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Parents to-be live it up in Vegas with "Babymooning"

Parents to-be live it up in Vegas with "Babymooning"
A standard suite at Vdara Hotel and Spa is perfect for a babymooning couple. (Photo by Terri Salachi)

A "babymoon" is a last hurrah by a pregnant couple before their first child is born. Although the term has been around for a decade, babymooning leapt into the mainstream a year ago when Prince William and Kate Middleton took a headline-making pre-parenthood break on the private Caribbean island of Mustique.

Now, ever-trendy Las Vegas is all over babymooning like a onesie on a newborn. Here are some of the city's top offerings for expecting couples — all within an ankle-friendly distance from each other.

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Vdara at CityCenter is babymooning central. The sleek nonsmoking and nongaming property offers prenatal treatments at its spa, including a nourishing body massage designed to target areas prone to stress during pregnancy and to reduce backache, swelling and leg cramps. Soon-to-be fathers can enjoy manly pampering with the facility's Spa Daddy facial package.

Thanks to Bar Vdara's nonalcoholic "mocktails," moms-to-be needn't miss out on world-class mixology, and the endless dining choices at both Vdara and the adjacent Aria Resort and Casino — which include the sweet-tooth-approved Jean Philippe Patisserie; sensational Asian eats at Blossom, Lemongrass, barMASA and Tetsu; and the comprehensive Buffet at ARIA — can satiate even the craziest of pregnancy cravings.

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To pick up the latest designer duds for the newborn, The Shops at Crystals, which is conveniently connected to Vdara by tram, offers a luxury lineup of baby gear from the likes of Fendi, Gucci and Stella McCartney.

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By night, babymooning couples can take advantage of Blue Man Group's good-value Dinner & Show Packages (from $129 per person). Blue Man's famously inventive and funny performances will enhance babymooners' pre-parenthood euphoria and are perfectly paired with a broad choice of eats from Monte Carlo Resort and Casino's multiple fine restaurants.

-Paul Rogers, Brand Publishing Writer