3 Spas for Teens

Where to take you teens and tweens for some pampering 

Spas have traditionally been seen as retreats for grown-ups. But, over the last few years, the demand for family spa services has exploded. With destination and family-friendly resorts seeking to capitalize on this new trend, youth and teen spas are popping up at many top resorts.

“Painted Sky Teen Spa not only offers an opportunity for socializing and fun activities, but is a place where teens can learn about taking care of themselves,” says Lucia Amasio, executive spa director of Laniwai Spa at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa on Oahu in Hawaii.

Many of the services offered at teen spas are focused on educating this age group about healthy skin care practices, developing a positive self-image and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Here are three resorts that feature top-notch, state-of-the-art youth and teen spa services.

Painted Sky Teen SpaDisney’s Aulani Resort, Oahu

This 1,500-square-foot teen retreat features a yogurt bar, computer stations and a DIY mixology bar for creating customized skin products—not to mention massages, facials and makeup and skin care lessons. Tweens and younger kids staying at Aulani can also get in on the fun thanks to individual Minnie Me treatments and two special packages—Keikiwahine for the girls and a Warrior Boy package for the boys—offered at the resort’s regular spa. 

U-Kids Spa, Barceló Maya Beach Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Focused more on the younger set, this bright facility offers up all kinds of fun treatments, including ice cream pedicures—with ice cream fizzing soap for the feet and real ice cream for the taste buds. Boys can get a “Super Hero” haircut, while “Trenzas” (braiding) is popular with the girls. Special birthday party bookings are also available. 

Generation YSpa, Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas

Among the most popular treatments for teens and tweens at this happening spot are the Beach Babe Hair Conditioning Treatment and the Acne Attack Facial. But some of the services here are beneficial to adults, too—the Father/Son Chill Out Massage and the Mother and Daughter Paradise Massage are great choices for parents and kids who want to enjoy some pampering and quality quiet time together.