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A Solo Vacation Guide to StolenTime

Embarking on a solo adventure is not just a journey; it’s a profound exploration of self-discovery and a celebration of individuality. We unfold the enchanting tale of a solo traveller’s meticulously crafted itinerary at StolenTime, where time seems to pause, and the rhythm of the island harmonises with the soul’s desire for solitude.

8:00 a.m. – Buffet breakfast at the Terrace

Having breakfast alone at a resort can be a truly enriching experience, offering myriad benefits that contribute to a sense of personal well-being and tranquillity. Firstly, it provides a moment of solitude and reflection amidst the often hectic pace of travel. In the peaceful ambience of a resort dining area, one can savour their morning meal at their own pace, allowing for a gentle transition into the day ahead. This solitary time offers an opportunity to centre oneself, set intentions for the day, and engage in mindful eating, which can enhance overall mindfulness and satisfaction with the dining experience.

10:00 a.m. – Yoga Foundation

Attending a yoga class at StolenTime offers a multitude of benefits that cater to both the body and mind, making it an ideal addition to any traveller’s itinerary. Firstly, amidst the hustle and bustle of travel, yoga provides a sanctuary of tranquillity and mindfulness. StolenTime’s yoga classes typically take place in a serene and well-appointed beach studio, allowing guests to escape the chaos of unfamiliar surroundings and immerse themselves in a calming atmosphere. Engaging in yoga amidst such peaceful surroundings not only aids in physical relaxation but also promotes mental clarity and emotional balance, helping travellers to unwind and centre themselves amidst the demands of their journey.

12:00 p.m. – Pool Volleyball

Pool volleyball offers a refreshing break from solitary relaxation, injecting a dose of fun and energy into the solo vacation itinerary. As participants dive, jump, and volley the ball across the shimmering pool waters, they engage in a dynamic form of exercise that promotes cardiovascular health, coordination, and agility. The invigorating nature of the game stimulates endorphin release, uplifting mood and reducing stress levels, thereby enhancing overall well-being. Additionally, the light-hearted nature of pool volleyball encourages laughter and playfulness, creating a carefree atmosphere where solo travellers can let loose, embrace spontaneity, and revel in the joy of living in the moment, ultimately contributing to a memorable and fulfilling vacation experience.

1:00 p.m. – Lunch at Malabar Beach Club

Malabar Beach Club is our “Toes in the Sand” restaurant offering a unique dining experience at the water’s edge. Enjoy lunch under an open sail roof, with furniture made from the local Samaan tree and driftwood. This inviting à la carte restaurant offers delicious light cuisine, using only the freshest local island ingredients and produce from the local farmers market.

2:00 p.m. – Hobie Cat Sailing

As a solo traveller seeking adventure and relaxation on vacation, Hobie Cat sailing offers a myriad of benefits that perfectly complement the spirit of your journey. Firstly, navigating the crystal-clear waters of exotic destinations such as Saint Lucia aboard a Hobie Cat allows you to immerse yourself fully in the natural beauty of your surroundings. With the wind in your sails and the sun on your skin, you’ll experience a profound sense of freedom and connection to the elements as you explore secluded coves, pristine beaches, and hidden gems inaccessible by land.

Moreover, Hobie Cat sailing is an exhilarating and accessible activity suitable for solo travellers of all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a novice enthusiast, the simplicity and versatility of the Hobie Cat make it easy to learn and master, ensuring an enjoyable experience for everyone. Additionally, the compact size of the Hobie Cat makes it ideal for solo adventurers, allowing you to navigate the waters independently and at your own pace. Whether you’re seeking a thrilling solo sail or a peaceful excursion to reconnect with nature, Hobie Cat sailing offers the perfect blend of adventure, serenity, and freedom for solo travellers on vacation.

4:00 p.m. – Sip and Paint under the Samaan Tree

Participating in a Sip and Paint session can be a therapeutic and enriching experience for solo travellers seeking relaxation and self-expression. Painting, combined with a glass of wine or a refreshing beverage, creates a relaxed and convivial atmosphere conducive to unwinding and tapping into one’s creativity. For solo travellers, it’s an opportunity to step out of their comfort zone, unleash their artistic potential, and revel in the joy of creating something beautiful. Additionally, the social aspect of these sessions provides a chance to meet like-minded individuals, fostering connections and friendships with fellow travellers or locals who share a passion for art and creativity. Ultimately, attending a Sip and Paint session as a solo traveller on vacation offers a blend of cultural immersion, relaxation, and social engagement, making it a rewarding and memorable experience.

5:00 p.m. – Sound Healing with Kay

Sound healing, a practice rooted in ancient traditions, harnesses the power of sound vibrations to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and restore balance to the mind, body, and spirit. By immersing yourself in this therapeutic experience, you’ll have the opportunity to release tension accumulated from travel and daily life, allowing you to fully embrace the present moment and connect with your inner self on a deeper level.

