This Family Travel Trend Is Taking Off

24 March 2017
Read Time: 1.9 mins

According to the latest Global Wellness Tourism Economy report and highlighted in our Travel ideas: Wow List 2017 magazine, travel wellness is touted to become a USD$678.5 billion industry this year. Not just for stressed-out executives and social media addicts, the options for nurturing mind, body and spirit on holiday move beyond hotel spas and in-room massages to embrace personalised programs designed to help you – and your family – relax, rejuvenate and switch off.

Practise makes perfect in paradise. (Image: Getty)

Dream team

Sleep-deprived parents may opt to leave the kids with the grandparents and hit snooze at a dedicated sleep retreat in pursuit of a better night’s rest. Forget pillow menus, Kamalaya Koh Samui offers mind-body balancing Sleep Enhancement Wellness Programs, while at New York’s The Benjamin Hotel, a sleep concierge will supervise your slumber as part of the Rest & Renew program with custom consultations and a Bedtime Bites menu.

Om with mum. (Image: Getty)

Back to nature

Embrace the great outdoors and find inner harmony with back-to-nature experiences the whole family can enjoy. Switch their attention from the iPad to the aquatic world at Fiji’s Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, which has a resident marine biologist on hand to teach little ones about the ocean and lead snorkelling excursions for the older kids. Set in the Blue Mountains, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Australia provides a natural playground for kids to go on an adventure with the Junior Rangers program, where they will be enthralled with activities including bush survival, fossil hunting and yabbying.

Cobra-style. (Image: Getty)

Doing it for the kids

Hotels are also recognising family wellness as a travel trend with mindful activities and facilities aimed at all ages. Family surf and wellness retreats are now the norm, with surfing and stand-up paddleboarding just as likely to be offered alongside yoga and meditation. Hawaii’s Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa has the Painted Sky Teen Spa with age-specific treatments for 13- to 17-year-olds, while The Siam in Bangkok offers one-day to one-week Muay Thai training programs in the onsite gym. Avoiding over-stimulation for quiet contemplation, Six Senses Maldives has music meditation, organic gardening and tai chi for kids. 

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Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on family holidays.

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Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.