6 luxe babymoon destinations

6 luxe babymoon destinations
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You and the Hubs deserve some romantic couple time before Junior arrives. Relax in these stylish new resorts, says SASHA GONZALES.

Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton reserve
Bali, Indonesia

This new resort in Ubud, the spiritual and cultural heart of Bali, offers views of lush rolling hills, the Ayung River and verdant rice paddies. It has only 60 suites and villas, making for an ultra-peaceful and intimate escape.

You get to enjoy personal butler services during your stay, and no request is too big for them: For instance, if you wish to dine at an exclusive location or a location of your choice within the resort, your butler can arrange it for you.

Keen on a gentle workout? Join a yoga class in the river-facing pavilion or on the rice paddy-field platforms. Cool down after in the main swimming pool, which offers a view of the rice paddies. Also wor th checking out are the beautiful temples, markets, and art-and-craft stores surrounding the resort.

Room rates: From US$570 ($766) a night

Relax at the spa: Try the Pre-natal Indulgence Treatment at Mandapa Spa, which uses ingredients like natural calendulainfused oil, and red and white clay. The 90-minute treatment, which involves exfoliation, a massage and a body mask, is designed to improve skin firmness and aid relaxation.

Need medical care? The nearest medical facility - about 15 minutes away - is Klinik Surya Husada Sayan. There are also two international hospitals in the Kuta area, which is about 90 minutes away: BIMC Hospital (www.bimcbali.com) and International SOS (www.internationalsos.com).

Fairmont Sanur Beach
Bali, Indonesia

Just 25 minutes from Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, the resort lies along 200m of golden beach in the Sanur district in south-east Bali. It has no rooms, only suites and villas, so you get lots of privacy and luxury.

Sanur is not as crowded as other parts of Bali, and is a great place to experience Balinese culture and art. You can also enjoy the greenery and natural views as you take a stroll through the property's lush tropical gardens or along the 5km footpath flanking the coastline.

Sanur Beach is the perfect spot to watch the sunrise. And the resort's three dining venues serve traditional Indonesian and Balinese dishes, as well as pan-Asian cuisine.

Room rates: From US$300 a night

Relax at the spa: The Spa at Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali has an extensive menu featuring rich herbal remedies. Try the White Body Scrub with Lemon Grass, followed by a moisturising Coconut Cocoon wrap.

Need medical care? BIMC Hospital (www.bimcbali.com) is about 25 to 30 minutes' drive from Sanur.

Keemala Phuket
Phuket, Thailand

For an exclusive resort that's not on the beach, head to Keemala Phuket. Set in a rainforest in Kamala but positioned on a hill, it is the ideal romantic retreat, with excellent views of the Andaman Sea and Kamala Village.

Keemala Phuket boasts an organic herb and vegetable garden; the produce is used in the resort's kitchen and the chef-run cooking classes.

Enjoy your meals at their four dining venues, but for a romantic dinner with a difference, arrange for a "destination dining experience" under a pavilion or even by one of the area's many waterfalls. Fancy a dip in the ocean? Kamala Beach and the world-famous Patong Beach are not too far away.

Room rates: From 16,000 baht ($640) a night

Relax at the spa: Try the Mom-to-be Massage at the resort's Mala Spa. The gentle treatment helps to ease discomfort, and reduce swelling and stress. The massage uses very light strokes and focuses on areas of your body that are most vulnerable to changes.

Need medical care? Phuket International Hospital (www.phuketinternationalhospital.com) is a 30-minute drive away.

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