Why You Need To Take A VIDA Vacation
By Mekita Rivas, VIDA editor and member
Sun, fun, and fitness. Sound like your idea of a good time? Us too! That’s why we’re so excited about our first-ever VIDA Vacation in St. Lucia at The BodyHoliday resort, taking place from Wednesday, May 16 to Sunday, May 20. Our exclusive package includes:
- Luxury accommodations at The BodyHoliday St. Lucia for four nights
- Choice of four group fitness, boot camp, cycle, and yoga classes per day led by VIDA instructor superstars Chris Parkison and Colleen Palomaa
- Unlimited fitness classes led by The BodyHoliday fitness team
- Unlimited food and beverages (including alcohol, and bars open at 10 a.m. — we checked!)
- One complimentary spa treatment per day (including day of arrival or day of departure)
- $100 resort credit per stay, per room (cannot be applied to room fee)
- 30-minute BodyScience or nutrition consultation
- 30-minute private fitness session
If you’re intrigued and already daydreaming about sunshine, piña coladas, and beachside fitness classes, we caught up with Chris to learn more about the VIDA Vacation and why it’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss.
Where did the idea for the VIDA Vacation come from?
I’m a yoga teacher by trade, and I’ve taken a lot of trips for yoga retreats. When I first started doing yoga teacher training, a lot of people said, “You know, I can’t do this yoga teacher training with you. It’s too much time for me to dedicate, but if you did a retreat, I’d go with you.” So I thought, “OK, well maybe I’ll start doing a retreat.”
How is the VIDA Vacation different from other fitness retreats?
There are plenty of retreats where you go down to Mexico — down to Tulum — and you eat organic food and you do two yoga classes a day. Or you go to Honduras or Costa Rica, places like that. I thought to myself, “Well that’s pretty standard, right? But what about this would make it VIDA specific?” So I contacted one of our cycle instructors who runs a travel package agency. I said that I needed a place where people can not only do yoga, but they can also do cycle classes, group fitness classes, and boot camps. I also needed a place where there’s a gym so that people can actually get the whole fitness package instead of just having two yoga classes a day.
What else makes the VIDA Vacation unique?
They have a group fitness studio with all the toys and gadgets you need for a group fitness class. Then more importantly, because VIDA also has a spa at every club location, every VIDA Vacation package sold includes a free spa treatment every day. I thought this is perfect. Every other place that you go to — if you go to Tulum, for example — they offer spa treatments there, but you have to pay extra. Sometimes those spa treatments are $120-150 a pop. Over a four- or five-day vacation, you end up spending an extra $750 on top of the $2,000 you already spent. For the same price, with the VIDA Vacation package you get — in my opinion — a lot more. You get everything that VIDA does, only it’s in St. Lucia. That was kind of my idea.
So let’s talk numbers, how much does it all cost?
There are two room options: The first one is a double room and that’s an ocean-view room. It overlooks the ocean, you have a balcony, you can leave the windows open, and you can hear the ocean at night. That’s for two people and each person in the room pays $1,850. If you want to go by yourself, we can pair you with a roommate when you go down there. The second option, which is a garden-view room, overlooks the garden. And that’s a single option for $2,070. [Everything that’s included in that price is what’s listed above.] The only other thing you have to purchase is your plane ticket.
What are you most looking forward to about the VIDA Vacation?
I’m excited about teaching classes outside. I love teaching classes outside, underneath the sun and the trees. It’s just a great way to relax — you can hear the ocean in the background. I’m looking forward to teaching classes out there. For me, that’s something special. I’m also excited to have a group of people go and just have an awesome time with them. VIDA prides itself on being a community, and this is a perfect way for people in the VIDA community to vacation together — and we’ve done all the work for them!
You can sign up for the VIDA Vacation at any VIDA location or through MINDBODY under the “Enrollments” tab. For more information, contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org or Colleen at email@example.com.