By Mel Grau
Spas incorporate more activities for the whole family to enjoy than you might imagine, from wellness classes aimed at active kids to post-golf massages dads will rave about. If you’re looking for something new to do on family vacation, spas offer the perfect combination of relaxation and family connection.
WELL Spa + Salon – Grand Geneva Resort & Spa – Lake Geneva
Focused on physical wellness as much as relaxation, this spa’s knockout feature is the Junior Spa. Interactive classes teach young teens about fostering healthy skin at home, applying natural makeup or learning new exercises. By visiting the spa, complete with adult treatments like the luxurious Himalayan Massage, your whole family gets a fitness pass. Rent bikes or ride horses, challenge your family to a tennis match, or race your kids to the top of the rock wall. In the end, you all win.
Spa del Sol – Chula Vista Resort – Wisconsin Dells
This resort is quietly nestled along the Wisconsin River amidst white pines. To start the day, go for a serene river walk with the whole family, and then split up for more individualized treatments. Manicures or facials are available for spa goers under 10, while the hot river stone full body Swedish massages are most popular for adults. After 3pm, the kids are welcome to experience the spa’s majestic outdoor hot springs. End your relaxing day together with a group swim unlike any other.
Dads will rejoice with this spa’s pre- or post-golf massage sessions. By targeting fatigued muscles and improving circulation, these treatments will improve his next round. For teens, try the Lavender Parfait Manicure with lavish milk soaks and sweet cream scents. If you’re looking for a more active spa activity for everyone, practice Yoga on the Lake. With windows overlooking Wood Lake and heated wood floors, family members at all skill levels will feel a deep connection to the world around them—and to each other.
Aspira ranked #3 in Condé Nast Traveler’s spa poll this year, drawing travelers around the world looking for a spa both spiritual and natural. Try the new Elderberry Facial, an organic and environmentally friendly way to pamper yourself. While the spa itself does not allow anyone under 16-years-old, The Osthoff’s “Summer Pleasures” will keep your kids busy all day long. They can test their creativity in cupcake making classes or sand castle building contests, cruise the lake on a pontoon boat or fish from the shores.
Elements Spa/Scooops Kid Spa – Great Wolf Lodge – Wisconsin Dells
Renowned for its sprawling water park, the Great Wolf Lodge also offers spa services your youngest will especially enjoy. While parents and teens can take a break at the Elements Spa, kids can visit their own ice cream parlor-themed spa. A chocolate facial? A sherbet scrub? Sounds like a sweet treat.