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Travel news: Discounted luxury European holidays, new Kids Clubs, and Vietnam babymoons

Perfect baby bump selfies at the Nam Hai infinity pool
Perfect baby bump selfies at the Nam Hai infinity pool


Babymoon in Vietnam

The acclaimed Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam, is currently offering a Blissful Babymoon package, a three-night escape for expectant parents that includes a prenatal massage for her, a Vietnamese massage for him and a soft bathrobe for the one on the way. Other perks include a “baby bump” photography session and a three-course set dinner. Daily breakfast and private prenatal yoga sessions, airport transfers in a BMW, and welcome cocktails or mocktails round out the deal. You’ll have to hurry: the deal, which starts from US$588, is only available until the end of April.

Luxury Train through the Balkans

The Balkan Explorer Rail Tour is 12-day train journey between Venice and Istanbul (you can choose a Westbound or Eastbound route), taking in nine countries and a mix of culture, ancient tales and architectural treasures. The Golden Eagle Danube Express stops at Trieste, Dubrovnik, Thessaloniki and Sofia, among other fascinating destinations, highlighting Venetian vibrancy, Croatian coastlines and Ottoman architecture. The journey starts and ends with two nights at luxury hotels; the remainder of the nights are spent on board the luxurious Golden Eagle.

This fully inclusive rail tour offers a great way to visit the Balkans, with an endlessly changing view from your carriage windows, and fully guided sightseeing excursions in the cities you pass through. There are only two departures in 2015: Westbound, 3 July; Eastbound, 11 July. From US$10,595 per person.


New kids clubs at NIYAMA Resort Maldives and Eagles Palace in Greece
New kids clubs at NIYAMA Resort Maldives and Eagles Palace in Greece

New Kids’ Clubs

March 2015 marked the launch of luxury tour operator Scott Dunn’s two newest Explorers children’s clubs, at NIYAMA resort in the Maldives, and Eagles Palace in Halkidiki, Greece. The two new clubs add to Scott Dunn’s existing portfolio that includes Croatia, Crete, Sicily, the Algarve, and Thailand.

Located 40 minutes by seaplane from Male in the South Western Atoll of Dhaalu, NIYAMA blends traditional Maldivian elegance with a contemporary feel. The new Explorers club – the first in the Maldives to offer care for children under 3 (and up to 12) – is run under the full supervision of UK childcare professionals. Activities include excursions and theme days, plus naptimes for younger children.

Eagles Palace is set on a golden sandy beach with beautiful sea views; it’s an award-winning traditional Greek property, family owned and run, with 161 refurbished rooms, suites and bungalows. The new Explorers club is available for ages four months to 13 years, mixing childcare with adventures and activities.

Sicily Sojourn

Explore the glamour and beauty of Sicily with a cultural five-day itinerary, “La Dolce Sicilia Vita”; the programme includes five nights’ accommodation in a beachside suite at Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea (built in 1830), near the famous town of Taormina. Extras includes a tour of Mount Etna (with a vineyard tour), a coastal tour in a Sicilian fishing boat, two dinners, a cooking class, spa treatments, transfers and more. Priced from €6,250 for two people, the deal is available from 2 April to 31 May, and 1 September to 31 October. To book, call +39 0185 2678 453.