Pampering and Playtime: The Best Spas for Parents and Their Kids
By Leann Harms , Copy Chief |
Think that a relaxing hot stone massage is out of the question when you’re on vacation with a four-year-old? Think again. Many spas know that parents need to unwind too, and with that in mind, they’ve developed exclusive kid’s clubs, complete with fun, engaging activities so little ones can have fun while mom and dad get time to enjoy the spa’s more grownup amenities. From educational offerings to unique experiences, these spas are among the best when it comes to keeping kids entertained while parents get some much needed relaxation and pampering.
Nestled in lush and beautiful Boca Raton, FL, a city that touts itself as “a city within a park,” Spa Palazzo at Boca Raton Resort & Club offers a breathtaking environment that embodies vintage glamour and regal elegance. The spa menu, which features Natura Bissé products, boasts an array of luxurious treatments for the utmost in relaxation and indulgence. Experience true restoration and rejuvenation with the Multisensorial Lifting facial, which incorporates a triple massage using products from the Diamond Collection and a complimentary Ritual Bath.
While you are getting your youthful glow back, your little ones will be having the time of their lives at Camp Boca, a structured kids program organized into three age groups for optimal playtime fun. Boca Tots includes a variety of interactive games, crafts and outdoor fun for kids from three to five years old. Boca Bunch offers kids from six to eight years old an array of indoor and outdoor activities including fishing, scavenger hunts, nature walks and swimming. Kids from nine to 12 years old participate in Boca Beach Combers, which offers activities ranging from pool and beach fun to video games and junior tennis matches.
Age Ranges: 3 to 12 years
Cost: Half day, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 1 – 4 p.m., $35; Full day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $65 (includes lunch)
Hidden in the heart of Marrakech, the Royal Mansour offers a unique sensory experience through decadent and ornately detailed surroundings that truly reflect Moroccan artistry and a menu of treatments that focus on intense relaxation and rejuvenation.
Whether you want to turn back time with one of the anti-aging facials or opt to experience a Traditional Hammam, rest assured your kids will be enjoying endless entertainment at Royal Mansour’s Joujou Kid’s Club. The indoor slide takes center stage in the adventurous playroom while a schedule of activities including Arabic courses, arts workshops, writing games and swimming make for a busy, fun-filled day. Parents can also arrange for their little explorers to go on outings around Marrakech—camel rides though the Palmeraie are rather unforgettable!
Age Ranges: 4 to 12 years
Cost: Complimentary to guests
With stunning views overlooking the San Francisco Bay, The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa provides an unparalleled experience that offers guests a perfect fusion of Old World charm and modern day luxury. The menu at Spa Claremont boasts a number of offerings that range from traditional massages to aromatherapy body treatments, oxygen facials and acupuncture.
While you’re restoring your energy with a Zen Trilogy Wrap, your little ones will be expending all of theirs in The Claremont Kids Club, where playtime reigns supreme. A dedicated children’s room and outside play area provide an endless array of games, activities and arts and crafts in a safe, friendly environment. In addition, the Club offers a special, fun-filled Friday Movie Night every week.
Age Ranges: 6 weeks to 2 years old (two hours max); 3 to 10 years old (three hours max)
Cost: Three complimentary hours (two for children ages 6 weeks to 2 years) are provided each day for each guest. Additional time is $12 per hour.
A rich history and an updated contemporary, sustainable design, complete with stunning views of the surrounding Swiss Alps has made Badrutt’s Palace Hotel a must-see destination. Health and well-being are paramount at the Palace Spa, where treatments are inspired by the beauty of the Engadin Alps, incorporating natural ingredients and a holistic approach to wellness. Rejuvenate your chakras with the Engadin Stone Massage, which makes use of stones from the waterfalls and streams of the Engadin Alps to stimulate your energy points, followed by heated stones that work to balance the chakras and restore a deep sense of relaxation to the body.
Just as important as your well-being is, Kids’ Club Palazzino assures parents that children will be well cared for with no shortage of activities to keep them entertained. From outdoor play equipment and two tennis courts that transform into a skating rink in the winter to a list of activities that include cooking classes, outdoor adventures, dance lessons, drawing competitions and even a horse carriage excursion, kids are kept very busy throughout their stay.
Age ranges: 3 to 12 years old
Cost: For guests: 4 hours only, $27; Full day, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. $43
Total mind and body wellness are the primary focus at La Costa Resort and Spa where the ambience fuses Mediterranean chic with coastal sophistication and treatments incorporate organic ingredients sourced from the property’s gardens.
