DALLAS, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With the recent birth of "Baby Kimye" and the anticipated arrival of the "Royal Baby," Kim and Kate have been setting mommy trends on everything from maternity fashion to babymoons. According to hotel and travel expert Hotels.com, parents-to-be looking to plan their own babymoons can emulate these celebrity travel styles, without recreating the hefty price tags.
Kimye "City Chic" Babymoon
Kim and Kanye prepped for their new arrival by shopping at high-end boutiques and nesting in the luxury hotels of chic metropolitan capitals Paris and Rio de Janeiro. Expectant parents looking to take one last stroller-less stroll through a city street can steal a page from Kimye's "city chic" babymoon style by checking out Montreal, Canada or San Diego, Calif.
Montreal, much like Paris, is full of gorgeous architecture and stained glass churches. Shopping is also abundant, whether splurging on some designer duds on rue Sherbrooke or taking a few days to explore the subterranean metropolis of the famous Underground City. A number of hotels connect to the Underground City and are within walking distance of the breath-taking Mont-Royal Park and famous Notre-Dame Basilica, such as the 4-star Le Westin Montreal (currently starting at only $200 a night).
Couples looking to get a taste of the laid-back beach lifestyle that Kim and Kanye experienced on their Rio babymoon, need not look any further than sunny, surfs-up San Diego. Rising in popularity over the last few years according to the Hotels.com® Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™), San Diego will provide the same blend of casual beach-side relaxation and exciting nighttime adventure as Rio, but for a fraction of the price. The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina is a great choice, featuring panoramic views of the bay, this property is approximately two miles from the active city center and less than five miles from the fun-filled Mission Beach.
Royal Island Babymoon
Couples can take a different approach, like William and Kate, who went to the ultra-exclusive Caribbean island of Mustique, located in the West Indies. While William and Kate's $25,000-a-week getaway consisted of a five-bedroom villa complete with an infinity pool, several private verandahs and a six-person staff, the Caribbean region offers comparable luxuries for far less at destinations such as Vieques, Puerto Rico and Samara, Costa Rica.
According to the latest HPI, rates in Vieques are down a whopping 21% from $407 per night in 2011 to $323 in 2012. Winning numerous industry accolades in recent years for its quiet, virtually untouched beaches, Vieques exudes a certain exclusivity that is akin to the elite island of Mustique. Most of its land is undeveloped due to the presence of the U.S. Navy for over 60 years, so its beaches are pristine masterpieces, surrounded by nature, not commercial development. The island is also home to the largest national refuge in the Caribbean, making for excellent snorkeling. A stay at the W Retreat & Spa might be just what expectant parents need to feel like royalty with its tranquil decor, world class cuisine, and rejuvenating spa – and yes, they offer a prenatal massage.
Samara, Costa Rica is another outstanding choice for soon-to-be-parents taking a cue from the Royal Couple. It is a small, local favorite, rich with Costa Rican culture and well-known for its down-to-earth and friendly atmosphere. Like, Vieques, prices in Samara are also down significantly; a babymoon in this coral reef paradise will cost couples on average 19% less than it did just a year ago. For those who truly want to live it up prince and princess style, private villas like the Villa de Sol are available starting as low as $143 a night and offer everything from full kitchens and spa tubs to pillow top bedding, private balconies, and more.
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