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A relaxing spa day with the kids!

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Chilling with children around sounds like a misnomer but it is possible and easy if you pick the right location!

We had not one but two spa days on our recent week long holiday to Italy, because we were well located – staying at a Canvas Holidays resort – Camping Bella Italia, which is on the doorstep of a fabulous and glamorous luxury thermal spa which welcomes families, AND a natural hot spring where you can spend a whole day, relaxing, bathing and enjoying a picnic… and both places even have wifi! (This was a big plus for the kids!)

The area of Lake Garda is actually famous for its thermal spas which drew the Romans in great numbers to Sirmione, the next main town along the lakeside from our base in Peschiera. Garda is Italy’s largest lake and is an area with lots of natural beauty – before this trip the last time I was there was 14 years ago for my mother’s wedding and it is just as beautiful as I remember, and I was happy to be in such a tranquil spot and share it with my own children.

After an initial blazing day with warm temperatures and beautiful sunshine on day one of our half term break, day two was rather overcast with the prediction of thunder. We didn’t want to stay around the campsite, even though it has plenty of facilities but we thought the sport’s bar with the wifi would be packed with other holidaymakers so we ventured out to Aquardens – who advertise themselves as ‘the largest Italian thermal park’ and just a 30 minute drive away.

This place was heaven! It has eleven in and outdoor pools with hot water ranging from 28℃ to 38℃ and is open 365 days a year! There are a succession of pools, lagoons, caves and waterfalls and the mineral rich water has therapeutic features certified by the Italian Health Ministry! Have a look at these shots that I shared on Instagram (using their free wifi!)

Mondaze! #lazy #relax #Monday #canvasbloggers

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Swimming on an overcast day #canvasbloggers #swim #relax

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They have a restaurant and treatment rooms but we didn’t go into any of these – preferring to stay by the poolside, enjoying the swim up bar and using the poolside cafe for our lunch. We arrived that day at about 11.30am and ended up leaving at around 7pm although it was open until 10pm! We hired bathrobes to wander round in when we weren’t in the water and you can also hire towels or bring your own. At entry you can pay for 2 hours, 4 hours or all day and our all day family ticket for four cost €65 which we thought was a great price for everything that we got and the stunning location.

Aquardens 2 Collage

It was overcast on the day which is why the photos show a little dark but imagine this in bright sunshine!

Aquardens 1 Collage

The Aquardens is located in Santa Lucia di Pescantina and their website is www.aquardens.it Word of warning… Once a month they have a ‘Naked Tuesday’ for their guests to enjoy a totally clothing free day. I wouldn’t have minded too much actually but the kids didn’t like the idea! Our campsite reps found out about Naked Tuesday on their own day off when they were hoping to enjoy the spa action we had! It gave us all a giggle to think of them turning up, rolled towel in hand to relax into the hot tub then finding out they’d see more of their colleagues than they thought!

Our second spa day was at a place we found by chance whilst driving around the area. The Parco Termale del Garda is a natural hot spring in the village of Cola – just 20 minutes drive from our base in Peschiera.

This 13 hectare park has natural beauty with plants and trees and two thermal lakes, plus a spa building where you can opt to have treatments and go into their thermal water pools and the gym. You pay extra for access to this part of the park, so we just paid an entry fee to the lakes and stayed there all day. The adults were €24 each and the child was €15. Our teenager was counted as an adult as they measure on height so the total entry cost was €87. Plus we paid €4 each for a lounger but you don’t need to use one – you can lay a towel on the floor and avoid this charge. There is a cafe on site but we took our own picnic as did plenty of other holidaymakers and you can use their tables and chairs without charge.

Isn’t it beautiful here?

The caves of the natural thermal spa in Italy where we’re having a @canvasholidays #canvasbloggers #thermalspa #spa

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More natural gorgeousness…

Hot spring Collage

The main lake has a geyser shooting out and both lakes of thermal water are warm with temperatures ranging from 28℃ to 39℃. The water is restorative with healing powers and is certified by the Italian Health Department. Sliding into a bathtub at the end of a hard day at work is one of life’s treats so just imagine wading into thermal lakes like these at any time of the day or night to get that effect! This park is open at night and the pools and caves are lit in the evening to allow bathing.

