Baby­moon, here we come!

Mother & Baby - - SUMMERSPECIAL -

Ex­pect­ing and won­der­ing where to go to es­cape the heat while you wait? Here are some top-end desti­na­tions for you...

AUS­TRIAN SYM­PHONY

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.

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