6 Of The Best Mumcations
By: Rosie Stevens, ellaslist
Mums—did you know that the domestic and familial responsibilities that are part and parcel of motherhood can be stressful? Well, the verdict is in and the results are astounding—with psychology professor Dr Nava Silton finding that “Motherhood can be very stressful—whether it's financial stresses, time stresses or just trying to get a whole lot done in a very short period of time” she told Fox5. “I think it’s really important for mothers to be rejuvenated and refreshed”. Who knew?!
Sarcasm aside, these new findings are being used to urge mums to take some time away from their family in the form of, *drum roll please*…mumcations!
Dr Silton says it’s worth kicking the mum-guilt and prioritising some time out. The break won’t just benefit you, but your whole family. “It’s very important for kids to see that balance needs to be achieved in a family situation,” Dr Silton says.
And who are we to argue? Grab your gal pals and head off on one of these mumcations—the doctor says so!
Byron Bay Yoga and Health Retreat
In the wake of all of the pressures and stresses that come with motherhood, your mumcation is the perfect opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and revitalise. Let the beautiful beaches and calming atmosphere of Byron Bay calm your mind and lighten your spirit, relax by the heated 20-metre mineral salt swimming pool, enjoy a yoga class, join a wellness session or indulge in a therapeutic treatment. Or if you just want to have a lie in—that's cool too!
A sure-fire way to put some distance between you and your worries is to vacate dry land and float your troubles away on board a cruise. While a short cruise won’t exactly tick off many cultural experiences on your bucket list, it will allow you to truly relax, sample the onboard restaurants and facilities, indulge in a spa treatment or two and simply switch off.
Back 2 Earth Farmstay, Berry
A classic organic farmstay with a luxurious, grown-up twist, Back 2 Earth is also a health retreat offering a float tank experience, massage therapy, psychotherapy, raw vegan cuisine and cooking classes. The plush accommodation is perfect for a long weekend getaway with your mum-mates; ideal for really relaxing and unwinding.
Use the weekend to meet and greet farm animals, pick your own organic veggies, stroll through the fruit forest, bush walk, delight in many of the water-based activities in close proximity, and appreciate the quaint beauty of Berry village nearby.
Lilianfels Resort & Spa, Blue Mountains
‘Cause let’s be real, nothing says ‘mumcation’ quite like a spa trip. This idyllic spot in the Blue Mountains is a stunning choice for pampering your mind, body and spirit and putting yourself first for an entire weekend. With a range of packages available depending on your preferences, indulging in a treatment or two (or three) is the perfect precursor to enjoying some renowned local wines and produce at the onsite fine-dining multi-award winning restaurants and bars.
Bannisters Port Stephens
Sometimes all you need to relax is a luxuriously comfortable bed, a world-famous Rick Stein restaurant, panoramic ocean views and a whole lot of time to just…be. The all-new Bannisters Port Stephens is the perfect location for a quiet girl's weekend away, “surrounded by water, koala habitat and a sense of peace and seclusion from hotel to horizon.”
Glamping at Mayfield Gardens
Image: Simple Pleasures Camping Co.
While camping (or should we say glamping) might not sound like the ideal retreat from the stresses and strains of mumlife, the boutique feel of Mayfield Gardens’ adults only area is sure to change your mind. Expect exclusive nighttime and early morning access to the beauty of Mayfield, comfortable tents kitted out with luxurious mattresses, goose-feather pillows and the finest linen, a Mayfield Farmers Feast for 2 and a memorable night of stargazing.
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