Whether you have kids or want to return to when you were one, luxury hotels and resorts have you covered this summer. What's on tap? Corinthia Hotels is offering special spa treatment options aimed towards children staying at their properties in Lisbon and Malta; The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, The Resort at Paws Up, Marigot Bay Resort and Marina and Atlantis, Paradise Island are all launching new kids programs this yea; and, even if you’re not a kid, you can relive your summer camp days at Primland Resort, Gleneagles Hotel or at several Vik Retreats properties.
Kids’ Spa Treatments
At Corinthia Hotels in Lisbon and Malta, children will be able to order off a special children’s spa treatment menu. In Lisbon, at the hotel’s Spa and Wellness Club, boys and girls ages four to 12 can order treatments such as the Doll’s Face Facial Treatment (a hydrating and relaxing mini facial), the Superhero Foot Massage (a scented massage and scrub), Unicorn Massage (scented back massage), Warrior Back Massage (an energetic and invigorating massage) and more.
At the Apollo Day Spa in Corinthia St. George’s Bay, Malta children ages eight and older can order off the special Spa Kids Menu. Treatments include the Fruity Fab Facial, Acne Attack Facial, Heavenly Massage, Fancy Fingers Manicure and more.
Kids Programming at Family Resorts
Running since February, The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando offers children ages four to 12 the new Ritz Kids Badge Program. The program involves a series of challenges around the 500-acre property meant to stimulate kids’ curiosity and sense of adventure. Following completion of the first, mandatory challenge, children will be awarded a Ritz Kids backpack or T-shirt to wear through the remaining 23 challenges, which are to be completed in any order they want.Activities include a kayak eco-tour or Sunrise Safari, a Surrey Bike excursion, speed boat racing and visiting the Ritz Kids garden to meet the resort’s chickens.
The Resort at Paws Up in Montana launched the first Henry the Sports Bug Camp this week. The resort bills it as "part sport, part adventure and all fun." Inspired by the book series, the camp leads children ages three to 12 in sports such as tennis, soccer, golf and basketball. The resort is planning on creating a branded book to give to participants. There is also a series of books and videos created by former pro-circuit tennis player Melissa Detwiler that kids can enjoy during the week.
Atlantis, Paradise Island, located in the Bahamas, is launching two new kids’ programs. Twilight Snorkel of the Ruins will guide children ages eight and over during dusk in discovering the habitat of giant manta rays, sharks and tropical fish. Proceeds raised from the program will go to the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation. The Marine Adventure Camp, for children ages 10 to 14, will let children work alongside the resort’s marine life experts as ‘Junior Aquarists’ and ‘Marine Mammal Specialists.’
Children ages four to 12 can experience the new Zando’s Kid Program at Marigot Bay Resort & Marina in St. Lucia. Activities include a Dock Master-led "Insider View" of Marigot Bay, shak-shak making (an Antillean musical instrument similar to maracas), salt coloring, nature walks and mixology classes using the island’s local fruits.
Adult Summer Camps
At Primland Resort in the Meadows of Dan in Virginia, adults can participate in camp activities such as archery, tomahawk throwing and horseback riding. The resort’s position in the Blue Ridge Mountains provides ideal stargazing opportunities, especially with the property’s Dome’s Celestron CGE Pro 1400 telescope. Guests have the option of staying in Tree Houses or two-story Pinnacle Cottages.
In Scotland, the Gleneagles Hotel also offers adults the opportunity to join in on camp pastimes again. Options include archery, tennis, fishing and horseback riding, all led by experts. During the evening, guests can go to the Bob & Cloche salon or make their way to one of the hotel’s fine dining options.
Similarly, Vik Retreats, with options in Uruguay and Chile, offers adults the chance to go horseback riding, canoeing, fishing and paintballing again. Guests will also have opportunities to try local food wines. Resorts include Estancia Vik, Playa Vik and Bahia Vik in Jose Ignacio Uruguay, as well as Vik Chile in the Millahue Valley.