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Amanzoe Villas in the Greek Peloponnese
Amanzoe Villas, an exclusive collection of hilltop villas located on the highest point of Porto Heli in the heart of The Peloponnese, offers the perfect tranquil balance.
All villas have private swimming pools and spacious living and dining areas, as well as in-house chefs, so if it’s fuss-free privacy you’re after, Amanzoe is ideal. For those who are happy to venture out, guests of the villas have access to all amenities at the adjoining Aman hotel – accessible via a buggy if walking is a little too much – which include; the exclusive Beach Club, an ocean-fronted restaurant and a luxurious spa, to name a few.
The area is also rich with both ancient and contemporary culture for those who are keen for some gentle exploration of the nearby ancient ruins and UNESCO sights. It is also known as the ‘hearth’ of the Peloponnesian riviera, just a short ferry ride from the harbour to the local fishing island of Spetses and Hydra, where one can enjoy a lazy stroll along the seafront, cliff-side art galleries, shaded Piazza’s dotted with quaint cafes and designer boutiques and Artesian Greek food markets.
- Villas are also available to purchase and to rent for those wanting to return year-on-year with their latest addition to the family, prices start form €3.2million.
The Elysium, Cyprus
Luxury five-star hotel, The Elysium, located in the ancient archaeological city of Paphos, is the perfect destination for mums-to-be looking for a cultural getaway and some much deserved me time.
Only a 4 and a half hour flight from London, Paphos is an ideal mid-haul destination for mums-to-be who want to get away to warmer climates but are also looking to avoid long hours spent on a plane.
Temperatures are balmy from March onwards, and even stay warm until late November, so Mums-to-be can be assured they will get a healthy top up of Vitamin D no matter what time of year their little one is due.
The Elysium offers the ‘Age-Old Wellness’ package, inspired by Ancient Greek traditions. The package guides guests on a journey of natural healing and elemental wellness, with two exclusive spa treatments: the ‘Aphrodite Aromatic Massage’ and the ‘Aphrodite Radiance Facial’. Both treatments utilise the ‘Elixir of Life’, a mix of natural ingredients such as olive oil, honey, herbs and spices, and are inspired by the Greek Goddess of Love, rather appropriate for those getting ready to welcome their child into the world!
- Rates for the Age Old Wellness package start from €1,710 for a five-night stay
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Vietnam
Situated in a beautiful setting perched over a lotus pond, The Heart of the Earth Spa at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai is a haven of calm, encouraging connection and compassion, ideal for expecting mothers to unwind and find inner peace during their special chapter. Inspired by renowned Vietnamese Zen master, scholar and peacemaker Thich Nhat Hanh, the Spa centres on the awareness that we are at one with the Earth, and that we can improve harmony within ourselves and between humanity and the planet.
The Spa hosts 60-minute private yoga lessons for mothers-to-be, allowing them to move at their own pace, learning to build a deeper connection to the Earth, finding internal balance and harmony with nature. Before the class guests are able to go over any physical needs or concerns, allowing the skilled yogis to curate tailor-made yoga sessions suitable for each individual depending on what stage of pregnancy they’re at.
The Spa features the Mother’s Embrace massage for the special nurturing of Mother Earth’s blossoming wonder, cushioned with the back easing relief of the Spa’s specially tailored pregnancy table. Accompanied with sumptuous oils, tension relieving pressure, scalp and face massages, and nurturing sound vibrations, allowing the mother-to-be to pamper and relax to her heart’s content.
Prices start at£95 for private yoga classes and£150 for the Mother’s Embrace massage.
LUX* Grand Gaube, Mauritius
LUX* Grand Gaube re-opened in December 2017 following a $32 million complete refurbishment and redesign by Kelly Hoppen.
The all-new LUX* Grand Gaube brings guests a fresh-spirited luxury resort with a wonderfully eclectic mix of colourful prints, retro-chic furniture and lots of greenery – perfect for those looking for a light, bright and soothing break.
There are three swimming pools as well as a brand new LUX* Me spa with a meditation expert on hand for mums-to-be. For those who want to stay on their toes, there are several restaurant and bar concepts including a traditional Creole Smokehouse with Rum Treehouse, an open sushi kitchen, a Pisco bar, a burger van, ice cream cart, Gin 100 Club and of course, and LUX*’s signature buzzy Beach Rouge beach clubGoing to long haul destinations when pregnant can be nerving for expectant mums, but rest assured in Mauritius there are no concerns over mosquito-borne diseases like Zika, muchlike lots of other far-flung countries
- Prices per night start from £166 in low season and £388 in high season for a Superior Suite, based on 2 people sharing, room only