Attention, expecting mothers: a dose of natural beauty and calming spas may just be what the doctor ordered. Here’s where you can find exactly that.
Pregnancy can be many things, but we know for sure it’s not a bed of roses. You’ve survived morning sickness, swollen feet, and hormonal episodes. All that exhaustion calls for a vacation.
Enter the babymoon: a low-profile getaway, whether to spend some time with your significant other before two becomes three, or to prepare the family for coming change. We’ve seen more couples warming up to the idea of a pre-labour vacation. Mothers-to-be get that dose of rest and relaxation before the final trimester, and families get the chance to talk about how they will prepare for the new addition.
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So if you’re still a ways off from the 34-week no-fly mark, get your insurance in place and pack your bags. A babymoon may just set the tone for welcoming your new baby.
Here in Asia we’re lucky to have breathtaking scenes in every country, so you can put your long-distance travel woes to rest. These six resorts will satisfy expecting couples looking for a hassle-free getaway:
Indonesia - COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali
Bali is a no-brainer for any occasion - if you're the adventurous type, this could even be a solo travel plan. COMO famously focuses on wellness and rejuvenation, offering programmes and treatments in the lush Balinese estate sure to calm the nerves. Mothers-to-be enjoy bespoke, detoxyfying and nutritious food plans, along with prenatal yoga classes, with a personal consultant ensuring every step of your stay refreshes you for the final months of pregnancy. W COMO Shambala Estate
Vietnam - The Nam Hai, Hoi An
Historical city Hoi An is known for rich local culture and fare, suitable for a mini family getaway if you have other little ones. Just 11 km away is The Nam Hai (Four Seasons), a one-kilometre stretch along the pristine white sands of the private beach. At this Four Seasons, you can savour international, local, and Asian fusion dishes at any of the resort's four in-house restaurants. Also try sharpening your culinary skills at The Nam Hai Cooking Academy, where only fresh ingredients from the resort's herb and vegetable garden are used. Of course, if you can simply kick back and enjoy the sights and sounds (or lack thereof). W Four Seasons Hoi An
Thailand - Six Senses Yao Noi, Phuket
This private cacoon is located between Phuket and Krabi, just a bump-free boat ride away. Perfect for some alone time before your bundle of joy changes the dynamic, Six Senses is a gorgeous resort with mindblowing views and truly relaxing spa experience. W Six Senses Yao Noi
Indonesia - Banyan Tree Bintan
Another top spot for a relaxing couples retreat is this spot overlooking the South China Sea. Enjoy a relaxing bubble bath in the sunken tub, unwind at the private beach, or head out to nearby Dolphin Island to spend quality nature time with your significant other. While mothers-to-be indulge in special Gentle Touch massage treatments, future dads can also be revitalised with customised massages and body scrubs. W Banyan Tree
Sri Lanka - Kahanda Kanda
This wildcard isn't for everyone - but if you plan to replenish in a green sanctuary unlike any other, Sri Lanka could be just right. Kahanda Kanda is as private as it gets, with only ten boutique rooms close to landmark Galle Fort. This spot is located within a verdant tea estate, with views of palm fringed jungle on one side, and the Indian Ocean on the other. Galle is also a quaint town with local cuisine, crafts, and history to explore. W Kahanda Kanda
Maldives - Gili Lankanfushi
A gorgeous over-water resort boasting picturesque villas and luxurious sun decks, this resort captures all that is lovely about Maldives. Couples can refresh with natural facial therapies, see the dolphins, or enjoy a romantic sunset boat ride, while expectant mothers enjoy prenatal massages at the Meera Spa. Have your needs catered to by a personal butler (comes with a villa stay), or if you're determined to have alone time, choose the Crusoe Residences or The Private Reserve, which are only reachable by boat. W Gili Lankanfushi
Images courtesy of respective resorts.