When a little one is on the way, mom must find some time to play.
During points of great transition in your life, it’s essential to take some time to cherish both the things you’re leaving behind and the new adventures that await. The term “babymoon” likely started as a term for the time immediately following the birth of a baby but is now most often used to describe a last vacation before your new arrival. While couples often prioritize romance for babymoons, the trip can instead be a time of solo rest and relaxation, an adventure with close friends, or anything meaningful to you during this time of anticipation and change. Many hotels and resorts offer babymoon packages, but you can also create your own custom itinerary based on your priorities and situation.
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One of the most breathtakingly beautiful resorts in the Caribbean, Jade Mountain in St. Lucia, offers a relaxing getaway where parents-to-be can enjoy a babymoon surrounded by nature and luxury. With suites (“sanctuaries”) that feature views of the famed Pitons and en-suite private plunge pools, the resort offers a luxe getaway for expecting parents to be pampered. Spend the day relaxing in a private beach hut with perks like minted cooling spray, fruit kebabs, and sorbet, unwind with en-suite yoga and meditations, satisfy cravings at the resort’s onsite Chocolate Lab, where a dedicated Chocolate Alchemist guides guests in making signature sweets, or learn the art of healthy vegan cooking at the resort’s organic, regenerative farm.
Soak in the peace and quiet on Cayo Espanto, a private island resort located three miles off the coast of Belize, near Ambergris Caye. Home to only seven villas total, each one with personal butler service, the island resort is ideal for a secluded babymoon. For beachfront bliss, wake up to the sounds of the ocean and have breakfast brought directly to your own private dock. The on-island chef can cater to dietary preferences while the on-island concierge team creates the ideal daily experience, ranging from private yacht experiences, a movie under the stars, a helicopter tour over the Great Blue Hole or exploring ancient Mayan ruins.
Start to practice for your upcoming “all-nighters” by watching the Aurora Borealis in the secluded countryside of South Iceland. At Hotel Rangá, stargaze alongside the hotel’s resident astronomer at the property’s hi-tech, roll-off roof observatory. With minimal light pollution, South Iceland is one of the best places to take in the Northern Lights. During the day, take pre-baby portraits along a beautiful black sand beach, nosh on seasonal Nordic fare, and visit nearby waterfalls. Head to the majestic Seljalandsfoss Waterfall to walk behind the falls, visit Skógafoss off Route 1, or Goðafoss in the Golden Circle.
For an idyllic Californian experience, visit Oceanside’s charming beach town. Stroll down the beach to the pier, meander through the Oceanside Museum of Art nearby, and explore incredible dining options like Valle Restaurant. Stay at the laid-back Seabird Resort to take full advantage of their stunning spa. Sunny’s Spa and Beauty Lounge was conceptualized by Blu Spas Inc. and features soothing beach views and pregnancy massage tables for expectant moms.
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Mexico’s coveted Riviera Nayarit is a chic beach resort area edged with lush jungle across the Sea of Cortez. At approximately the same latitude as the Hawaiian islands, you can enjoy balmy, sunny weather all year. Stay at the vibrant W Punta de Mita, which offers two beachfront swimming pools, oceanfront suites with private infinity pools, and dining options ranging from Jean Georges’ Spice Market to Mesa1. To help you capture your babymoon, the resort offers an “Instagram concierge” who can help you find the perfect photo spots based on your social media feeds.
Tucson offers incredible outdoor excursions with options like Saguaro National Park and Catalina State Park or Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter for stargazing. Tucson is also one of the first places in the U.S. to be recognized as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy with a booming culinary scene. Acclaimed wellness retreat Canyon Ranch is an ideal babymoon destination, taking the concept of a spa resort to a deeper level, providing integrative health for mind, body, and spirit. During the pre-visit assessment, let them know you are a parent-to-be, and the experts will craft a custom itinerary to suit your needs.
For an unforgettable babymoon, sail through the enchanted Galapagos Islands. Keep the cruise numbers small aboard Origin & Theory by Ecoventura, two 20-passenger yachts hosting seven-night itineraries, including intimate wildlife encounters. Parents-to-be can relax on the Relais & Chateaux ship on a sundeck outfitted with chic loungers and daybeds. To get immersed in baby cuteness, go in August/September, which is baby sea lion season. Visit massive tortoises, iguanas, boobies, and seals all year round.
Sonoma County, California
While wine country might not be your first thought for a babymoon, the peaceful luxury of Sonoma County offers more than just vineyard hopping. Though, most wineries will happily go out of their way to accommodate any pregnancy drinking restrictions to still allow for an enjoyable tasting. Stay at the spectacular four-diamond Farmhouse Inn just outside of Healdsburg with cozy indoor/outdoor fireplaces and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Check out the on-site “Wellness Barn,” which recently launched a Love Languages experience inspired by the work of Gary Chapman, Ph.D., which focuses on strengthening relationships.
With direct flights from Miami, Anguilla is a relaxed Caribbean island close enough for a quick getaway. Spend your days lounging on the white sand beach of Meads Bay and snorkel in the crystal-clear water, taking in the coral reefs and diverse marine life. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla offer a spacious resort with 3,200 feet of pristine beachfront and sweeping views of the breaking surf. Book an expansive 2,200 square foot villa with a private pool for a truly indulgent babymoon.
Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, provides a luxurious wellness escape for expecting parents to disconnect from stressors. The Spa at The Ranch offers a specialty sacred moments massage that incorporates healing rituals perfect parents-to-be. Tecate is right across the U.S. border with easy access; the resort is located on 4,000 acres of gardens, mountains, and meadows.
Grenada is known for its beauty and is nicknamed the Island of Spice for its trove of spices: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Capture some grown-up time at an adults-only oasis before the baby arrives. The all-inclusive Sandals Grenada is on Grenada’s pristine Pink Gin Beach. Sandals Grenada now offers a Romance Library, curated in partnership with HarperCollins, so you can borrow romance novels while on vacation for uninterrupted time reading on the beach.