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THE PREGNANT PRINCESS EXPERIENCE

Thanks to Kate and Kim, the traditional babymoon just got better.


WORDS Lou Robson

MOTHERHOOD is one of the most rewarding – and exhausting – experiences life has to offer. Whether you are a soon-to-be first time Mum, or anticipating another bundle of joy, expectant mothers of all walks of life are jumping on the royal bandwagon and enjoying pre-baby getaways fit for a princess.

The princess experience is the latest mini-break craze sweeping the globe, with mothers-to-be copying the Duchess of Cambridge and reality TV royal Kim Kardashian’s luxurious baby preparation plans.

In the weeks leading up to their births, Kate and Kim reportedly enjoyed everything from 24-carat gold facials to $500 pedicures. As the trend spreads, a growing number of Australian day spas and salons are adding five-star pregnancy treatments to their menus. Accommodation providers have followed suit, with many promoting pre-baby holidays fit for royalty.

QUEENSLAND
The Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa offers the best of both worlds. The five-star eco-resort has a range of suits, villas and penthouses 90 minutes north of Brisbane, overlooking the Noosa National Park and just a stone’s throw from Noosa’s iconic Main Beach.

Set among the rainforest on Noosa Hill, the luxury accommodation boasts everything from private chefs to resort-style childrens’ pool, games room, fine dining and the world class Stephanie’s Ocean Spa. The two-bedroom villa has two bathrooms – providing parents with privacy – a large kitchen, washer, dryer and a large balcony set among the tree tops. The resort in Little Hastings Street is alive with the call of whip birds and other native wildlife yet just a short walk from the main shopping district and scenic bays of Noosa’s National Park.

The Baby Moon Massage Ritual at Stephanie’s is an unforgettable pregnancy experience. Feet and calves are gently exfoliated and washed with rose petals and warm water before a 50-minute massage performed on state-of-the-art pregnancy pillows which allow late term clients to lay face down without discomfort. Aromatherapy oils used during treatments are blended on site as are the teas and speciality sorbets offered in the Tranquillity Lounge post treatment. The Spa also offers mineral floatation colour therapy in their open float tank with views to the national park.

NEW SOUTH WALES
The coastal hideaway of Bannisters Point Lodge at Mollymook on the NSW South Coast offers four-and-a-half-star accommodation with ocean views and a speciality pregnancy day spa menu complete with maternity massage, tropical tummy mask, yummy mummy facial treatment and a three-and-a-half hour pregnancy package.

The boutique hotel 220km south of Sydney is home to Rick Stein at Bannisters restaurant and boasts a pool and bar atop a cliff overlooking the Tasman Sea.

VICTORIA
Enjoy a relaxing getaway in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. The Grand Hyatt Melbourne offers five-star accommodation in Collins St and the in house Sanctuary Spa. The spa provides specialised pregnancy massage designed to reduce stress on weight-bearing joints, help regulate sleep patterns and increase circulation. The Secret Men’s Business package will ensure expectants fathers also look their best for the big day with a massage, facial and hand renewal treatment.

Mothers-in-waiting can enjoy watching someone else cook dinner at the Collins open kitchen restaurant or indulge in an early night and room service in bed.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Adelaide’s Stamford Plaza offers expectant parents the ultimate in Do Not Disturb. The five-star hotel’s Lazy Daze Package encourages couples whose lives are about to get busier to check in and check out – with in room massages, three-course, candlelit meals cooked bedside, new release movies, popcorn, late checkout and optional kids’ rooms and baby sitter as part of the package.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Australia’s premier pregnancy only day spa raises the bar on luxury. Perth’s Yummy Mummy Pregnancy Day Spa offers an indulgent five-and-a-half hour Absolute Heaven package which includes a Soul Mama Foot Ritual, reflexology massage, full body scrub, full body hot stone massage, facial, manicure, pedicure and refreshments.

Wake up to views of Perth’s Swann River in the nearby Pan Pacific Hotel. The five-star hotel is located in the heart of the CBD and just minutes’ walk from the market and shopping districts. Couples can rekindle the romance pre-baby with rose petal and luxury bath product packages.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
Head north and unwind in a five-star suite overlooking Darwin Harbour and the Timor Sea at the Hilton. Ensure you and your partner are picture perfect for the big day with the two-and-a-half hour Quick Escape package at the nearby Cullen Bay Day Spa. The luxury treatment in a room designed for two includes a body scrub, optional spa bath, massage, mini facial and express pedicure. The salon also offer an hour-long massage designed to help prevent stretch marks and improve circulation. The spa hosts Yummy Mummy Mondays with a range of speciality treatments for expectant Mums.

TASMANIA
Try Peppers Seaport Hotel in Launceston Tasmania, which offers a pre-baby special including two nights' accommodation, Tasmanian chocolates, breakfast, one three-course dinner, full body massage or a facial for mum and dad, and a gift for the new baby. Rooms have views to the Seaport marina and mountains beyond.



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