Away from the distractions of daily routines and obligations, you can fully surrender to the healing sounds and vibrations, allowing them to guide you on a journey of inner exploration and transformation. Whether you’re seeking clarity, emotional release, or simply a sense of inner peace, the gentle rhythms and harmonies of the sound healing session can serve as a catalyst for self-reflection and personal growth, leaving you feeling refreshed, inspired, and ready to continue your solo adventure with a renewed sense of vitality and purpose.

8:00 p.m. – Dinner at Thyme Restaurant

Step back in time at this elegant à la carte restaurant serving some of the finest foods and wines in St Lucia. At Thyme Restaurant, we set our tables with silver cutlery, damask linen and crystal glassware and matched them with attentive, professional service standards.
Our only indoor restaurant, the space is air-conditioned, carpeted and curtained to create a perfect ambience in which to enjoy a menu that is a fusion of tastes influenced by the best French and West Indian flavours. Choose from a tempting menu of signature dishes created by our master chef and take advantage of our sommelier’s guidance in selecting the ideal wines. Live classical guitar music completes the picture.

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Heart Healthy Month

Harmony in Motion

The Heart-Healthy Benefits of T’ai Chi at StolenTime

Finding moments of calm and tranquillity can be challenging in the hustle and bustle of our modern lives. However, an ancient practice provides a respite from the chaos and contributes significantly to maintaining a healthy heart rate – T’ai Chi. As we delve into Healthy Heart Month, there’s no better time to explore how the gentle movements of T’ai Chi at StolenTime can promote cardiovascular well-being.

The Essence of T’ai Chi

Gentle Aerobic Exercise

T’ai Chi, often called “meditation in motion,” is an ancient Chinese martial art that has evolved into a popular form of exercise and meditation. At StolenTime, the emphasis is on physical movement and cultivating a harmonious balance between the mind, body, and spirit.

T’ai Chi involves a series of slow, flowing movements and deep breathing exercises. While it may seem gentle, the practice engages multiple muscle groups, promoting flexibility, strength, and balance. Unlike high-intensity workouts, Tai Chi provides moderate aerobic exercise that is particularly beneficial for the heart.

Stress Reduction

Chronic stress can have detrimental effects on cardiovascular health. Tai Chi, focusing on mindfulness and breath control, acts as a powerful stress reducer. The slow, deliberate movements encourage participants to be present in the moment, fostering a sense of calm and tranquillity that directly impacts heart health.

Moreover, T’ai Chi has improved overall circulation by enhancing blood flow throughout the body. The deliberate and coordinated movements in T’ai Chi stimulate the cardiovascular system, promoting efficient heart function. Regular practice of T’ai Chi has been associated with improved cholesterol levels, particularly by reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, commonly referred to as “bad” cholesterol. The combination of stress reduction, improved circulation, and positive impacts on cholesterol levels makes T’ai Chi a holistic and effective approach for supporting a healthy heart.

T’ai Chi and Heart Health

Blood Pressure Management

High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for heart disease. Regular practice of T’ai Chi has been shown to help lower blood pressure levels. The controlled movements and relaxed breathing promote improved blood circulation, reducing strain on the heart and blood vessels.

Additionally, T’ai Chi has been shown to improve balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falls and injuries. This is particularly relevant for older individuals, as maintaining physical activity through T’ai Chi can contribute to overall heart health and prevent the development of cardiovascular issues associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

Improved Cardiovascular Fitness

T’ai Chi is a low-impact exercise that is accessible to people of all fitness levels. The gentle nature of the practice allows individuals with varying physical abilities to exercise regularly. As participants progress, they may experience improved cardiovascular fitness, contributing to a healthier heart rate.

Moreover, the anti-inflammatory effects of T’ai Chi contribute to a healthier cardiovascular system by mitigating inflammation, which is a known factor in the development of heart disease. Overall, the holistic approach of T’ai Chi to cardiovascular fitness makes it a valuable and accessible exercise option for individuals looking to improve heart health.

Enhanced Heart Rate Variability

Heart rate variability (HRV) measures the variation in time between heartbeats. Higher HRV is associated with better heart health. T’ai Chi has been linked to increased HRV, indicating improved autonomic nervous system function. This can positively affect the heart’s ability to adapt to changing conditions and stressors.

In addition to the physiological benefits, T’ai Chi’s emphasis on posture and body awareness further contributes to improved HRV. The slow, deliberate movements require precise body control and coordination, enhancing overall physical awareness. This heightened awareness extends to the cardiovascular system, allowing individuals to develop a greater sensitivity to the subtle changes in heart rate. The mind-body connection fostered by T’ai Chi promotes a more efficient and responsive autonomic nervous system, ultimately leading to improved HRV and cardiovascular health.

A Haven for Heart Health

StolenTime, with its serene ambience and expert instructors, provides the perfect environment for individuals to embrace the heart-healthy benefits of T’ai Chi. During Healthy Heart Month, the studio encourages everyone to prioritise cardiovascular well-being and discover the transformative power of this ancient practice.

