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The Joy of Wellness

Four words that capture the essence of the BodyHoliday concept. Critically acclaimed as one of the best destination spas in the world, BodyHoliday is a vacation/holiday experience first. The clue is in our name! Our wellness offerings are about choices and choosing a path suitable for you.

Our Mantra is “Balance, Not Abstinence”.

Fun and enjoying the company of like-minded kindred spirits, are ingredients you do not always find at wellness centres. Feeling good is joyous. Humour, laughter and having a smile on your face cannot be bottled and served to order. There is just an unquestionable je ne sais quois at BodyHoliday that makes it happen.

 “Joy” highlights all our activities, treatments, journeys and programmes as seen through

The Joy of Movement, The Joy of Mindfulness, The Joy of Nature, The Joy of Balance,

The Joy of Connection and The Joy of Relaxation.

An 8 Minute Read…

The Joy of Movement

Scientific research shows that when you move, you alter your mental state. The powerful combination of endorphins – chemical messengers giving a natural high – and BNDF (brain-derived neurotrophic factors) – a protein that repairs and protects the brain – makes for fantastic medicine, making you happier.

Highlighted activities on offer in this category include Caribbean DanceFit, Zumba, AquaFit, Yoga and Tai Chi, as well as Jive June and SwimFit (November) theme months.

Mindfulness meditation

The Joy of Mindfulness 

Psychologists worldwide agree that meditation is the most robust mental practice to reset joy levels, with studies showing a thickening in specific brain layers, relieving stress and pressure.

Many mindful activities are on offer at BodyHoliday, including Yoga, yogic stress counselling, cyclic meditation for stress management, five senses meditation, chanting, sunset stretch over the ocean and introduction to breathwork; and for a longer programme, try the Pre-Christmas Restorative Break. 

The Joy of Nature

Being surrounded by nature has been proven to reduce stress. What you are seeing, hearing and experiencing at any moment changes your mood and how your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are working. A natural environment reduces blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension and boosts your immune system.

There is a range of immersive activities, from kayaking, snorkelling and diving to hiking the Pitons, some of the most stunning scenery in the West Indies, and dining amidst the rainforest at BodyHoliday’s farm-to-table restaurant, I-TAL.

A girl performing a Yoga stance on one leg

The Joy of Balance

Balance is our Keyword – you won’t find only strict regimes here but an approach that reflects the ebbs and flows of real life, enabling long-term change. You are encouraged to enjoy fine-dining side by side with healthy eating. Ayurveda, which promotes balance and preventative measures for long term gain, also plays a significant role at Bodyholiday.

Lifestyle planning and management are just as important as physical strength, with dosha analysis to understand your personality type, nutrition coaching and lifestyle analysis all being important steps to achieving joy through a balanced lifestyle. The month of October is dedicated to the balance restoring practice of Yoga: Octoba Yoga.  

The Joy of Connection

It’s not rocket science to understand that connection with other humans is fundamental to happiness. Satisfying relationships are also associated with better physical health and longer lifespans. Right from the beginning of the BodyHoliday journey, this was always understood. A fundamental part of the holiday design is geared toward fostering camaraderie and bonhomie.

We dedicate September to solo travel, “September Solos”, where organised events and communal dining further facilitate this vital part of life. In the summer, “WellFit Families” provides the perfect platform for families to reconnect through activity, sport and togetherness.

Two friends watching the sunset together at BodyHoliday St Lucia
Mindfulness meditation

The Joy of Relaxation

There are days when it is OK to focus only on you. A day filled with relaxation will positively impact your mental health. It will combat your daily stressors and lead to a more joyous life. Massage in all its forms increases your stock of Dopamine and Serotonin, AKA the “Joy Hormones”. To that end, every guest is given a therapeutic treatment every day of their holiday, included in the price.

Other treatments highlighted in this category include Synchronised Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Serenity Massage and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage.