If you love to spa but you have children in tow, there are ways to combine spending time with your family and still enjoy a much deserved session in the spa. Here are the Spa Spies top tips to spa-ing en famille.
Choose a holiday resort spa
There are some great family getaways that offer activities and entertainment for the kids, plus quality spa treatments for you. While the children are off enjoying supervised activities and playing in the children’s swimming pools or water parks, you can head to the adult only spa and enjoy well-deserved alone time. We love…
Ribby Hall's high-end spa retreat is light and spacious with views of the surrounding grounds. The Aqua Thermal journey includes seven different heat experiences for you to escape into, including a Balinese salt steam room with twinkling ceiling lights, and a hot herbal sauna. Complete your time in the spa with a dip in the multi-jet hydrotherapy pool, or enjoy the outside hot tub during summer.
Indulge in the World of Spa thermal zones that Aqua Sana spas offer. With steam rooms and saunas themed by different elements and the natural world, you can find a sensory sanctuary to suit your every mood. The treatment menus cover a wide variety of spa treatments and therapies, and you’ll always find a hydrotherapy pool to sink into for a moments blissful floating, or a lounger to relax.
Set in the lovely Pembrokeshire Bluestone National Park, The Well Spa Retreat has calm countryside surroundings. Spoil yourself with a blissful bespoke spa ritual or sumptuous treatment, and unwind in the heat experiences which include slate and hot brick saunas, and marine and herbal steam rooms.
Find a spa with children’s swimming times
If your children are old enough to use the swimming pool unsupervised, you can sneak off for a treatment while they’re enjoying the children’s swim times. Or let Dad take the younger ones for a splash in the pool while you’re enjoying a massage – you can always take your turn if he wants to be pampered too! We like…
A light and bright glass-fronted spa built into the hillside, C-Side spa is both elegant and stylish. Indulge in the sauna and steam room or relax in a cosy relaxation room while the children enjoy the indoor or outdoor pools.
Lucknam Park spa is a stylish glass and stone extension to the country hotel, and features a pool with ambient fire wall, plus thermal facilities including a Japanese salt room. Relax on warming tepidarium beds and look out upon the gardens, or treat yourself to a luxurious treatment. The 20-metre pool is perfect for kids.
The perfect balance between spa retreat and urban spa, Spread Eagle is a picturesque place to unwind. Take time out in the Turkish steam room and Scandinavian Sauna, and gaze upon the outdoor spa garden from the Jacuzzi. The 14-metre pool has an eagle mosaic which budding young ornithologists will love.
Rookery offers a range of Elemis treatments for you to indulge, while Dad supervises the kids in the swimming pool. Chill out in the low-lit relaxation room watching pretty colours dance off a water feature, or step into the crystal steam room and sauna before a soak in the bubbling hydro pool.
Spa with on-site child care
There are some hotel spas that offer child care services; the perfect place to stay with your family but escape to a spa for a few hours while the kids are safely occupied. Try Calcot Spa in Gloucestershire which has an Ofsted-registered crèche named the Play Zone, and The Mez games room for eight year olds and above. We love Calcot spa’s courtyard hot tub where you can bubble outside next to a warming log fire. Or visit Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire, which offers a crèche and babysitting service for mums and dads who need that all important quiet chill out time in the spa. We also recommend Sequoia at the Grove; you can leave your children in the safe hands of the ‘kids club’ while you enjoy a sauna or steam or a swim in the luxurious black-tiled ozone-treated swimming pool.
Find spas with treatments suitable for teenagers
If your teenagers might enjoy spa time, choose somewhere that allows teens inside and that offers specially designed spa treatments. You can read more about this in our spas for teenagers feature, but essentially these spas allow for younger guests to have some treatments and use the facilities. The age limit varies depending on the spa’s policies, so be sure to do your research first!