CARIBLUE BEACH, St. Lucia -- A resort whose innovative focus
centers on rejuvenation, well-being and a five-star standard of
service could be what clients need and want right now, given the
recent tragic events in the U.S.
Agents already account for more than 90% of bookings at the
154-room Body Holiday at LeSport (formerly called LeSport), set on
18 acres and 300 yards of beach at the northwest tip of St.
Craig L. Barnard, managing director of SunSwept Resorts, which
also comprises inclusive, couples-only Rendezvous on St. Lucia and
LaSource on Grenada, described Body Holiday as a "highly
personalized vacation experience."
"We tell our guests to give us their bodies for a week and and
we'll give them back their minds," he said.
emphasized that the resort's "one-on-one designer program of
rejuvenation was invented here."
"Many resorts have spas, but our focus is the restoration of
well-being," he said.
Whether a guest wants to lose weight, reduce stress, learn
nutrition and proper diet, improve a golf game, take some classes,
be pampered, get toned or some of each, the resort offers the
"Every guest has different needs and wants," said Michael
Bryant, director of marketing.
"Our guests have the opportunity to design their own
The collaboration by a guest and resort specialists, who number
more than 60, starts prior to the guest's arrival via Web site
consultations at www.thebodyholiday.com.
Guests can pick their classes, treatments, schedules, free time and
even their robe sizes before they arrive.
These elements can be readjusted once they are at the
Included in the Body Holiday vacation are accommodations; meals,
with four dining options; beverages, including wine at lunch and
dinner; land and water sports with instruction; fitness classes;
treatments at the on-site Oasis spa facility, and taxes and
Sports and fitness classes feature waterskiing, scuba, tennis,
archery and golf with unlimited greens fees and transfers to the
nearby 18-hole course.
Off-site soft adventure excursions feature Piton hikes, turtle
watches and river walks.
Spa treatments range from aromatherapy to massages, facials,
restorative beauty and seaweed wraps.
Also offered are classes in stress management, Tai Chi, yoga and
the services of a personal trainer.
"Guests can get into shape and have fun at the same time,"
More than 90% of guests do just that and combine the
personalized rejuvenation program with resort activities.
The property is adding two more tennis courts and a labyrinth
walk this fall.
The walk was described by Bryant as a "therapeutic, reflective
place to stop and think."
A dietician recently joined the staff, adding a heart-healthy
cuisine approach to Tao, Cariblue and the Club House
The 130,000-square-foot stand-alone Oasis spa facility can
handle up to 1,200 treatments a day at full capacity.
Guest rooms have no televisions, but the resort has one
wide-screen TV for sporting events and offers e-mail access for
Most rooms have ocean views, a terrace or patio, four-poster
beds, a refrigerator and marble or tile baths.
Several rooms are set aside for single guests and offer