Virtuoso Traveler 2019 February Saint Lucia: Work Out or Hardly Move?

Saint Lucia: Work Out or Hardly Move?

Piton views from a private plunge pool at Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort.
Piton views from a private plunge pool at Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort.
Photo by Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort 
Create your own definition of island time on a Caribbean retreat.

For some, a wellness vacation is all boot camps and egg-white frittatas; for others, it’s the beach club and a good book. Chicago-based Virtuoso travel advisor Stephen Scott has a recommendation that will please all types of peace seekers: “Saint Lucia is the perfect mix of jungle and ocean,” he says. “You can find just what you need, whether that’s relaxation or an adrenaline rush.” The lush island nation champions the laid-back lifestyle the Caribbean is known for, but myriad pursuits can also keep active-minded travelers happy: Explore rain-forest-covered interiors, visit a cocoa plantation, or scuba dive off the coast. Saint Lucia’s twin Piton peaks – the destination’s most significant physical features – are a can’t-miss, says Scott, who suggests a half-day snorkeling excursion near the UNESCO-designated wonders. “The approach by boat is breathtaking,” he raves. “The marine life is incredible, and you’ll be in awe at how close you get to these grand icons.”

Spin class at BodyHoliday Saint Lucia. 
Spin class at BodyHoliday Saint Lucia. 

Work Out

Travelers sprint to the all-inclusive, 155-room BodyHoliday Saint Lucia on the northwest coast for wellness retreats customized with the help of an on-site Ayurvedic doctor. Pack your program with as much as you’d like: scuba diving, spin classes, sailing, organic-cooking lessons, and even an island quadrathlon. A recent multimillion-dollar renovation refreshed guest rooms and added a new sushi bar and a revamped spa.

Hardly Move

You’ll find prime soak-up-the-sun real estate at Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, set smack-dab between the velvety-green Pitons. Peak views come with all of the 96 whitewashed rooms and villas, and private plunge pools and walled gardens create a sense of complete seclusion. Leave your cozy confines for a coconut-milk massage in one of the Rainforest Spa’s tree-house treatment rooms, then nab a thatch-covered lounger by the water. “Sugar Beach is one of the Caribbean’s calmest stretches of sand,” Scott says.

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