I Went on a Super-Fancy 3-Day Wellness Retreat and Turned Into Gwyneth Paltrow


The BodyHoliday

On Wednesday, November 9, the day after Donald Trump was elected to be our nation's 45th president, I hopped on a plane and left the country. All right, so maybe I had been planning the trip abroad for over a month and going overseas was totally unrelated, but I had to laugh at the sight of all the eager faces boarding an international flight that day.

I was on my way to The BodyHoliday in St. Lucia, a super-swanky all-inclusive resort where celebrities like the late Amy Winehouse, NFL player Randy Moss, and several other A-listers (whose names couldn't be revealed for privacy reasons) have stayed to detox and unplug.

The resort boasts the slogan "Give us your body for a week, and we'll give you back your mind"—a pretty tall order, if you ask me. And since I would only be staying for three days, I wondered just how much of my mind I'd be getting back. (Spoiler: a lot.)

The trip began in a chopper ride in the pouring rain to the resort over the mountains in St. Lucia. "Is this safe?" I asked the pilot. He assured me it was, though he did take a sharp turn at one point when we hit a wall of white clouds and zero visibility. My hands were sweating so much you could have wrung them out.

When we finally got to the resort, I was quickly ushered to my room to drop off my luggage before a 5 p.m. "wellness experience" of my choice. As soon as I entered the room, I was stunned by the incredible balcony view of the ocean but simultaneously a bit bummed there was no television. (I was on a gorgeous island with a white sand beach right outside my door, but I was concerned with how I'd be able to watch Bravo and other mind-numbing television shows…) I shrugged it off and made my way over to the pavilion for an Ayurvedic back massage, whatever that was—it just sounded nice to me on paper.

This press trip was paid for by The BodyHoliday. Editors' opinions are their own.

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