Expert Advice

Our skilled on-site T’ai Chi Master – Edwin, is dedicated to creating a supportive and inclusive space for guests. He guides individuals through the art of T’ai Chi, ensuring proper form and technique for maximum benefit.

One key advantage is a skilled instructor’s personalised guidance and correction. T’ai Chi involves intricate movements and postures, and a teacher can offer valuable feedback on body alignment, balance, and breathing techniques. This personalised attention ensures that guests develop a solid foundation and perform the movements correctly, reducing the risk of injury and maximising the therapeutic effects of T’ai Chi.

Furthermore, a T’ai Chi master is a source of motivation and inspiration. Learning T’ai Chi can be challenging, especially for beginners who may struggle to grasp the art’s subtleties. A dedicated instructor imparts technical knowledge and encourages guests to persevere through the learning process. The teacher’s expertise and enthusiasm can foster a deeper appreciation for T’ai Chi, helping students stay committed to their practice and experience the holistic benefits of improved physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Participating in T’ai Chi classes at StolenTime offers more than just physical exercise. The sense of community fosters motivation and accountability, making it easier for individuals to establish and maintain a consistent practice. Shared experiences and collective encouragement create a supportive network for heart health.


Embracing Tai Chi During Healthy Heart Month

In a world that often seems to move at an unrelenting pace, finding moments of calm and prioritising heart health becomes paramount. T’ai Chi at StolenTime offers a sanctuary where individuals can embrace the ancient art of movement, mindfulness, and heart-healthy living. As we celebrate Healthy Heart Month, let us take a collective step towards better cardiovascular well-being, one gentle movement at a time. StolenTime beckons you to join the journey towards a healthier heart, promoting harmony in motion for a more balanced and fulfilling life.

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A Year of Wellness with StolenTime’s Theme Months in 2024

As we embark on the journey into the new year, StolenTime is delighted to unveil its exciting lineup of Theme Months for 2024, promising a year filled with rejuvenation, fitness, adventure, and tranquillity. Each month is carefully curated to cater to different aspects of well-being, offering our community a chance to embark on a transformative journey throughout the seasons. From the Pre-Xmas Restorative Break to the serene Octoba Yoga, let’s delve into the details of StolenTime’s Theme Months for 2024.

WellFit (April)

If you are ready to make a change to your health and wellbeing and the way you get fit and stay fit then our WellFit programme could be for you. These intensive training programmes aim to transform your body, attitude and approach to health and wellbeing. We aim to support and encourage you to help create a lasting change, to nail those goals and hit those objectives. WellFit is delivered by a range of world-class group fitness presenters, professional conditioning coaches and guest athletes who will help you develop a programme that will suit you and your body and help you get the most out of your holiday.

Spring Sail (May)

Indulge in the transformative experience of mastering the art of sailing while surrounded by the opulence of our resort. Our commitment to inclusivity ensures that there is something for everyone, regardless of prior experience or skill level. Whether you seek the thrill of competitive regattas or the tranquillity of introductory lessons, our Spring Sail program invites you to embark on a captivating journey of discovery, guided by the wisdom of the world’s best sailors. Join us and navigate the seas with confidence, knowing that your sailing adventure awaits in the embrace of our world-class amenities and unparalleled expertise.

Jive June (June)

Throughout the entire month of June 2024, a vibrant celebration of dance awaits, hosted by professional presenters. The intention behind this month-long dedication is to foster a collective enthusiasm for the joyous art of dance, transcending boundaries and encouraging everyone to partake in this delightful exercise. By immersing ourselves in the rhythm and movement, we aim not only to elevate our physical well-being but also to create an atmosphere where laughter becomes a natural companion to the dance. This dedicated month is a spirited invitation for all to embrace the beauty of dance, revel in its myriad forms, and find joy in the shared experience of movement and laughter. Join us in June as we dance our way into a month of shared celebration and well-being.

Summer Solos (August)

With the increased desire of many to enjoy “alone time” we have curated an unforgettable experience tailored to the preferences of solo and fitness travellers. Our commitment goes beyond just providing accommodation; we offer a dynamic array of entertainment and activities designed specifically with solo adventurers and fitness enthusiasts in mind.

Join us for our weekly social events, including the Solos cocktail reception and the mesmerising sunset cruises exclusively for solo travellers. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of live music at our weekly Beach Party or tap into your creative side with our regular Art and Craft classes. Explore local flavours and craftsmanship during our weekly market walks and cooking classes, creating lasting memories in the process.

Indulge in BeachFit, a programme designed for active travellers, with activities available five days a week. Take advantage of our Special Solos rates, ensuring that your solo experience is not only socially enriching but also exceptionally comfortable. Our Garden View rooms boast king-sized four-post beds with luxurious mattresses and pillows, guaranteeing a restful night’s sleep. The combination of bath and shower in the bathrooms provides added convenience, while the Classic Large French mullion glass doors lead to a ground-floor patio or upper-level balcony, both adorned with tasteful teak garden furniture. Nestled in a three-storey, Caribbean-style building, our rooms offer a blend of elegance and comfort.

