Category Archives: Outdoors & sports

Meet Nikita, the island’s Pilates girl – St. Lucia

WP_000763

Nikita Dosatile offers classical mat Pilates, specializing in realigning bones, fixing injuries and building total body strength along with improving flexibility.

What is your story? How did you become pilates instructor?

I’ve always been an athlete taking part in every sport there was at school even the ones i wasn’t very good at, and my first job as a fitness instructor and play maker suited my love for physical activity and my blithesome personality. It was there I met Niedra Gabriel, a second generation Pilates instructor from Joseph Pilates, who was the current Pilates and yoga instructor. It was in preparation for a fitness pageant that I realized that I was strong but also very inflexible, it was then that Niedra recommended taking her class. Since then I’ve fallen in love with Pilates. She realized that I had a particular knack for noticing alignment issues and presented me with the idea of teaching. Soon thereafter I underwent intensive one on one training with her completing the teacher’s training certification course from Mind 2 Body Studio. I have been certified since 2010 and have been operating as a Pilates instructor teaching at 5 star hotels, gyms, studio classes and home privates.

How popular is it in St Lucia?

Sadly not yet very popular. There are few instructors who work solely at specific hotels. I am presently the only freelance instructor and my goal is to increase its popularity. My vision is to soon open a major Pilates studio to provide full equipment classes, including the use of reformers and benches.

Why should people do pilates?

It improves posture, enhances balance, reduces aches and stiffness, increases flexibility and creates a longer, leaner, more toned body.

Jonathan Mclennon St Lucia swimmer

I’m a national swimmer for St. Lucia. I enjoy the sport of swimming from racing to coaching and life guarding.

+17584619225, jaygims757@hotmail.com

I’ve held the national record in the 800 meters freestyle event and have gone on to becoming St. Lucia’s defending champion in the 5 km open water swim. I enjoy going to the beach , eating junk food , hanging out with close friends and loved ones. I love tacos and seafood. I am currently training to qualify for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo believing that hard work pays off.

House Of Balloons

House Of Balloons is a trendsetting online store, offering our unique products and exceptional customer service to shoppers. We are a business made up of innovators and forward-thinkers, with the drive to constantly update and improve your celebration methods.

Rise to the occasion with us as we compliment every occasion with our balloons and accessories. We offer helium filled balloons, air filled balloons, balloon bouquets,balloon columns and arches, balloon decor and sculptures for all events. House Of Balloons also carries a few celebration accessories such as sashes, candles, pins, confetti, banners, hanging decor and much more!

We are also teamed up with a few of St. Lucia’s best Photographers to capture various photo shoots or events at discounted rates.

We can be contacted via Facebook/Instagram at House Of Balloons 758. Email us at houseofballoons758@gmail.com and call us on (758) 7267272.

The Face of Luciagel Rocheal presents herself and asks you to do the same: click Get featured!

Nineteen (19) year old Rocheal Philip may seem to be the average friendly teenager who enjoys music, dancing and the casual hangouts with friends, but there is so much more to this remarkable young lady. With a larger-than-life personality sketched with bright coloured crayons, she emits love, thoughtfulness and strength.

During her years at the Choiseul Secondary School, Rocheal engaged in poetry and drama, but it was sports that held her heart. She represented her school in Track & Field and Netball and through this exposure to inter-secondary school athletics, Rocheal experienced first-hand the benefits of physical activity. Year after year her love for sports grew, birthing an undeniable passion for fitness.

Not one to shy away from new challenges, Rocheal dabbled in modelling with Nicholas Modelling Fashion Agency (NMFA) and fire dancing with the Saint Lucia Local Fire Dancers. Though she enjoyed the experiences and welcomed, with open arms, all the challenges each brought before her, it was fitness training she wholeheartedly longed for. Soon her time came and her wish was granted.

Following her successful CXC studies, Rocheal went on to pursue personal training in England in 2014. She joined the Whitely Onform Personal Training fitness club where her programme extended to include boxing as well as track & field. This intense bootcamp was hosted by soldiers of the British Army who were pleasantly surprised at the determination this young lady possessed. She was endowed with an unwavering zeal to succeed and to push beyond all limits. Rocheal’s fortitude brought her great recognition among her fellow trainees and trainers, so much so that she became the “face of London exercising” when she was placed on the cover of OP DETOX fitness e-book.

Upon her return to St. Lucia in 2016, with all her fitness training and accomplishments in England, Rocheal had her eyes set on a new target – Bodybuilding. On August 27th, 2016, after only a month of preparation, she represented the Sidonie Brothers Gym at the St. Lucia Amateur Bodybuilding & Fitness Association (SLABBFA) competition in the Bikini Body category. Although placing fourth in the competition, Rocheal was not disheartened. If anything, she was more determined for she saw this loss as a wakeup call to work harder, to push further and to be more focused than ever. She has decided to participate again in 2017 but in the Women’s Physique category – a more competitive class.

With an attitude of gratitude and a spirit of optimism, Rocheal Philip epitomises ambition, passion and strong will. A powerful individual who swears by the phrase “I’m a big deal,” Rocheal is adamant that the most important thing a girl wears is her confidence.

Raheem Barnes-Rhy So Fly Photograhy

Raheem Barnes is currently a Photographer at Sandals LaToc Regency. His interest in photography spiked back in 2010, where he wanted to keep memories of his last days at the Entrepot Secondary School. Raheem’s interest continued to grow as the years went by, He was borrowed a Casio Exilm camera, wasn’t top notch but it got the job done!

Raheem shot at a few events such as Aura, Leeboration, Mercury Beach and Model Shoots. He continues to better his craft by learning , watching and a lot of practice.

 


img_0832

Sunset karaoke- be the star of the night!

Sunset Karaoke hosted by Dj Delroy, Is a crowd pleaser & the ultimate karaoke experience. Make your Bar, Party & Hotel lively, for karaoke creates an atmosphere that is conducive to a memorable time for everyone as they sing & dance to their favourite songs while sipping on fruit punches & Pina coladas

For reservations please call :758-713-2405

email: delroyblade@hotmail.com sunsetk sunsrret

A swim at Sugar Beach

IMG_4148

Never mind the hassle getting there through a resort ground (although the staff is in Luciagel’s experience super nice and helpful), Sugar Beach is well worth the visit – and the swim.

Located just between the Pitons, the view upwards from the water is simply magnificent and filled with awe. Crystal clear water feels somehow special too. Unlike on many beaches in St Lucia, it gets deep really quickly and you will find grains of black volcanic sand at the bottom.

Ladera guests have the privilege of getting to possibly St Lucia’s most amazing beach with the resort shuttle.

Getting your St Lucia beaches right

IMG_3509

Luciagel’s St Lucia beaches picks in the busy northwest of the island are Reduit Beach or The Ramp, Vigie Beach and Smugglers Cove.

The Ramp: just behind Rodney Bay town, that is how you would imagine a highly touristy beach in the Caribbean but it is rarely overcrowded, even on the weekends. Although lined with resorts, you can enjoy some privacy and some shade. Calm seas, clean, simply lovely. Easy to get a nice cocktail or meal at Bay Gardens beach bar and restaurant or the Spinnakers.

Vigie Beach: less touristy and attracting more of a local crowd, just behind a not too busy airport, which gives it a special feel. Ideal for morning jogging or enjoying lunch / some local beer in the shade of the trees.

Smugglers Cove: well-hidden just before the Cap Maison resort, you need to take a flight of stairs to reach this very special place beneath the rocks. The seas can be rough though but even if you are not much of a swimmer, you an still enjoy the beautiful scenery. Lovely beach bar – with slightly overpriced drinks though.