While most spas are adult-only, there are certain spas that will accommodate teenagers. Whether a teenager will enjoy a spa, depends on the teen in question. Some teens are happy to spend a day dipping in and out of pools and steam rooms. Others may not be.
If you’re a teenager over 18, you are considered an adult and can visit any spa you like. Be careful about which treatment you choose though, as not all will be suitable for young skin.
If a teenager is under 18, only certain spas will offer suitable treatments -- but these can serve as a luxurious introduction to all things spa. Some spas will only offer treatments to teens over 16. Others have a lower age limit but ask that a parent or guardian stays on the premises while the treatments are carried out. So, if you're thinking of booking a Mother and Daughter spa day, check with the spa first as to their policy on teenage visitors. If you’re not going to be booking a treatment then a teenager may be allowed to use the spa facilities if they are over the age of 16.
Spa offerings teenagers might love
Spas often have many facilities that can interest teens. This goes beyond the pools. As Teen Spy said, "Unless you can think of one hundred different ways to use a float, there isn't much to do in most spa pools except swim -- which some people like -- whereas I get bored after a while and try to find something else to do such as a steam room."
Heat and ice experiences can be enjoyable spa facilities for teens. These include ice caves, caldariums, laconiums -- like mild saunas -- all of which are designed to increase your body temperature and then cool it down again. The idea is that you boost your circulation, which any teen who has difficulty waking in the morning might benefit from. Great fun if you’re spa-ing with friends, too.
Experience showers are well, an experience, with different effects used to recreate said experience. Monsoon showers are ideally taken after a heat treatment such as a sauna; the shower soaks the body with high-pressure jets of water, which fluctuate in temperature from warm to hot and back again.
Jacuzzis and whirlpools are perfect for socialising with friends and are safe for younger spa goers as well.
Hammams in the UK usually refer to a single room, with central water taps, and benches, rather like a sauna. Some spas offer treatments in hammams and you can cool down by pouring cold water from the taps over your head. A great hit with teens at spas, in our experience.
Where to go for Teenage spa-ing
Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa in the Lake District offers selected treatments especially for the teen age range. Some are appropriate for younger teens (12-14) and some for older teens (14-18). The Teen Spa Facial uses Comfort Zone products and you can also book a facial skin care lesson. All under 18 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Instead of just accompanying, you could try the Parent and Teen Just Be Together Half Day at the spa, which includes four hours of relaxation at the Spa, and Two Just Be facials, including the Just Be Fresh Faced Teen Facial, so you can enjoy the treatments together. This package is available at limited times for under 16s, so check the times when you book.
The Clearing Spaat The Cornwall Hotel, just outside St Austell, offers a teen package for 14 to 18 year olds, called The Little Stars Experience. This 50-minute package includes three treatments -- an express facial, express manicure and express pedicure. Guests under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Lucknam Park offers a Little Miss Collection with treatments suitable for ages 8-16. It includes a mini manicure, pedicure or facial -- perfect for younger girls to experience their first beauty spa treatment.
The Club and Spa by Doubletree, Chester has a Mother and daughter spa day, as well as a Teen Spa Escape package which includes facials and use of the spa facilities. The spa menu also offers a teen prom package of beauty services, and a Hydra Boost Teen facial.
Donnington Valley, Berkshire has a ‘Sonoma Teenies spa day’ suitable for 12-18 year olds with adult accompaniment. The package is mainly for use of facilities and lunch, but also includes a 25 minute treatment to introduce your teen to the complete spa experience.
the runnymede-on-thames in Surrey has a range of spa treatments for young people between the ages of 13 and 17, designed to treat teenage skin and provide an introduction to skincare. The Teen Angel facial uses Clarins products specifically tailored to younger skin, while the Totally Teens back massage uses one of six blended aromatherapy oils, and is perfect for relieving exam stress and tension. All teens must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during treatments, but you could book treatments together in the doubles treatment suite.
Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire welcomes teenagers over 16, and they have a unique heat and ice experience which older teenagers will enjoy. This includes a hydrotherapy pool, ceramic heated loungers and various hot and cold rooms including an aromatherapy crystal steam room, a salt steam room, a tepidarium, experience showers and foot spas.