Starting at a rate of just US$ 250.00 for single occupancy, our accommodations are not merely a place to stay, but a haven where solo and fitness travellers can thrive, rejuvenate, and create lasting connections. Experience the epitome of personalised hospitality at StolenTime, where every detail is meticulously crafted to enhance your solo adventure or fitness-focused getaway.

Octoba Yoga (October)

Throughout this special month, StolenTime undergoes a remarkable transformation into a truly restorative retreat, where every detail is thoughtfully designed to enhance the well-being of our guests. The serene ambience, coupled with the expertise of our international yoga presenters, creates an environment that fosters both physical and mental rejuvenation. Whether you are a novice seeking to understand the fundamentals or an expert looking to refine your practice, our diverse sessions and workshops cater to a spectrum of interests and abilities.

To complement the yoga experience, our Vedic food and beverage specials add a unique dimension to your journey. Indulge in a culinary exploration that aligns with the principles of Ayurveda, offering nourishment that supports overall wellness. Immerse yourself in a holistic approach that extends beyond the physical postures, encompassing mindfulness, breathwork, and meditation.

Pre-Xmas Restorative Break (December)

The Pre-Christmas restorative break at StolenTime isn’t just about escaping the stress of the holiday season; it’s about embracing a holistic approach to well-being that resonates long after the festive decorations are taken down. Our health and wellness experts have meticulously crafted this program to equip you with practical ideas, valuable insights, and transformative experiences that extend far beyond the holiday season. By choosing to embark on this journey with us, you’re not only preparing for Christmas but laying the groundwork for a future filled with balance, vitality, and lasting well-being. So, why merely react to the demands of the holiday season when you can proactively prepare for a life of enduring health and fulfilment at StolenTime?

StolenTime’s Theme Months for 2024 promise a rich tapestry of experiences, ensuring that each month offers a unique opportunity for self-care, growth, and connection. As we traverse through the Pre-Xmas Restorative Break, WellFit, Spring Sail, Jive June, Summer Solos, and Octoba Yoga, may each theme inspire you to prioritise your well-being and savour the beauty of every moment throughout the year. Join us in this journey of self-discovery and transformation as we embrace the seasons and celebrate the diverse facets of a balanced and fulfilling life.

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Healthy Supermarket Choices

Follow these three simple tips to make Healthy Supermarket Choices.

If you are trying to follow a healthy diet like me, a trip to the supermarket can be frustrating. Even though in 2023, the shelves have dramatically changed and now feature the inclusion of many organic and plant-based options, we still tread carefully as many of these are highly processed and not necessarily healthy. These ready-made plant-based “meat” substitutes are often not the most healthy supermarket choices.

And for the record, this article is not purely aimed at Vegetarians and Vegans. Lean meat and fish in your diet when consumed in a balanced diet can be very healthy.

Stick to the Perimeter

Most nutritious food choices high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber are located in the perimeter of the supermarket. This is where you will find fruits, vegetables, and lean cuts of meat. It is in the center aisles that we find the majority of the highly processed and packaged foods that are not ideal for our health. Make most of your healthy supermarket choices outside of the center isles. Imagine you are one of our chefs.

Healthy Supermarket Choices are based in part by Looking at the Ingredients.

While some people do actively look at the nutrition facts labels for fat content, carbs, and sugars on specific products, they sometimes forget to look at the actual ingredients that make up that product. Aim for food product choices that have five or less ingredients. If you see an ingredient list that looks like a page out of a novel it’s best to leave it and make an alternate choice.

Shop on a Full Stomach

It’s important that when we are doing our shopping that we don’t have an empty stomach and are craving something to eat. These are the times when you may find yourself putting less than ideal food choices into your trolley or cart. Those crisps look extra good, the chocolate cake is staring you in the face, and you are looking to grab everything and anything to eat to satisfy your hunger. Try and have a significant meal before your shopping or at the very least a snack to keep your hunger at bay.

So next time you are in the supermarket see if you can follow these three simple tips to ensure that you are making good healthy supermarket choices.

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Am I Drinking enough Water?

Drinking enough Water

Water is such a vital component to everyone’s health and fitness. You can go weeks without food but you will only last a few days without water. So what does water exactly do for us and am I drinking enough water.

It has many functions throughout the body, and every cell in the human body requires it. Some of the functions include the regulation of body temperature, protection of the body’s internal organs, as well as being a key component in digestion. Almost every system in your body requires water to function correctly and you need to know that you are drinking enough water every day.

Drinking enough water to avoid Dehydration

What are the signs you are dehydrated? Well if you find yourself very thirsty you are likely in a mild stage of dehydration. Symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration include dry mouth, thirst, dry skin, headache, and dizziness or being lightheaded.

