Fit For Family Vacations
By Bernard Burt
Taking teenagers to a spa may not sound like an idyllic getaway, but family vacations at leading resort spas offer great options. While the minimum age for facials and massage is generally 16â€“18, there are exceptions. Increasingly popular, sports camps for teens allow parents to spa while kids train with golf and tennis pros. Getting your family to workout together may be the best way to develop positive attitudes about a healthy lifestyle.
Surrounded by championship golf courses, luxury condos, and the Intracoastal Waterway, the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa at Turnberry Isle Yacht Club may be the best of both worlds when you and your teenagers want a healthy vacation. Stay at Fairmont's Turnberry Isle Club and sign your kids up for summer camp. Youngsters feed flamingoes and swans on the manicured greens; teenagers train with golf and tennis pros. Escape the sun at Fairmont's adult-only Willow Stream Spa, complete with fitness center and cellulite-reduction programs. Shedding pounds at the Pritikin Center requires a one- or two-week commitment to lifestyle change. While adults follow a physician-supervised exercise and diet regimen, teenagers learn healthy cooking and have fun exercising. Stay together at the Pritikin waterfront resort; all meals are included in the summer package for a parent with teenager. For more information on Turnberry Isle call (800) 327-7028 or visit www.fairmont.com/turnberryisle; Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa, (800) 327-4914 or visit www.pritikin.com
Blooming in the Sonoran Desert near Tucson, Arizona, the new JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort is ideal for families. Inspired by the healing properties of the Saguaro cactusâ€”called hashani by the Native Americans of the regionâ€”the Hashani Spa mirrors the desert's tranquil beauty. Enjoy the Starr Pass Eagle Massage after a round of golf on the stunning course that winds through cactus-studded hills. Learn about desert wildlife at the Living Desert Museum, where guided treks for families are part of the daily program fee. Then explore movie sets at the Old Tucson Studios, replete with music hall shows and shoot-outs that recreate legends of the West. For more information call (520) 792-3500 or visit www.jwmarriottstarrpass.com
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex buzzes with exciting attractions for kids of all ages. The town of Grapevine revels in vintage Americana, with steam train rides, winery tours, Grand Ole Opry concerts, and a day spa. Nearby, the new Gaylord Texan Resort offers a tour of Lone Star state icons reproduced in acres of gardens, weatherproofed by a glass canopy. Workouts at Relache spa come with views of San Antonio's River Walk, cafes, and the Alamo. For more information call (817) 778-1800 or visit www.gaylordhotels.com
Great golf and tennis attract families to the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Las Colinas. This 400-acre oasis allows you to enjoy one of the nation's best resort spas. Within minutes of attractions like Six Flags Over Texas and the Mesquite Rodeo and fresh from a major makeover, the spa features facials with ruby grapefruit cream, an exclusive signature treatment. Intensive instruction with pros in tennis, swimming, and golf is offered with Summerfest programs for kids from age four to teens. For more information call (972) 717-0700 or visit www.fourseasons.com/dallas
Combine medical checkups for adults and sports conditioning for kids at the renowned Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas. During the summer, weeklong youth camps are held on the leafy thirty-acre campus. Called the father of modern aerobics, Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., now seventy-four, plans to open a second lifestyle center north of Dallas next summer. For more information call (800) 444-5192 or visit www.cooper-aerobics.com/fitness/Youth