Queenly family-friendly retreats
Looking for a healthy holiday where your babies, children or teenagers are welcome and you can truly relax or get well as a family? Here are just a few spa hotels and wellbeing retreats we have reviewed in depth and recommend.
FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES, TODDLERS & YOUNG CHILDREN
HolyMama Retreats, Ibiza, Ireland, Morocco & Bali
HolyMama offers super-relaxing week-long group retreats for parents and their babies, toddlers or primary school children. They include morning child care whilst parents can attend a daily yoga class and enjoy a child-free brunch, while afternoons are free for the family to relax by the pool or explore the local area. Next Ibiza Retreats run 21-18 September, 28 – September – 5 October and 12 – 19 October 2019. Ireland 1 – 3 November, Morocco 10 – 15 November 2019, Bali 31 March – 6 April 2020. Explore.
FOR POST NATAL PARENTS & NEW BABIES
Restore and Reform, Portugal
This clever company founded by talented London-based physiotherapist Michelle Lewis and her patient Lucy Nifontova offers relaxing and effective post-natal programmes alongside those for bad backs and post-surgery on set dates at a luxury spa hotel with childcare on the Algarve. The breaks mix Pilates-based matwork, Reformer Pilates sessions, soft tissue therapy and physiotherapy with plenty of down time. Next retreats run 5 – 7 and 7 – 12 October 2019. Can also be arranged on a private, bespoke basis. Explore.
FOR PARENTS, CHILDREN & TEENAGERS TO HEAL TOGETHER
The Arrigo Programme, England
The Arrigo Programme is a clever, cossetting, discreet healing retreat devised by internationally acclaimed healer Fiona Arrigo and a talented team. Stay in a private cottage cocooned from the stresses of everyday life for four nights or more to rest deeply and rebalance. The Hand in Hand Parenting Support sessions help families establish strong connections and emotional safety within the family, drawing on pragmatic, trauma informed, therapeutic parenting tools in line with current neuroscience. Relevant for every child from babies to teenagers, they can help set limits and deal with aggression, separation issues, school struggles, bullying, teen disconnection, sexuality, picky eating, potty training, sleep struggles and tantrums. Arrange private dates to suit you. Explore.
SURF, YOGA & SPA FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Paradis Plage, Morocco
Set on a wonderful beach a 25 minute drive from Agadir, Paradis Plage spa hotel boasts almost year-round board-short weather and is wonderful for active families. The energetic team of instructors lead surf, yoga and fitness classes, and there’s a spa for treatments. Stay in a suite or a villa in tropical gardens. For surfers, the Rip Curl Surf House is 100m from waves that are perfect for children and beginners. Open all year round, with 2, 5 and 7 days yoga, spa and surf packages, though you can stay as long as you want. Explore.
WELLBEING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Adler Thermae Spa Resort, Tuscany, Italy
A deeply relaxing family-friendly spa hotel in the Val d’Orcia area of Tuscany. There’s a fabulous spa with oodles of wellbeing programmes and treatments on offer, indoor/outdoor hot and cold rooms, a large, warm outdoor pool of soothing, healing thermal waters set in calming landscaped gardens and a huge pool for proper swimming. The complimentary Kids Club for children over the age of 4 offers entertainment and excursions. Babysitting is available and you can arrange to go biking, horse riding or do pasta cooking classes together. Open all year – stay for 3 nights to as long as you can. Explore.