Our Favorite Family Friendly Spas
Top 10 Picks for a destination spa in the US

Family Friendly Spas Our First Five Picks

We are very excited to introduce our guests to the first of our family friendly spas at Mohonk Mountain House in New Platz New York.  Mohonk Mountain House understands family friendly vacationing providing full kid coverage with their kid's club and teen programs.  This resort runs regular Kid's Eat Free special packages so plan ahead to make sure you do not miss out. 

Mohonk Mountain House is a unique facility providing everything you would want from a luxury resort while having a long history for its wellness retreats.  This resort offers an extensive list of fitness opportunities with skilled trainers and instructors for classes scheduled throughout the day (note to use the fitness center one must be 16 years or older).   Mohonk Mountain house has a 16 room award winning spa and the entire property welcomes day guest to participate in daily activities, dinning and spa resources.  If you live in the area you may want to plan a day at Mohonk Mountain house to preview the facility. 

Mindfulness at Mohonk has a series of workshops designed by Nina Smiley with a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University.  The program also includes naturalist guided walks and workshops lead by Dr. Richard Brown and Dr. Patricia Gerbarg.  Many of these programs at the Mohonk include lodging, outdoor activities and meals.  

If you have every wanted to take your family to Jackson Hole Wyoming then what are you waiting for the next on the list of family friendly spas provides luxury accommodations and fun for every member of the family.  The Wilderness Adventure Spa at Spring Creek Ranch can be your home away from home for a family vacation or a full scale family reunion.  The Spring Creek Ranch is located above the town of Jackson Hole providing spectacular views of the Teton Range.

The staff at Spring Creek Ranch is glade to be your guides during your stay.  For the best family spa vacation plan your itinerary before you book.  Not every member of the family will be interested in Yoga and spa treatments, so arrangements can be made for them to go on a wild life safari or play tennis or taken in a round of golf. 

A custom Yellow Stone Park tour with a possible overnight trip scheduled into your stay is also an option for the whole group or just certain family members.  Jackson Hole has an amazing indoor climbing gym with private or group lessons available for the beginner.  If you already know your stuff the facility provides for a great workout. The list of summertime or wintertime recreation is just too long to include here so please take time to check out their web site.  

Our next resort is one of those one of a kind destinations that keeps you wanting to come back year after year.  Big Sky Resort is an expansive complex affording a wide range of family friendly spa and adventure possibilities.   The resort complex has a child care facility that has hours of operation during the summer and winter months.

Lone Peak Playhouse child care provides care for children between the ages of 6 months to 8 years during the winter and 6 months to 2 years during the summer.  Kid's club Summer time camp activities are available children 4 years of age and older.  The resort's concierge service can help you plan all of your families' daily activities including in room baby siting during the evening. 

The resort's Solace Spa & Salon provide a full range of Spa and Salon services.  The community also provides fitness classes in Yoga, Zumba and Pilates year round.  Big Sky is only a short drive to the Western entrance to Yellow Stone National Park for those who want to explore.  The best part about Big Sky is that you do not need to go anywhere to find something fun to do.  Big sky offers access to both summer time and winter time adventure for all ages.

The Greenbrier Spa in White Sulphur Springs West Virginia is a wonderful destination for family's with children.  The resort has a well established Adventure Zone program for the winter and summer months with programs that will create memories that will last a life time.   The Greenbrier provides an long list of free activities for children under 12 and other activities that are free with a paid adult.  To find the Adventure Zone for kids on the resort web site enter kids adventure zone in the search box at the top of the page.

For those under 12 the resort provides a special key card that unlocks free prizes every day of your stay.  The spa provides a wide selection of hydrotherapies which include sulphur soaks, mineral mountain bath, aromatherapy bath, detoxifying bath, fruit and crème bath and waterworks which includes a Swiss shower and Scotch spray.  Other therapies include meditation workshops, massage therapy, body wraps, body scrubs, body tanning and full service MedSpa.

Our fifth family friendly spa destination is in line with a classic healing spa and children of all ages are welcome. The Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa in Ojo Caliente New Mexico has a liberal children's policy.  The most importing factor to understand before traveling there with children is that the entire spring's area is considered a whisper zone so parents need to supervise their own children.  The resort has had camp activities for children in the past but as of the writing of this article does not presently have organized activities. 