Severe dehydration can be life threatening and medical attention should be an immediate priority. If you are not drinking enough water, you may develop symptoms of severe dehydration. These might include extreme thirst, confusion, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, and unconsciousness.

Calculate how much water you need.

How much water should you be drinking? I want to know I am drinking enough water so I need guidance. A good rule of thumb is to aim for ½ of your bodyweight (lbs.) in ounces. For example if I weigh 200 pounds, my daily intake for the day should be around 100 oz. of water. A positive indicator that you are well hydrated is the color of your urine. When you visit the restroom your urine should be mostly clear and very light yellow. If you notice a more dark yellow color chances are you are slightly dehydrated.

How about Exercise?

What about exercise? If you are an active person and find yourself doing an abundance of physical activity your water requirements may be more depending on how much you sweat.

An easy tool that you can use is an ordinary weight scale to measure your fluid loss. Here’s how. Weigh yourself before you begin to exercise and immediately after. For example, if I weigh 200 pounds before I begin my exercise and I weigh 198 pounds immediately afterwards I have lost 2 pounds of fluid that needs to be replaced. I did not lose fat or muscle during this time but water is the reason why my weight has dropped. So if we do a little simple math, there are 16 oz. in one pound, and if I lost 2 pounds that means I will need 32 oz. (16 oz. X 2) of fluid to return back to my normal hydration levels.

Optimum Water Intake

Water is an extremely important piece to keeping your body operating at its optimal level. So for those who neglect their daily water intake, let’s grab those bottles and fill them up! You may be surprised with the difference in the way you feel and how your fitness performance may improve.

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Savvy Traveller’s Guide: 11 Ways to Cut Costs When Travelling to Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia, with its lush landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant culture, is a Caribbean gem that beckons travellers from around the world. While it’s known for its luxurious resorts and idyllic beaches, visiting Saint Lucia doesn’t have to break the bank. With careful planning and some savvy strategies, you can explore this tropical paradise without emptying your wallet.

1. Plan Ahead and Be Flexible

The key to saving money on your Saint Lucia trip starts with thorough planning. Research and book your accommodations, flights, and activities well in advance. This way, you’ll have more time to compare prices, take advantage of early booking discounts, and secure the best deals. Additionally, consider being flexible with your travel dates. Saint Lucia’s prices can vary significantly depending on the time of year. Travelling during the off-peak season, typically from May to mid-December, can yield substantial savings compared to the peak tourist season.

2. Hunt for Affordable Flights

Finding budget-friendly flights to Saint Lucia is crucial for trimming your travel expenses. Here are some tips to help you find affordable airfare:

  • Use Fare Comparison Websites: Utilise flight comparison websites like Skyscanner, Google Flights, or Kayak to compare prices from different airlines and booking platforms. Set up fare alerts to monitor price fluctuations and snag deals when they appear.
  • Consider Nearby Airports: Be flexible with your departure and arrival airports. Sometimes, flying into or out of nearby airports can result in significant savings. For Saint Lucia, you might explore options like Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) and George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU).
  • Book Mid-Week Flights: Airlines tend to offer lower fares on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If your travel dates allow, aim to book flights during these mid-week days for potential savings.

3. Choose Affordable Accommodations

Boutique Resort accommodations like StolenTime, although they may seem more expensive up front, can actually help travellers save money in various ways. Firstly, resorts often bundle services and amenities into their package prices, which can provide excellent value. Many resorts include meals, activities, and entertainment in the overall cost, eliminating the need to spend extra money on dining out and entertainment options. This all-inclusive approach can result in significant savings, especially for families and couples looking to enjoy a variety of experiences without constantly reaching for their wallets.

4. Embrace Budget-Friendly Activities

While Saint Lucia offers a wide array of activities and attractions, not all of them come with a hefty price tag. Here are some budget-friendly ways to explore the island:

  • Hike the Pitons: Hiking the iconic Pitons—Gros Piton and Petit Piton—offers breathtaking views. Ensure you’re prepared with appropriate footwear, water, and sunscreen.
  • Consider Nearby Airports: Be flexible with your departure and arrival airports. Sometimes, flying into or out of nearby airports can result in significant savings. For Saint Lucia, you might explore options like Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) and George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU).
  • Relax on Public Beaches: Saint Lucia boasts several public beaches where you can sunbathe, swim, and enjoy the Caribbean waters without any entrance fees.
  • Explore Local Markets: Peruse local markets like Castries Market, where you can find handmade crafts, spices, and fresh produce. It’s an excellent opportunity for affordable souvenirs and cultural immersion.
  • Take Advantage of Free Events: Check the local event calendar for free cultural events, festivals, and performances happening during your stay.

5. Use Public Transportation

Renting a car in Saint Lucia can be expensive, and driving on the island’s winding roads can be challenging for some visitors. Consider using public transportation as a cost-effective alternative. Saint Lucia has a network of buses that can take you to various parts of the island, providing a more budget-friendly way to explore.

