Four amazing Babymoon destinations near some of the World’s most famous botanical gardens
KAUAI GRAND HYATT
A little piece of paradise, set on the stunning white sands of Poipu. This beachfront resort is set between mountains and azure seas in acres of lush gardens so that you are able to truly relax. There’s lots to enjoy including a championship Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf course and the open-air Anara Spa as well as hiking, kayaking, snorkling (avoid scuba diving in pregnancy) and walking. Rooms are spacious and modern, with downy soft beds and great views. Choose from an amazing ten resturants within the resort even before you venture further afield, with cuisine from Italian to sushi, or have a private beach front meal with your own Butler.
Near the Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens.
Book it: King size bed with ocean view from £420 per night kauai.grand.hyatt.com
ESTABLISHMENT HOTEL, SYDNEY
Often described as ‘achingly hip’, this hotel offers all you need under one roof and is a buzzing venue – Robbie Williams and the Scissor Sisters have partied here (so choose a high room to get a good night’s sleep!). With a library and restaurants for down-time, you can stay in a Loft Penthouse suite with its queen-size bed and spacious ensuite bathroom with rainfall shower; luxuriate in the La Labo bath products.
When you’re not relaxing, take a ferry to other parts of Sydney Harbour such as Manly and Taronga Zoo on the North Shore, Rose Bay to the east, and Darling Harbour to the west. Don’t forget to spend a day at the Botanical Gardens, which boasts a plantbank and a herbarium. Indulge in retail therapy in the bustling Central Busines District or visit The Ivy Complex, with its choice of fabulous bars, restaurants and even a swimming pool.
Near the Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney.
Book it: Loft Penthouse with Queen size bed, from £532 per night. mrandmrssmith.com
THE PETERSHAM HOTEL, RICHMOND
Perched on the hillside overlooking the magnificent sweep of the River Thames as it winds its way through Surrey is this splendid Victorian hotel. The spacious restuarant has panoramic, floor to ceiling windows overlooking this famous bend in the river and it serves uncomplicated, seasonal dishes with flair.
Comfortable rooms with snowy pillows and bright decor overlook the tranquil countryside and have been newly refurbished, offering superior comfort and of course a modern, Italian marble bathroom. Use the hotel as a base to visit Kew Gardens, with its stunning Palm House, acres of manicured grass, Orangerie and the newly re-opened Temperate House. It’s also great for day trips into London or to explore Richmond Park with its herds of deer and rugged landscape.
Near Kew Gardens.
Book it: From £256 per night. petershamhotel.co.uk
TRIANON PALACE, VERSAILLES
Only 30 minutes from Paris and within walking distance of the Palace of Versailles and it famous gardens is this truly magnificent hotel, owned by the Waldorf Astoria group. Eight different types of accommodation offer something for all tastes and all the rooms and suites are luxuriously appointed to the highest standards. Why not stay in the King Apartment suite with its private terrace? Its has luxury bedding, hardwood floors and fireplaces to add grace and style, while views of the Royal Park add a sense of regal majesty.
There are several restaurants and cafes available within the hotel, including
the Michelin starred Gordon Ramsay au Trianon. Traditional and small scale, it excels in French classics set against the dazzling backdrop of the Parc de Versailles. It is modelled on Ramsay’s 3-Michelin starred London establishment and serves only ten tables. The hotel also offers golf and a Guerlain spa with treatment rooms, a Hammam, indoor pool and steam room.
Near the Gardens of Versailles