Relaxin’ To The Max

More African Americans are finding that active vacations are key to total relaxation, and what better place than the Caribbean?

most water sports is available, as are cycling, fencing, archery and hiking. Golf at a nearby nine-hole course and on-site golf school are included.

LeSport’s sister resort is LaSource on Pink Gin Beach in Grenada. For both resorts, the Body Holiday package includes all activities, spa treatments, food, entertainment, ground transfers, taxes and gratuities. Per person daily rates start at $225 double occupancy at LeSport, and $220 at LaSource.

Couples looking for luxury and romance can find both at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa (800-SANDALS) in Nassau, Bahamas. Work up a sweat at the state of the art fitness center or lose yourself in a deep sea mud bath at the spa. Roman baths, Swedish massage, herbal wraps and cellulite treatments are among the services available, plus there is an extensive menu of skin care and salon treatments. Spa guests can also benefit from a personal trainer, fitness evaluation and amenities such as an in-room massage for an additional fee.

To get away from the frolic of Cable Beach, guests can take a ferry to Sandals’ off-shore semi-private island for sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming in the freshwater pool. Greens fees and transportation to nearby Cable Beach Golf Club are part of the package. Prices start at . spa treatments. per couple for two nights and include everything except spa treatments.
PHOTO (COLOR): Pamper yourself with a facial at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and Spa

Even if you don’t want a resort that specializes in spa retreats, getting closer to nature may be just as soothing.

The smallest U.S. Virgin Island is St. John, where eco-tourism is making its mark. Here guests have choice hiking trails, panoramic vistas, beachfront camping and snuba, a watersport that combines the best of snorkeling and scuba diving.

One of the newest eco-tourism resorts to settle on St. John is Concordia Eco-tents (800-392-9004). Located on the more arid south side of the island, these tent-cottages combine economy, a close-to-nature experience and modern conveniences such as private baths and fully- equipped kitchens with running water. Each canvas-walled unit sleeps up to six people in two twin beds and a queen-sized sofa bed. There is a dining area and large screened windows that overlook the sea. The cost is $60 per couple, and $15 for each additional person. There is no minimum stay, but it is recommended that guests book the tent about three months in advance and rent a car to get around. It’s a 20-minute walk down to the beach or a two-minute ride by car. The nearby town of Coral Bay has restaurants, shopping, entertainment, island tours and water sports such as snuba. St. John is the only Caribbean island to offer the sport. Even non-swimmers and children can walk over the colorful coral reefs with snuba, making this a great family activity. Tours leave Trunk Bay on the north side, and follow St. John’s fascinating scuba/scuba trail.

Whatever vacation you choose, take time out to rest, reflect and renew.

Lounging’s OK, but there’s lots more to do

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