“Are we there yet?” If you think luxury spa holidays are a no-go zone with the children in tow, think again. With Health and Fitness Travel’s top 10 family friendly spa holidays, you no longer have to choose between family time and relaxation.
Far from the ‘seen and not heard’ approach, children are encouraged to run, laugh and play to their heart’s content with an array of kids clubs, activities and special children’s spa treatments to keep them entertained whilst mum and dad re-boot.
Choose how you weigh your time between indulgent spa treatments and investing in some quality family time with a medley of wellness activities and experiences. From family sports holidays in the Caribbean, to traditional beach breaks in Portugal, there is something to suit every type of family on Health and Fitness Travel’s family holidays.
So pack the Trunki, don’t forget the toothbrush and get ready to indulge in a luxury spa holiday where the whole family is welcome.
Antigua: Carlisle Bay
Make the most of family time with a morning by the tropical waters of Carlisle Bay on a family beach and water sports holiday; before the children unleash their endless energy at the kids clubs allowing mum and dad to unwind at the award winning Blue Spa.
Welcoming children of all ages; this family spa holiday hosts 3 kids clubs, catering to ages from 6 months to 19 years. While the little ones hunt for buried treasure, juniors will love the exciting experience of raft building, as adults try out a range of exhilarating water sports such as wakeboarding. Offering a variety of massage, rituals, body treatments and facials, enjoy a beach spa holiday that promises a welcome escape for parents in-between family time spent zip-lining through the rainforest or having a blast with the complimentary water sports.
Vietnam: Fusion Maia
Located on Vietnam’s East Coast, Fusion Maia offers creature comforts for all ages, perfect for a fun-filled luxury family holiday. Children are welcomed with their own miniature-sized slippers and bathrobes and can be just like mummy and daddy as they try out their own mini treatments, including foot massages, manicures and intricate hair plaiting.
The Mini Maia programme has a host of creative activities to stimulate their minds every day from 2pm-4pm, including cookie decorating, singing and fun learning games. Set within tropical gardens, parents can pamper themselves at the spa with a guaranteed minimum of 2 holistic treatments each day on this luxury spa holiday. Choose from a range of group classes including meditation and Tai Chi or grab the whole family and explore on a snorkelling excursion through the pristine waters to nearby Cu Lao Cham Island.
Greece: Porto Elounda
Find a true sense of relaxation at the Six Senses Spa, knowing that the kids are in safe hands and having the time of their lives on a family fitness holiday you’ll all remember for years to come. Overlooking Mirabello Bay, sport and spa enthusiasts will love this coastal getaway off Crete’s North-East coastline.
Boost your fitness with a selection of group classes before rejuvenating with a Shiatsu massage, or a restorative visit to the spa’s authentic Turkish Hammam. Kids Ark (6 months – 5 years), the Arsenal Football Academy camp (5-16 years) and waterpark (5-12 years) will keep the smiles coming all day long. With healthy activities such as tennis and water sports, teens will soon forget their smartphones and meet new friends on this relaxing family getaway.
Thailand: Soneva Kiri
Forever rushing around? Indulge in a slower pace of family life at this little corner of paradise in Koh Kood. An inspiring wellness holiday for both the young and the young-at-heart, the Six Senses Spa includes treatments created especially for teens. Taking inspiration from its natural surroundings, treatment options include mud massages, Thai herbal baths and silk facials.
The kids will discover an unforgettable magical experience at The Den (5-12 years), a multi-tiered treehouse shaped like a giant mantra-ray. Feeding their imaginations with experiences they don’t get every day, activities include learning to play Thai instruments, rainforest walks, water activities and delectable chocolate making. Enjoy dinner on the beach before experiencing a magical family movie night as you watch under the stars at the open-air cinema.
France: Terre Blanche
Boasting the charm of Provence with a modern twist, this luxurious resort is a treat for the whole family and the perfect excuse to whisk the whole troupe away on a luxury spa holiday. The Kids Club (2-12 years) will keep them active, creative and playful with activities like Mini Olympics, outside painting and learning the game of boules, a favourite past-time in Provence.
