(CNN) – Ask most newborns what they want most and they could say help with the baby, prepared meals or a good night’s sleep.
At Kai Suites, a luxury maternity hotel in Singapore, they can get all of these things – for a price.
The hotel, which is ironically located on a site once occupied by a maternity hospital, starts at $ 18,000 ($ 13,650) for a two-week stay.
Kevin Qui, the hotel’s owner and operator, told CNN Travel that his own experience as a new parent gave him the idea to open Kai Suites.
“As a father of four and traveling with my wife through various indoor experiences, I fully understand the importance of prenatal education, recovery and postpartum recovery, and the care needed for both mother and baby during this golden age. ̵
Expectant parents usually book their rooms after about 6-8 weeks from the expected delivery date. Once the mother and baby are released to leave the hospital, they will be met at the exit by a “guest liaison officer” and a nurse, put in a limousine, and escorted to Kai Suites to settle.
The whole process is like checking in a luxury all-inclusive, but with more medical staff.
So far, almost all of the guests have been locals in Singapore – which is expected during a pandemic where travel is mostly overseas – but Qui does not hide that he hopes to attract international clients in the future.
A typical room at Kai Suites.
Courtesy of Kai Suites / Gastro Sense
Kai Suites has 18 private apartments and although extended families are welcome to visit, only partners and spouses are encouraged to stay overnight – even better for family ties.
Another request from newborn parents is to want to meet other people who are in the same situation. Kai has created shared areas where guests can meet and mingle with each other – of course, between massages, doctor visits and afternoon nap.
While this post-birth hotel is a new concept in Singapore, the practice has a rich history throughout Asia. In China and Chinese-speaking communities around the world, the concept of zu yue zi or sitting on the lunar cycle is still widely practiced.
During this first month after birth, women who have given birth often take care of their families in specific ways to have as much time and energy as possible to take care of themselves and their babies. This can include drinking special teas and eating healthy foods that help restore their bodies and restore iron levels.
While some more modern Chinese believe that these practices are remnants of a time when women had less access to health care and were more likely to die from sepsis or other diseases after childbirth, modern “detention centers” still are widely used and can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Other centers, such as Nadora in the Malaysian state of Selangor and Gem Care in Taipei, combine modern hotel amenities with traditional practices.
Kai Suites seem to practice a combination of traditional care and modern capitalism.
Although the hotel only opened in November 2020, Kwee is already looking to the future. He plans to expand the brand by launching a line of foods, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and health and beauty products aimed at new mothers.