The BodyHoliday resort in St. Lucia has always had a holistic approach to vacationing. That means engaging all the senses—especially your sense of taste. So it’s only natural that along with its nutritious and delicious cuisine made from fresh local ingredients, the resort has introduced a full wine program directed by sommelier Shawn LaRue, who comes to the Caribbean from California’s Napa Valley.
Truly educated wine lovers will be impressed by the wine cellar’s diversity and breadth. Naturally, the major producers are well-represented on a wine list that includes all the major Champagne houses as well as classic selections from the world’s great wine-producing regions. Yet there are plenty of surprises to delight the connoisseur, such as carefully chosen small-batch wines from exclusive and boutique vineyards.
We know from experience that the beautiful views of the beach and mountains, and the superb treatments offered at the resort’s spa, have the ability to awaken your senses in pleasing and surprising ways. And because this is lovely, laid-back St. Lucia, The BodyHoliday’s approach to wine is easy and relaxed, based on pure enjoyment. So when you begin to sample selections from The BodyHoliday’s newly expanded wine cellar the aroma and flavor will reveal nuances you might not have experienced before. Pair them with the resort’s flavorful Caribbean-influenced cuisine and you’re in for a real treat.
In the Wine Salon adjacent to the resort’s lovely Cariblue restaurant and Piano Bar you can enjoy a full-flight wine tasting paired with cheese, fruit, or smoky gourmet pizzas from the stone oven. Even if you can’t tell a Cabernet from a Chardonnay, you’ll feel comfortable in the company of the resort’s knowledgeable wine stewards, who will answer your questions and guide you to an enhanced appreciation of the “fruit of the vine.” Guests with greater knowledge of wine can request a blind or double-blind (served in opaque stemware) tasting to challenge their palates and broaden their experience.
What Do You Think?
Is wine-tasting a must-do activity for you? Comment below. And, if you’d like assistance planning a total sensory experience vacation at The BodyHoliday in St. Lucia, contact Ultimate Jet Vacations at 1-800-231-4095.
—Emma Sandoval for Ultimate Jet Vacations