Half term is here and with it there are some little spa-goers in our midst, so how do you find the right spa to suit you?
For parents looking to potter in the pool with their little ones, family-friendly pools are a blessing – fun for everyone in watery bliss. For those looking for a child-free spa experience there are some slightly different requirements on the spa wish list. Fortunately, there’s a spa break for every person and every occasion. Here’s what to look for…
If a spa on Spabreaks.com is described as a leisure venue then they tend to have lots of lovely facilities and particularly good pools for length swimming, but they are not specialised spas. The bonus going to a venue like this is that they are often great for groups, if you want a little treat without spending a fortune, or if you are dipping your proverbial toe into the world of spa.
The thing to remember is that they will often have guests visiting who are not on spa days – for example, gym members and of course families. As a result a leisure venue may well be visited by more children during half term, particularly when it comes to the swimming pool – this is where you’re most likely to come across a conflict of interests.
The trick here is to really plan your day. Check children’s swimming times before you visit – that goes for both family visitors and those looking for a quieter swim. If you want to avoid children’s swimming times, that’s the moment to book your treatment – treatment areas, almost without exception, are child-free areas, and many leisure venues will have a relaxation area for you to go and unwind in afterwards in peace and quiet.
Depending on the hotel, hotel spas should be approached with a similar attitude to leisure venues. Check before you visit as to whether there are children’s swimming times and try to book your treatment, lunch and other activities accordingly.
If you’re staying overnight, which you may well be, parents are advised to check out creche facilities and kids activities so that you get a little me-time as well for a spa treatment and a well deserved break. Many of the hotel spas will have kids clubs and activities available – fun and games and relaxation for everyone.
Again, for those wanting to pretend half term isn’t happening, the relaxation room and the treatment room is your best friend – take a book and a herbal tea and settle in.
Of course, if you want to avoid half term altogether, then a destination spa is what you need. This is an all-singing, all-dancing health and wellbeing Mecca, where children would no doubt be bored out of their minds, so to save everyone an uncomfortable experience, they tend to be child-free zones.
This is teachers’ chill out areas, mums and dads having total me-time, and the domain of friends and solo spa goers who simply need time out to embrace health, wellbeing and no doubt a good snooze as well.
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