Top Spas for Tots

Spas aren’t just for parents—turns out your kids want to be pampered too. Here, a crop of places around the region geared toward teens and their younger siblings.


The Youth Spa at Hayman Island’s One&Only resort in the Whitsundays is tailored to children aged seven to 16. Among the offerings is the “Kids Facial,” a mini treatment using organic plant essences; the teen equivalent sees a therapist analyze skin types and share tips and tricks on how to care for changing skin needs. The facial is formulated to treat breakouts and cleanse the skin of imperfections and impurities while using natural botanical products.


The Four Seasons Hotel Beijing looks after little travelers in its dimly lit Spa, where deluxe double treatment rooms allow parents and children to enjoy therapies side by side. While you enjoy a hydrating facial, your child can experience a mini body scrub, scalp massage, or mani and pedi using eco-friendly nail polish lines that come in a rainbow of colors.

Hong Kong

Designed to have parents and children unwind together, the “Family Retreat” packages at the Cordis Hong Kong at Langham Place’s Chuan Spa see you and your little one indulging side by side. While parents might pick the jade stone acupressure facial, kids can opt for a mini-mani, foot massage or face painting.


On Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, the Spa Tent—a breezy, semi-open pavilion with ocean views—at Karma Kandara looks after kids with soothing foot and leg massages as well as mother-and-daughter mani and pedi bonding experiences. Meanwhile, the main spa pavilion’s teen treatments include a strawberry-infused mask to help heal blemishes and the “Teen Spa Escape,” a body scrub, massage, and facial using chocolate-scented products.

A nail session at Little Spa Kingdom. Photo courtesy of

A nail session at Little Spa Kingdom. Photo courtesy of the spa.


Ideal for frequent flyers, the “Baby Massage” at Kuala Lumpur’s Little Spa Kingdom has been designed to help regulate the sleep/wake cycle of babies, reducing crying and emotional distress in the process. Older siblings can try the mani-pedi package that includes a soak, scrub, mask, and massage for hands and feet, or have their hair painted—tiaras and temporary tattoos are strictly optional!

The Spa Tent at Karma Kandara. Photo by the hotel.

The Spa Tent at Karma Kandara. Photo by the hotel.

New Zealand

In Auckland, Spa Ayurda believes that children, like adults, benefit from a nurturing human touch. Their Kid’s Spa menu features a sensory head massage to relieve tension and improve circulation; a wellness massage using warm, medicated oils; and a kid’s facial, designed to kick-start good skincare habits at an early age.


Trimmings Salon & Spa is as much about grooming as it is about pampering. There’s a menu tailored to children of all ages—think facials customized to teens depending on skin type, as well as manis and pedis using formaldehyde-free polishes. The “Princess Party” is a great way to entertain groups of kids for 75 minutes, with guests treated to a mani and pedi, hair styling, and a gift to take home.


Krabi’s beachside Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is kid-friendly throughout, including its luxe Lek Bunnag–designed Spa. The “Flower Power” stars on a menu for younger guests—this body scrub combines chrysanthemum, honey, and grape-seed oil to moisturize and nourish sensitive skin. The “Tender Tigers” massage is ideal for kids with muscle tension from sport, and there are also family spa packages so mom and dad can be included.

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Ultimate Unwind”).

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