Prepping for the arrival of your little one is an exciting but intense time for a lot of couples. You’re thrilled about creating a new family, but you’re also filled with fear about the unknown. Sometimes, the best way to deal with the mixed bag of emotions is to pack a suitcase, and catch a flight to your own kind of Babymoon paradise. After all, it may be a while before just the two of you get to jet away again!
With more and more couples keen to spend some time recharging and reconnecting before the big day, hotels across the globe are accommodating the growing Babymoon trend by offering specially designed packages for bourgeoning parents. Whatever your style, we have handpicked the top Babymoon getaways guaranteed to make this holiday one of your best ones yet!
For the budget and distance-conscious
For some couples, it’s hard to justify an extravagant getaway when your future kid is going to be expensive enough! Not to mention, the thought of a long flight to a destination far away from your usual doctor is also a bit unsettling. However, despite concerns, a little R&R is still within grasp.
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At just an hour from Singapore, Penang is a speedy and fuss free getaway option. Staying at the Eastern & Oriental in historical Georgetown makes it all the more luxurious thanks to its Raffles-like colonial ambiance. You can make your Babymoon as simple or elaborate as you fancy with the hotel’s indulgent offerings like plush afternoon tea guaranteed to conquer any cravings, or just lay by the infinity pool in the hotel’s Victoria wing, which has been newly renovated and overlooks the sea out to the horizon.
If you’d really rather stay on Singapore soil, then make a beeline for Sentosa’s Amara Sanctuary Resort for some low-fuss luxury. In true indulgent style, the resort offers mums-to-be maternity indulgences including pre and post-natal treatments that fight stress and tension. Husbands aren’t forgotten with Sentosa Golf Club privileges linked to the hotel, offering partners some time on the green while their loved one is being pampered.
When money is no object and pre-baby extravagant luxury is what you are looking for, then a tropical getaway is the only option. At only 1 hour, 50 minutes and 2 hours, 30 minutes respectively from Singapore, Phuket and Bali are ideal destinations for soon-to-be parents. Not to mention, the increasingly established infrastructure means highly-rated hospitals are available, should the need arise.
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Phuket’s Banyan Tree resort is the pinnacle of Thai-inspired luxury. Not only is the accommodation personal and plush, the spa boasts a specially created program for expectant mums.
In the same league is Bali’s Como Shambhala Estate that sets the benchmark for wellness and spa treatments. The lush environment features a personal consultant who approaches new guests to tailor their stay. Babymoon pampering reaches new heights through the resort’s carefully edited food selection, designed to remove toxins and provide nutrients for mum and baby; while pre-natal yoga classes are available for those who want to be a little more active on their getaway.
For city lovers
For some expecting couples, they want city action – the lights and the buzz, as well as some plush accommodation!
Thankfully, there’s a way to get a city fix, while immersing yourself in comfortable luxury, and no places do this better than New York City and Hong Kong.
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Being further away from home shores, New York City is a destination best left for those in their second trimester. When looking for accommodation, the Trump Hotel Central Park is by far your best bet. At the heart of Manhattan, the hotel sits a few steps from the hustle and bustle of 5th Avenue, and is directly opposite Central Park – perfect when you want to get away from it all. Be sure to book the hotel’s ‘Refined Spa Renewal’ package that gives you daily in-room breakfast for two, a body therapy treatment for two, massage treatment for two and full Trump Spa and Health Club access.
Closer to home, Hong Kong’s Langham Place Hotel ensures an indulgent stay, while being a stone’s throw from the bustling city below. Their ‘Fabulous Stay’ package offers accommodation in the serene Chinese garden-inspired Chuan Residence Suite, full access to the hotel’s lounge and credits worth HK$500 to spend at the hotel’s Traditional Chinese Medicine-inspired spa – ideal after a long day of pavement pounding.
With a baby on the way, a getaway with your other half may just be about the best decision the two of you make. Regardless of budget and travel preferences, hotels across the globe are increasingly catering for those that want to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect - helping you relish in your last months as a couple before the excitement of parenthood takes over.
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