For most of us, family holidays mean good times laced with a little anarchy. After all, there’s a reason why the Griswald family road trip makes compelling viewing.
But one resort chain is looking to massage away any ‘are we there yet’ tensions – by focusing on the wellbeing of the rug rats scrapping in the back seat.
Accommodation giant Six Senses, which operates 13 wellness-focused luxury resorts throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, has announced its new Grow With Six Senses framework for young guests.
Children can indulge in mixology classes to create toothpaste, body scrubs and edible water bubbles.
Or there’s cookery, mindfulness, treasure hunts and trips into villages to meet the locals.
Each resort will offer a unique program, with activities ranging from Zumba to Vietnamese origami, tile painting to ceramic decorating.
Those with an interest in learning languages may want to check into Oman’s Six Senses Zighy Bay for Arabic lessons.
“It’s not all about ‘doing’, there are plenty of ‘being’ options,” says the company statement. “For example, simple meditation incorporating the art of singing bowls.”
Playtime activities include joining gardeners in the resorts’ organic gardens for anything from seed planting to mushroom harvesting.
And just when those weary little bodies are sloping off in search of the games room or reclining with an Ipad, nightfall brings family coastal walks, sandcastle building, story-telling and mastermind challenges.
“Grow with Six Senses incorporates the six dimensions of wellness (social, environmental, physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual) and brings kids ‘back to basics’ in order to reconnect with nature and others around them,” said spokesperson Anna Bjurstam.
“The focus is on offering something a little out of the ordinary to attract even the most reticent joiner.
“For instance, at Six Senses Yao Noi, in Thailand, there’s roselle harvesting and flying yoga.”
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