Update: Since this article’s publication, cases of Zika Virus have been reported in certain destinations mentioned throughout article. With this in mind, it is always best to discuss travel plans with your doctor prior to your journey.
In recent years, “babymoons,” which simply means a vacation that takes place in the months before having your first baby, have become somewhat of a trend. Any experienced mom will tell you that getting as much relaxation and rest before the big day is essential. A babymoon offers that chance, and it’s become so popular that there are even some resorts around the world that offer special packages that cater to moms-to-be.
If you’re concerned about flying, while the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that flying is safe during healthy pregnancies, it’s always a good idea to speak with your doctor first. Among these destinations, you’ll find fabulous exotic places as well as many that are closer to home for those that would rather not hop on a flight.
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Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Bath, England (Prices & Photos)
Bath is just an hour by train from London’s Paddington Station. It was named for its natural hot springs that served as ancient Roman baths 2,000 years ago. It’s the only spot in the United Kingdom where you can bathe in naturally hot spa waters, and original Roman-style baths. The town is filled with beautiful Georgian architecture as well as numerous historical and cultural sites. By staying at the Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa you’ll not only enjoy the best Bath has to offer, but an incredibly relaxing stay in the 17th-century manor that’s set on 500 acres of parkland, surrounded by manicured lawns and walled gardens. It also houses an indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy pool, five thermal cabins and a salt water plunge pool.
L’Auberge, Sedona, Arizona (Prices & Photos)
L’Auberge is one of the best when it comes to welcoming expecting parents. This stunning resort sits alongside Oak Creek and is surrounded by Sedona’s fiery red rock formations that provide a kind of mystical glow to enhance your stay. No matter what time of year you go, you’ll enjoy a fairly mild climate – even the summer temperatures are much cooler than you’ll find in places like Phoenix and in the winter, it’s crisp and cool with nearly always bright blue skies.
L’Auberge encourages parents-to-be to relax and pamper themselves in the tranquil atmosphere where the sounds of the creek offer an ideal backdrop for morning meditation – or for writing in your complimentary baby journal that you’ll receive as a gift. The special babymoon package also includes a maternity spa treatment, breakfast, four-course dinner at L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek and even a customized menu just for cravings. Rooms feature private fireplaces and outdoor cedar showers.
Coconut Bay, St. Lucia, Caribbean (Prices & Photos)
If you’re looking for the opportunity for lots of romance and relaxation, it’s hard to beat St. Lucia with its lush emerald green mountains, golden beaches and dazzling clear waters. Despite its incredible natural beauty, it remains one of the lesser-visited islands, offering a more tranquil experience. And, you can enjoy all-inclusive pampering at Coconut Bay, a relaxed resort on the Atlantic coast set among 32 hectares of tropical gardens. Stay in the adults-only Harmony Wing and choose the babymoon package which includes a 60-minute prenatal massage at Kai Mer Spa, a private half-hour photoshoot and a poolside romantic dinner for two. You’ll also have the chance to snorkel the sapphire blue waters and enjoy nightly entertainment too.
The Westin Kierland Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona (Prices & Photos)
The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale offers a special Bundle of Joy babymoon package for those that prefer to stay stateside. Not only can parents-to-be take advantage of the full-service spa, top-notch dining and shopping, spectacular grounds with swimming pools and a golf course, but they’ll get organic skin care gift sets (for both Mom and Dad), in-room treats like make-your-own ice cream, a couple’s massage and a 24-hour “Cravings Chef” room-service menu.
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California (Prices & Photos)
This world-renowned gem sits 1,200 fit above the glistening Pacific, built right into the cliffs on the Big Sur Coast. The luxurious babymoon retreat offers the chance to enjoy gentle nature hikes, morning yoga classes, relaxing spa treatments and late-night stargazing sessions – all with the roaring waves of the ocean as your backdrop. Rooms include a large soaking tub, a complimentary mini-bar in case you get cravings, and a wood-burning fireplace for cuddling up with the one you love. Dining is at the legendary Sierra Mar, one of the most spectacular restaurants on the planet.
Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, Park City, Utah (Prices & Photos)
While Park City may be famous for skiing, that’s not the only thing to do here. It’s ideal for mountain relaxation, with every suite boasting a private deck, spacious living room, dining area and a full kitchen – you can even ask the concierge to have it pre-stocked with your favorite items. You’ll especially appreciate a place that offers 24-hour room service willing to satisfy any and every craving, including homemade truffles, like the Calvados Caramel with a dark chocolate shell and creamy caramel filling. Enjoy sitting next to one of the 145 fireplaces with a tasty mug of hot chocolate, or attend one of the many festivals and events held here, like the famous Sundance Film Festival or Deer Valley Music Festival. The resort also offers a complimentary guest shuttle that will take you to the city’s historic Main Street, lined with interesting shops.
