Now granted, I’ve been a bit sheltered in my life to this point. I’m from the U.S., and the only other country I’ve been to before now was Canada. I have been to another tropical paradise (Maui, twice), but that’s, of course, still one of the states! After a week at the BodyHoliday, I just can’t imagine a place in the world I’d rather be. I’m sure there are resorts that are better in individual areas. But considering the entire package offered by the BodyHoliday and the price point, I’m convinced it’s hard to beat. I can just say that for me (43 years old) and my wife (a few years older :-)), this was easily the most enjoyable week of our lives!
The resort and location were absolutely gorgeous. The facilities were well maintained, the grounds well groomed and well appointed with beautiful plants and flowers, and everything was perfectly clean. We were in a Luxury Ocean Front room, and the view of Cariblue beach from the balcony was stunning. The room itself was very nice. I’ve been in better, but it was certainly nothing to complain about. The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom was big, and the Wi-Fi worked perfectly. And falling asleep to the soothing sounds of waves crashing against the shore wasn’t bad either!
The entire staff was incredibly attentive and friendly. Starting with the lemon spritzer we were given upon arrival, to the patient activities folks teaching us to kayak, sail and water ski, to the huge number of food servers who were always available and willing to assist. All the activities were well organized and well led. In terms of drink service, it was generally no more than a few minutes before a server came after I raised my red drink flag at the pool or on the beach. And what a great idea that drink flag is! I also want to mention the concierge, who organized a “happy anniversary cake” at Tao after learning we were celebrating our 20th anniversary. That helped score some points with my wife :-). And last but not least, I couldn’t believe how often the housekeepers visited our room. Once per day to clean, once per day to turn down our sheets and leave tea at night, and twice during our visit they left a delicious tray of hors d'oeuvres in the early evening! They also replenished the champagne, Cokes and water in the fridge.
The food was varied and delicious. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of options at Cariblue for each meal (lunch and dinner), both healthy and sinful. The changing ethnic focus for lunch each day was also fun, including American. I was skeptical that American food would be interesting, but it was really great, from the Chicago-style hot dogs to the barbeque pork. Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed everything I ate during the week. There was even a lunch where we decided to grab something quick at the deli, and what an awesome chicken wrap that was! But the icing on the cake was Tao. We managed to eat there 3 times during the week, and what a treat. The atmosphere was wonderful and the food was fabulous. A dessert not to miss is the chocolate fondant! The new offering called Windows was also a lot of fun. It was tapas-style, and I was initially concerned that the small plates wouldn’t fill me up. But it certainly did, and every dish was delicious.
How many all-inclusive resorts include a daily spa treatment? Not many…and what a great spa this was. Every massage I had was excellent, including the full body, the hand and foot, and the spice combo. And it was such a relaxing atmosphere. After each treatment we lounged by the pool enjoying an orange iced tea. And you can’t beat the view of the ocean out the front door! I’ve seen reviews complaining about the walk up the stairs to the spa. And yes, it was a bit of a challenge, more so for my wife. But the elevation was the reason for the great views, and after all the food I ate during the week, I felt like I needed to earn my massage! It really didn’t bother me at all.
And because nothing is ever perfect, the one negative I’ll mention was the air conditioning problem in the spa. A subset of rooms (not sure how many) did not have AC the entire week. And my understanding is that the problem started weeks before we arrived. Hopefully they’ll resolve that soon, if they haven’t already.
You can do as much or little as you want at the BodyHoliday, and we did both! We lounged on the beach for hours, I joined the morning walk each day (challenging but great views, and a nice way to see other parts of the island), I water skied every day, we sailed on a Hobie Cat, I learned archery, and we kayaked a couple of times. But the absolute most fun I had was snorkeling. I was out there every day, multiple times a day. We also snorkeled at Anse Chastanet during a private excursion to Soufriere. We were told Anse Chastanet was one of the best snorkeling spots on the island, but Cariblue was easily better. I'm not sure if it was the time of year or what, but I'm not complaining. The sunset cruise was one of the highlights of the trip as well. Gorgeous views, good food and non-stop drinks!
I’ve never posted a travel review before this one, but the BodyHoliday earned it. I’ve been home for 6 weeks now and still think about our stay every day. I can’t wait to go back! I hear the 21st wedding anniversary is significant and may necessitate a return trip :-).
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