Prima Donna pampers your kids |

Prima Donna pampers your kids

Cliff Thompson
Shane Macomber / Allegria Spa's McKenzie Stevens sets breades in Meredith Sternke's hair as Jessica Corenman puts makeup on Kayla Strahan for the day. The "Prima Donna" spa for kids is located poolside at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek.

Kid spas, in fact, are a growing trend. Gone are the days of spas being filled with matrons trying to regain lost youth. The typical spa client isn’t typical anymore. There are more kids heading to the spa and up to 25 percent of the clients are men.”Our clients keep getting younger and younger,” said Mary Gunderson, the spa director at Allegria Spa, which operates the new teen spa. Young clients have a choice of hair braiding, nail painting, henna tattoos, facials and more – with parental permission, of course, she said.

“This is more of a fun experience,” Gunderson said. “It gives them a taste of the spa experience. Mommie gets to go to the spa and the little girls get to go to Prima Donna.”Since Prima Donna opened a month ago hundreds of youngsters aged 5 to 16 have gotten the treatment.Prima Donna is poolside at the Hyatt in a small tent that is decorated with the clientele in mind. And specially trained teen spa technicians make sure clients get what they want.For technician Casey Gilbert, 17, of Edwards, working at Prima Donna isn’t work.”It’s like working in a big doll house,” she said. “It’s not like working.”

Fellow technician McKenzie Stevens, 14, said she also doesn’t feel like the work, either. “It’s every girl’s dream,” she said. “You don’t get to pamper yourself like this every day.”So far, hair braiding and nail painting have been the most popular. Paraffin hand dips, with names like “Peachy Keen” and “Chocolate Chip,” boost the popularity of the treatments.”Id rather have a facial or a fake tattoo than take a hike – any day of the week,” said Sidney Clough, 16, of Denver. If that doesn’t move you to spend some money, you might try the Butter Cream Face Frosting or the Sweet Cheeks Makeup Makeover. But if you think it’s just for girls, think again. Quite a few of the clients have been boys who opt for henna tattoos.

And to add to the occasion, photos are taken of the young clients.If you’re really serious about the spa experience, there’s even a “Stayover-Makeover,” package for mini-divas that also require an adult.Locals have begun to use the facility for special occasions like birthday parties, Gunderson said. Treatments cost $15 for 15 minutes.Cliff Thompson can be contacted via e-mail at or by calling 949-0555, ext. 450.

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