At Health Travel, we believe you shouldn’t need to separate family holidays with dedicating time for your personal wellbeing. From building family bonds through mindful or sporty activities, such as surfing and hiking, to finding a dedicated wellness retreat that welcomes children of all ages – we have family-friendly retreats covered.
Our wellness specialists have handpicked the best wellness resorts for families around the world, on the sun-soaked beaches of Mexico and up in the alpine landscapes of Switzerland. You can be safe in the knowledge that your children can learn and grow at immersive kids clubs whilst you achieve your wellness goals during a transformative wellness programme.
1. Borgo Egnazia, Italy
Mimicking a traditional Puglian village, Borgo Egnazia has a wealth of possibilities to enjoy and explore within its 45 acre estate. Blending a range of family friendly activities with exceptional kids clubs, a golf course, and two private beaches, there’s no shortage of things to keep your children entertained.
Cycle to the beach for a fun-filled day of water sports, play by the pool, or get stuck in to tennis and cooking classes. For adults who want to relax at the spa or over a romantic dinner at the Michelin starred restaurant, Borgo Egnazia offers crèche and babysitting services. There are also three kids clubs catering for ages 3-16, with organised activities and sports, as well as Wii and PlayStation games, for the little ones to socialise and make new friends.
2. Palmaïa, Mexico
Palmaïa, on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, is a transformative retreat that encourages guests to discover wellness through its progressive and unique all-inclusive programmes and meaningful experiences. Within the resort’s holistic approach is Awen, a nurturing space where children can explore creativity, spirituality, and curiosity.
This pioneering kids club fosters exploration of the self and the natural world, through daily activities and rituals. It’s completely device-free, and respects the children’s natural rhythms, with space to eat, sleep, and play woven into the day. From treasure hunts and arts and crafts, to planting herb gardens, baking bread, and singing, all the activities here are designed to help your children grow as people, and tap into their innate curiosity.
3. Marbella Club Hotel, Spain
A beach paradise on Spain’s Málaga coastline, Marbella Club Hotel is an idyllic space for the entire family. This boutique retreat has created a homely and nurturing environment for children to explore and thrive under the Mediterranean sun whilst you delve into the hotel’s transformative holistic retreats. The fun and exciting kids club is open 365 days a year, focusing on engaging children aged 4-14 in new activities to feed their curiosity and forge memories that will last a lifetime.
Channelling discovery and exploration, kids can delve into the herb garden to collect herbs for perfume and candle making, or cook colourful and nutritious recipes made from locally grown, Andalusian ingredients. Sustainable and seasonal eating is further reinforced with hands-on gardening sessions, while beach-side activities including canoeing and paddle surfing encourage them to get active and have an unforgettable adventure.
4. Zulal Wellness Resort, Qatar
Zulal Resort by Chiva Som is Qatar’s leading wellness retreat, combining both adults-only, and family-friendly wellness options between the two halves of the resort – Serenity and Discovery. The family oriented space, Discovery, brings your children on a wellness journey with you, based on the belief that individual wellness is linked to forming meaningful relationships and a fulfilling family life.
Spend quality time together and strengthen your relationship through a range of activities, including kayaking and outdoor adventures, art and music, and personal training and spa treatments. Programmes are divided into age categories, meaning children of all ages can discover enjoyable and engaging activities while learning the value of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
5. Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
One of Europe’s largest spas, the natural thermal springs at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in Switzerland have long attracted wellness seekers, but having a family with you doesn’t mean you have to miss out on this world-leading spa and its medical wellness programmes.
Kids can get involved in wellness themselves with the family spa, enjoying adventure showers and games in the thermal water, or relax with specially designed spa treatments of their own. The Kindervilla offers games and entertainment for kids of all ages, with a library, crafts, and soft toys for smaller children, as well as television, games and a climbing wall for older ones. The Kindervilla also has a supervised kitchen where kids can learn to cook sweet treats for movie afternoon and daily supervised lunches at the Olives d’Or restaurant.