call it a night, the resort`s 154 guestrooms and
suites are comfortably furnished and air-conditioned, but not screened. Most have a four-poster bed, stone-tiled or marble bathroom with robes and hairdryer. Single visitors enjoy 29 generously-sized rooms dedicated to
solo travelers without paying a supplement. For privacy and personal service, stay at Manderley, a hillside Victorian-style three-bedroom plantation house that comes with housekeeper and car.
Exclusively designed in the style of a colonial plantation, the resort reflects personal attention by resident owner Craig Bernard. From the moment you check in at a reception desk, it`s obvious that this is going to be a BodyHoliday for all the senses.
The second edition of Bernard Burt’s definitive guidebook - 100 Best Spas of the World features 25 new destinations, plus day spas in London, Miami, and Los Angeles, and is now available on Amazon or from The Globe Pequot Press. Based in Washington, DC, Burt was founding director of the International Spa Association (ISPA) in 1990, helping set standards for the industry worldwide. He is featured columnist in ‘Healing Lifestyles & Spas’ magazine as well as industry publications ‘Spa
Management Journal’ and ‘ISPA Pulse’.