When you become a parent, you often suddenly find the things that were once easy to do, easy to organise and involved very little stress all become the complete opposite! Holidays are one of those little luxuries in life that are made a lot more complicated once kiddies come along. From planning the journey, choosing the best location and picking the right accommodation that caters to young families (think kids club, babysitting, creche, family-friendly restaurants etc), it can be a mission to tick all the boxes and actually enjoy your family holiday! From new mums needing some R&R to bigger families with energetic toddlers to entertain, here are some great options for wellness holidays and retreats for families.
Cocoon and Bloom at Marbella Club
The Marbella Club has just launched a pioneering three-night post-natal retreat for new mothers, which aims to support the early stages of motherhood by addressing the physical, hormonal and emotional changes brought about by pregnancy, birth and beyond. This can be adapted to specific guest requirements, tailored to mothers who wish to travel with their family or alone. Whilst full of many joyful moments, the first year of motherhood can also be an overwhelming one which is experienced differently by every woman. Marbella Club’s ‘Cocoon & Bloom’ postnatal experience offers an entirely private and highly personalised programme catering to the needs of new mothers in the 12 months following birth, post-six-week GP check-up. Incorporating a balanced combination of gentle exercise, hormonal health, relaxation, motivational and nutritional advice, the programme helps new mothers to ‘get back to themselves’ and, crucially, provides the tools to introduce these practices into everyday life back at home. The result is a deeply nurturing holiday experience leaving new mothers feeling reinvigorated, confident and able to handle the challenges of motherhood. Prices start from £1,791pp B&B https://www.marbellaclub.com/en/
If you’ve ever stayed at a Six Senses property as child-free human, you’ll already know just how wellness-orientated this hotel brand is and how restorative holidays can be. H&H contributor, Claire Howe stayed at Six Senses Zighy Bay for her babymoon and you can read her review here, but if you’re a new family or have a couple of energetic children to entertain and keep happy then you have to check our their incredible offerings for families. Their ethos is that wellbeing isn’t just for grownups but for children as well, and through their immersive activities, they too can learn all about healthy food through cooking classes, the importance of sustainability and safe-guarding the environment through inspiring talks and discussions and also the benefits of mindful activities like yoga. Meanwhile, parents can experience some of Six Senses’ signature spa journies so they can relax and unwind before regrouping with their offspring for some well-deserved family fun. For more information on Six Senses’ family-focused approach head to https://www.sixsenses.com/en/experiences/family
Clio Wood founded &Breathe Postnatal Retreats in 2015 after having her first baby. Realising that no one was catering for wellness and fitness-focused retreats for busy parents is what inspired her to start hosting retreats where both mums and dads could bring their little’n and rediscover the benefits of healthy living. These accessible retreats allow parents to eat (and cook!) delicious, healthy food, have a little “me time” in the form of relaxing spa therapies and also have access to fitness experts who are on hand to help you get moving, all without the worry of what to do with the baby! From their “Classic” week-long retreats where you can switch off and enjoy a family-focused holiday to their “24hour” retreats housed in luxurious settings like the Four Seasons in Hampshire, there’s something for every budget and timescale. For more information on their different retreats, head to https://www.andbreathepostnatal.com/
For a more holistic experience, HolyMama host some fantastic wellness retreats for mums as well as dad-friendly experiences too. HolyMama offers clever week-long group retreats for parents and their babies, toddlers or primary school children that run on set dates during the year at handpicked venues on Ibiza, in Goa and in Bali. Created by Swiss English author and mother of three Claudia Spahr, they’re designed to give parents time out to relax, reconnect, participate in yoga and have treatments while their offspring are cared for, with afternoons free to spend all together. These retreats offer a safe haven for mums to meet and engage with other mums and introduce their children to the world of wellness. With health high on the priority list, you’ll return home feeling rejuvenated, full of love after spending some good quality bonding time with your bubba and perhaps even a few friends to you can reconnect with once your home. For information on dates, head to http://www.holymama.info/
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