These luxury resorts, all a mere few hours from Singapore, offer everything you need to decompress before the arrival of your little bundle of joy
Parents-to-be should never underestimate the power of a relaxing babymoon to prepare for a new chapter of their lives. Even the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who reportedly indulged in an ultra-luxe, pre-baby vacation in a £10,000-a-night (S$17,728) suite at Heckfield Place recently, would agree. While being in a five-star hotel encircled by tranquil, verdant landscapes is nothing short of perfect, reinvigorating spa sessions and lazy days by the beach are no less of an ideal retreat for couples who want to unwind before baby makes three. Consider these five luxury babymoon destinations near Singapore for an easy, relaxing escape.
Banyan Tree Bintan, Indonesia
This Indonesian all-villa resort is nestled on a lush landscape that’s just an hour away from the city, making it a popular choice for many city-dwelling Singaporeans. The 64-key property is also famous for its romantic packages, which include candlelit dinners by the beach and idyllic strolls under the stars. A selection of couples’ spa therapies also awaits, which will allow you and your other half to de-stress in seclusion. Moms-to-be can pamper themselves with the resort’s most extravagant facial treatment, the Premium Caviar Treat, which uses 100-per cent caviar and pearl extracts to help smoothen wrinkles, improve skin elasticity, increase oxygen levels in and hydrate your skin as well as counteract photodamage from the sun. The resort can also curate a personalised wellness programme for the gentlemen, which consists of reinvigorating body and foot massages and facial treatments.
Fusion Maia Da Nang, Vietnam
In addition to having one of the world’s most stunning swimming pools, Fusion Maia Da Nang is a true advocate for healthy living, as demonstrated by its range of complimentary wellness programmes. From various yoga and tai chi sessions to simple breathing classes, there is truly something for every mum here to enjoy. Try its Body Flow Therapy programme, which focuses on alleviating back and leg strain and hydrating the body through the use of coconut oil. The Foot Flow Therapy programme will also do the trick to help reduce swelling feet and body fatigue. Dads-to-be, on the other hand, can idle the afternoon away by ordering a tipple or two at Tonic Lounge Bar, which serves up infused gin cocktails and sake-based concoctions aside to a selection of delicious Vietnamese tapas.
Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, Thailand
Yes, Bangkok is all about the hustle and bustle, but finding respite here is not impossible, thanks to wellness-centric five-star hotels such as Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. The hotel’s spa facility, Kempinski The Spa, specialises in body and facial treatments that use plants, flowers and herbs inspired by the four seasons. Couples who wish to kick back and relax should opt for the luxe Royal Siam Spa Suite, which is complimentary for those who book either two spa rituals or two signature experiences. While the queen receives full-on pampering for days, the king may feel jaded at some point. We recommend signing up for the hotel’s signature Thai boxing class, where participants will be taught basic boxing footwork aside to key techniques such as punching, jabbing, hooks and uppercut.
Soori Bali, Indonesia
Perched between the mountains and the sea, Soori Bali was rebranded around three years ago to promote healthy living through holistic design. The resort is home to 48 villas and residences, each of which comes with its own private pool. Both moms- and dads-to-be can treat themselves to the Soori Sunrise journey, a half-day itinerary of physical rejuvenation, traditional beauty therapies and healthy cuisine. The package includes sunrise yoga led by the hotel’s yoga guru, followed by a three-hour Holistic Heaven treatment filled with detoxifying therapies that help you relax. Indulge in a scrumptious, two-course lunch after, prepared by the hotel’s executive chef at the dining location of your choice. Moms shouldn’t call it a day without trying the resort’s popular pre-natal massage, which uses gentle techniques to reduce body discomfort and stress.
Trisara Resort, Thailand
Trisara Resort in Phuket relaunched in 2017 as a pool villas-only resort, and the refurbishment saw the addition of new villa categories, a spa, an innovative farm-to-table restaurant and the introduction of unique personalised services. Opt for the Romantic Escape package if you’re looking to completely decompress – highlights include complimentary access to a beachfront cabana with a 60-minute massage for both you and your partner. You could also attend a prenatal class – which comprises discussions and special exercises that would prepare pregnant moms for labour – led by the resort’s in-house yoga instructor, Khun Miw. Dads can pamper themselves with the Sodashi Gentleman’s Facial, a treatment that begins with a deep cleansing and exfoliating facial which helps to balance the skin’s natural oils and prevent ingrown hairs. This is paired with a facial massage that will help tone and firm the facial muscles.