Remember when all you had to pack for a thrilling overseas adventure was a suitcase and an open mind?
Yeah, neither do I.
Traveling with a baby is a whole new experience – one with several more bags and a lot more crying. Thankfully, we know just the place that is a new mother’s dreamland.
What are the things a new mom must consider when taking a baby out of town?
Having a comfortable and safe space for the baby to sleep? Check.
Packing enough diapers and wipes to last you a month because you never know how many “blowouts” they may have? Check.
Having something for mommy to do while baby is sleeping? Double check.
Well, you may not believe this, but the Kai Suites in Singapore has all of this and more.
This luxury hotel was designed to accommodate postpartum moms.
The first few weeks after having a baby, you normally wouldn’t dream of trying to leave the house.
But this home away from home is urging you to spend your most hormonal and sleepless days with them while they take the stress out of the postpartum period.
Kevin Kwee, owner and operator of Kai Suites, knows first-hand how important it is for moms to take it easy after their baby is born.
Kwee tells CNN Travel:
“As a father of four children and having journeyed with my wife through different confinement experiences, I fully understand the importance of pre-natal education, postpartum recuperation and restoration as well as the care needed for both mother and baby during this golden period — not only physically but also mentally and emotionally.”
Most mothers looking for the resort’s VIP treatment book a room 6-8 weeks before baby is due.
And there is no need to prepare anything at home because a limo will be at the door of the hospital when you are discharged and take you straight to one of Kai Suites 18 post-natal rooms.
While you enjoy massages and post-natal doctor visits in-house, your baby will receive elite care by trained staff and medical personnel in the nursery.
It is a match made in heaven!
Of course, this sweet little piece of paradise is going to cost you a pretty penny.
A typical two-week stay will run you about $13,650.
While international travel is burdensome in itself at the moment due to all the COVID restrictions, this should be the first vacation you consider when things ease up.
We know giving kids rich traveling experiences helps increase their grades and gives them a willingness to try new things later in life.
Whether or not it counts in those first weeks of life is debatable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice massage and chocolate covered strawberries while you wait to find out.
If the price tag to Singapore is a major deterrent in booking your next family vacation, or your kids are a little older, there are still other options for a kid-friendly stay.
The Eloise Suite (named after the popular book series) at The Plaza in New York City has an alluring Betsy Johnson themed room for your little princess.
There is a sparkly headboard for the fully decorated Eloise king bed in the room that is fully equipped with Eloise and Weenie dolls to attend your tea party.
Or stay in the Conrad York Midtown FAO Schwartz Suite, where every toy you could possibly imagine is in the hotel room with you (good luck getting your child to explore New York outside of those walls).
Flying with children who are expected to wear a mask is a nightmare.
But as airlines begin to realize they cannot force passengers to abide by outrageous mandates forever, we should see family travel return to the usual stressors – like temper tantrums thousands of feet in the air and lugging nine suitcases through an airport with a kid on each hip!
Now if only every hotel was waiting with open arms to take your crying children after a ten-hour flight…