Like the honeymoon for newlyweds, the babymoon has become a must-do for parents-to-be.
Whether you’re after spa or foodie experiences or just need some R&R, this round-up of popular babymoon destinations will have you covered. Read on then start planning some quality couple-time.
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Bedarra Island, Queensland
Babymooners are spoilt for choice when it comes to islands in this part of Australia, but if you want to go off the grid in style, head to Bedarra, 10 kilometres off the coast of Mission Beach. You’ll be sharing the entire island with only eight other couples and while each villa is tucked away amongst lush rainforest surrounds they still boast mesmerizing sea views. Everything is included in the price so once you arrive you can go straight to work napping on your daybed, unwinding on your private balcony or taking a dip in your private plunge pool overlooking the sea. When it comes to mealtimes, there’s dinner for two on your own private beach or a gourmet picnic for two. Want to amp up the luxe factor more? Arrive by private helicopter.
Bedarra Island, Mission Beach; (07) 4068 8233
Islington Hotel, Tasmania
Perfect for those who are looking for serenity and comfort but don’t want to stray too far from town, the impeccably decorated Islington Hotel and its acre of quaint, well-kept gardens offer stunning views of Mount Wellington and while being less than 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Hobart. There’s a full breakfast menu included as part of the nightly rate (the baked goods are a treat) and the art collection and heritage features make this boutique property a beautiful place to while away the hours – the conservatory is especially impressive.
321 Davey St, South Hobart; (03) 6220 2123
Spicers Clovelly Estate, Queensland
In the hinterland an hour’s drive from Brisbane, babymooners looking for a destination that has a little bit of everything will find Spicers Clovelly Estate. The accommodation is set within quiet, picturesque grounds that encompass rose gardens, an orchard and a swimming pool; there’s fabulous food to be had at award-winning restaurant The Long Apron, with degustation, a la carte and vegetarian options available; pregnancy-friendly massages are available; and if you’re all about the bath, you’ll be pleased to know that the spa suites are marble-finished and have heated floors.
38-68 Balmoral Road, Montville; 1300 252 380
One&Only Wolgan Valley, New South Wales
Your own spacious, private, luxury villa awaits you less than three hour’s drive from the hustle and bustle of Sydney in the calm wilderness of the Greater Blue Mountain World Heritage Area. Private, heated pools, fireplaces and amazing valley views are the norm across all accommodations so it’s a great getaway idea no matter what the season. The onsite restaurants source produce locally, and you can even dine privately in your villa. When it comes to treatments, spa regulars won’t be disappointed with the chemical-free products, spa-treatment rooms with individual baths and relaxation lounge on offer at One&Only Spa. Look for the dedicated In the Pouch pregnancy massage.
2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley; (02) 6350 1800
Bells at Killcare, New South Wales
Twenty-five elegant but low-key cottages and villas deliver beach vibes and top-notch cuisine on the Central Coast. The vibes are courtesy of the location on the Bouddi Peninsula, above Putty Beach. The cuisine is courtesy of Stefano Manfredi’s award-winning restaurant, but in-room dining is definitely on the cards for anyone who wants to stay in the comfort of their well-appointed accommodations. And why wouldn’t you when we’re talking baths and fireplaces and sun-drenched decks with pretty garden views. Take advantage of the babymoon package and tick off your hit list: charming rooms, a pregnancy treatment, a three-course dinner, full breakfast and a bonus baby gift-pack. And did we mention the outdoor swimming pool?
107 The Scenic Rd, Killcare Heights; (02) 4349 7000
Bannisters By the Sea, New South Wales
Head down south towards beautiful Mollymook Beach to Bannisters and you’ll find yourself a hop, skip and a jump away from the beach staying in a room that’s just strides away from Rick Stein’s popular seafood-focused restaurant. If you love the water, you’ll find a room or suite to meet your requirements, whether you prefer a bath or even a private plunge pool. As you’d expect, the day spa offers pregnancy massages – there’s even a cabana should you want to enjoy your treatment outdoors.
191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook Beach; (02) 4455 3044
Injidup Spa Retreat, Western Australia
If it’s all about wellness and nature for you, babymoon at Injidup Spa Retreat, a half-hour drive north of Margaret River. Whatever your form of relaxation, there’s something to suit: stay in and practice yoga, cool off in your own plunge pool (all 10 villas have one), get a customised spa treatment or go for a guided walk along part of the Cape to Cape Track. Fresh ocean breezes and panoramic scenery are on offer wherever you go. Breakfast is a DIY affair that’s ready to prepare in your kitchenette,while dinner is at the other end of the scale and involves a private chef and four-course meal.
31 Cape Clairault Road, Yallingup; (08) 9750 1300
Lake House, Victoria
Famed for its multi-award winning Lake House restaurant (it has two chef’s hats), this hotel of the same name has been a popular destination with Australians for years. Take a closer look at the Salus Spa menu and you’ll find a few different pregnancy spa packages available. Add the prospect of an excellent, seasonally-inspired menu made with local produce and the riches of the property’s own kitchen garden plus comfortable and plush accommodations that make the most of an idyllic lakeside setting and native birdlife, and you’ve got several compelling reasons to head to Daylesford for your babymoon.
4 King St, Daylesford; (03) 5348 3329
Brae Guest Suites, Victoria
This is one for the foodie who appreciates a sleek and sophisticated aesthetic when it comes to lodgings. Located a 90 minutes drive south-west of Melbourne, in the Otway hinterland, Brae restaurant offers a gourmet dining experience that’s exclusive to guests and ends with a stay in one of six contemporary suites complete with under-floor heating, a bath and outdoor seating. While away the time between meals (after you’ve had a breakfast with a side of freshly-baked sourdough) with a wander through the farm or simply take some time out with the in-room record player and enjoy your view of the Otways.
4285 Cape Otway Road, Birregurra; (03) 5236 2226
Top image: One&Only Wolgan Valley
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