First child on the way? Feeling a complex mix of outright terror and giddy anticipation? Sounds like you need a break. Here are a few babymoon tips for parents-to-be…
If your progeny-to-be is something of a kicker, it may feel as though the pummelling has begun already. And once they’ve mastered gripping, swiping and jumping, getting pummelled will become a daily part of life. In the meantime, trust in the hands of a qualified professional. The award-winning spa at Chewton Glen claims Europe’s biggest hydrotherapy spa pool (above), aromatherapy saunas, an outdoor whirlpool, and, crucially, a specially designed pregnancy couch for gentle mum-to-be massages and other pregnancy treatments.
You will very soon learn the importance of a well-chosen luxury family holiday, but in the meantime, make the most of your last romantic weekend (for a while, at least) that doesn’t leave you owing a large favour to extended family. The Roccia Suite (above) at Bellevue Syrene in Sorrento, Italy, is hidden in a converted grotto with its own hydro-massage pool. The canopied, king-size bed comes with sea views for post-dip idling (and contemplating the chaos to come).
Your scope for genuine loafing is about to diminish rapidly. There might be fleeting box-set-watching opportunities while Junior naps, but chances for day-long idleness are about to evaporate. Now is the time to go far away and do very little. Constance Halaveli in the Maldives is an island of bone-white sands surrounded by a curacao-blue sea. Palms proliferate. Find your favoured spot, recline and, well, that’s it, bar hailing a (non-alcoholic) drink.
It’s a skill that you may currently be taking for granted, but eating with two hands – using both a knife and a fork – becomes more of a challenge when there’s a floppy-but-squirming tiny human attached to one of you at all times. Take advantage of having all four hands free with some grown-up dining. The intricate tasting menus at Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin-starred Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (above) are a worthy blow-out, with beautifully serene gardens all around for romantic strolls as you walk off your dinner.