6. Travel Light and Avoid Excess Baggage Fees

To avoid unexpected fees at the airport, pack efficiently and within the weight limits allowed by your airline. Excess baggage fees can add up quickly and put a dent in your travel budget. Be mindful of the weight of your luggage and consider packing multi-purpose clothing items to reduce the number of outfits you need.

7. Exchange Currency Wisely

When exchanging currency, be cautious of unfavourable exchange rates and fees at airports and currency exchange kiosks. It’s often more cost-effective to withdraw cash in the local currency from ATMs or use credit cards that offer favourable exchange rates. Check with your bank regarding foreign transaction fees to minimise additional charges.

8. Stay Hydrated and Use Reusable Bottles

The West Indian sun can be a different experience to many, and purchasing bottled water throughout your trip can become expensive. Reduce costs and help the environment by bringing a reusable water bottle and filling it up with potable water from reliable sources, such as your accommodations or public fountains.

9. Take Advantage of Free Wi-Fi

To stay connected and avoid international roaming charges, utilise free Wi-Fi available at many hotels, restaurants, and cafés in Saint Lucia. Make use of messaging apps and Wi-Fi calling to stay in touch with loved ones without incurring additional costs.

10. Be Cautious with Souvenir Shopping

While it’s tempting to bring home souvenirs from your trip, be mindful of overspending. Set a budget for souvenir shopping and prioritise items that have sentimental value or cultural significance. Look for local artisans and markets where you can find unique and reasonably priced keepsakes.

11. Seek Local Advice

Engage with locals and fellow travellers to gather insider tips on budget-friendly activities, dining options, and hidden gems. Locals often know the best spots to experience the authentic culture of Saint Lucia without the tourist price tag.

Travelling to Saint Lucia on a budget is not only possible but also incredibly rewarding. By planning ahead, making informed choices, and embracing affordable experiences, you can explore this West Indian paradise without compromising your finances. Whether you’re hiking the Pitons, savouring local cuisine, or relaxing on the island’s pristine beaches, Saint Lucia has plenty to offer budget-conscious travellers who seek adventure, culture, and natural beauty without the hefty price tag. So, pack your bags, apply these money-saving strategies, and get ready to create unforgettable memories while keeping your wallet happy in Saint Lucia.

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Destress or Destruct?

Effective Ways to Destress and Improve Well-Being

Introduction: In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, stress has become a common phenomenon that affects our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. However, finding effective ways to destress is crucial in order to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

In this article, we will recommend 10 proven techniques you can incorporate into your daily routine to alleviate stress and improve your overall well-being.

  1. Engage in Physical Exercise: Physical activity has been widely recognized as an effective stress reliever. Engaging in activities such as jogging, yoga, or even a simple walk can help release endorphins, which are known as “feel-good” hormones that boost mood and reduce stress levels.
  2. Practice Deep Breathing Techniques: Deep breathing exercises can help activate the body’s relaxation response, leading to decreased levels of stress. Techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, box breathing, or alternate nostril breathing can be practiced daily to invoke feelings of calmness and relaxation.
  3. Utilize Mindfulness and Meditation: Mindfulness and meditation techniques have been scientifically proven to decrease stress, anxiety, and depression. By focusing on the present moment and cultivating a non-judgmental awareness of one’s thoughts and feelings, the mind can be trained to let go of stressors and achieve a sense of inner peace.
  4. Spend Time in Nature: Immersing oneself in nature has a profound impact on reducing stress levels. Whether it’s taking a hike, going camping, or simply sitting in a park, nature helps us reconnect with ourselves and provides a soothing environment away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
  5. Cultivate a Hobby: Engaging in activities that bring joy and fulfillment can significantly reduce stress. Whether it’s playing a musical instrument, painting, gardening, or writing, dedicating time to a hobby allows for self-expression and serves as a distraction from stressors.
  6. Prioritize Relaxation and Self-care: Make self-care a priority by allocating time for activities that promote relaxation. This can include taking a warm bath, practicing aromatherapy, indulging in a favorite hobby, or simply taking a few moments each day to engage in activities that promote relaxation.
  7. Practice Time Management: Feeling overwhelmed due to a lack of time can heighten stress levels. By implementing effective time management strategies, such as prioritizing tasks, setting realistic goals, and delegating when necessary, you can regain control over your schedule and alleviate stress.
  8. Connect with Loved Ones: Maintaining supportive relationships is essential for managing stress. Reach out to friends and family, engage in meaningful conversations, and spend quality time together. These connections provide a sense of belonging and support during challenging times.
  9. Get Sufficient Sleep: Getting enough sleep is vital for overall well-being and stress management. Create a nighttime routine that promotes relaxation, such as avoiding screen time before bed, creating a calm sleep environment, and implementing relaxation techniques to ensure quality sleep.
  10. Seek Professional Help if Needed: If stress becomes overwhelming or starts impacting daily life, seeking professional help is crucial. Therapists, counselors, or support groups can provide guidance, techniques, and coping strategies tailored to individual needs.

