This month Health & Fitness Magazine have featured one of my travel write ups on Babymoons – like honeymoons – but for couples who are expecting.
It’s a great time to get some last-minute pampering before the midnight feeds and sleep deprivation kicks in, so please find a PDF of the feature. I’ll be going to Mermaid Maternity Retreat in September and also Turkey in October (I’ll be around 25 weeks and no doubt in some serious need of some R&R), so I’ll let you know my thoughts…
…Pegnancy is an exciting time, but it can be slightly daunting too, especially if it’s your first. Now, thanks to a new breed of holidays designed for busy, expectant parents, you and your partner can squeeze in one last therapeutic break before your little bundle of joy makes an appearance.
Also known as babymoons, these holidays are designed to give mums-to- be and couples a final bit of indulgence before baby is born. Think massages, pre-natal yoga, birth preparation classes, manicures and pedicures. Whether you want to stay in the UK or travel further afield, the babymoon is designed to pamper you and prepare you for parenthood. Here’s our pick of the best.
Kempinski Hotel, Barbaros Bay, Bodrum, Turkey
Enjoy romantic date nights on the Kempinski Babymoon Package, where you and your partner can spend time soaking up the Turkish sunshine. The seven-night stay includes six different treatments for the expectant mum, including a soothing facial and nurturing pregnancy massage, an olive oil and salt body polish and a 25-minute foot recovery treatment, plus there’s a holistic massage for dad-to-be. You can also immerse yourselves in private yoga sessions, breathing exercise sessions and water aerobics classes.
Perched on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful Barbaros Bay, you can also indulge in romantic meals in one of four restaurants before retiring to your stunning, sea-view room. Gorgeous!
Price: From €1,340 for seven nights for double occupancy.
Set on the south coast of Sicily, Verdura boasts two, 18-hole championship golf courses and one nine-hole course; six tennis courts; a full- size football pitch; a 60m infinity swimming pool; a fully-equipped gym, plus running trails that meander through olive and lemon
groves. The package includes a spa treatment of your choice, and a candle-lit three-course meal at the à la carte restaurant, so you
can wind-down after an active day in the Mediterranean sunshine.
Price: Rooms start at £1,023 for three nights. Contact: Visit luxefamilytravel.com or call
020 8144 3939.
Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa, Keswick
If work and baby preparation is beginning to take its toll, and you’re in need of a bit of ‘you’ time, chill out in the Lake District with the de-stressing Armathwaite Hall Precious Moments Babymoon Spa Break, and let the stunning location and tranquil lake views work their magic.
A two-night stay at this traditional country house hotel will restore your energy and inner calm, thanks to the 60-minute New Life massage and relaxing spa facilities, including an infinity pool, outdoor hot tub, hush tranquility room and stretch classes. And if the weather turns chilly, snuggle up by a cosy log fire. Bliss! Price: £600 per room for two nights. Contact: Visit armathwaite-hall.com or call 01768 776551.
Essential Escapes, Almyra, Cyprus
When you’re pregnant, it is easy to forget about yourself; you’re so busy getting ready for motherhood, you neglect the all-important task of looking after number one. If you need to
get away from it all, and find some time to rejuvenate, take a short trip Cyprus and let this tranquil hotel help you find some balance and a deep sense of inner peace.
The three-night Nurturing Mum-To-Be Package includes a 90-minute massage designed to ease aches and pains, alleviate fluid retention and increase blood circulation;
a Mandarin Vanilla Manicure and Deep Sea Oxygen Facial, plus a soothing foot treatment. Outdoor yoga sessions and as many strolls on
the white sands of Paphos beach as you can possibly manage, are also thrown in. Price: From £1,670 or £1,060 for sole occupancy. Contact: essentialescapes. com or call 020 7284 3344
Mermaid Maternity Retreat, London
Based in London’s Chelsea, this non-medical maternity retreat provides all-round support to pregnant women and their families.
Nutritionists can offer advice on supplements so your growing bump gets off to a healthy start,
mid-wives are on hand to answer any concerns you may have about getting the hang of nappy changing or the potential complications of breast feeding, while holistic therapists including acupuncturists, osteopaths and reflexologists ensure you’re in optimal health throughout your pregnancy.
And if it’s the period after the birth that concerns you, you can stay after you’ve had the baby, too, to support your recovery post-delivery, and provide guidance and advice on settling and bonding with your new baby. Price: From £595 per night.
Contact: mermaid.co.uk or call 020 7199 3220.
Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Cotswolds
If your pregnancy’s too advanced for plane travel, or you’d rather stay closer to home, head to Whatley Manor. This luxury hotel tucked away in the rolling Cotswolds offers a Half-Day Mother-To-Be Spa Experience, where you can enjoy extensive spa facilities along with a 60-minute Ila pregnancy treatment. There’s a hydrotherapy pool, tepidarium, relaxing wave sensory room and salt scrub showers.
If you have a bit more time, make a weekend of it and stay a few nights to make the most
of the cinema, beautifully manicured gardens and two-Michelin-starred restaurant, The Dining Room. A real treat!
Price: £105 for Mother-To-Be Half Day Spa Experience and from £305 per room B&B. Contact: whatleymanor.com or call 01666 822888.