The latest travel trend to sweep the nation - more now than ever after the latest royal news - is the ‘babymoon’, which is industry jargon for that one last trip for couples waiting to start a family or already expecting. In many circles, the babymoon is the new honeymoon!
In celebration of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's happy news, Thomas Cook has put together its top five babymoon destinations for all those expectant mothers looking for some much needed alone time.
1. Luxury blowout
When you think of island luxury the Indian Ocean springs to mind. For a luxury babymoon that is guaranteed to prepare you for motherhood, take a trip to the paradise island of Mauritius. Stay at one of the small luxury hotels of the world, the Heritage Le Telfair, quaint and intimate this hotel is set in 15 acres of beach, lagoon and tropical gardens. Book Today: Signature by Thomas Cook - 7 nights in Mauritius from £1,904 per person. Staying at the 5-star Heritage Le Telfair Resort in Mauritius on half board, flying with British Airways from London Gatwick on April 25 2013. For more information or to book, visit www.tcsignature.com.
2. Not with kids in tow
Want to take one last adventure? Maybe the Duke and Duchess would prefer to go somewhere a little more adventurous before the little one arrives, and maybe you would too. An African safari is on most people’s wish list, and might not be possible with a baby in tow, so why not take that dream trip before the next chapter starts. Book Today: Signature by Thomas Cook - 5 nights Big Game Encounters from £1,833 per person. Staying for 1 night in Amboseli, 1 night in Nairobi, 1 night in Lake Naivasha and 2 nights in Masai Mara. Includes all accommodation on full board, transfers and flights to Nairobi from London Heathrow – based on departures during February 2013. For more information or to book, visit www.tcsignature.com.
3. Don’t want to travel too far?
Lilly Allen spent her babymoon in exotic Morocco; only a 3-hour flight from the UK, mum-to-be Kate as well as other expectant mothers can look forward to gorgeous weather and a relaxing authentic atmosphere. Stay in a luxury ‘Riad’ - a traditional Moroccan house, which boasts in-room dining, oriental steam baths, full spa; massage tent and a rooftop bar.Book Today: Cresta - 4 nights in Marrakech from £434 per person. Staying at the 5-star Angsana Riad Lydines in Marrakech on bed and breakfast, flying with Easyjet from London Gatwick on February 10 2013. For more information or to book, visit www.crestaholidays.co.uk
4. Pamper me like…
While pregnant with son Bingham, Actress Kate Hudson spent some ‘me’ time in Mexico along with Kourtney Kardashian who also chose Mexico’s Riviera Mayafor her babymoon. Will and Kate, as well as many parents-to-be could follow in their footsteps and go for a luxury spa break in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, which boasts stunning beaches and great weather. Book Today: Thomas Cook Ultimate Style - 14 nights in Mexico from £2,075 per person. Staying at the 5-star Excellance in Playa Mujeres on all-inclusive, flying from London Gatwick on January 16 2013. For more information or to book, visit www.thomascook.com
5. Roof tops in Italy
Hollywood actress Sienna Miller spent her much-needed babymoon in Italy. The perfect destination for any mum-to-be, Italy boasts a laid-back atmosphere and more importantly fantastic food. The royal couple can live it up and relax before the baby arrives and enjoy having time to wander the streets and take in the spectacular views that Italy’s coastline and lakes offer. Book Today: Thomas Cook Adult Style - 7 nights in Italy from £956 per person. Staying at the 5-star Grand Hotel La Favorita in Sorrento on bed & breakfast, flying from London Gatwick on May 13 2013. For more information or to book, visit www.thomascook.com
Book Today: Thomas Cook Italy- 7 nights in Italy from £544 per person. Staying at the 3-star Antico Borgo in Riva on bed & breakfast, flying from Manchester on May 18 2013. For more information or to book, visit www.thomascook.com
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