How a trip to St. Lucia totally transformed my definition of wellness

I checked in to The Harbor Club, and checked out with a new sense of self.
St. Lucia The Harbor Club Hotel Review

After almost two years of Zoom, WFH then not (then WFH again) and total uncertainty, the idea of travelling overseas felt like a distant dream. But then I boarded a plane to St. Lucia.

I had the opportunity of staying at The Harbor Club St. Lucia, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. The stylish hotel is situated on the north side of the island overlooking Rodney Bay marina. After being greeted with a rum punch (and thinking, quite frankly, things already couldn't get any better), I was taken to my room. Located on the ground floor, the King swim-up room felt totally luxurious and exclusive. It included a private patio and direct swim-up access to the pool. As a bonus: my jet-lag-self highly appreciated the Nespresso machine and pillowy-soft robes.

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I unpacked and went to explore the hotel, though obviously I already knew every single corner after hours of stalking their Instagram. With the sunbathing deck and tiered infinity pools overlooking the marina, it quickly became my favourite spot to watch the sunset while having a cocktail (or three) at the pool bar. 

Is there a spa?

Yes, and what a spa it is. With the rise in natural ingredient wellness experiences, the treatments located at the Harbor Club spa take the concept to a new level. Their mantra: using locally-sourced, natural ingredients. Keiya and Vincentia, the (super fun to be around) masseuses, reinvent the treatments based on local festivities in the Saint Lucian calendar, making the spa experience unique and exciting for both the masseuses and customers alike. In October, St. Lucians celebrate Jounen Kwéyòl, a month of dance, cuisine, music, art and other cultural expressions - in consonance with the festivity the ingredients used in the treatments were coconut oil and avocado, as a celebration to the Island’s spirit. An absolutely must-do is the coconut full body scrub, based on coconut oil and brown cane sugar - both ingredients sourced locally from small-scale producers. It’s going to sound cliché but I felt like my skin had been brought back to life. The experience definitely changed my perception on the way I was approaching my skincare.

What’s in The Harbor Club for foodies?

As a good Spaniard I’m a food lover, so that’s why I was stoked when I found out there are 5 restaurants inside of the hotel. We loved having all types of breakfast and lunch options at Julia’s and its comfort cuisine, chatting with Ricardo while trying his delicious market street sushi (made right in front of your eyes), or finishing the day with a stoned-fired pizza from the dockside pizzeria. But our favourite food experience was at 14º North and its Asian-Caribbean Fusion cuisine. With the all-inclusive option most of the dishes are included in the price, which feels like a-must as every single one of them is worth trying (and repeating). 

What else is there to do in St. Lucia?

St. Lucia is rich in life, food, and traditions and the Harbor Club is a perfect place to explore the island. I grabbed my suncream (skin protection above everything) and headed out for a wander. A wealth of amenities are available just a short stroll from the hotel, including the Bay Walk Mall (with duty-free shopping to boot) and Reduit Beach with its golden sands and numerous beach bars. If you want a one stop shop for culture, locals also highly recommended the “Jump-Up” in Gros Islet, a pop up street party where the residents of Gros Islet fire up their barbecues, set up table-top bars in the streets, and get ready to welcome revellers to a night of eating, drinking and dancing. Although “jump-ups” all over the island have been postponed temporarily due to Covid these absolutely CANNOT be missed once they spin back up again.

If you’re looking for activities, St Lucia is an island just waiting to be explored, no matter what your taste. If you feel you’ve spent just a little too long relaxing (thought no one, ever), I can recommend heading over to Rainforest Adventures, a short taxi ride from the hotel, where you can get the heart really pumping on the Adrena-line canopy tour, as you zipline from platform to platform through the rainforest (not for the faint-hearted, however the instructors are brilliant and will ensure you have an absolute ball). If you’re looking for something more chill, you can opt for the Aerial Tram and learn about the local flora, keep your eyes peeled for parrots! Head a bit further afield, South to the The Soufriere Volcano, where you can learn all about the volcano and take a dive in the rejuvenating Mud Baths, which relieve everything from sun burns, eczema, arthritis and sore joints.

To see more of the endless lushness St Lucia has to offer, stop by the Diamond Botanical Gardens, where a knowledgeable guide will talk you through the wide variety of the plant and animal life this rainforest wonder has to offer. If your lockdown-acquired house plants are still alive, you’ll come back realising what they’re supposed to look like! As a chocolate-obsessed person, I couldn’t miss visiting the Fond Doux plantation. We took part on the Chocolate Heritage Tour and got a hands-on view on the entire organic chocolate making process (and even got to make our own bar!). The beans are all grown on-site and the experience completely transformed my appreciation for chocolate.

It’s been a week since I got back and I can still feel the positive impact, both in my body and mood, that St. Lucia had on me. This trip has been a radical change in what wellness means to me, and cannot wait to come back.

When it comes to covid safety, both the local protocols and the hotel take it super seriously. We had daily temperature checks, masks were mandatory and hygiene protocols were applied at bars, restaurants, taxis etc. We felt safe and comfortable at every moment. 

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How to book a stay at the Harbor Club:

A seven-night stay at the Harbor Club, Curio Collection by Hilton, Saint Lucia starts from just £1,074* per person. This price is based on two adults sharing an Island View Room on a bed and breakfast basis (£1,996* per person on an all-inclusive basis), when departing on 17 January 2022. Direct economy flights from London Gatwick and in resort transfers are also included.

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Direct flights can be booked with: British Airways; TUI; or Virgin Atlantic.