If you are ever in this area of Italy then both these spas are worth a look. If we find ourselves there again, they will both me on my re-visit list! The website for the hot spring, spa and hotel is www.villadeicedri.com

Our base for the holiday was a Canvas Holidays resort: Camping Bella Italia which has excellent facilities of its own but coupled with this incredible location, it makes it a place for a family holiday where every member of the family will find something for them. We were able to enjoy the freedom of camping with the comforts of home and we felt very pampered too after visiting these spas!

A week in a Canvas Holidays Moda at Camping Bella Italia for a family of four in October 2016 will cost you just £300. I chose October when I searched as they are fully booked up for a lot of the summer months – this site is so popular, but Canvas Holidays do have a holiday search facility on their website where you can put in your preferred travel dates and your party size and they will return search results of where they have availability. There are loads of resorts to choose from!

Have you ever visited a spa before with your children? What was your experience or do you have any recommendations of where we should try next? Leave me a comment below.

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Comments to A relaxing spa day with the kids!

  • I love the idea of a thermal spa and it is something I want to try one day, but how fabulous you got to share it with the kids x

    Rachel 15th June 2016 1:11 pm Reply
    • I’d definitely go back – highly recommended!

      Nadine Hill 16th June 2016 4:24 pm Reply
  • I think my son is old enough to enjoy this sort of day now and I certainly would.

    Erica Price 15th June 2016 2:27 pm Reply
  • I’m getting more jealous by the minute of your lovely holiday. Both spas look amazing and I’d be happy to spend the day at either of them…but maybe not on naked day, lol.

    Anne 15th June 2016 3:17 pm Reply
    • No, naked Tuesday’s are not for the faint hearted!! Thanks for commenting!

      Nadine Hill 16th June 2016 4:23 pm Reply
  • oh my word this looks absolutely incredible. I need to go here!! time to save up and sweet talk the hubby! Never thought of taking kids to the spa, after seeing this I reckon they would love this

    angela hamilton 15th June 2016 3:44 pm Reply
    • There were other families there with kids too so it wasn’t just us! It really is a beautiful place – the spa and the region!

      Nadine Hill 16th June 2016 4:23 pm Reply
  • Wow, this looks fantastic and how brilliant to be able to take the kids and have such fun. Would love to try it out – but definitely not on a Tuesday…..!

    Sarah Ebner 15th June 2016 9:33 pm Reply
    • hehe that was so funny!

      Nadine Hill 16th June 2016 4:22 pm Reply
  • Wow, how incredible does this look!!! And anything to do with water is always a hit with the kids, so I can definitely see how it works 🙂

    Niki - Play & Learn Every Day 16th June 2016 11:04 am Reply
    • It was ah-mazing!

      Nadine Hill 16th June 2016 4:22 pm Reply
  • I think that spa’s are totally different in other countries than in the UK. My boys would love to be able to have all that freedom with the different pools. Water makes them really happy

    Jen Walshaw 16th June 2016 9:37 pm Reply
    • Totally agree – there was no-one dive bombing or misbehaving, it was just a really chilled out family day.

      Nadine Hill 22nd June 2016 5:19 pm Reply
  • Relaxing, spa day and kids would never enter my head at the same time but this looks like a wonderful experience. I think my water loving children would adore it here

    Kara Guppy 17th June 2016 9:21 am Reply
    • I would make a point of going back there is I was ever in the area again!

      Nadine Hill 22nd June 2016 5:18 pm Reply
  • I’ve never taken my kids to a spa and really wouldn’t want to. A spa is for relaxation and being round my kids (or anyone else for that matter) isn’t relaxing 😉

    Sonia 17th June 2016 2:32 pm Reply
    • In the UK I’d agree with you – I wouldn’t take kids to a spa, but in this European spa, it was more like a luxurious family swimming pool – but better! Thankfully my two are older now and a lot more chilled out although other people had young kids there! Thanks for commenting.

      Nadine Hill 22nd June 2016 5:17 pm Reply
  • I would never have thought a spa and kids would go together but this looks amazing x x

    Cass@frugalfamily 18th June 2016 1:27 pm Reply
  • Wow I’m so jealous! Those places look so beautiful, especially the second one. I’ve always thought taking kids to a spa is a good idea, it annoys me when I can’t mine in as they always want to! (as long as they’re well behaved of course) x

    Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours 29th June 2016 10:36 am Reply
  • Amazing places, the nudist Tuesday made me giggle and such a bargain for £300 in October!xx

    oana79 5th July 2016 6:46 pm Reply
    • I know, right?! And naked Tuesday is sooo funny! I’d love to try it!! x

      Nadine Hill 6th July 2016 5:13 pm Reply

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