Because we’re concerned about your tense shoulders and furrowed brows, we’ve rounded up our favourite Smith & Family spa hotels, just for you. These luxury family-holiday stays will not only soothe your aching muscles – whether you’re craving a hammam treat, seaside massage, or thalassotherapy soak – but will also keep the little Smiths entertained…
PUENTE ROMANO BEACH RESORT MARBELLA, SPAIN
Spa style Andalusia-inspired
Setting Seaside serenity space
The enticing spa bits This sleek Six Senses Spa has a wet area with hydrotherapy pool, a cold plunge pool, heat and ice experience showers, herbal steam room, sauna and hammam. There are nine treatment rooms: six indoors and three outdoors, with canopied roofs and swing cabanas overlooking the sea, and a range of signature massages, facials, body treatments and scrubs, and mani-pedis. The spa uses local products, which blend indigenous herbs with sea salt and olive oil for a Mediterranean-inspired experience. For a truly indulgent spa day, opt for the royal or energiser rituals.
For the little Smiths The multilingual kids club staff entertains kids aged four to eight with activities including watersports, sea shell hunting and painting, and there’s a soft play area for younger children.
ROSEWOOD TUCKER’S POINT BERMUDA
Spa style Beachfront bliss
Setting Sprawling island spa
The enticing spa bits Lose yourself in a Bermuda Triangle massage, or try a rejuvenating Atlantic Sea Spray treatment, facial and shower therapies, or any of the relaxing services at the Sense Spa. There’s also a private pool, a full salon for the ladies and a proper barber shop for men in this island relaxation retreat.
For the little Smiths Little Smiths aged five and over can indulge in a mani or pedi, tweens can book a specially-tailored facial and 11–16s can unwind with a scalp or foot massage. The Rose Buds kids club entertains children aged four to eleven with activities including tennis lessons, daily swims at the Beach Club Fountain Pool and cooking lessons.
CHEWTON GLEN COTSWOLDS, UK
Spa style Indulgent and invigorating
Setting Renowned thalassotherapy spa
The enticing spa bits Chewton Glen’s award-winning spa has Europe’s biggest hydrotherapy spa pool, aromatherapy saunas, crystal steam rooms and an outdoor whirlpool. The treatment menu is exhaustive, and the well-equipped gym has a programme of free fitness classes, including Pilates, yoga and AquaFit.
For the little Smiths Your mini-me can join you for a pampering session; the spa menu includes mini beauty treatments for children. A kids club is available during school holidays and at weekends for toddlers through tweens; you’ll need to remain at the hotel, but can relax at the spa knowing that little Smiths are staying entertained with storytelling, painting and crafts, games and treasure hunts.
ANASSA AKAMAS PENINSULA, CYPRUS
Spa style Regular nominee for World’s Best Spa
Setting Remote crescent bay
The enticing spa bit Thalassa has an indoor Roman-style pool, tranquil chill-out area, thalassotherapy pool and a serious menu of detox and anti-ageing programmes, aromatherapy, therapeutic massage and couples’ and pregnancy treatments. Book well ahead for your holiday pampering. The gym provides personal training and yoga sessions.
For the little Smiths The spa has a treatment menu for little Smiths, sessions for young yogis and open pool time for families. Anassa’s crèche has sleeping nooks, an indoor soft-play area and a tree-shaded playground with swings and a climbing frame. Qualified English-speaking staff look after kids aged from four months to four years. Some sessions are available for older children too.
VERDURA SICILY, ITALY
Spa style Holistic and Sicilian-inspired
Setting Resort central
The enticing spa bits This massive spa has a hammam, relaxation areas and heated mineral-rich thalassotherapy pools overlooking the olive groves and mountains. An extensive menu of treatments infused with organic Sicilian plant oils and extracts promises to promote anti-ageing, detoxification and fitness and guests receive a complimentary course of Shiatsu. A Vita Health preventative-health programme includes bespoke nutritional, non-invasive and anti-ageing plans.
For the little Smiths The spa is open to over-16s, so indulge in a pampering session with your teen. Verdura’s complimentary Kid’s Club is open to ages four through tween. Kids can partake in arts and crafts and film-screening fun, or play in the paddling pools, sand pit and playground; activities are available for teens too.
ONE&ONLY HAYMAN ISLAND HOTEL GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA
Spa style Island indulgence
Setting Reefside relaxation retreat
The enticing spa bits The One&Only puts an emphasis on unwinding and taking in your surroundings; partake in the spa’s signature Ocean Dreaming massage treatment and literally float on the sea. The spa has 13 treatment rooms (one specifically for couples), an extensive island-environs-inspired menu and a host of holistic add-ons, from private yoga to guided meditation sessions. Expectant mothers can rest and rejuvenate with a pre-natal massage or baby bloom package. There’s a mani-pedi bar and a hair salon, too.
For the little Smiths Specialised spa treatments are available for the seven and older crowd. The KidsOnly club hosts games, movies, daily craft sessions, island scavenger hunts and coconut bowling; under-fours are welcome with a parent. The Teens Club organises activities such as sea kayaking and tennis matches.
MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS LOS ANGELES, US
Spa style Biggest and best of Beverly Hills
Setting Mansion of pampering
The enticing spa bits With 17 treatment rooms, Turkish steam rooms, redwood saunas, a Grecian-style mineral pool, yoga room and Kim Vo Beauty Salon, the Spa Montage has everything you could want. Treatments range from caviar facials and Vichy hammam rituals to hydrotherapy and reflexology.
For the little Smiths The spa has mini-mani-pedi options. Paintbox, the hotel’s comprehensive kids club, is open to ages five to tween and staffed by former Disneyland employees. Younger children can join the fun if a parent is present. Every day has a theme and activities including art projects, indoor and outdoor games. On Fridays and Saturdays, Paintbox holds dinner and a film night from 6pm to 10pm.
THE BERKELEY LONDON, UK
Spa style Traditional luxury
Setting Overlooking Hyde Park
The enticing spa bits The Berkeley Health Club & Spa has five treatment rooms, a sauna and steam room, and has a full menu of pampering with Bamford Haybarn products, Oskia facials, massages and mud wraps, beauty and pregnancy treatments. Personal training, yoga sessions, boxing and swimming lessons are available in the fully kitted-out gym, which has views of Hyde Park.
For the little Smiths Accompanied children are welcome in the Roman-stepped rooftop pool, which has floats to borrow, during specific times throughout the day. Although there’s no kids club, babysitters can be booked through reception, giving you the perfect opportunity to indulge in a couple’s massage.
VIDAGO PALACE DOURO VALLEY, PORTUGAL
Spa style Taking the waters
Setting Portuguese spa town
The enticing spa bits The star attraction at the gleaming spa is the water: book a three-, seven- or 14-day programme of traditional water therapy if you’re interested in old-school treatments.
For the little Smiths A selection of spa treatments are available for the younger Smiths, so make it a family spa day. The kids club usually meets outside (although there’s an indoor space in case of bad weather) and has a rotating programme of activities for smaller Smiths, including nature walks, face painting, creative art classes, magic tricks, music sessions, puppetry and cookery.
L’ALBERETA BRESCIA, ITALY
Spa style Award-winning luxury
Setting Holistic hilltop retreat
The enticing spa bits Spa Espace Vitalité Henri Chenot has more than the standard scrubs and serene soaks: get your diet assessed and your energy tested as you sip the detox tea of the day, or delve deeper into the dizzyingly long menu of medical and aesthetic treatments.
For the little Smiths The bright, colourful Maty’s Club is open for children aged 15 and younger, although under-3s must have a parent in tow. The kids club is crammed with puzzles, toys and craft supplies and games in the grounds make sure little Smiths get plenty of fresh Brescian air. Staff members also organise daily creative workshops.
NAM HAI HOTEL HOI AN, VIETNAM
Spa style Coastal calm
Setting Floating above a koi-filled lagoon
The enticing spa bits Each one of the eight treatment rooms features an open-air relaxation deck with a deep soak tub and cushioned day-bed big enough for two. Mr and Mrs Smith and over-16s can enjoy warm stone massages, facials featuring rainforest mud and local seaweed, and other beautifying treatments.
For the little Smiths The free kids club is in a huge garden house hub of activity, and Smiths from four to tween are under the watchful eye of the resort’s female English-speaking, first-aid-trained counsellors. Entertainment includes sports, treasure hunts and traditional cultural activities, such as making paper lanterns and picking local herbs and vegetables in the hotel’s gardens. There’s a separate teen club too.
ESENCIA RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO
Spa style Mayan organic
Setting Relaxed Riviera
The tempting spa bits Aroma organic spa uses indigenous fruits, plants and herbs – many grown in the estate’s garden – and has five treatment rooms, four Jacuzzis and two Mayan-style temazcal domed steam rooms. Refresh with holistic healing treatments – reiki, cranio-sacral therapy – and a range of facials and other revitalizing couples’ massages.
For the little Smiths There is a menu tailored for children aged five to thirteen (14s and over can choose from the adult menu) with yummy signature treatments such chocolate baths and massages and tropical strawberry and vanilla body wraps. The hotel offers two hours’ complimentary babysitting every day: take advantage and sneak away to the spa for a couples’ massage.
CONSTANCE LE PRINCE MAURICE MAURITIUS, MAURITIUS
Spa style Luxurious Sisley spa
Setting Tranquil garden
The enticing spa bits Six treatment rooms and two couples’ rooms border a small heated thermal swimming pool. There’s a steam room, Jacuzzi, chilled bath, and a pampering menu of Sisley facials, warm-oil Shirobhyanga massages and mani-pedis. Try the signature Rum Spirit, a two-hour ritual using fragrant vanilla and cinnamon. Yoga, Pilates and Power Plate are offered at the gym.
For the little Smiths Over-12s can enjoy coconut or rose foot baths, mini massages and manicures at the spa. Inside the thatched huts of kids’ club Les Petits Princes, Smiths aged four to eleven will find activities including Mauritian arts and crafts and ice-cream making workshops. Over-eights can venture into the water for water-skiing, glass-bottom boat trips, or scuba diving initiations.
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