What’s easier and more fun than nagging your kids to get off the beach chair and go for a hike? Take them to the spa. As parents, we look forward to vacations where we can treat ourselves to massages that melt stress and wraps that revitalize. Youngsters, too, can get the same feel-good benefits from spa-going. That’s why more and more facilities are adding kid- and teen-friendly options, such as manicures and pedicures, facials (great for teens) and massages (‘tweens and teens typically wear bathing suits). Share the pampering with your progeny at these resorts with kid-friendly spas.
All Ritz-Carlton hotels are upmarket, but the luxury chain's Cancunproperty delights food-lovers with two AAA Five Diamond restaurants -- Club Grill and the Mediterranean-inspired Fantino -- plus a cooking school. Kids ages 4 to 12 enjoy crafts and games with the Ritz Kids Mayan Adventures program, and after a day of sunning and swimming, teens ages 13 to 17 rejuvenate at the Kayanta Spa (accompanied by an adult). Among the just-for-teens treatments are facials, an aromatherapy massage for the hands, neck and shoulders; and a back and neck massage.
Situated on 2,000 acres in Farmington, Pa., Nemacolin Woodlands Resort offers golf, plenty of accommodations and the noted Woodlands Spa, whose tree-shaded decks overlook ponds, creating a relaxing ambiance for adults to de-stress. At the Voyage Kidz Spa, red and purple colored walls, a jungle, Arabian desert and other themed areas get kids ages 5 to 15 excited about treatments. Youngsters can choose rainforest reflexology, a 25-minute session that starts with a foot bath or mini-massage. Can't get your child to wash his or her face? Consider a 15- to 25-minute mini-facial for ages 5 to 9. The spa also features child-oriented manicures, pedicures, shampoos, French braids and movie starlet makeup for ages 7 to 15. Children ages 5 to 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Wintergreen Resort sprawls across nearly 11,000 acres in the valley and on the slopes of Virginia's scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. During the winter, go skiing and snowboarding, and hit the hills for guided hikes, fly fishing, tennis and golf during the summer. At the Wintergarden Spa, kids ages 9 to 14 primp with manicures and pedicures. Children will also enjoy the Diva Day with Mom package, which includes pedicures and massages. Big kids can add a Teen Facial, a back and foot massage and finish with Makeup Art 101, a session that teaches effective and moderate makeup application. Teens, after all, are more likely to listen to the advice of a specialist than mom.
Traveling with a teen who feels "weird" being seen with his or her parents? Turn your grumpy progeny into a grateful spa visitor at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont. Not only does the 35,000-square foot facility frequently make it onto top 10 U.S. spas lists, but it also allows full access to those 16 years of age or older. Even the pickiest teen can find something to tweet about from the resort's menu of 120 treatments and services. Maybe they will go for the 25-minute Maple Sugar Body scrub or the 75-minute Little River Stone massage. They'll also like the luxurious Mount Mansfield Saucha (Sanskrit for "purify"), 100 minutes of sea salt exfoliation, followed by a wrap soaked in the essence of Vermont wildflowers and topped off with an aromatherapy massage. You're not likely to hear any complaints, even if your teen loses to you on the tennis courts.
Located in Hill Country Texas, just minutes outside of San Antonio, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa is a sprawling resort where families can relax. Its Windflower Spa, which looks like barns, has special treatments like a #Nofilter Facial, the Perfect 10 Manicure or the All About massage for young adults.
Offering one of the biggest selections of services to young adults, the spa at the regal Omni Homestead Resort provides not on spa treatments but wellness and physical assessments and exercise programs. Teens 14 to 17 can choose from a number of massages, wraps, scrubs and manicures and pedicures, as well as special treatments such as Tension Zone Therapy. At the fitness center, dance, yoga, meditation and more are provided, as well as fitness assessments, body composition analysis, and other physiology experiences.
It's no surprise Disney's only property not associated with its theme parks is still ultra family friendly, with spa services for families and teens. Ohana family massages for three to six family members helps families reconnect through touch and is available for children 5 and up. At Aulani's Painted Sky spa, the only teen spa in Hawaii, teens 13 to 17 enjoy massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. The spa at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa also features a DIY mixology bar for mixing body polishes and facial masks, an Acai Bowl Bar for yummy smoothie treats, and evening programs for teens.
At the Park Hyatt's Allegria Spa in Beaver Creek, a selection of treatments is available for "Sophisticated Young Ladies." Girls aged 5 to 8 can enjoy the Prima Donna package with a bubbling footbath and nail and toe decals, while girls 8 to 12 can have Creamsicle mani/pedis with the Tween Delight package. Girls 12 to 16 can experience cranberry orange scrubs with a custom facial and massage as part of the Uptown Girl package.
