As the time draws closer, parents and non-parents alike are filled with an intangible feeling of dread... The feeling that sometime, very soon, there will be thousands of small people, full of energy, without the binding restrictions of school ties or Clarks shoes... Half term cometh.
Maybe you want to get away with the kids, or want to escape the clutches of your brood. Or, if you dread the idea of your silent spa experience being shattered, then you need to get your spa-ing spot-on.
Away with the family
When it comes to combining spa and family, it's a delicate balancing act between taking some time to yourself and keeping the children happy.
Crieff Hydro Hotel in Perthshire offers six hours of free childcare for each day you stay, meaning you can spa to your heart's content, safe in the knowledge that your little ones are being looked after.
Luxury Family Hotels are five fantastic family-oriented spa hotels that combine a relaxed atmosphere with great-value treatments and fab facilities. You can choose from: Woolley Grange in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire; Moonfleet Manor in Weymouth; The Ickworth Hotel in Bury St Edmunds; Fowey Hall in Cornwall; or The Elms Hotel in Abberley, Worcestershire.
Getting away from it all
If you are hoping to avoid all things kiddie this half term, then dedicated adult-only spas are the place for you. Knowing that you are not going to be disturbed by the patter of tiny feet can only enhance your blissful experience.
We love Scarlet Spa in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall. This spa is gloriously decadent and eco-friendly. Enjoy some truly holistic treatments, swim in the fresh-water outdoor pool, or experience a wonderful hammam. All this, and not a nappy or spelling book in sight!
If you haven't got time for a break away from the kids, but still want to experience some ladies-only time, then Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden is the perfect solution. This day spa offers yummy treatments and has a great range of wet and thermal facilities that are hard to find in central London.
Don't forget, if you're visiting a hotel spa this half term, it's always best to check if they have dedicated children's or adult-only pool times, too.
However you spend half term, we hope you find some space to relax, unwind, de-stress and take back some Me-Time!
The Good Spa Spies x
19th March 2014
Luxurious scented candles; hot massage oil; being warm; unusual treatments; fluffy towels; natural light; firm pressure.
Mould; slamming doors; being walked in on while treatment in progress; therapists with cigarette-laced breath.
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