If you’re like us, you’re already thinking about a summer getaway–and if you plan on vacationing with children, you may be thinking, “How can I make time for me and keep the kids happy and safe?”
We’ve got the answer: one of the hottest travel trends is a family vacation at a spa, hotel or resort that offers healthy and fun programs for kids. A hot stone massage while the kids learn yoga? We’re in!
These savvy properties recognize that wellness is a family affair, and diversify their programs and activities so both parents and children get the most out of their stay. Some focus on teaching children the benefits of good health and self-care, with yoga sessions, cooking classes, and spa treatments. Others take advantage of their often pristine, natural settings by encouraging children to learn about the local culture and ecology and native habitats.
Glass-Bottomed Bathtubs & Wellness Menus
Cradled within the gorgeous blue waters of the Laamu Atoll in Maldives, Six Senses’ children’s club The Den offers music meditation class, yoga, and tai chi along with organic gardening, beach play, dance, and snorkeling. The chef designs custom Children’s Wellness Menus full of healthy versions of kids’ favorites, and families staying in a Beach Villa have glass-bottomed bath tubs and their own private beach garden—perfect for exploring the ecosystem while still having fun.
Now This is Camp
The legendary Rancho La Puerta, a fitness and spa retreat near San Diego, California, celebrates its sixth-annual “Family Week” July 29 through August 5, 2017. During their stay, parents and grandparents, kids and grandkids, explore nature, visual arts, healthy cooking, family exercise programs, music and other cultures, all while enjoying fun and relaxation.
Ahhs for You. Fun for Them.
The Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria™ Resort, located on Maui’s sunny southern shore, boasts the sumptuous Spa Grande, a destination in itself, but the secret sauce is this spa resort’s array of activities for kids and families. Check out The Rock, a mini-resort for kids of all ages and home to Camp Grande, Ohana Hale and The Spot; the Camp Grande interactive camp, which is open every day plus nights from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and poolside workshops featuring fresh orchid lei making and more.
The Ritz-Carlton’s Ritz Kids resort experiences tap into children’s natural curiosity by introducing its youngest guests to both the natural wonders and the rich cultural traditions of its resort locations. The experiences explore everything from coral reefs and forests, to recycling and sustainability, storytelling, art and even healthy food. Wellness Travel Award winner The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes keeps kids happy and engaged– of course, you’ll be at the spa enjoying a treatment or three.
Happily, there are too many spas, hotels and resorts offering healthy vacations for adults and kids to mention them all but you’ll find more options at Spafinder.com and WellnessTravelAwards.com. We think “vacationing well” as a family is a great way to teach kids that being healthy is also fun!