Banana Split Facials? The Most Over-the-Top Hotel Amenities For Kids

Yahoo TravelAugust 18, 2014

Hotels are constantly trying to outdo each other in providing the most luxurious and unique amenities for their guests. But what about the pickiest of the VIP clients — kids? From one-of-a-kind spa treatments to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, these are the top 10 most exclusive hotel amenities for little ones around the world.

Pink Velvet Cupcake from Billy’s Bakery (Photo: Courtesy of Billy’s Bakery/Facebook)

What: Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes

Hotel: The Plaza, New York City

The Big Apple is known for its food, so it makes sense to have a culinary program available for kids. At the end of August, the historic hotel is offering cupcake-decorating classes with the famous Billy’s Bakery and an Eloise-themed crepe-making class with Vive La Crêpe store. And don’t forget the ongoing option to stay in the Eloise Suite.

A piece by Pablo Picasso from the guitars installation at The Museum of Modern Art. (Photo: Getty Images)

What: Learn About the Great Famous Painters

Hotel: Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Where else are you more inspired than on vacation? Let your little one get the creative juices flowing with the painting program, which actually gets kids studying while away from school. They’ll learn about the work of artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso and then create their own masterpieces. Other exclusive amenities include piñata-making, origami, and piggy-bank making through the hotel’s Rose Buds initiative.

Kimpton Hotel provides goldfish for your visit. (Photo: Thinkstock)

What: Pet Goldfish

Hotel: Kimpton Hotels, Locations throughout the U.S.

Traveling can make some kids a bit homesick, with the comforts of home like pets and personal space miles away. But one hotel has created a way to blend the best of both worlds. Upon request, the hotel will put a goldfish in your room for your child to feed and take care of. Another bonus: Some locations offer bunk bed rooms, kids happy hour, and animal print bathrobes for the kids.

VIBabies Package at Eden Roc at Cap Cana (Photo: Courtesy of Eden Roc/Facebook)

What: VIBabies

Hotel: Eden Roc at Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

This Relais & Chateaux property is all about pampering those still in Pampers. VIBabies (Very Important Babies), which is specially designed for youngsters under 4 years old, includes a unique, premium baby food menu, packages of dry and swim diapers, kids tropical massages, babysitting, and in-room romantic dinners for the parents.  

Teens can get musical with steel drums in Anguilla. (Photo: Thinkstock)

What: Steel Pan Drum Lessons

Hotel: Viceroy Anguilla

It’s time to make your kid the coolest one in the school band. Forget the tuba. This Caribbean hotel hosts steel pan drum lessons, during which teens get hands-on teaching with some of the best tropical musicians in the world. If your child is a bit mellower, the property also offers tai chi to help develop holistic wellness basics.


You can get treated like the Smith family on your very own red carpet. (Photo: Getty Images)

What: Red Carpet Experience

Hotel: Four Seasons, New York City

If staying at one of the world’s top hotels wasn’t posh enough, the Four Seasons will create a VIP experience by hosting a celebrity-worthy red carpet event. Up to five family members head to a private mansion on the Upper East Side, where they walk the red carpet, field questions from the “press,” and pose for pictures. The family also gets hair, makeup, costumes, a script, and a crew to film scenes in front of a green screen — which is edited into their very own film.

Mini Moguls at the Trump Hotel (Photo: Courtesy of Trump Hotel)

What: Mogul in the Making

Hotel: Trump Hotels, Worldwide

Perhaps Donald Trump took a cue right out of his personal playbook by offering the little guests at his hotels the same luxuries his kids enjoyed growing up. The Trump Kids program offers mini moguls kiddie cocktails, spa services, personalized business cards, and cookies and milk. 

Your child could be the next international DJ with lessons at Eau Palm Beach. (Photo: Thinkstock)

What: DJ Lessons

Where: Eau Palm Beach, Manalapan, Fla.

Parents don’t want their kids going out to a nightclub, so this luxury property allows kids and teens to make their own. With an on-site professional recording studio, young guests can learn to spin from a pro. Other one-of-a-kind lessons include videography with a GoPro and surfing lessons — all with industry professionals.

Kids can bottle their own grape juice at the St. Regis in San Francisco. (Photo: Thinkstcock)

What: Grape Juice Tasting

Hotel: St. Regis, San Francisco

Northern California is the ultimate wine touring destination, making it an ideal spot for those 21 and older to kick back and get a little buzzed. Far from a family activity, the St. Regis figured out a way to get the kids in on the wine country action. One of its family packages includes a private grape juice blending, in which your child can bottle his or her own juice and create a personal label.

Spa time is a family event at The James in Chicago. (Photo: Thinkstock)

What: Banana Split Facial

Hotel: The James, Chicago

Who says only mom can benefit from a little spa time? At The James, kids can maintain their already baby-soft skin by indulging in a Banana Split Facial. This indulgent treatment starts with a refreshing strawberry cleanse, followed by a mask in soothing banana, exfoliation with a chocolate scrub, and massage with moisturizing vanilla. 

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