Pro­cre­ation va­ca­tions

Anthea Ger­rie dis­cov­ers a new con­cept in spe­cial in­ter­est breaks

The Jewish Chronicle - - TRAVEL -

For the cou­ple who have ev­ery­thing — ex­cept, per­haps, a much-wanted child of their own — US ho­tels and spas are of­fer­ing breaks which take spe­cial in­ter­est hol­i­days where they have never gone be­fore.

Wel­come to the pro­cre­ation vacation — a hol­i­day se­ri­ously aimed at help­ing wannabe par­ents con­ceive with all the as­sis­tance that pam­per­ing, folk medicine and the right psy­cho­log­i­cal frame of mind can of­fer.

A ro­man­tic set­ting is what you would ex­pect from any top-flight re­sort, but the Westin chain has taken things sev­eral steps fur­ther in three of their Caribbean out­posts — at Grand Ba­hama, Vieques and St John in the Vir­gin Is­lands.

Par­lay­ing an over­heard con­ver­sa­tion among two old house­keep­ers into a solid mar­ket­ing propo­si­tion, they have har­nessed the power of sea moss, rated lo­cally as a nat­u­ral Vi­a­gra, and pump­kin, which is said to have fer­til­ity ben­e­fits for women.

Those who have con­sumed the sea moss elixir as pre­pared by Westin, in­sist it tastes like a vanilla smoothie. It is de­liv­ered twice daily to the wouldbe fa­ther and ex­tra serv­ings are avail­able at no ex­tra charge, while vi­ta­min A-rich pump­kin soup is served to the wo­man, who can have as many bowls as she can eat.

Rather more ap­peal­ing el­e­ments of the pack­age are an aro­mather­apy mes­sage for the wo­man to help reg­u­late her fer­til­ity cy­cle, and a re­flex­ol­ogy ses­sion for the man, to stim­u­late the zones on his foot re­lat­ing to re­pro­duc­tion.

Ho­tels and spas on the US main­land of­fer vari­a­tions on the pro­cre­ation vacation, too. At the Mi­raval Spa in Tuc­son, Ari­zona, sex spe­cial­ists Lana Hol­stein and David Tay­lor re­mind cou­ples to prac­tise in­ti­macy and take their ovu­la­tion sched­ules se­ri­ously while the ex­er­cise menu at its monthly “Cou­ples Re­treats” in­clude items like “Soul Gaz­ing” and “En­er­gis­ing the Sex­ual Con­nec­tion” which could also be fun for those cel­e­brat­ing a sil­ver wed­ding.

At the Five Gables on Mary­land’s Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, it is back to the alchemy of in­gre­di­ents. Its two-night “Birds and Bees” pack­age in­cludes oys­ters (con­sid­ered an aphro­disiac but not for the ob­ser­vant), wine, a pair of heart-print boxer shorts and a Barry White CD!

For what it’s worth, Ch­e­sa­peake Bay — close to Wash­ing­ton DC and the hand­some town of An­napo­lis — is a glo­ri­ous spot for a week­end, while the Tuc­son desert of­fers won­der­ful air and win­ter sun, nei­ther of which could be bad as an aid to con­cep­tion. But given the choice of venues for the Westin va­ca­tions, choose Vieques, a tiny is­land off Puerto Rico which is a truly un­spoiled Caribbean dream, rather than Grand Ba­hama or St John, both over­run with day-trip­ping cruis­ers in search of duty-frees.

Cou­ples can get cosy un­der a ca­banna-for-two at the Westin Re­sort, Vieques

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