While fitness and healthy nutrition has become an established expectation for most spa hotels, it is only recently that wellness retreats have begun to cater deliberately for stressed and tired parents. No longer a no-go zone with the children in tow, Health and Fitness Travel, the leading specialists in wellness holidays worldwide, round up their top 10 family friendly spa holidays across the globe, so stressed out parents don’t have to choose between family time and relaxation.
Spa Holidays with children?
Combining spa retreats with kids’ club activities and childcare services, these welcoming family friendly spa holidays allow strung-out parents some much needed time out to recharge and rejuvenate. With specially designed mini treatments for children, there is no need for the kids to feel left out, and with a host of activities and sports there are countless ways to invest in some quality family time whilst enhancing everyone’s health and fitness.
Italy: Adler Thermae
Escaping on a family friendly spa holiday is a breeze with the phenomenal kids programme at Adler Thermae in Italy. Set in the heart of Tuscany’s natural park, Val d’Orcia, the AKI Kids Club offers a great mix of sports and activities, including their own spa experience, horse riding and even yoga. Whilst the kids are entertained, take advantage of unlimited access to the luxury spa and complimentary attendance to group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, mountain biking and hiking tours.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 5 nights at Adler Thermae from £905pp. Price includes half board and return flights.
Mauritius: Shanti Maurice
Set amongst 35 acres of tropical gardens, this family-friendly spa retreat is within walking distance of the pristine white sands of the Indian Ocean. While the kids are at play, rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit, as spa therapists work in collaboration with nutritionists, personal trainers, Ayurvedic physicians and yoga masters, to restore your well-being. 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.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Shanti Maurice from £2,905pp. Price includes half board, return flights and transfers.
Vietnam: Fusion Maia
Situated on Vietnam’s stunning East Coast, Fusion Maia offers creature comforts for all ages. Set within tropical gardens, parents can indulge with a minimum of 2 holistic treatments each day, while little ones join in with their own mini treatments. The Mini Maia programme has a host of creative activities to stimulate their minds every day from 2pm-4pm, including cookie decorating and singing. Enjoy a range of group classes, including meditation and Tai Chi, or explore on a family snorkelling excursion through the pristine waters to nearby Cu Lao Cham Island.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Fusion Maia from £2,285pp. Price includes breakfast, return flights and transfers.
Greece: Porto Elounda
Overlooking Mirabello Bay, sport and spa enthusiasts will love this coastal getaway off Crete’s North-East coastline. Find a true sense of relaxation at the Six Senses Spa with a tempting menu of luxury treatments, before taking a restorative visit to the spa’s authentic Turkish Hammam. With the Arsenal Football Academy camp and waterpark keeping their smiles coming all day long, boost your fitness with a selection of group classes, before enjoying some family time with a game of tennis or sailing lessons.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Porto Elounda from £1,420pp. Price includes half board, return flights and transfers.
Thailand: Soneva Kiri
Indulge in a slower pace of family life at this little corner of paradise in Koh Kood, where the Six Senses Spa includes treatments created especially for teens. The kids will discover a magical experience at The Den (5-12 years), a multi-tiered treehouse shaped like a giant mantra-ray, together with activities from learning to play Thai instruments to rainforest walks and delectable chocolate making. Enjoy a group fitness class and dinner on the beach, before experiencing a magical family movie night beneath the stars at the open-air cinema.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Soneva Kiri from £3,380pp. Price includes breakfast, return flights and transfers.
France: Terre Blanche
Boasting the charm of Provence with a modern twist, this luxurious spa holiday is a treat for the whole family. Retreat to a haven of well-being at the spa, with 100% organic treatments even the kids can join in with, before boosting your well-being at a complimentary fitness class. The Kids Club (2-12 years) will keep them active, creative and playful with Mini Olympics and outside painting, while outings based on bee-keeping, botany and the animal park will see them discover the beauty of their natural surroundings.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Terre Blanche from £1,560pp. Price includes breakfast, return flights and transfers.
Portugal: Penha Longa
Just half an hour from Lisbon, this family-friendly spa retreat can be found within a stunning national nature reserve. Amongst scenic gardens and a spectacular 3m waterfall, treat the kids with their own tailored spa treatments, including manicures, pedicures or a visit to the salon for a special occasion up-do. With the Rookie’s Kids Club Room offering an exciting diversion of picnics, cooking lessons and fashion nights; shape-up with a yoga or Pilates class whilst the kids try their hands at tennis, golf, or even horse riding lessons.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Penha Longa from £1,010pp. Price includes breakfast, return flights and transfers.
Antigua: Carlisle Bay
Escape to the tropical waters of Carlisle Bay on a beach spa holiday that promises a welcome escape for parents 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 raft building, as seniors try out a range of exhilarating water sports. Make the most of family time family time zip-lining through the rainforest or playing a game of tennis round robins.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Carlisle Bay from £2,715pp. Price includes breakfast, return flights and transfers.
Escape to this family-friendly spa retreat nestled on the Croatian coastline, for a seafront holiday that promises relaxation combined with a variety of exciting water sports. While the kids are entertained with Banana Olympic relay games and face painting at the dedicated kids club, choose from a menu of 30 indulgent spa treatments and therapies, incorporating all-natural ingredients. Release the kid’s full energy and challenge them to a family game of beach volleyball or try to keep up with them whilst wall climbing, before taking a dip in the lagoon pool.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Radisson Blu from £975pp. Price includes breakfast, return flights and transfers.
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 this family-friendly spa break in Turkey. Indulge in unlimited use of the spa facilities and daily Asian inspired holistic activities for total rejuvenation. With activities such as cookie making, beach games, face painting and table tennis, the Kempinski Kids Club ensures that the kids have fun, keep active and get creative. Make a splash with water sports or feed their minds with a cultural tour family outing to ancient bodrum.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Kempinski Barbaros Bay from £1,095pp. Price includes breakfast, return flights and transfers.
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