Outings based on bee-keeping, botany and the animal park will see them discover the beauty of their natural surroundings. Meanwhile, mum and dad can retreat to a haven of well-being at the spa, with an outdoor vitality pool and a soothing relaxation room for a rejuvenating spa experience. With 100% organic treatments including massages, body scrubs and facials on offer, even the kids can join in.
Portugal: Penha Longa
Love them as we do, travelling with little ones can be exhausting, but with a family friendly spa holiday, relaxation and entertainment is within reach for the whole family. Just half an hour from Lisbon, Penha Longa can be found within a stunning national nature reserve.
Amongst scenic gardens and a spectacular 3m waterfall, the Spa boasts an exciting array of holistic treatments. Treat the kids with their own tailored spa treatments including a manicure, pedicure or a visit to the salon for a special occasion up-do. Rookie’s Kids Club Room offers an exciting programme including picnics, cooking lessons and fashion nights. Shape-up at the fitness centre with a yoga or Pilates class whilst the kids try their hands at tennis, golf, or even horse riding lessons.
Cyprus: Aphrodite Hills
Prise them away from their electronics and take the kids on a family activity holiday that will see them making new friends and trying new things whilst you find peace with a selection of wellness rituals and treatments. Restore your natural glow and energy with the spa facilities, including hydro pool, relaxation gardens and juice bar.
With tailor-made age-specific programmes from 6 months to 17 years, the Crèche (6 months – 3 years) guarantees a fun packed day for the little ones, whilst The Pirates Village (3-12 years) entertains with circus activities, water games, mini golf and a pirate-themed kids menu. The Grotto Fun Club (teens up to 17 years) provides the chance to explore their creative and active interests including volleyball, table tennis and designing their own clothes.
Mauritius: Shanti Maurice
Take a family kayaking trip on the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean at this super family friendly resort, before walking across pristine white sands to 35 acres of tropical gardens and the luxury Shanti Maurice. Enjoy a combination of ancient and contemporary wellness regimes at the Nira Spa, including hydrotherapy, cocoons and Watsu treatments.
Designed to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit, spa therapists work in collaboration with nutritionists, personal trainers, Ayurvedic physicians and yoga masters to restore both your inner and outer self, whilst the kids are at play. Les Petits Dodos Kids Club (3-12 years) boasts a broad activity programme for inquisitive minds including face painting, crab hunting and cooking lessons, as well as field trips to the nearby Crocodile Park and Casela bird sanctuary.
If the kids are happy, mum and dad are happy, and this seafront child-friendly resort nestled on the Croatian coastline will certainly not disappoint. Release the kid’s full energy and challenge them to a family game of doubles tennis before cooling off in the spa’s lagoon swimming pool on this exciting sports holiday.
Winner of the SPA Traveller Award for two years running, the OCCO Spa features 30 luxurious experiences incorporating all-natural ingredients. A range of facilities including coal & salt saunas, aromatherapy steam room and Thalassotherapy spa bath with 252 invigorative power jets, will leave you feeling ready to tackle anything. Featuring activities such as Banana Olympic relay games and face painting, the kids club will ensure the kids are active and entertained throughout the day on a healthy holiday for the whole family.
Turkey: Kempinski Barbaros Bay
Keep the kids entertained with more activities than you can shake a stick at and a daily dose of relaxation for mum and dad on a luxury spa break at Kempinski Barbaros Bay. Indulge with unlimited use of the spa facilities and daily Asian inspired holistic activities, including Thai herbal massage, hot stone therapy and foot acupressure.
The perfect balance of indoor and outdoor activities at the Kempinski Kids Club ensures that the kids have fun, keep active and get creative. Activities such as cookie making, beach games, face painting and table tennis are all enjoyed under the watchful eye of professional child carers who focus on combining learning with having fun. Ideal for an active family friendly holiday, this healthy break will boost everyone’s well-being.
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