Ritz-Kids: Why your toddler, tween or teen will love these new spa services
posted by: Amber Johnson
I wanted to do something special for my daughter Hadley’s 12th birthday. Not only will she be starting middle school but she is leaving our children’s organization at church and entering “Young Women.” She’s at such a tender, transitional age that I wanted to celebrate the beautiful young lady she is becoming. There was no better way to do it than by surprising her with her first real spa experience at the Ritz-Carlton Denver, which recently introduced an array of services crafted just for kids and teens.
As one of the premier luxury spas in Denver, The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver offers more than 6,000 square feet of tranquil space inspired by Colorado’s natural beauty. Upon arrival, Hadley was instructed to change into a robe and slippers. The locker room facilities are only available to ages 18 and older so she got ready in the bathroom and waited for her appointment in the cozy lounge. As she leaned back on the luxurious beige couch sampling chocolate chips, infused water and dried bananas, she mused:
“Can we do this every day?”
“You haven’t done anything yet.”
“All I need is to sit in this waiting area and I’ll be happy.”
Attention to all parents with hormonal teens: this is all they need!
Her first treatment was the Teen Facial ($105). Specially crafted for teenagers, this cleansing facial helps analyze any concerns with your developing teen’s skin with organic products used to add extra sensitivity protection. I hunkered down in the corner of the dimly-lit room for the duration of the 45-minute treatment trying to stifle my laughter. My girl was in her element as she was swept and blown away in her ultimate experience of relaxation, renewal, and refreshment (if you’ve ever had a facial, you know). Following her treatment, her esthetician Angie discussed lifestyle tips for taking care of her skin that included washing her face at night, using a milk cream cleanser, moisturizer with SPF for the daytime sun protection and how to scrub/exfoliate once per week.
While she was still relaxing on her massage table, I asked what she thought of her first facial.
“I feel heavy,” she groggily announced.
“Heavy? Do you mean from all the blankets?”
“No, heavy like gravity is pulling me down telling me not to move ever again.”
From there, she entered the world of light, The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton’s bright salon, where had the Berries and Bliss Manicure Pedicure. Starting with a warm Butter Brulee Milk soak, she then had her toes and nails rejuvenated with a fresh coat of polish, concluding with a Strawberry Smash Creme application. Appropriate for youths aged 7-12 years. Manicure: 25 mins.; $25. Pedicure: 30 mins.; $35.
As Hadley nibbled on her brownie pops with ganache and fresh berries from ELWAY’S Downtown, the hotel’s signature steak house, she declared it her best birthday ever.
The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton sure does a warm welcome to womanhood.
Here are a few other spa treatments for your toddler, tween or teen designed exclusively for Ritz-Kids.
HONEY-LAVENDER MILK MANICURE/PEDICURE
Start with a Nectar Milk Soak and Honey-Lavender Salt Scrub to rid dry skin. Next, let us pamper your hands or feet by filing, clipping and shaping the nails. Choose your polish and end with a Honeysuckle Custard Hand Lotion application. Appropriate for youths aged 13-16 years. Manicure: 25 mins.; $25. Pedicure: 50 mins.; $50.
Enjoy a polish change on the hands or feet with buff and file for shiny, sleek nails. Appropriate for youths aged 3-6 years. 15 mins. each. $10each/$17 for both.
PURE ORGANIC FACIAL
This relaxing skincare treatment is ideal for your child’s pre-teen complexion. We use gentle, all organic ingredients to hydrate and protect their ever-changing skin. Appropriate for youths aged 8-12 years. 25 mins.; $75.
The Ritz-Carlton also offers a Mommy-To-Be package that includes a Ritz-Carlton baby bib and rubber ducky to welcome the newest addition to your family.
In partnership with Mile High Mamas.