The birth of a child is a momentous occasion worth celebrating, but so is the time-honoured tradition of the mother’s confinement—a period of rest and recovery as she accustoms to her new role in life. While it’s common practice in Asia for new moms to be cared for by her mother, mother-in-law, or nanny, one luxury hotel in Singapore offers a dedicated confinement programme designed for mothers and newborns. Prior to childbirth, mothers-to-be can also prepare themselves by joining expert-led activities such as handling of the baby and feeding.
Inspired by the Japanese concept of “omotenashi“, which is tied to genuine hospitality, paying attention to the smallest of details, and anticipating guest needs, Kai Suites has a full team of experts to help mothers regain physical and mental strength, while learning to care for their newborn.
Understanding that new moms are often bombarded with advice and information, the hotel combines Asian cultural practices and traditions with modern science for the best of both worlds when it comes to expertise regarding baby care after birth, postnatal nourishment and nutrition, and body rejuvenation.
Located conveniently near to Thomson Medical Centre, Mount Alvernia Hospital, Novena Medical Hub, Mount Elizabeth Hospital, and Gleneagles Hospital, the lush 20,000 square-feet hotel features minimalist yet warm interiors designed by well-known architectural firm K2LD. Inside, 18 elegant private suites, and facilities like a Private Mothers’ Lounge, spa, aesthetics clinic, salon, as well as lobby lounge awaits. The tech-savvy nursery also features camera surveillance of individual cots that mothers can easily access via a mobile app, to keep an eye on their newborn.
Unlike the sometimes sterile environment of a hospital room, the suites here are furnished with all the little luxuries one comes to expect from a luxury hotel. There’s a plush bed fitted with 600- thread count Egyptian cotton linens, individual temperature control, full-sized refrigerator, and even a bathroom whose shower comes with Japanese-style wooden bucket for mothers who opt for the complimentary daily warm herbal bath.
Those who book the full experience will receive round-the-clock care from an experienced nurse and receive invaluable advice from qualified professionals in pre- and post-natal care. Meanwhile, guests who want to continue recuperating at home can go for the combo experience, where a visiting nurse will come to care for mother and child after a minimum two-week stay at Kai Suites.
With nutrition being a pivotal part of confinement, the hotel’s signature Kai Cuisine combines Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and postpartum dietary science to help mothers recover through nourishing food—sans MSG or artificial additives. Using heirloom recipes from the world over, the dishes feature natural ingredients mostly sourced from local farms.
Meantime, well-deserved pampering can be had at Kai Spa and Kai Aesthetics. New mothers can enjoy therapies that target conditions arising pre- and postpartum, alongside traditional massages to enhance her natural healing process. Massages meant for breast lactation are also available.
Motherhood might be challenging, but this luxurious confinement experience ensures that each new mother is accompanied by sheer comfort and sound expert advice at least for her first steps.
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