Take the Kids to an Italian Spa? Ovviamente!
At the ADLER Resorts, Relaxation and Family Time Aren’t Mutually Exclusive
For parents planning a family vacation who don’t want yet another amusement park or monument crawl, the ADLER Spa Resorts offer an unusually refreshing concept: Come home more relaxed than when you left. With this goal in mind, both ADLER Thermae Spa & Relax Resort in Tuscany, which welcomes children ages four and up, and ADLER Dolomiti & Sport Resort in the Dolomites, which allows children of all ages, offer vibrant, all-day kids’ clubs.
|The ADLER properties’ many activities make them ideal for multigenerational family groups who might be looking for a mix of different things to do. Mom can unwind during yoga (or wine tasting!), dad can hit the gym, grandparents might try a cooking class, and teenage cousins can sign up for a biking or skiing excursion—but everyone can still reconnect back at the hotel during a relaxing swim or fabulous Italian meal.|
Adults who need their own “time out” will be happy to know that both spas set the standard for excellence, offering personalized sessions using the company’s new ADLER SPA cosmetics line. Each spa has more than 100 treatments on its menu, and along with signature ADLER offerings there are many other approaches represented. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach at the ADLER spas; rather, staff members strive to create solutions that are as unique as the guests themselves. The resorts also have sprawling water and relaxation areas with saunas, steam rooms and hot and cold pools. At ADLER Thermae, some pools are also fed by the warm, magnesium-rich thermal waters of the local hot spring.
|Luckily, while moms and dads are away (at the spa or taking part in guided excursions), the kids will play, and get their own introduction to resort life. Understanding that parents are most relaxed when their children are happy, both resorts have an AKI Kids Club, open daily until at least 10 p.m., for travelers ages 4 to 12. Managed by teams of experienced early childhood teachers, the programs feature a daily roster of activities for a range of ages: Arts and crafts, cooking, yoga and movement, treasure hunts, movie screenings and even a PlayStation corner for those craving a little downtime.|
For kids who want to explore the surrounding areas, there are plenty of excursions: Options include countryside walks, picnics, farm visits and, in the Dolomites, ski lessons with transportation. Coaches are available to offer private lessons in activities such as skiing and horseback riding. On any given day, there will be a mix of children from both Italy and other countries, but they all have one language in common: Fun!
Just like at the hotel restaurants, the cuisine at the AKI clubs focuses on organic, local ingredients, and fresh juice is served throughout the day. One popular activity includes a guided countryside walk to harvest herbs and other produce, followed by a lunchtime cooking class. Should the adults want to enjoy a quiet dinner alone, the AKI clubs host popular nightly kids’ parties where dinner is served.
Kids and teens who want to sample a treatment at the spa can try a 20-minute massage (€44 per person). The “Aki Massage” offers a choice of either chocolate oil or milk and honey, while the “Massage with Mum or Dad” is a shared experience with chocolate-scented products.
ABOUT THE RESORTS
Set between the wine areas of Montepulciano and Montalcino, Tuscany’s ADLER Thermae Spa & Relax Resort is a pioneering five-star hotel famous for its thermal baths. It’s set in the Val D’Orcia, known for its rolling hills punctuated by Cypress trees and medieval towns. The valley has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site, and has been used as backdrop for films such as The English Patient, Stealing Beauty and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There are 90 luxury rooms and suites, each with a balcony or terrace overlooking the valley.
ADLER Dolomiti Spa & Sport Resort is in northeastern Italy’s Dolomites mountain range, which was named a World Heritage site by UNESCO, who praised its “vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys.” The 114-room hotel overlooks the mountains, with architecture that’s beautifully integrated into the alpine setting. The property is known for its sprawling Water World area, which features more than 30,000 square feet of hot and cold pools, baths, saunas and relaxation areas, all set within ADLER Park, a private, peaceful oasis.
A variety of kid-friendly accommodations are offered at both hotels, including superior double rooms with sofa beds (at the Dolomiti there are beds but no sofa beds) for families with one child and family suites with additional sleeping areas. Daily rates are start at €208 per person per day at Adler Thermae and €157 per person per day at Adler Dolomiti with reduced rates and meal plan prices for children, depending on age. Additional reductions are offered during special family weeks throughout the year.
Both Adler Thermae Spa & Relax Resort and Adler Dolomiti Spa & Sport Resort are part of Adler Spa Resorts: website www.adler-resorts.com