Posted by: MummyTravels | April 2, 2012

Babymoon at the Wyndham Grand, London

The travel industry is well-known for coming up with unexpected new names for different kinds of holiday. Some have stuck – staycation and glamping. Others  – awaycation (um, that’s a holiday, no?) – haven’t. But whether you want to use the name or not, I do like the idea of a babymoon – a getaway during pregnancy to recharge your batteries before the baby’s born. So I’m planning to try to fit in as many as possible.

My first had the minor flaw that my husband was actually away – but the guarantee of getting plenty of me-time. So on a sunny Friday afternoon, I hopped on a train to take me to Chelsea Harbour, for a night at the Wyndham Grand hotel. The harbour is coming back under the spotlight for the start point of the Queen’s Jubilee Thames procession, but there’s plenty to tempt at any point.

Surrounded by a string of design centres and chic interiors boutiques, the 5-star hotel itself is a collection of 158 suites, rather than rooms. The four penthouse suites, each themed after a designer, such as McQueen or Biba, are huge if you’re looking to really splash out, but with bedroom, dressing area, living room, bathroom, small hallway and toilet, plus a balcony, you’re not short of space in the other suites. In fact, I’d been in the room for several hours before I spotted the second toilet…

My balcony overlooked the small marina, perfect for basking in a bit of unseasonal March sunshine, and there’s the usual luxurious mod cons, from hugely squashy pillows to an espresso machine (with decaff option, praise be) and Zenology toiletries in the bathroom.

As well as the Blue Harbour spa, with six treatment rooms, pool and fitness centre, the hotel has its own bar and restaurant, plus a BBQ on the terrace for sunnier days, all looking out to the waterfront. There’s regular themed afternoon teas during the day, and champagne Wednesdays, where all bottles, glasses and cocktails are two for one.

The restaurant itself also several menus to choose from – more casual options, a set menu, including a truly fantastic rabbit gnocchi, and the a la carte, which had a mouth-watering slow-cooked lamb option. Sadly the wine list was off-limits, but there’s plenty to please most palates and price tags if you are drinking.

And if there is something else you want, every member of staff seems poised to be friendly and helpful, from guiding me through the spa’s faintly confusing corridors, to trying to track down a specific newspaper, to getting my missing breakfast bacon.

Needless to say, it does all come at a price. Rooms cost from £300 including breakfast, sleeping a family of up to four. And do keep an eye on the extras. Wifi costs £24 per day if you want it in the room, and if it’s not included in your rate, breakfast rates start from around £17, although if you want to mix and match – for example, fruit from the buffet, plus coffee and pancakes – the bill can really stack up.

But for a final couple getaway before the whole budget goes on babygros, it’s an indulgent treat.

Disclaimer: My stay was paid for by the hotel

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