Babymoon, here we come!
Expecting and wondering where to go to escape the heat while you wait? Here are some top-end destinations for you...
Looking for a place where the views are spectacular and the pampering extra special? The Hoteldorf Grüner Baum in Austria might be the perfect hideaway for you. Relax in pure nature and take a walk in the fresh air at the edge of the Hohe Tauern national park. The house-owned thermal spring endulges your body with 32°C warm water as a special treat. The Grüner Baum Babymoon Package includes two nights in a cozy Prince Room with special and extra pillows; baby and parent magazines in your room; L’occitane massage oil especially for the mother-to-be; Spa package for the mother-to-be (manicure, pedicure, facial, your choice of relaxing peeling or pack, aromatic oil massage with rich sesame or rose oils, 210 minutes of treatments); Spa package for the father-to-be (relaxing full body massage including face and head with rich oil of your choice, one relaxing bath in the floating water bed and one small facial, 120 minutes of treatments); a horse-drawn carriage ride with dinner at a beautiful chalet; candle light dinner in their gourmet restaurant; daily good night kiss with a small cup of Häagen Dazs ice-cream served to your room after dinner. If you have an older child: He can be happily engaged at their Petting Zoo and other outdoor activities specially designed for kids. Contact: Hoteldorf Grüner Baum, Kötschachtal 25, A-5640 Bad Gastein; Tel: +43/6434/2516-0; Website: http://www.hoteldorf.com.
SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI
What better way to escape the Indian summer than to head to the Southern hemisphere, where winter is just taking hold?! Visit the Kruger National Park in South Africa, where visibility during game drives is enhanced due to sparser vegetation at this time of the year. The Imbali Safari Lodge, set in its own 10 000 hectare private concession area of the park, offers accommodation in private chalets overlooking the Nwatsitswonto riverbed. Imbali is not just about being one with the wilderness, it offes many options for those who want to unwind at the spa, the pool overlooking a watering hole and even a memorable culinary experience. Accommodating 24 guests in luxury suites, each with their own private jacuzzi, it features large expanses of glass and wooden decks for better game-viewing. All suites have king beds, private verandas, timber walkways, private spa bath, silver service, personalised cuisine, etc. If you have an older child: He will enjoy visiting the crocodile centre, kids’ activity centre with Wii and PS3 and activities. They also offer kiddy menus, babysitting, and allow children of all ages on the safaris (avoiding the lion sightings with very young children). Kids 0-5 years of age stay free with mum and dad. Contact: Imbali Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park, PO Box 196, Skukuza, 1350, South Africa; Tel: +27 (0) 11 516 4367, +27 13 7358917; Website: www.imbali.com. * If your idea of relaxation is to put your feet up in front of a cosy fireplace or watch birds from a vantage point in the hills, the family-run Villa Retreat on Coaker’s Walk in Kodaikanal might be just the thing for your babymoon. Villa Retreat invites you to savour old world charm and personalised treatment. Contact: Villa Retreat, Coaker’s Walk, Kodaikanal - 624 101, Tamil Nadu; Tel: 04542-240940; Website: www.villaretreat.com. * Ananda in the Himalayas in Uttaranchal is a luxe spa destination where you could try a Couples Connect package (after getting the go ahead from your doc), which includes spa experiences within your very own couple’s spa suite which awakens positive emotions and provides relaxation. Enjoy a 30-minute Ananda Touch session, 55-minute Ananda Fusion and Ananda Reflexology sessions, 85-minute Aroma Cocoon or Aromatherapy Massage, a Himalayan Honey & Rose Facial and a special two-hour Couples Connect Ritual. Contact: The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar, Tehri – Garhwal, Uttaranchal – 249175; Tel: 01378-227500; Website: www.anandaspa.com.