Incorporating these destressing techniques into your daily routine can have a significant positive impact on your overall well-being. Remember that stress is a normal part of life, but managing it effectively is essential for maintaining health and happiness. So, make time for yourself and prioritize activities that bring you joy, relaxation, and peace.

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International Friendship Day

International Friendship Day, also known as World Friendship Day, is celebrated annually on July 30th.

The day promotes the importance of friendship and reinforces the idea that friendship knows no boundaries or barriers. It is a time to celebrate the bonds we share with friends and to appreciate their presence in our lives.

This is actually fundamental to the ideas that drive StolenTime and its sister resort The BodyHoliday. Inspiring camaraderie, is what we try to do, and its no accident that many lasting friendships are made at both resorts.

The idea of International Friendship Day was first proposed by the World Friendship Crusade, an organization founded in 1958. The United Nations officially recognized and declared the day in 2011 with the aim of fostering peace and harmony among individuals, communities, and nations.

On this day, people often express their love and gratitude towards their friends by exchanging gifts, spending quality time together, or simply reaching out to reconnect. It serves as a reminder to cherish and nurture our friendships, as they play a significant role in our happiness and well-being.

International Friendship Day emphasizes the values of trust, support, and understanding that friendship brings. It encourages us to be more accepting and inclusive, promoting a sense of unity and cooperation among diverse cultures and backgrounds.

So, take this opportunity to appreciate and celebrate your friendships, and spread the message of love, kindness, and solidarity that International Friendship Day represents.

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Why StolenTime by Rendezvous Encourages Solo Travelling With

With so many uncertainties in the world, Solo travelling has become challenging to pursue but more desired by individuals because of the pressure of everyday life. All and sundry, there is an increase in people searching for places of isolation to unwind and reconnect with themselves.

The reasons why solo travel is incredibly beneficial are endless but some of the main advantages are that it broadens our horizons, plunges us out of our comfort zone, and provides a great opportunity to meet new people and create new memories. The idea of travelling alone may be a daunting one at first but once you’ve decided to go for it, it can be one of the most exciting experiences you’ll have. With that, here are a few more reasons why you should travel solo.

1. Travelling alone enables you to understand yourself more profoundly.

Travelling alone requires you to make your own decisions and closely examine how you are feeling in the moment. This means learning more about yourself while travelling without the opinions, advice or feedback of others. You will understand what you’re comfortable with, what you’re not and what you really want to do when the choice is yours. It may sound cliche, but there is no doubt that solo travel is a journey of self-discovery.

2. Travelling alone is cheaper

Travelling with children and family will cost you a lot more than travelling alone. You can’t buy one ice cream cone and share it among 4 people. Singles vacations are cost-effective because you get to decide what your budget is and how you spend it. You can choose whether you just want to grab a quick bite on the go for a day or treat yourself to a delicious meal for one. You can choose days to do less to save money for travelling later. It’s also much cheaper to look for single-person accommodation, as in most cases all you need is a bed.

3. You are responsible for making the decisions

Whether you’re travelling as a pair or in a group, it is natural that people may want to do the same thing as you and that can easily bring assurance and comfort. However, when travelling alone, what you want to do is your choice, not anyone else’s. So you have to become very mature with decision-making, trust your intuition and use advice from
trustworthy sources.

Additionally, this will improve your post travelling skills as your decision-making skills would vastly improve. For example, you would know the dangers of some street-side vendors as opposed to a novice.

4. With solo travel, you can do what you want, when you want

Another particular advantage of being in charge of decision-making while travelling is that you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. When travelling with a group or family, everyone’s needs and desires must be taken into consideration, which can often lead to a lot of compromises. That means you can eat at your favourite restaurant, get up as early or as late as you like, and even spend the day at the beach when you’re tired.

5. Travelling alone makes it easier to make friends

Undoubtedly, one of the biggest benefits of travelling alone is that you get to interact with far more people than you would if you were with others. The idea of starting a conversation with a stranger sounds a little daunting, but within hours of your trip, you’ll find it’s a lot easier than you thought. If you are keen to chat and get along, you might even join a group for part of your trip. You never know, this could happen to you.

6. You can easily become multilingual

If you’re travelling as part of a group, you don’t necessarily have to try to learn the native language of the country you are travelling to as you can chat with fellow travellers as you
please. However, as a solo traveller, there are many situations where you have to communicate with people and that can put us in a position to learn at least the basics. This may seem difficult at first, but over time you will begin to understand strange words and phrases in another language, often enough to indicate their meaning. If you travel long enough, you might be able to piece together a sentence or two!

7. It’s great for your well-being

Lastly, what we believe is the best benefit of travelling and spending time alone, is that it is excellent for your mental well-being. So, combining these is a match made in heaven.
After all, sometimes there isn’t anything better than escaping your normal life and friends for a bit. Research shows that travelling alone is a particularly good thing to do in terms of your mental health as it both gets your endorphins flowing, making you a happier person and helps reduce stress and depression.

