Have a holiday before your baby arrives

Have a holiday before your baby arrives

Looking for a pre baby getaway?

pre baby paris

Looking for a pre baby getaway?

PARIS (FLIGHT TIME 1+ HOURS)

Why go?

Now’s your last chance to stay in a boutique bolt-hole full of breakables– and Paris is full of them.
Add an easy Eurostar journey (or quick flight), galleries, swish shops and candlelit bistros, and you have the ultimate designer city break.

What to do?

Don’t plan a hectic itinerary in case pregnancy fatigue takes hold. Instead, use your days to wander the prettiest districts: the Marais is packed with shops selling candles, cute handbags and collectable books and the Ile St-Louis is filled with Baroque churches, 17th-century houses and deliciousice cream parlours.

Where to stay?

Ignore the name – Hotel Crayon is a grown-up place with plush rooms and rolltop baths, tucked away on a side street near the Louvre. Doubles from £140, room only (www.hotelcrayon.com). Eurostar tickets cost from £140 return (www.eurostar.com.)

Don’t miss!

The ultimate afternoon tea. Hide away in the palatial surrounds of Le Meurice hotel with a moreish lemon meringue tart (www.lemeurice.com) 

DUBAI (FLIGHT TIME 6+ HOURS)

Why go?

If you ever deserve to be pampered, now’s the time. Dubai has all the top restaurants, designer stores and spas you’ll need – plus round-the-calendar sunshine.

What to do?

If morning sickness or a growing bump makes wandering difficult, spend the whole day at Atlantis The Palm (www.atlantisthepalm.com). At this sprawling, Lost City-themed hotel, you can swim with dolphins, eat at Nobu and hit the opulent spa. No wonder the Beckhams have visited.

IBIZA (FLIGHT TIME 2+ HOURS)

Why go?

OK, you won’t be clubbing the night away, but the White Isle is still the place for some very grown-up fun: long days at beach clubs, lingering meals in medieval villages, and poolside lounging with virgin coladas.

What to do?

Spend a day in the capital, Ibiza Town. This 16th-century cluster tumbles towards the sea in a cat’s cradle of cobbled streets, café-clad squares and crumbling churches.

Where to stay?

Chic, candy-coloured Can Domo is a hilltop hideaway that oozes romance. Set in a 17th-century finca, it’s a great base for exploring the island. Doubles from £100, B&B (www.candomo.com). Fly with Easyjet from nine UK airports, from £60 return (www.easyjet.com).

Don’t miss! 

Kylie Minogue loves Amante, a restaurant perched on a cliff overlooking Sol D’en Serra bay. Arrive at 11am, bag a sun lounger and watch glam locals chow down on cheeseburgers.

SEYCHELLES (FLIGHT TIME 9+ HOURS)

Why go?

It’s not advisable to travel more than four time zones when you’re pregnant: these Indian Ocean dream islands are as far as you can go without risking a seriously dozy holiday.

What to do?

Because of the distances between islands, trips are generally hotel-focused.
Pick the perfect one, and your stay will be all about the spa, the restaurants and the sunloungers. Pack a good book!

Where to stay?

If it’s good enough for Wills and Kate, the castaway resort of Desroches should hit the spot: the couple’s 2007 visit is thought to have inspired their honeymoon. A beach suite, with outdoor bath and patio overlooking the beach, costs from £3,549pp per week all-inclusive, including flights from London, with Sey Exclusive.

Don’t miss!

A trip to the capital, Victoria, on your way back to the airport. This seductive tropical city is worth a stop for its food market and restaurants serving spicy Seychellois cuisine
such as coconut fish curry.

 

Written by Amanda Hyde

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