Why should grownups get to have all the fun? At Wahanda we believe that health, beauty and wellbeing should be accessible to everyone, regardless of age. Time to swap finger painting for a facial and mud pies for a manicure...
Although many spas impose age restrictions that mean you can’t bring your little treasures along with you, there are child-friendly venues out there – and some even specialise in treatments just for tots. Fancy a day of relaxation with you brood? Read on to discover more about our favourite family destinations in the UK, US and Europe.
Cupcake is a chain of private members clubs in London, designed with mums and mums-to-be in mind. Whilst you indulge in a well-deserved massage or spa treatment, your little ones can get stuck in to a cookery or art class - keeping them happy as well as out of your hair. There are treatments geared to men that will keep Dad entertained, and a café where you can all have a tasty lunch or snack – perfect for rounding off the day, so that everyone goes home happy.
The Steigenberger Hotel Gstaad-Saanen in Switzerland (www.steigenberger.com) has dedicated an entire floor of its three-storey spa to children, in the hope of making spa breaks more accessible to parents. The supervised area includes a tree themed sauna, water grotto, relaxation hammocks and simulated thunder and lightning effects. Children are invited to try out different healthy treatments, or to play on Wii consoles in the area’s special Mountain Hut. Just thinking about it makes us wish we were kids again...
Little princesses who love a bit of pampering will be in seventh heaven at New York’s Dimples Kids Spa. Children can settle down in the butterfly-decorated spa for treatments that include non-toxic manicures, strawberry facials and hair braiding – as well as getting to watch a girly movie and indulge in Kit Kats and lollipops. Has your little one got a birthday coming up? Dimples host parties in the spa or at home for the ultimate pampering experience.
Play is important for helping children to develop healthily. Situated in New York, Apple Seeds is a play space designed with children aged 0-5 in mind. The centre offers a variety of different activities for children and their families to get involved in, from art and music classes to ballet, gym and soccer. There are also yoga classes run by the Prenatal Yoga Center, to help pregnant women relax as they await the patter of tiny feet.
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