Looking for a little mommy-kid bonding along with your mani-pedi or facial? A growing number of hotels are including spa treatments geared toward little ones, and in some cities you can even find stand-alone spas entirely dedicated to kids. So the next time you and your little one are in need of some pampering, consider one of these destinations to relax in unison.
"Imagine sitting back enjoying a cotton candy pedicure while you devour a princess ice cream sundae specially prepared for you, before moving on to a fruit loops manicure topped off with a hair wrap in hot pink, and glitter makeup to complete the day of spa perfection." This is the mission statement of Sundae Spa in Connecticut, where the atmosphere involves cupcakes on the walls and cherries hanging from the ceiling. They also offer a camp for kids, birthday club, and special events to help you win parent of the year. sundaespa.com
"The Spa at Grand Wailea has the most comprehensive service offerings for kids starting as young as six," says Virgi Schiffino, founder of private travel concierge company Lux Voyage. "Plus their massages and spa packages include fun treatments such as the 'Chocolate Tsunami' (25-minute chocolate massage, manicure, and pedicure) and a Papaya-Pineapple Body Polish." grandwailea.com
"New York has a quite a few stand-alone spas just for kids, but Milk & Cookies is a one-stop spot for your kiddo's pampering needs in a whimsical, Dr. Seuss kind of setting," says Schiffino. Choose from: mani/pedis, nail art, haircuts and styling, cookie-flavored facials, colored extensions, temporary tattoos and obviously indulge in the milk and cookies at the end. milkandcookieskidsspa.com
There's no better place to get movie star glam than Hollywood, and Schiffino's pick for the best kids spa in LA is the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire. "They offer a cool round-up to get tweens and teens (12-17) cute for the LA groove, with treatments such as the 'Pop Start Polish' and the 'Rock Start Massage,'" she says. fourseasons.com
If you want the spa to come to you, there are a number of places like that offer mobile options that are great for mommy-daughter days or spa-themed parties targeted towards kids ages 3-13. Schiffino recommends The Sassy Princess Spa, since they cater to clients in NY, DC, and Orlando and specalize in "primp, pamper, and play time," thanks to bubble gum, cooling cucumber, and pink lemonade treatments. sassyprincessspa.com
At YHI Spa, you can sign your daughter up for their "I’m Not a Little Girl" package, which teaches them about beauty treatments during a facial that explains sensitive skin. There's also "I’m a Star" (color highlights and makeup), "Always a Princess"(60-minute manicure and pedicure while Caribbean Flavor provides full or half head of braids), and "Guy’s Things" (a 25-minute massage for dads and sons). melia.com