Kids’ Spas Getting More Fun and Sophisticated

Beach resorts have long seen the value in creating Kids-Only Spas – usually offering mom and daughter packages that cover everything from massage (bathing suit mandatory), to cucumber and chocolate facials, colorful manicures, and tootsie treats, often served with scoops of ice-cream.


When this crossed my desk, it seems that the ‘big city brands’ are finally extending kids amenities beyond pint-sized robes and coloring books …. After all, if you get ‘em young, you have them for life, right?

Check these latest offerings for teens, tweenies, and even younger:

The Elysian Spa at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago

The super chic Waldorf Astoria Chicago serves up in-room Ice Cream Manicures and Pedicures for kids using a selection of nail polishes from ME! Bath, known for their sweet bath and body products.  Children also enjoy a corresponding scoop of Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry ice cream during their sweet treatment.  The Elysian Spa & Health Club was recently ranked #3 in Conde Nast Traveler’s Top US Hotel Spas list. Manicure (20 minutes): $35; Pedicure (30 minutes): $60

Scooops Kid Spa at Great Wolf Lodge Resorts

This unique spa located in 11 Great Wolf resort locations was created just for kids and serves as a fun retreat, with giant banana split chairs and themed manicures, pedicures and facials.  The Chocolate Covered Organic Facial (ages 4-12) is an interactive, educational facial (perfect for tweens) that uses Eminence Organic Skin Care and leaves cheeks smelling sweet.  The service also includes a lip balm for children to take home.  All services at Scooops Kid Spa include an ice cream treat at Bear Paw Sweets & Eats.  $39.99


Spa Grande at Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa

Children (keiki) can indulge in a variety of tropical kid-friendly spa treatments at this luxurious Maui resort, including a Chocolate-Coconut Massage (25 mins./$98), a Tropical Facial (25 mins./$98) or a Pineapple Twist Polish & Massage (50 mins./$135).  Kids can also pick up a complimentary mini IPod, complete with disposable headphones and pre-loaded with music, and groove to the tunes while indulging in a Honey Sugar Pedicure.

Read my Kids Spa Article at — Florida, Hawk’s Cay Resort.


About Chris McBeath

Travel writer Chris McBeath has worked aboard cruise ships, opened hotels, managed convention centers, marketed spas and spa resorts, and written guide books and travel articles on nearly every aspect of travel.
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