When we dream of spa-ing, hormonal teenagers rarely feature. In fact, many parents book a spa to escape the responsibility of parenthood, if only for a few hours (sorry kids). But when my 15-year-old step-son mentioned that he ‘quite fancied a massage’ it piqued my interest: could I really spa with a teen in tow?
So straight from the school pick-up, we hot-footed up the M3 to B Spa at Brooklands Hotel in Weybridge to find out.
We booked in for Little Miss Piece of Heaven Spa Package (£82.50, 4pm–7pm), which works equally well for male teens and includes a 25-minute Little Miss Vinosource Facial, an Express D-Vine facial, traditional Cream Tea and allocated time in the outdoor hot tub, Sunlight Therapy Room and the Meditation Room.
Whilst all teenagers are different, here’s a few things I learned about spa-ing with one…
It’s all about the food…
Our first stop was the 1907 bar, just off the impressive lobby. The glamorous bar – with its honed granite top, leather seats and giant chrome propellers – felt quite grown-up, but the down-to-earth staff made us feel at ease. We’d booked a pre-spa Cream Tea on arrival; the teen happily scoffed scones with clotted cream and lashings of lemon curd (don’t knock it until you try it). I merrily sipped my glass of Prosecco; the teen slurped his raspberry and mint-inspired mocktail looking highly impressed. So far, so good.
It’s worth noting that post-spa, the teen could well be hungry… again. So, in true Gen-Z-fashion, we ordered 17 pieces of sushi and six chicken gyozas to be Deliveroo-ed to the house in time for his arrival at home. Next time, I’d swap the Cream Tea for the dinner menu - or go the whole hog and have both.
Treatments can be a little daunting for first-timers
Post-feasting, we took the lift up to the third floor to find BSpa. After filling in our consultation forms and getting into our robes, the teen looked a little nervous. When I asked what he was worried about, he replied: ‘being touched by a stranger.’ Fair point. Thankfully his therapist, Nicola, was lovely and reassuring, continually checking in with him during his treatment. The dual treatment room also put his mind a rest – although you may not fully switch off like you would a solo treatment.
The Caudalie Vinosource Facial got the thumbs up, too. Tailored to meet the needs of typical teen skin, the express treatment cleansed, deeply exfoliated and included a customised mask. The teen loved how the products felt on his skin and raved about the hand massage. He’s fully on-board with the cleanse and tone routine recommended by Nicola; another life lesson in the bag.
The hot tub is a clear winner
He may have spent half the time laughing at the air bubbles in his swim shorts but the hot tub was a hit. With views over the Mercedes-Benz World track we bubbled away under the night sky, trying out all the different jets. No phones here either – so you have a very small window to become interesting.
Horizontal chilling, not so much…
I was sure the light-filled Sun Therapy room would be a winner; it’s the closest thing we’ve had to a holiday for a while. The six sunlight simulators replicate natural sunlight (with minimal UVA & UBV nasties) while the visible light and infrared heat help transport you - with a little imagination - to a tropical Island.
With the promise of a boosted immune system and ease of joint pain, I was sold. Other benefits include increased energy and brightened mood – perfect for an angst-ridden, exam-stressed teen, right? Not one that gets bored easily, it would seem. While I was toasting on the slick, white loungers admiring the beachside backdrop and giant driftwood sculptures; the teen was Snapchatting his friends and questioning the merits of light box therapy. The colour-changing LED lit Meditation room faired equally – although he did love the novelty of the heated water beds.
Spa-ing is bonding
The spa offers a rare chance to spend some one-on-one time with your teenager, leave the frenzied world outside and just chill together. We talked mock exams, travel plans and I even got the inside edge on his new love interest.
So, it seems spa-ing goes beyond the bubbles and the fancy treatments: sometimes it’s just about carving out a little, precious time with your teen – before they start ignoring you again…
3rd March 2022
Beautiful interiors, luxurious swimming pools, being pampered, long massages, quality food.
Noisy echoes, overlooking facilities, thin walls in treatment rooms, cramped spa layout.
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