Followers of Family Experiences Blog know that I am a regular spa-goer and fortunately for me, there are some amazing spa and wellness centers in Athens and Greece. Some are based on thermal water, others are regular luxury spa centers often combined with a hotel or resort. Some of these offer treatments for kids too, making family spa and wellness lifestyle possible from a very young age.
Family spa and wellness is a relatively new phenomenon in Greece and something I will be posting more about in the future. I have been to spas all around Greece. From the thermal waters in Aghia Paraskevi (Kassandra, Thessaloniki) to Kamena Vourla and Edipsos and Lake Vouliagmeni in Athens. But I went to luxury spas too. I checked out several luxury resorts in Crete and the Peloponnese and I will be visiting the luxury Daphnila Bay Dassia in the summer of 2018. Here are five Spa & Wellness centers in Greece offering treatments for adults and kids that have been tried and tested by me and my two girls.
The family spa and wellness of the Thalassotherapy Spa in Olympia Riviera Resort on the Greek mainland in the Peloponnese presents (ayurvedic) treatments for kids as well as children’s massage. Parents can share a treatment room with the kids or they can do some alone pampering whilst their children are being entertained and supervised at the Grecoland Kids Club. My girls and I recently had the chance to try and test this spa during our family summer vacation. It was very pleasant to share a treatment room together. For my 5-year-old, this was the perfect way to introduce her to the spa and wellness lifestyle. I had an Elixir Aroma Massage (50’/90E) and a Total Body Massage that made me feel relaxed and rejuvenated. The girls tried a Kids Massage (20’/40E – 45’/75E). Kids massage is based on touch as a natural healing therapy. It is suitable for boys and girls aged 5 to 16 years and is applied on hands, back, legs, face, neck, scalp, hair. Below photos show the kids massage at Elixir Thalassotherapy Center. Read more about our family spa experience at the Grecotel Elixir Thalassotherapy Center here.
Family spa and wellness can also be found in The Euphoria Rejuvenating Spa belongs to the Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort on the island of Crete. Euphoria is a Greek word. It means ‘psychologically uplifting or extreme happiness’. It is a hi-tech Spa & Wellness center as well an Aesthetic and Aesthetic Medical Department. This way, the spa offers a unique and complete wellness philosophy where the emotional, mental and physical well being of the guest is important. The focus is on health, weight, stress reduction and detoxification. The spa menu presents a long list of face and body treatments and massages for men and women and there are specially designed treatments for teenagers such as the Purity Face Cleansing (80’/170E). You and your teens can combine spa treatments with the world famous Dukan diet method. You can read our personal experience at the Euphoria Rejuvenating Spa here.
In a list of family spa and wellness, the family-friendly spa hotel of Thermae Sylla Spa Wellness Hotel cannot be missed. This hotel is located on the island of Evia in Edipsos relatively near Athens. The thermal town of Edipsos and its therapeutic waters, as well as the Thermae Sylla Spa hotel, are well known in Greece. Thermae Sylla Spa Wellness Hotel has been classified among the 10 best spas in the world. The curative springs in Edipsos have been known for thousands of years (they are mentioned by the ancient Greek philosophers and Hippocrates) and it was Roman general Sylla who gave his name to the hotel. He visited the springs and was cured of arthritis. Later on, Thermal Tourism was the first kind of tourism to Greece. Thermae Sylla Spa has an indoor and outdoor pool. They are connected with the warm thermal waters found 300 meters underneath. The outdoor pool is mixed with seawater. The outdoor pool can be used by children starting from infant age. In fact, a baby was in the outdoor pool during my winter weekend stay! Because of its temperature – 32-34 degrees C-, the outdoor pool is open all year. The hotel offers family features such as family rooms, a small playroom for babies and preschoolers and a game room for older kids. More about my experience at the Thermae Sylla Spa Wellness Hotel and information on the spa here.
Family spa and wellness cannot only be found at resorts on the Greek islands. For parents and kids spa treatments in Athens, you can visit the Aegeo Spa in St. George Lycabettus Boutique Hotel. The Aegeo spa provides the treatment “ MY CHILD AND I “. It is a rejuvenating treatment for two, in the same room, followed by an aromatherapy massage for the parent and a chocolate wrap and massage for the child. Parents share a room with their child and have relaxing time together. Please take a look at my blog post called spa with kids about our recent experience.
Lake Vouliagmeni is somewhat different from the before mentioned family spa and wellness centers. It is a truly amazing geological phenomenon and only 25 km from the Athens city center located on the Athenian Riviera at the coastal town of Vouliagmeni. It’s very near to the sea, in fact, it is connected by it. The lake contains brackish water fed by underground currents seeping through the mountains around it. It is not very clear how the lake was formed but it is said that at the location of the lake, there was once a large underground cave. The walls of this cave suffered erosion by the hot thermal water causing the roof of the cave to collapse and the ground sank. Vouliagmeni means ‘sunken’.The scenery is truly impressive. The huge tall rock and the mysterious underwater cave are worth a visit even if you are not going to swim. The lake stands at a 40 cm above elevation and its water has a constant temperature of 21-27 degrees Celsius all year round. The water comes from the springs that are located 50-100m underground. Because the lake is above sea level its water moves towards the sea and is constantly renewed. The healing capacities of Lake Vouliagmeni provide relief many conditions. Inside the lake is a variety of unique organisms: a special sea anemone and also species of sponges. It also has the little Garra Rufa fish, also known as Doctor fish or Spa fish and famous for being used in fish spas; they exfoliate the skin and offer a massage. Vouliagmeni Lake is recognized by the National NATURA 20. Some people were there to drink coffee and enjoy the scenery, others were swimming and sunbathing. It is important to know that sun lotions are not allowed when using the lake. It is wise to dress your babies/children in sun protective swimwear and keep them in the shade. There are plenty of umbrellas and trees around the lake. The swim in the lake was very relaxing and rejuvenating although I expected the waters to be warmer. When I sat down on the side of the lake with my feet in the water, the little natural inhabitants of the lake came nibbling (exfoliating) my feet (!) I was not scared but it was difficult to resists the tickling feeling of the fish at my feet. The lake is safe for children but young kids will not be able to stand on the bottom. There are no waves it is like a round shaped swimming pool. There is a lifeguard at all times. The cave is very exciting for older children. Another great activity in the lake is snorkeling. Right next to the cafe and near the lounge chairs at the lake is a safe playground surrounded by trees. Further, there is a grass area where the children can play. There is a special children’s menu with family-friendly prices and the resort often organizes kids events such as children book presentations or holiday activities and birthdays.
Wellness and Spa vacations for families are becoming more and more popular. Families are looking for new ways to leave the stress of their daily lives behind and to spent time together. Family life is wonderful but it can be busy and demanding. A spa is a quiet and relaxed place for family bonding time. A spa makes you feel happy both physically and emotionally.
Have you been to a spa with your kids and did you enjoy it?