Spa treatments for children in South Africa are fast becoming a trend. Gone are the days when only grown-ups escaped to the spa for some well-deserved me-time. Now, kids can come along and enjoy a spot of pampering as part of their holiday itinerary.

Did you know?

The Ginkgo group of spas in the Cape has one of the most extensive teen spa menus in South Africa.

Children's spa treatments may be a recent addition to the local wellness scene in South Africa, but that doesn’t mean that such treatments are an after-thought, or an adjunct to the main spa menu.

On the contrary, extra effort and research goes into developing spa treatments and products suitable for children and teens.

Spas are keenly aware of the added responsibility of working with children, and parental supervision is encouraged, and in some cases required, during treatments.

Teen facials differ from the adult version as they are geared towards the individual needs of the teenager’s skin, and can help with conditions like facial acne. Massage treatments for children and teens are also shorter in duration than those for adults.

In the Magaliesberg in the North West province, Sparkling Waters Hotel & Spa proves that spas aren't just for girls - it has a popular Babes and Dudes programme for girls and boys between four and 12 years, which offers a selection of 20-minute massages and a mini-facial with a chocolate mask that is a hit.

A day at Spa Afrique in Northcliff, Johannesburg, for children aged between 6 and 13 could include a chocolate wrap and peppermint massage, or a strawberry milkshake wrap with a vanilla massage. A selection of spa treatments can be tailored for birthday pamper parties for children from six to 16 years.

Gingko spas at Steenberg in Constantia and Arniston in the southern Cape offer a Teen and Mom Retreat Package.

The Mangwanani African Spa, located in major centres around South Africa, has created PINKTeen day and night packages. Children's spa treatments vary according to the package selected, but include body and face pampering, and even 'mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails) on the night package. A trendy pamper hamper is an optional extra.

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Who to contact

Vygenhoek Organic Spa
Tel: +27 (0)13 254 0769
Email: mail@organicspa.co.za

Sparkling Waters Hotel & Spa
Tel: +27 (0)14 535 0019
Cell: +27 (0)78 525 1432
Email: info@sparklingwaters.co.za

Mangwanani African Spa
Tel: +27 (0)860 55 00 55
Email: info@mangwanani.co.za

Ginkgo Spa, Steenberg
Tel: +27 (0)21 713 2222
Email: steenberg@ginkgospa.com

Ginkgo Spa, Arniston
Tel: +27 (0)28 445 900
Email: spa@arnistonhotel.com

What will it cost

Costs will vary, depending on the spa and the treatment. It's best to enquire directly with the spa. See the listed websites for contact details.