If you’re looking to tailor-make your dream spa break without compromising the needs of the rest of your travelling companions, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort on the island of St Lucia is the perfect place to ‘Zen Out’, chill out and warm your bones as you bask in some winter sun.
The accommodation at Windjammer Landing is situated on a precipitous 60-acre hillside estate on the north side of St Lucia. Made up of individual whitewashed villas, it has the feeling of an upscale Mediterranean village, with the advantage that the resort and amenities are all situated on a private, golden sanded, palm tree lined cove.
Before I tell you about the spa, I have to tell you about THE VILLA. Villa 504, to be precise. This had the ‘wow factor’ in spades. The three story, two bedroom, two bathroom villa literally took my breath away. I opened the balcony doors to an awe-inspiring view of the cobalt blue sea beyond, yachts swaying in the wind as they sailed on by. I looked down to see our very own, gorgeous private swimming pool on the lower level, and the middle balcony sported a large comfy seating area from which we could watch the magnificent sunsets.
Superbly equipped with a fully fitted kitchen, two iPod docking stations, lots of different seating areas and lush gardens, I fantasised about living here permanently, whilst on the other hand feeling a twinge of guilt that we had this huge place all to ourselves.
The main reason I chose Windjammer Landing was its new 5* purpose built spa. Whilst my other half, the triathlete, prefers to hit the gym, I prefer a more holistic approach to my holiday: a full relaxation regime. The therapists at Windjammer are so thrilled with their new spa that they got together and designed their own set of signature treatments. The Signature Massage, an understatement that keeps on delighting, is without a doubt the best spa treatment I’ve ever encountered, anywhere in the world.
The treatment started off with a beautiful herbal drink, made with detox herbs and local fruit extract. Fresh face towels – soaked in the spa’s signature blend of bergamot, lavender, sandalwood and grapefruit – were then given to me to refresh my hands and face.
The introduction to my spa experience completed, my therapist Gale led me into the cosiest candlelit room, where I was guided to soak my feet in warm water carefully infused with their signature oils. She then proceeded to exfoliate and moisturise my hands and feet. Lying on the bed, Gale tapped her way down my back with little bamboo ‘drum sticks’, before proceeding to give me the massage of a lifetime. She expertly performed a full body mas-sage, using a seamless combination of hot oil, warmed bamboo and hot stones. Easing away a winter of aches, pains and tension, she blended in reflexology to home in on those areas that needed a little extra attention.
The treatment also included an acupressure facial massage. Who knew that one could draw so much pleasure from having their eye sockets massaged? As my eyes rolled into the back of my head, Gale graduated to a blissful Indian Head Massage. The treatment was then finished with more herbal drinks and a chill-out in the calming relaxation area. Whilst the literature says that this is an 80-minute treatment, all in all I was in there for nearly two hours. Bonus!
Gale told me that the team are so grateful that their management built the spa for them that they plan to treat them to an evening of pampering to say thank you – now that’s a fine example of happy staff resulting in happy customers. I left feeling not only pampered and blissed out but totally inspired too.
The resort offers an impressive range of holistic classes including sunset yoga, full moon yoga, paddle board yoga, tai chi on the deck at sunset and relaxation and meditation classes. For those looking for a little more exertion, there are two Astroturf tennis courts, a range of water sports, five swimming pools and a new fully equipped gym. Of course, one can also flop in the over-water sea hammocks in Labrelotte Bay and ponder what their next spa treatment will be.
Need to know
Take your time. Decide which villa you would like to stay in as there is so much variety, from a Beach or Estate Villa to an Ocean View. Get in touch with the team and discuss your preferences; they’re more than happy to help!
Leave the Louboutins at home! There’s no way you’ll make it down the hill in them without reliving that famous ‘Naomi moment’! Mini busses shuttle guests between the amenities and villas which means the accommodation is set back in a more peaceful rural setting.
Windjammer Landing has a number of dining options from a snack at Embers beach bar, a romantic dinner at the Upper Deck, a pizza at Papa Don’s Taverna or even in-villa private dining prepared by the resort’s chefs, which gives you endless choices and plenty of variety.
Find out more about Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort by visiting their website here.
Carolyn is the founder and CEO of women’s business travel network www.maiden-voyage.com