Welcoming a new family member is such a special time in your life and what better way to celebrate then with a short holiday, commonly now referred to as a “Babymoon”. We are regularly working with our members to plan their special “Babymoon” getaway before the arrival of this amazing new person into their lives. Our Lifestyle team have prepared a few helpful tips, which they have learnt along the way to share with you when planning your getaway, as well as a few of our special pick locations.
Tip 1: Location
Agree on a destination that appeals to you both so you can relax and enjoy your time together.
Tip 2: Check Flight Restrictions
If you’re flying, check with your doctor and the airline to be sure they’ll let you get on the plane! As a guide most physicians say it’s safe to fly up to 36 weeks, however airlines have varying restrictions, including different policies for domestic and international travel.
Tip 3: Travel Time
Take into consideration that a long car ride may not be a comfortable start to your getaway. If you decide to drive, agree with your partner on a location that is one to three hours driving. If you are flying, consider a location that has a direct flight with no layovers.
Tip 4: When to Travel
Feedback from our mothers to be is that the second trimester between 18 – 24 weeks is the most comfortable time to travel. By this time, the morning sickness of the first trimester is hopefully a distant memory and your bump is growing but you shouldn’t be too uncomfortable at this stage of your pregnancy.
Tip 5: Consult you Doctor
Once you have selected your destination and before you book your getaway, speak to your Doctor about your plans if you are travelling to a tropical location, carrying twins / multiples or considered to be having a “high risk” pregnancy.
Tip 6: Vaccinations
If you are planning to travel overseas, check in with your doctor about any necessary vaccines and if you are able to have them during your pregnancy.
Tip 7: Destination Medical Facilities
Check the closest medical facilities near your chosen location (just in case) and keep the contact information and contact number handy for your travel.
Tip 8: Keep Moving
Whether you are flying or driving to your babymoon destination, try to get up and move around every hour or two to aid your circulation, and try not to cross your legs. Keep your toes elevated to prevent swelling.
The Anchorage, Port Stephens
Located overlooking the Anchorage Marina, the resort is a two and a half hour drive from Sydney and just under and 30 minutes from Newcastle. The Anchorage Port Stephens offers a luxury accommodation experience, nestled by the white sands of the beautiful port.
The Hamptons-style guesthouses face north over beautiful Port Stephens towards Corrie Island National Reserve. A balcony or verandah adjoin all accommodation, and most have uninterrupted water views. All rooms come well equipped with modern amenities, featuring an ensuite bathroom with a shower, complimentary WiFi and in-room safe.
Enjoy access to the hotel’s outdoor heated swimming pool, local fitness centre and complimentary parking and the region’s fine cuisine and local experiences.
Relax and restore your mind, body and soul at Spa Lucca. Experience indulgence and pampering with personalised spa treatments. Amenities include lounges and an outdoor pool, as well as a spa with a sauna and a posh waterfront restaurant with a terrace.
- Anchorage Babymoon Package from $786
- Take a mini holiday for 2 nights before the joy of parenting begins.
- Mum-to-be is pampered with a soothing 50 minute pregnancy massage to ease muscle discomfort and calming the nerves and dad-to-be is treated to a 50 minute therapeutic massage helping to improve circulation and encourage relaxation.
- Package includes a mocktail for mum-to-be and a glass of beer for dad-to-be before a 3 course dinner at the Galley Kitchen restaurant for one evening.
- Wake up to a full buffet breakfast with fresh coffee, juices and a wide selection of hot and cold favourites for both expecting parents.
- Leave Port Stephens with a delightful gift for the bub and the excitement to begin a new chapter
Lizard Island is the perfect place for you to relax with your partner pre-arrival. With 24 private beaches, and only 40 rooms and suites, and the highest levels of service, you are guaranteed a relaxed and private break.
Lizard Island Resort is a secluded Great Barrier Reef island resort located 240km north of Cairns and 27km off the coast of North Queensland. Scenic 60 minute air transfers between Cairns and Lizard Island are booked for guests through Lizard Island Reservations Team.
A driver from East Air will pick you up for a shared road transfer from Cairns Airport to the East Air terminal to await your scenic flight to Lizard Island. The details of your flight to Cairns must be advised at the time of booking accommodation. When booking your flights, allow a minimum connection time of 1.5 hours for domestic connections and 2.5 hours for international connections.
Lizard Island Babymoon Package from $700 per couple, per stay
This unique Babymoon Package is specifically designed to pamper the parents to-be and to ensure a relaxing and intimate holiday for you both prior to the arrival of your new baby. The package includes:
- Mocktails on arrival together with chocolate dipped strawberries
- A one hour Indulgent Spa Treatment per guest (based on 2 people only)
- A Sunset Cruise with wine/soft drink and cheeses
- Private Beach Day with motorised dinghy and gourmet picnic hamper
- Private Beach Dining experience with degustation menu on one of the nights of your stay
- Package based on 2 adults only. Minimum 3 night stay required.
