Rest up Kate – take a baby break

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Monday’s announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child has left the country in a state of excitement and anticipation. As Kate rests in hospital, well wishes continue to flood in from around the world, with experts recommending rest and relaxation for the royal mum-to-be.

For most people, pregnancy means cutting back on the travelling – but this needn’t mean an end to holidays altogether.  Here, VisitEngland looks at holidays a little closer to home, where parents-to-be can relax and recharge, enjoying their time together before two becomes three.


Pregnancy packages for parents-to-be
For a truly memorable last trip for DINKY (double income, no kids yet) couples, Chewton Glen ( in Hampshire is an English original.  Putting expectant mums first, the luxury country house hotel offers a Pregnancy Glow package (£72) in its luxury spa. This 50 minute treatment includes a tailor-made facial to give you that maternal glow when it is needed most. Enjoy a ‘Weekend Escape’ package within acres of gorgeous Hampshire countryside from £427 per person. Alternatively, Babymoon in style at The Montpellier Chapter Hotel ( in Cheltenham. Earlier this year the hotel launched its Babymoon experience – a two night stay that includes a 60-minute REN spa treatment for mum, while dad can relax in the bar with a book from the Library or enjoy a spa treatment of his own. The hotel can also arrange shopping trips to the town’s baby boutiques, create indulgent non-alcoholic cocktails and even organise pregnancy photo-shoots. Prices from £299. Finally, set in four acres amid picturesque Dorset countryside, Summer Lodge ( is a relaxing weekend retreat offering a programme of Mama Mio maternity treatments designed to relax, comfort and nourish. Their YUMMY TUMMY omega‐rich facial for your tummy is a full‐on stress-banishing treat. Pre and post natal treatments from £45. Accommodation prices start from £265 per night (weekdays) and £295 per night (weekends) based on two adults sharing a Classic Room.

A royal weekend in Cambridge (baby grow not included!)
The Duke of Cambridge set tongues wagging when he so enthusiastically received a baby grow with the slogan ‘Daddy’s little co-pilot’  during a royal visit to the city that gave them their official title. Cambridge makes the perfect location the take a romantic babymoon fit for royal. Stay at The Varsity Hotel & Spa (, the most romantic spot in the city with picture perfect views over Cambridge. The boutique hotel has 48 rooms and is decorated in a quintessentially English style. Double rooms from £112. For a special occasion, visit the Michelin starred restaurant Midsummer House (, a Victorian Villa set in Midsummer Common with a pretty terrace and enticing menu. Three courses from £40 per person. Complete the royal experience with a walk around the colleges of the world-famous Cambridge University (, one of the oldest universities in the world. It has educated some of history’s most famous people, including members of the Royal family.

The Varsity

Fit for a princess
Ladies who are expecting know it’s important to keep fit and healthy during pregnancy. The Forge Yoga Centre ( in Devon offers an evening class specifically designed for pregnant women. Recommended for those beyond 12 weeks of pregnancy, the classes include breathing and birthing techniques, general strengthening exercises and massage to provide practical help and support in the months approaching birth. 2 hour classes costs £8.50. In addition, Yoga Jeannie ( uses historic houses in Kent and East Sussex as peaceful retreats. Instructor Jean Hall hosts the weekends, which include seven yoga classes over three days, allowing mums-to-be to fully immerse themselves in her yoga techniques. In the capital, Tri-yoga ( offers a range of pregnancy yoga classes from the second trimester onwards.

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