Punta Placer, Oaxaca, Mexico (Prices & Photos)
Say goodbye to the real world when you step into Punta Placer. This intimate resort with just four beachfront bungalows in the tiny village of San Agustinillo also allows guests to completely disconnect with no TVs, no Wi-Fi and no cell reception. You’ll completely forget about your smartphone when you’re swimming with sea turtles, hiking in the rainforest and enjoying an aromatherapy massage that will make you feel like melted butter. The delicious meals are sure to delight as well, with the cooks preparing fresh, healthy and traditional coastal, French and Mediterranean fare. When you’re ready for bed, the sounds of the waves gently crashing right outside your door are sure to lull you into an especially peaceful night’s sleep.
Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida (Prices & Photos)
The Naples Grande Beach Resort sits on the powdery shores of the Gulf of Mexico and plays host to a stunning spa offering Mommy-to-Be massage that can be incorporated into a special couple’s package. Soak up the sun and enjoy swimming and aqua-biking onsite, or head to the historic downtown where you’ll find charming outdoor cafes, antique shops, art galleries and romantic promenades. Right next door is a protected 200-acre Mangrove Estuary, where nature is abundant. Stroll the little over half-mile-long boardwalk or take an open-air tram ride through the estuary. By choosing a Signature Gulf View Room you’ll enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of the city and the Gulf as well as a furnished, private balcony.
Londa Beach Hotel, Cyprus (Prices & Photos)
The first boutique hotel located on the Mediterranean coast of Limmassol in Cypress, the Londa Beach Hotel is a stylish, trendy hotel with outstanding service, sumptuous breakfast buffets and a lovely terrace cradling a sizeable pool and spa which sits just above the beach. Moms-to-be should be sure to indulge in the organic body oil massage infused with calendula and chamomile – specially designed for women in their second and third trimesters of pregnancy. The onsite restaurant serves upscale Italian fare like aubergine soufflé with basil-sauteed langoustine as well as an affordable pool-side bistro menu.
White Elephant, Nantucket, Massachusetts (Prices & Photos)
The island of Nantucket sits 35 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. While it was once the whale capital of the world, today, this charming destination looks like a postcard-perfect vision with idyllic beaches, sailboat- and yacht-filled harbors, shingled homes and cobblestone streets. It retains a laid-back charm that makes it perfect for relaxing, and the White Elephant helps take things a step further. By booking the hotel’s babymoon package, you’ll receive an hour-long prenatal massage and a $25 off coupon for any spa treatment that you can use for dad – he also gets a complimentary cigar tied with a pink or blue ribbon. Afternoon cheeses and morning pastries are on-the-house too, just right for those who are eating for two. You’ll also enjoy a courtesy shuttle into town as well as umbrellas and chairs for the beach.
Jumby Bay, Antigua, West Indies (Prices & Photos)
Jumby Bay is a private island hideaway. Though it takes just eight minutes to cross the aquamarine-hued expanse of sea by boat from Antigua to get here, you’ll feel as if you’re worlds away. Not only will you enjoy the ultimate in tranquil relaxation, but breathtaking scenery and even in-room pregnancy massage. Coupled with the stress-melting effects of the fresh air, gorgeous water, and friendly smiles everywhere you look, this place is sure to make you forget all of your cares and even reduce the tension that comes with an impending delivery date. Jumby Bay is all about laid-back luxury. There are no cars, casinos, malls or billboards. A visit here is about relaxation – on the beach, walking the winding trails and taking in the natural surroundings. The island is also home to the Hawksbill Project for turtle preservation and a protected bird nesting site.
Arawak Beach Inn, Anguilla (Prices & Photos)
The Arawak Beach Inn seems as if it was made-to-order for moms-to-be. It not only offers unlimited pickles and ice cream for expecting mothers, but for an entire day you’ll get your very own island. They’ll whisk you away with a picnic lunch and lots of drinks (non-alcoholic options for mom, of course). Back at the funky, pastel-colored villas, you’ll enjoy magnificent views of Island Harbour and beyond to Scilly Key as well as access to a small private cove with a sandy beach that sits at the edge of tropical turquoise waters, just a five-minute walk away.
Little Palm Island, Florida Keys (Prices & Photos)
If you want to go to the Caribbean but would rather not fly, the Florida Keys are the perfect alternative, with a Caribbean-like climate and warm waters filled with colorful fish and other marine life. Little Palm Island, which requires a trip by boat or seaplane, offers the chance to spend your days relaxing in a hammock, strolling the white sand beach or gazing at the 7,000-year-old coral reefs and multitude of fish while snorkeling at Dive Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. In between, enjoy a couple’s massage or body wrap at the spa, or simply reveling in the peacefulness of the island. There are no TVs, no telephones, and no traffic – other than the iguanas that walk along the crushed-shell path.