Byron at Byron
Positioned only minutes to the iconic melting pot of Byron town, this is your perfect place to get away from it all, a place that allows you to unwind, relax and rejuvenate. If you are flying, the resort is located 23 minutes south of Ballina airport, 1 hour south of Coolangatta / Gold Coast airport and 2 hours north of Brisbane airport.
Dine in style surrounded by the lush rainforest canopy in our renowned Restaurant or take some time out for indulgent R&R with a special treatment at the resort’s luxurious day spa. Enjoy the infinity pool and many of the resort’s activites on offer including daily complimentary yoga.
Byron at Byron Relax and Take Time Out Package from $1,620 per couple
Unwind and enjoy quality time together before the birth of your baby. Be nurtured by nature amidst the beauty and life of the succulent rainforest and pristine beaches. This restorative beautiful three night package includes pampering by their skilled therapists in The Spa at the Byron at Byron Resort along with a welcome ‘babymoon’ hamper.
- Package inclusions:
- Three nights accommodation in a Superior Suite
- Full buffet breakfast daily in The Restaurant
- Welcome babymoon gift hamper
- A 1 hour ‘Motherly Idyll’ Pregancy Massage or 1 hour Deluxe Foot Therapy for Mum-to-be
- A 1 hour ‘Rivergum Reverie’ Remedial Massage for Dad-to-be
- One complimentary in house movie
- Complimentary daily yoga at 8am
- Complimentary Wifi
Bells at Killcare
A world class boutique hotel located just outside of Sydney, Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Spa is one of Australia’s most distinctive resorts, perfect for a babymoon retreat.
Designed in a style that brings Hampton’s elegance to an Australian setting beside the beach, Bells at Killcare features boutique accommodation for adults, with 25 private coastal inspired suites and cottages sprawling over a beautiful acreage of manicured grounds, established native flora, running streams, a tranquil lakes and a few smaller ponds.
Famous for its award winning restaurant run by Stefano Manfredi, modern master of Italian cuisine, the restaurant at Bells at Killcare has been awarded One Chefs Hat since opening in 2007 & has a long list of accolades and awards. The effortless mastery of Manfredi and his team makes for a wonderful gastronomy getaway.
Killcare Heights is situated on the spectacular NSW Bouddi Peninsula with many coastal bushwalks to explore. A quick 20 minute ferry trip from Sydney’s famous Palm Beach, or a 90 minute drive north from Sydney, when you arrive at Bells at Killcare, you’ll find it hard to believe that you’re so close to Australia’s largest and most cosmopolitan gateway city.
Bells at Killcare Babymoon Package
This babymoon package is the ultimate indulgence for expectant parents. Bells at Killcare is the perfect haven for expectant parents and perfect for babymoon getaways as they have soothing gardens offering peace and tranquility, fresh sea-air, luxurious king size beds, deep relaxing baths, are a foodies dream with generous in-room dining menu, and, they have a spa with many pampering treatments to deeply relax and soothe prior to your bundle of joy arriving. A true paradise to enjoy as a couple together.
The package includes overnight accommodation, one VIP restaurant reservation inclusive of dinner (your choice of 3 courses from the a la carte menu), one 60 min signature Kodo massage for both mum-to-be and dad-to-be (pregnancy specific for mum-to-be) and a beautiful LaGaia Baby Gift Pack to take home. A full hot breakfast is also included to top off your gastronomic culinary adventure!
MIDWEEK PER NIGHT (Twin share) King Spa Suites/King Studio $890, King Suite $940, Lakeview Villa $1,040, One Bedroom Cottage $1,090
WEEKEND (For 2 nights, for 2 adults) King Spa Suites/King Studio $1,474, King Suite $1,574, Lakeview Villa $1,774, One Bedroom Cottage $1,874. The package includes accommodation, one VIP restaurant reservation inclusive of dinner for two (your choice of 3 courses from the a la carte menu), and one 60-min signature Kodo massage for both mum-to-be and dad-to-be (pregnancy specific for mum-to-be). A full hot breakfast is also included to top off your gastronomic culinary adventure! From $890
Bannisters by the Sea has 32 refurbished, beautifully appointed rooms, including spa rooms, luxury suites, penthouses and the newly refurbished Collette Dinnigan Penthouse suites, each boasting a private balcony and spectacular views.
Decks provide a lovely sea breeze and great ocean view. Ensuring a comfortable stay, each room includes STD/ISD telephone, plasma TV, DVD, Austar, mini bar, bathrobes, and tea and coffee facilities. They also offer Rick’s Place, Rick Stein’s beach house, within strolling distance of Bannisters. Experience ocean views and full access to all of Bannisters amenities from the privacy of your own holiday house.
Internationally acclaimed restauranteur Rick Stein chose the idyllic Bannisters Headland at Mollymook on the NSW South Coast to be the location for his Australian restaurant. Here he focuses on the abundance of freshly available NSW South Coast seafood. His menu highlights the unique seafood dishes that include king fish, trevally, snapper as well as local oysters, superb prawns, calamari, scallops and cray fish. Its not unusual to also have dishes on the menu utilizing his Asian culinary influence. The restaurant will make sure that the menu is catered for our special pregnant mums to be dietary requirements.
