If you’re all set to welcome a new addition to your family this year, then congratulations! And while seeing the world with your little plus one is easier than it’s ever been (check out our top newborn-friendly destinations), plenty of parents-to-be prefer to unwind à deux before the whirlwind of feeding and changing begins! Read on to uncover our six favourite spots in Asia for a blissed-out babymoon.
PHUKET: COMO Point Yamu
Overlooking the dramatic limestone rock formations of UNESCO-protected Phang Nga Bay, the super-stylish COMO Point Yamu has style-savvy beach-chic down to an absolute tee. The cool and contemporary rooms and suites are accented in aquatic blues and turquoises, capitalising on those breathtaking views with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. While many of the accommodation options include their own private pool, the resort also boasts a truly spectacular 100-metre infinity pool in which to while away your days, while the COMO Shambhala Retreat spa offers ample opportunity to indulge in some pre-baby pampering. If you can bear to tear yourself away from your lounger, the resort offers a full programme of activities, including Thai cookery classes and private boat charters from which to explore the surrounding sights. And with direct flights taking just a little over three hours, planning your pre-parental escape couldn’t be easier.
SUMBA ISLAND: Nihiwatu
Once you reach that second-trimester sweet spot where you’re full of energy and feeling fabulous (rather than fatigued), why not treat yourself to an unforgettable retreat in one of the region’s most spectacular, and socially conscious destinations? Tucked away on the tiny island of Sumba, Nihiwatu is one of Asia’s true hidden gems. This luxurious resort is committed to keeping its eco-footprint to a minimum, working in harmony with the Sumbanese community to employ local staff while channelling profits into community-based projects including medical clinics and schools. Guests can look forward to truly outstanding accommodation, including the plushest tree house you’ve ever seen, crafted in indigenous materials to remain in perfect harmony with its tropical surroundings. Dip your toes in the clear sea, gently stretch it out with a private yoga class or enjoy a private picnic at nearby Konda Maloba Bay. This is a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.
HOI AN: Fusion Maia Da Nang
If the thought of cramming your bump into a tiny plane seat for hours is just too much to bear, the beautiful Vietnamese destination of Da Nang is the answer to your pregnancy prayers. Less than two hours’ flight time from Hong Kong, and just a short transfer from Da Nang Airport, a stay at Fusion Maia is all about getting the most from your vacay. And get the most of it you will – not only is this all-villa resort big on creature comforts (think airy, open-plan living space and private courtyard pools fringed by lush tropical greenery), but it’s also perfect for maxing-out your relaxation time. Your booking allows you to enjoy all-inclusive spa treatments throughout your stay, meaning all you have to think about is what time to head to your next massage! With a special selection of bump-friendly treatments available from the dedicated “Maia Mom-To-Be” menu, it’s bye-bye puffy cankles, hello pregnancy glow!
LANGKAWI: St. Regis
If you love Malaysia but feel like you’ve already been there and done that in Penang, Langkawi has every bit as much charm but is, as yet, a little less touristy. As one of the newest five-star resorts on the island, the St. Regis is just the spot for an indulgent getaway, with plush suites or exclusive over-water villas in which to relax – all with butler service to cater to your every need. Float away your cares in the on-site salt water lagoon, dip your toes in the Andaman Sea from the pristine shores of the St. Regis’ private beach, and enjoy a fine dining experience at L’Orangerie, the resort’s signature restaurant, set within a spectacular glasshouse with panoramic views for days. Lounge in the lap of luxury – you deserve it!
BALI: InterContinental Bali Resort
Located in beautiful Jimbaran Bay, the award-winning InterContinental Bali Resort is the perfect place to unwind if you prefer your babymoon to be a family affair. One of the first properties to be built in this idyllic location, the resort’s peerless service, extensive facilities and luxurious accommodation (we love the newly-refurbished Singaraja rooms that pay homage to Bali’s rich cultural heritage) add up to a chilled-out, but child-friendly stay. Parents will appreciate the serene spa, private beachside dining and network of chilled-out pools, while your soon-to-be sibling will love the complimentary Planet Trekkers kids club, with its daily programme of activities including bike trips, fish feeding and visits to the nearby turtle conservation centre. With this much fun to be had, they’ll be clamouring for more brothers and sisters...
MACAU: Banyan Tree
If you’re nearing the end of your pregnancy and are craving that last dose of R&R before your bub makes their grand entrance, but would prefer not to stray too far from home, our sister SAR is just the ticket. Situated within the glitzy Galaxy complex, the ultra-luxe Banyan Tree Macau offers an upscale getaway that’s just an hour away by ferry. Every lavish suite and villa comes with its own in-room relaxation pool in which to soak away any nesting stress, meaning that you’d be well within your rights to slip into one of the resort’s signature super-soft robes and simply stay put! However we’d recommend tearing yourself away from your room to visit the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa, with its encyclopaedia of tantalising treatments guaranteed to rid you of any twinges. Linger over a traditional afternoon tea in the Banyan Lounge before heading to one of the eight private poolside cabanas for a lazy afternoon of splashing and snoozing.