Before staying at the resort or making use of their day spa facilities make sure you read through their policy for children.  Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort is one of those sacred places that will always have a special place in the hearts & souls of those who partake of the hot mineralized water.  The spa provides professional treatments and Yoga classes 7 days a week.

Our Next Five Picks for Family Friendly Spas

The sixth on our list of family friendly spas is just that kids are welcome and activities are supervised and planed especially for them.  Kid's activities like arts and crafts or guided nature walks.  This gives mom and dad a break so that they can partake in activities that are planned especially for adults.  Choose from activities like morning Yoga followed by a guided hike or meet Judith the resident artist and learn to paint with water colors.  If water colors are not what you had in mind how about a class in mixology or spend an afternoon paddle boarding.

The Tree Spa at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport Maine offers everything you ever imagined Kennebunkport would be.  The resort has an amazing list of amenities including a beach shuttle and a supper shuttle that takes you in to Kennebunkport proper for shopping, sightseeing and dinning.  The best part of Hidden Pond resort is their Earth restaurant with their farm to table freshness philosophy.

Culinary inspiration is provided from the onsite organic garden and local fresh produce, dairy farms and fishermen.  This philosophy of nature and health continues with the organic spa treatments at the Tree Spa.  The spa is literally nestled in the tree tops 8 feet above the ground and overlooking the beach. 

The Spa at Sea Island Georgia will deliver a relaxing family spa & beach vacation with seasonal planed activities for children of various age groups including activities for teens.  The link takes your to the resorts children's activities page.  During the summer and all year Monday through Saturday young guests can participate in camp cloister all activities are supervised by college students.  Instruction is provided for various teen activities such as clay shooting, tennis and golf. 

The Spa & Fitness center has a Forbes five star rating and provides performance therapy for golf and tennis players.  The fitness center offers group classes and private personal training sessions.  The spa has a wide range of massage and body treatments, as well as a full service salon. 

Ten Thousand Waves Spa in Santa Fe New Mexico has offered a spa and hot bath's experience in the Japanese Tradition for over 34 years.  Although they do not have special activities planned for kids, children of all ages are welcome in the bath houses and communal pools as long as they are supervised by an adult at all times.  The Ten Thousand Waves Spa has modeled themselves after the Onsen hot spring in Japan.

Bath houses are a unique cultural and historical tradition throughout Asia and Western Europe.  The Spa is open to the local community and reservations can be made to use the private or communal baths.  Lodging and treatment packages can be added as a part of a complete destination spa experience.

Guests staying at the lodge have access to the communal bath's bathing suite optional before the spa opens and continued access to the communal and women's bath's all day long.  Guest receives complementary organic fruit, organic coffee, organic wheat free granola, almond milk and Japanese teas.  Massage, facials and fully body treatments are available by appointment and should be scheduled before your trip to the spa.

The ninth family friendly spa destination takes us back to an era where families spent the whole summer at champ together.  The Inn at Palmetto Bluff and Palmetto Bluff spa are a unique combination of family adventure with full spa services set in natural southern surroundings.  Located in Bluffton South Carolina The Cottage Day Spa offers guests of the Inn at Palmetto Bluff and the surrounding community a list of complete packaged services or schedule your treatments off of the menu.

The family will have access to world class accommodations along with outdoor sports that include hiking, biking, fishing, shooting, equestrian schools as well as golf and tennis clubs.  Children of all ages are welcome at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff for a weekend getaway, summer vacation or family reunion.  You will not find your everyday destination spa in Bluffton.  Palmetto Bluff is a complete lifestyle experience. 

Our last family friendly destination spa, Spa Aiyana at Carmel Valley Ranch provides an experience for every age group.  They like to say "a stay at the ranch will help you feel human again".  A "Ranch Hands Kids Camp" provides evening activities, daily activities, child care, a river ranch complex and pet friendly activities.  This marvelous sea side community will have you feeling like your in small town America.  At Carmel Valley Ranch pets are considered a part of the family.  Make sure you take a look at the Artisans page for a better understanding of how Carmel Valley Ranch can provide a complete spa adventure vacation for the entire family. 


Staff Article Updated 5/31/16

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