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Family-friendly spa holidays by Maggie O'Sullivan

Posted in HEALTH + WELLBEING By Maggie O'Sullivan

Spa holidays might be a great way to relax and rejuvenate, but if you’ve got children in tow, they can send stress levels soaring. The solution is to choose one of a growing number of family-friendly properties that cater to everyone’s needs: spa treatments for the parents, supervised activites for the kids. Here are six family-friendly spa holiday packages – three short-haul, three-long haul - offered by Health and Fitness Travel.

Shanti Maurice, Mauritius

Les Petits Dodos Kids Club (3-12 years) has a broad actitivy programme, including face-painting, crab-hunting and cooking lessons, as well as field trips to the nearby crocodile park and bird sanctuary. And while they're doing that, parents can rejuvenate mind, body and spirit, as spa therapists work in collaboration with nutritionists, personal trainers, Ayurvedic physicians and yoga masters. Seven nights’ half-board from £2,905 per person, including flights and transfers.Fusion Maia, Vietnam

Parents enjoy a minimum of two holistic treatments a day and can join a range of group classes, including meditation and Tai Chi. Children have their own mini treatments, plus a whole host of creative activities provided by The Mini Maia programme. Seven nights’ B&B from £2,285 per person, including flights and transfers.Carlisle Bay, Antigua

Carlisle Bay offers three kids clubs, catering for children aged six months to 19 years: while the little ones hunt for buried treasure, juniors will be building rafts and seniors trying out a range of exhilarating water sports. Parents, meanwhile, will be lapping up the treatments at the award-winning Blue Spa. Seven nights’ B&B from £2,715 per person, including flights and transfers.Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, Turkey

Adults enjoy unlimited use of the spa facilities and daily Asian-inspired holistic activities for total rejuvenation, while the Kempinski Kids Club ensures that children have fun, keep active and get creative with cookie-making, beach games, face- painting and table tennis. Seven nights’ B&B from £1,095 per person, including flights and transfers.Adler Thermae, Italy

The AKI Kids Club offers a great mix of sports and activities, including their own spa experience, riding and even yoga, while parents have unlimited access to the luxury spa as well as group fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, mountain biking and hiking tours. Five nights’ half board from £905 per person, including flights and transfers.Penha Longa, Portugal

A great property for older children who can have their own tailored spa treatments, including manicures, pedicures or a visit to the salon for a special occasion up-do, while parents shape up with a yoga or Pilates class. Seven nights’ B&B from £1,010 per person, including flights and transfers.

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