The best spa escapes for children (and mamas!) across Asia and beyond
Come one, come all: there’ll be no tantrums from left-behind little ‘uns banned from the spa at these stylish stays. We asked family-travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith for their favourite child-friendly spa escapes where junior guests are made more than welcome. For hammam-enhanced health clubs, sleek city spas, thalassotherapy wellness centres and boutique nail bars, read on…
Anantara Bophut Resort and Spa, Koh Samui, Thailand
A pleasingly remote retreat with blossoming gardens, family-friendly Anantara Bophut keeps everyone happy. A comprehensive kids club keeps little Smiths entertained, and a diverse menu caters to even the fussiest eaters. But the star is the spa, and babysitters aren’t required – kiddos are welcome. So while you indulge in something spoiling (the 200-minute Journey of Siam or 165-minute Dawn Renewal ritual, perhaps?), your little Smiths can be treated to a chocolate body scrub, tropical body-cocoon treatment or a relaxing junior massage.
Smith extra: Welcome drink; fruit basket; 15-minute head and shoulder massage (half-hour foot massage for children); and a 10 per cent discount at the spa, restaurants and bars
One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Dip your toes in the azure of the Coral Sea or plunge into one of three spectacular swimming pools at Hayman Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Villas with plenty of room for guests travelling en famille look out to the ocean, providing an ideal backdrop for family-friendly sealife-spotting escapades, spa treatments and scuba adventures. The spa treatments range from high-tech and traditional, with mini-me treats on offer for over-7s.
Smith extra: An ‘Island Escapade’ snorkelling trip to Blue Pearl Bay or Langford Island for two adults and two under-13s
Six Senses Con Dao, Con Dao Islands, Vietnam
Who doesn’t love camping out in the garden? Here, your adventurous offspring can camp on the beach, which is clearly even better (less intrepid mini guests can go for pizza-making classes instead). Between trips to the sprawling expanse of sand, perhaps an island bike ride beckons… or just venture as far as the spa, where the Lo Voi mountains make a calming backdrop. Kiddos are welcome any time and can also book any of the treatments.
Smith extra: For the grown ups, a half-hour foot massage or body scrub for two; children are treated to a pizza- and cupcake-making class
Mia Resort, Nha Trang, Vietnam
Mia wows all ages thanks to its glittering private bay, green gardens, succulent seafood and friendly staff, who’ll spoil you in the restaurant, spa and bar. Try water sports, or just unwind by the pool, immerse yourself by the sandy beach… you’ve achieved holiday nirvana. The spa’s tucked away in its own building, a peaceful space where guests enjoy some steam room and sauna time before treatments. Young spa-goers have their own special menu of treatments for 5 to 13 year olds, including tailored facials, massages and foot massages.
Smith extra: One free high tea for two adults and up to two under-12s; teens get a free manicure or pedicure
Indigo Pearl, Phuket, Thailand
Holiday in style at Indigo Pearl, a boutique hotel celebrating – really – Phuket’s tin-mining heritage. The Bill Bensley-designed villas and suites mean the whole family can spread out… but with a blissful beach, a cocooning spa and thoroughly fun kids’ club on offer, you won’t really be spending much time in them. Take a dip at the sandy beach or enjoy first-class diving while the kids hone their cooking skills at the range of classes, and then regroup in time for a film at the outdoor cinema. The spa’s eight luxurious rooms are nestled in tropical gardens, and little Smiths are very welcome: therapists will happily polish little nails and trim or braid bairns’ barnets.
Smith extra: Return airport transfers
Smith & Family gives you the best prices, guaranteed, and a little something extra on arrival. Book online at smithandfamily.com or by calling the expert Smith24 team toll-free on 8003211098.