Royal Palms Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona (Prices & Photos)
The aptly-named Royal Palms treats expecting moms like royalty. It offers a Babymoon Bliss package that includes a two-night’s stay, a prenatal massage for mom and a therapeutic massage for dad, a photography session and photos of the “baby bump” along with a $25 print credit, complimentary in-room baby-related movies like “Three Men and a Baby” and “Look Who’s Talking,” cigars and cognac for dad, and a room service menu for whatever you’re craving. To cap it all off, you’ll also get a baby-sized bathtub filled with products from Moonbeams, like baby slippers and a hooded towel.
The resort’s Alvadora Spa, rated the No. 1 spa in Phoenix by USA Today, offers the chance to experience therapies that incorporate calming Vichy showers or cascading outdoor 8-foot waterfalls showers and heavenly couple’s hot stone massage among other fabulous treatments.
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida (Prices & Photos)
Amelia Island, located just off the coast of northeast Florida, is easy to get to and offers 13 miles of unspoiled beaches, pristine waters and lots of wildlife. You’ll also find plenty of old-fashioned Southern hospitality throughout – just what a mom-to-be really needs. The Ritz-Carlton offers a Pregnancy Craving Menu that’s to-die-for and kitchen staff is available anytime you’re looking to feed just about any type of craving you can come up with. Other highlights for a babymoon include a fantastic prenatal massage and a pillow selection that’s sure to accommodate that growing bump and aching back.
Breitenbush Hot Springs, Willamette National Forest, Oregon (Prices & Photos)
Nature lovers will love this beautiful, holistic hot spring resort in Oregon’s Willamette National Forest. You can nourish your body, and your baby, with vegetarian cuisine and melt stress away by taking part in daily well-being programs, including meditative guided hikes on trails with names like “The Gorge,” “Spotted Owl,” “Emerald Forest,” and “Inner Path.” The treks lead to ancient forest cathedrals, passing cascading rivers and spectacular mountain vistas. In addition to permanent stays, short getaways are always available too, allowing visitors to enjoy yoga, massage, performances and the more than 20 miles of hiking trails, as well as soaking in the soothing natural geothermal hot springs.
Lavender Inn & Spa, Ojai, California (Prices & Photos)
This fantastic bed and breakfast located about 30 miles inland from Santa Barbara, offers all types of amenities for parents-to-be, including prenatal massage for expectant moms and an anti-stress massage for their partners. If your feet are in desperate need of a massage, you can also choose to get pampered with an in-room foot massage using organic oils. Other options on the menu include a private class with a certified lactation counselor or doula on topics from planning the birth to breastfeeding and newborn care. The inn even has its own clothing store for little ones, Cowboy Babies, and you’ll get a 10 percent discount if you decide to make a purchase.
Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa, Milton, New York (Prices & Photos)
The Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa offers a fabulous escape on a 75-acre Hudson River estate with a variety of lodging options, including 10 elegantly appointed rooms in the 1764 Main House and eight unique private cottages. It also hosts a farm-to-table restaurant, an organic kitchen garden and orchard, and a world-class spa. Henry’s at the Farm sources right from the garden, orchard and beehives as well as nearby Millstone Farm which offers the opportunity for guests to get a glimpse of the country lifestyle. Relax with a pre-natal massage at the spa, where only organic and biodynamic products are used, enjoy a gentle swim in the indoor pool and soak up the fairytale views.
Travaasa Hana Experiential Resort, Maui, Hawaii (Prices & Photos)
Some say that Travaasa Hana is the ultimate babymoon paradise in the U.S., set among the rolling grass fields and palm trees that overlook Kaihalulu Bay. This is your chance to truly relax without the blare of the television, the ring of an alarm clock or even the constant urge to surf the Internet because none of that is available here. Reconnect with nature and your partner with the chance to slow down and notice the little things like the cool towels scented with lemon water and the traditional glass of Pog (guava, passion fruit and orange juice) that you’ll get when you arrive. But you don’t have to sit back and do nothing, unless you really want to. Choose from activities like easy coastal hikes that wind through lush rainforests leadingto magnificent waterfalls, outdoor prenatal yoga classes and guided meditation.
COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos (Prices & Photos)
At Parrot Cay’s private island resort you can get in lots of quality alone time on the picture-perfect white sand beaches before baby makes three. The award-winning luxury resort sits on 1,000 unspoiled acres and a mile-long beach. All rooms, suites and beach villas boast soothing interiors, and guests can also enjoy complimentary prenatal yoga classes, a spa menu with pregnancy-specific treatments and two gourmet eateries along with a variety of excursions. Dine on a gourmet lunch inside a tiki hut on the beach, join a private boat charter or a snorkeling trip to explore the nearby reefs off the island. You’ll find lots of other dining options too, with a diverse choice of restaurants and menus that feature seafood and other dishes using ingredients that are fresh, local and organic whenever possible.