Visitors to this castle-like resort in New York"s Hudson River Valley will find a 30,000-square-foot spa that offers select options for children ages 6 and up. For younger kids ages 6 to 15, Mohonk Mountain House offers manicures and pedicures are available, along with haircuts. For teens ages 16 to 17, manis, pedis, facials and lavender massages are available.
The Palm Springs desert is home to the luxurious Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, which doesn"t limit its treatments to just the grownups. At Agua Serena Spa, a Little Spa Goer selection is available for children ages 10 and up, including Tiny Feet and Tiny Hands 30-minute pedicure and manicure treatments.
Known for lavish hotels with decor that reflects each locale's architecture and culture, Four Seasons properties typically offer kids meals, robes, baby amenities and often, the Kids For All Seasons children's program for ages 4 to 12. Plus, 'tweens and teens ages 12 and up can take advantage of the chain's glamorous spas. From a Little Princess Mini-Facial to a Teen Corrective Facial or a Junior VIP Relaxing Massage, kids can get pampered just like mom at Four Seasons The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California. They'll also like the Mother and Daughter Day of Beauty package, which includes a body scrub, body wrap, facial and hand and foot treatment in a private spa suite.
At Paradisus Resorts, including Paradisus Punta Cana, you'll find the YHI Spa, which offers themed treatments for kids. These include I'm Not a Little Girl, which allows young beauties to learn about healthy treatment for sensitive skin, as well as Always a Princess, with manicures and pedicures. Among the other offerings is Guy's Things, a 25-minute massage for dads and sons. Paradisus Punta Cana also features seven swimming pools -- including two for children -- along with several onsite restaurants and kid-friendly entertainment at night.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Grand Velas All Suites and Spa Resort
Both the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and its sister property, the Grand Velas Riviera Maya, have earned AAA Five Diamond ratings, a rare honor for all-inclusive resorts. And their fame comes from expansive rooms, excellent food and exceptional spas. The Riviera Nayarit's Kids Spa provides massages, facials and baths for children as young as 4. Little spa-goers like to stretch with a Tarzan and Jane massage, or bask in the sweet scent of a Flower Shower massage. There's even a treatment for tots ages 1 to 3, who giggle with the gentle textures and sounds of the Sunrise massage. Kids can also enjoy chocolate, strawberry or vanilla malt baths, as well as sparkly manicures and fantasy makeup sessions. Treatments, which cost an extra fee, take place poolside, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Located in Maui, Spa Grande, a 50,000-square-foot facility at Grand Wailea - A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, features soothing soaks and Hawaiian-influenced scrubs and wraps. Unlike many facilities, this one also caters to children ages 6 to 17. Kids can sample 25-minute versions of signature treatments, such as an aromatherapy or crystal massage, a coconut and papaya polish and a tropical or acne facial. Honey mango pedicures, chocolate coconut manicures and hair braiding are also great options for youngsters. Another nice touch: 'Tweens ages 10 and older can take part in the spa's stretch, boxing, yoga and group cycling workouts, and can also receive a fitness assessment.
A mega-resort in the Bahamas, Atlantis features a 141-acre indoor and outdoor waterscape awash with lagoons, lazy rivers and Maya-themed water slides, as well as indoor and outdoor aquariums with sharks, dolphins, stingrays and hundreds of other critters. It also offers CRUSH teen center, fantasy camp for ages 6 to 22 and the Generation YSpa, where kids ages 9 to 17 chill out with mother-daughter or father-son massages, receive acne treatments or fruity facials and get moving with three exercise classes. Girls can finish up with Beach Babe hair conditioning and French braids, as well as manicures and pedicures.
Not all the excitement in Orlando takes place at the city's theme parks. Nickelodeon Suites Resort keeps kids' energy up with 4D movies, mini golf, Nickelodeon-themed shows, family karaoke and a lagoon pool with daily sliming -- that's the famous icky green stuff. Dried off and back in street clothes, boys and girls ages 4 and up channel their inner rock star with air-brush tattoos, hair braids and wraps and manicures and pedicures at the Kids' Spa.
Bonfires on the beach, movies under the stars and man-made waves at the indoor pool are just part of the fun at this resort, situated on 14 acres in Hyannis. At Kids' Corner, part of the property's Beach Plum Spa, children as young as 3 can soak their fingers and toes in potions and lotions that smell and feel like strawberry ice cream and chocolate milkshakes. Parent and child 30- or 50-minute massages are also available. Having mom or dad in the room lessens kids' anxiety, adds to the relaxing benefits and creates a mellow bonding experience.