Solo vacations are becoming very attractive these days as more and more people find joy in exotic and personal new experiences, creating something wholly unique. Of course, one of the greatest joys of travelling solo is meeting other like-minded souls and sharing stories with new people, or at least those who haven’t sat through your narrations 17 times. With that in mind, the healthy wellness pioneers at luxury St. Lucian resort StolenTime by Rendezvous have something special in store for independent travellers this summer. From July 10th to August 20th, solo travellers are invited to experience entertainment and activities with Solo and Fitness travellers in mind-from hosted communal tables, group hikes, fitness and arts/craft experiences to weekly included sunset cruises!

With special rates for guests during Summer solos, as it’s also known, it is a warm welcome respite for solo traveller holidays, providing a chance for solo travellers to come together and rejuvenate in a beautiful West Indian Environment.

Highlights of StolenTime Solos, which is open to guests staying in Single Garden Rooms and single-occupancy in a double room include:

  • Every Evening Hosted Communal Tables for Solo Travellers
  • Weekly Solos Cocktail Reception
  • Weekly Sunset Cruise for Solo Travellers
  • Weekly Beach Fete with Live Music
  • Weekly Art and Craft Classes
  • Weekly Market Walk
  • Weekly Cooking Class
  • Daily Group Yoga
  • Spinning Classes
  • Cycling Tour every weekend
  • Mixology Class – twice a week
  • BeachFit – 5 days per week
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Why Should I Take Dance Lessons with my Wife?

Every man  at one point or another ask themselves that very question.

I have an answer, but first I need to tell you a little story.

Imagine we are on the beautiful island of St Lucia. Its a few minutes until 11 am and we are about to start a dance class overlooking the beach. Breathtaking.

I cross the sand to the Rotunda for the first JiveJune dance class at Rendezvous: Foxtrot.
Social Foxtrot is a sweet dance. If you enjoy Frank Sinatra, Micheal Buble, Natalie Cole, then I recommend learning a bit of social Foxtrot.

As I started, I notice one couple in particular: Mike and Pat. Pat is VERY excited about the class… Mike not so much. “I’m not much of a dancer,” Mike murmured.

I smiled and replied to the class, “If you can walk, then you can dance social Foxtrot.’

I went over the basics and noticed immediately Mike was having trouble just taking a single step.

Dancing simply said is MOVEMENT. You can find dance in parts of your everyday life. Just add some music and a bit of structure; now we’re DANCING! However in a dance lesson environment, some people get anxious and overcomplicate things. I can’t dance echoes in their heads. Then all of a sudden a simple moment like walking becomes strained and awkward.

This was happening with Mike. He was stuck in his head and made things complex and different — it didn’t have to be.

“No worries. Let’s all kick off our sandals and just walk. Really, just walk like normal. Across the floor. How would you do it?”

Mike hesitantly walked across the floor. I said, “Would you walk like that? Really just walk normally.” He relaxed, I grabbed his hand, and we walked across the dance floor.

That was my first glimpse of Mike as a dancer.

Mike and Pat became regulars in my classes: Foxtrot, Swing, Jive, Merengue, Salsa, Cha Cha. It didn’t matter what type of class was listed, they where there. They even joined the mini lesson before the Thursday Merengue Dance Party night.

During the party I sat with them. “You did GREAT,“ I said. “You’ve come along way!’
Mike replied, “ Do you know how outside of my comfort zone I was? I knew there would be TONS of people watching!”

Later that week Pat, Mike and I chatted over dinner.

“I always wanted to dance,” said Pat, “We just didn’t really have the chance. We love Strictly Come Dancing and watch it every week.” Even Mike admitted he had become a big Strictly fan.

Mike and Pat had been married 29 years and had never taken a dance lesson together.

I had to know WHY? Why NOW? After 29 years?

Pat said, “We saw all the dance classes offered and realised we had the opportunity to take two dance lessons everyday —as part of the all-inclusive package. And the activities staff were just so welcoming. We thought why not give it a try. “

Mike said, “Well she asked me.’ He continued, “and you know its good to keep the wife happy.”

Pat smiled, “A wife just wants to be able to dance with her husband.”

Mike and Pat have come a long way. They took 10 lessons at Rendezvous and started practicing moves in their room. They even videoed the steps in order to practice when they returned home.

Pat smiled and said, “We will always have this memory of learning to dance on holiday. Now when we dance, we will remember Rendezvous.”

Who would have thought a simple all inclusive holiday would open up a new way for them to relate to each other. That after 29 years they still love and care for one another enough to go way outside of one’s comfort zone (Mike) and to have patience with the learning process (Pat).

Who would have thought? But this isn’t just any couples resort, it’s #JiveJune at Rendezvous, where #StolenTime may mean you ask your lady…

Can I have this dance?

By Jennifer Benavidez, pictured here with our friendly activities staff, is one of the guest presenters for JIVE JUNE. She shares her passion for dance the world over. @SalsaJennifer