Foodies from a variety of countries across the globe make the Rick Stein restaurant a destination when in Australia, as do the local Aussie foodies from inter and intra-state.
The ‘Over the Moon’ Package from $1,125
* 2 nights accommodation in a Luxury Suite
* hot breakfast for two on both mornings
* dinner for two in Rick Stein at Bannisters Restaurant to the value of $150
* pregnancy massage for her
* relaxation massage for him
* a mocktail for her and glass of beer/wine for him and
* a special gift to use at home – natural nourishing body oil with essential oils to balance and nurture, designed specifically for pregnancy to protect skin under pressure
Bannisters Pavilion the stylish new accommodation by Bannisters. This fabulous new Hotel offers 32 stylish guest rooms and 2 luxurious penthouse suites, with a stunning backdrop of eucalyptus trees. The hotel is set back from Mitchell Parade and Beach Road, steps away from Mollymook Beach which is famous for its natural beauty, surf breaks, and unspoilt coastline.
Bannisters Pavilion is located just 900m away from Bannisters by the Sea and all its facilities including Rick Stein at Bannisters, Bannisters Day Spa and the pool bar with panoramic views of the South Coast. A definite highlight of Bannisters Pavilion is an expansive rooftop lined with sun beds, umbrellas, private lounge spaces, a bar-and-grill and spectacular suspended pool, providing the ideal coastal getaway. The rooftop is designed to allow guests to seamlessly move between the pool, bar-and- grill and lounge areas to take full advantage of the food & beverage options, available from noon.
Both Bannisters by the Sea and Bannisters Pavillion are located 3.5 hours drive for Sydney and 2.5 hours from Canberra.
Park Hyatt – Great Expectations at the Park
Located majestically on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, the Park Hyatt Sydney perfectly personifies contemporary harbourside luxury with its coveted location between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Reminiscent of an exclusive harbourside residence, Park Hyatt Sydney offers intimate surrounds with architecture, art and design that reflect the Australian landscape.
Highlights include 155 spacious guestrooms and luxurious suites with contemporary interiors and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to private balconies; 24-hour butler service; and a day spa with rooftop pool and sundeck.
Enjoy spectacular harbour front views of the Sydney Opera House and dine at local-favourite restaurants The Dining Room and The Living Room. Both of the hotel’s waterfront restaurants, bar, private dining rooms, day spa and recreational facilities have also been enhanced to reinforce Park Hyatt Sydney’s position as one of the best hotels in Sydney and Australia.
Park Hyatt In the moment package – $1,170 per night during the week and $1,210 per night on weekends
- Full breakfast in The Dining Room for all registered guests
- Valet parking for one car daily
- Children bathrobe with fluffy toy to take home
- Choice of one of the below 60 minute treatments in The Spa once during stay for one person:
* Maternal caress massage
* Dream deluxe pedicure
* Citrus peel facial
Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa
Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa is situated within the grounds of the historic homestead and original summer residence of Sir Frederick Darley, the sixth Chief Justice of NSW. Set amidst two acres of manicured gardens adjacent to Echo Point, this 5 star resort overlooks the most spectacular scenery in the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park and is a leisurely 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney CBD.
The Resort was designed to celebrate its Victorian origins and its ambience reflects the romance of a bygone era. Its 85 rooms and suites are uniquely themed with sumptuous silk and organza fabrics along with hand crafted wallpaper. The guest lounge has open fire places and is enveloped by lush green gardens and terraces overlooking the Jamison Valley.
Dining is a special event at Lilianfels and guests are treated to a regional feast at Darley’s restaurant, the most awarded fine dining restaurant in regional NSW. This iconic restaurant is open 5 nights a week and serves contemporary Australian cuisine in a superb and historically inspired setting that can only be found at Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa.
Lilianfels Day Spa completes the immersion for this luxury retreat. The spa treatments are individually tailored to suit guest needs and the multi-sensory journey is designed to revive and rejuvenate. Other onsite recreational facilities include indoor and outdoor pool, gym, tennis court, and library and billiard/games room.
Lilianfels Babymoon package – $1,219 per night during the week and $1,760 for weekends (2 night minimum)
- Overnight accommodation
- Full buffet breakfast in the Orangery Restaurant
- 3 course dinner at the Darley’s Restaurant
- 1 x 2 hour Babymoon spa treatment* at Lilianfels Day Spa for the mum to be
- 1 x 2 hour Gentleman’s Oasis spa treatment at Lilianfels Day Spa for the dad to be
- Kerstin Florian spa gift pack to take home
- Complimentary WiFi access
- Complimentary daily newspaper
- Use of our Gym, Pool and Day Spa facilities
Our casual memberships are perfect for organsing your babymoon or to gift to the expantant parents.