Imagine checking into a five-star hotel for a pampering staycation right after giving birth – that will soon be a reality by the start of 2020.
Described as Singapore’s first pre- and postpartum care retreat, Kai Suites will be opening in Newton (26 Dunearn Road), offering resort-like amenities for new mums.
According to a recent report in CNA Luxury, a standard package at this luxury confinement centre will set you back $12,000, including a three-month pre-natal programme, a seven-day stay in (with the option of 30 days or more), and a three-month post-natal programme where you’ll be taught how to properly care for and bathe a baby as well as breastfeeding techniques.
There are specially-curated exercise programmes for different stages of pregnancy and post-delivery, and a week’s worth of traditional Javanese jamu wraps available for mums who want to tone the abdominal area and get back in shape after giving birth.
According to the interview with Kevin Kwee, co-founder of Kai Suites, mums will be treated to “Michelin-star style” meals prepared by doctors, nutritionists and chefs during their stay. The kitchen can also cater a romantic dinner or a full family meal for up to eight people to welcome the newest addition to the family.
That’s not all. A full butler service will be available during the stay, complete with salon and wellness sessions. You can get your hair and facials done or meditate to reset your mind and body while your baby is taken care of by a team of experienced ex-maternity ward staff.
There are only 18 suites and 80 staff on the premises, so every mum and baby is assured of the attention and care needed during their stay.
Is staying in a confinement centre worth it?
For regular folks, hiring a confinement nanny will cost you anywhere between $2,100 to $5,000 for a full-time nanny who will be staying over at your house for a month.
This is not inclusive of the red packets to be given before and after the confinement, which is about $30 to $200 each, and transport costs.
That also excludes grocery and electric bills which will increase during this period due to excessive cooking and washing and an extra room with the air conditioner or fan turned on every night.
If you’re looking to sign up for pre-natal and post-natal classes, it’ll range from $80 per hour for a breastfeeding and newborn care course to $895 per couple for antenatal group classes.
Even though these amounts add up to half of the standard package at Kai Suites, what you’ll be getting is the convenience of having everything you’ll need under one roof, thereby assuring that your body gets enough rest before you embark on your motherhood journey, full-on.
If push gifts are becoming popular, then this could be a gift for couples who can afford the luxury.
A version of this article first appeared in Asiaone.
Actress Cheryl Wee actually follows traditional Chinese confinement practices after birth
Nervous about C-section delivery? Here’s what you can expect
Confinement food myths you shouldn’t believe
How to get your husband be more involved with baby
Giving birth in Singapore: How to choose doctor and hospital, and costs you should know