And while you are getting all wrapped up in a layer of Mediterranean flowers, following the desert sage body polish and massage—all part of the indulgent Mediterranean Spa Journey treatment—your little vacationers will be getting all wrapped up in Kidtopia. From a magical forest to an enchanting sea-themed wonderland, the unique conceptual areas within the kid’s club are where imagination comes to life. While in Kidtopia, children will participate in craft making sessions, playtime and lots of dancing games on the pressure-sensitive, interactive floor.
Age Ranges: 6 months to 12 years old
Cost: Half day, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 12 – 4 p.m., $50 (includes lunch); Full day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $80 (includes lunch); Night camp, 6 – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday only, $60 (includes dinner)
Neutral, contemporary interiors create an environment that is both elegant and soothing, reflecting the tranquility that defines Remède Spa at The St Regis Bal Harbour Resort. Whether it’s private training sessions or a signature spa treatment, health and well-being are of the utmost importance at this Miami gem.
The staff at St. Regis Children’s Club takes peace of mind very seriously, ensuring the safety of all of their little guests so mom can truly reap the restorative benefits of say, the Bal Harbour Body Wrap, which includes a full-body exfoliation, Hungarian moor mud and a cleansing mask. Kids who participate in St. Regis Children’s Club are inundated with a packed schedule of art adventures, pool play, beach exploration, sports, teambuilding games and indoor activities. And, not to be excluded, campers will also participate in the resort’s ritual tea party—in their own version that includes music, crazy hats, tea and cookies.
Age Ranges: 4 to 12 years old
Cost: Half day, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. $55; Full day, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $80; Night camp 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday only, $65
Located in Colorado’s gorgeous Vail Valley, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain is home to 27,000-square-foot Spa Anjali, a luxurious spa committed to wellness and ensuring healing traditions inspired by the Rockies, Alps and Himalayan mountains are infused in all the treatments.
For an authentic skin-refining ritual, opt for the Red Clover and Mountain Honey Body Mask, one of five decadent treatments within the Rocky Mountain Journey series. The 75-minute body treatment helps to restore youthful radiance and includes a scalp, hand and foot massage. While you’re getting your youthful glow back, the Westin Kids Club will keep your kids well-occupied with a dedicated room where they can play and have fun discovering more about the surrounding Colorado area, including the environment and the history. And for an additional fee, the Kids Club staff will also help coordinate your child’s safe travel to and from Ski School.
Age ranges: 5 to 12 years old
Cost: Special hourly rate for Spa Anjali guests, $20 per child; Full Day of Discover Sessions, $95 per child, Hourly service, $24 per child
Located along the coast of Baja, One&Only Palmilla offers guests an experience that fuses cutting-edge amenities with authentic Mexican traditions, reflected in everything from the décor and ambience to the treatments and accommodations. The spa menu offers a range of signature rituals based on Mexican healing traditions using ESPA products and indigenous ingredients. For a truly unique experience try the two-hour Palmilla Chocolate Synergy treatment, which utilizes multiple massage techniques along with a Mexican herbal compress and chocolate oil.
You little travelers will also be getting a truly unique experience at The KidsOnly Club, where they will take part in a variety of activities ranging from sushi and pizza making, sandcastle building, piñata and jewelry making, Spanish classes and even yoga. Junior golf and tennis clinics are also available for a $15 fee.
Age Ranges: 4 to 11 years old
Cost: Complimentary to guests
With picturesque views of both the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, Santa Barbara offers an inviting atmosphere that defines California cool. The spa menu boasts an array of coastal-themed treatments that often incorporate local ingredients for a truly authentic experience.
Mom and dad can get some much needed alone time enjoying the Duet Package, which includes lunch, a signature couple’s massage and a hydrating avocado body wrap, while the kids are also getting their own resort experience through Kids for All Seasons. The program features organized activities ranging from swimming and art and crafts to painting and costume making, among others. During the summer, kids get hands-on planting and learning in the resort’s garden where a Four Seasons chef will also help them select herbs to make their own olive oil. On Saturdays, gardening and art come together as kids decorate their own terra cotta pot and plant a California poppy, which they take with them when they go.
And while the spa offers a special menu tailored for teens, even the littlest spa-goers can partake in some pampering with Little Hands (manicure for ages 12 and under), $35, and Little Feet (pedicure for ages 12 and under) $50.
Age Ranges: 5 to 12 years old
Cost: Complimentary for guests