Spa Services for Families: A Growing Trend
By Lucia Rodriguez Amasio Laniwai Spa Director, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Hawaii | June 29, 2014
Traditionally, spas have been retreats for adults to relax and revitalize, far away from children. But with the rise of wellness in spas, another trend has taken rise – incorporating children and teens into a complete family wellness experience. Teens, children, and even tots are now going along for the 'spa-ride,' creating a unique activity for families to do together. With the rise of spas broadly associating with wellness, the total approach and commitment to improving one's health, far more families want to get there spa-on together. Today, whole families are enjoying the spa together, and more spas are finding creative ways to welcome the entire clan.
Evolving with this movement, spas have begun to adapt to this rising demand for programs that integrate children and teens. Reevaluating age restrictions in spa and fitness areas, wholeheartedly welcoming teens, and children into the spa and salon areas, are just a few ways spas have begun to respond to this rising trend. Additionally, a continuous rollout of complete family, teen and younger day programming has taken rise in spas, to incorporate family into a complete wellness experience.
Located on the west coast of Oahu on the beaches of Ko Olina is the enchanting Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Aulani is a family paradise with a touch of magic – where everyone can enjoy amazing adventures, both together and on there own. Adults, teens, and kids each have their own special places here. Laniwai, the spa at Aulani, caters to both children and parents alike. Laniwai is focused on providing a complete wellness experience for the whole family. The 23,000-sqaure-foot spa, Laniwai receives a variety of single, couple and family visits in a year for spa and salon services, wellness treatments and fitness programs and is capable of accommodating private, couple, and family treatments at the same time.
Adapting to the Rising Demand
Laniwai provides a glimpse of what is to come in spas, by welcoming and accommodating families in novel ways. Former couples suites have been converted into special family suites, where parents and children can enjoy their spa experience together. Additionally, Laniwai has a dedicated teen spa, "Painted Sky", with its own private entrance, offering traditional spa and salon treatments, with offerings to incorporate children and teens into the wellness experience. Family fitness is another important way Laniwai welcomes children and teens into the wellness experience. Personal, group and more specifically, family boot camp, yoga, and TRX classes are offered, and designed for the audience – including everything from location, difficulty level, and even the timing of the classes.
A Complete Family Wellness Experience
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