You’ve heard of a honeymoon, where newly married couples spend their post-matrimony in holiday bliss. There’s also a “babymoon”, where parents-to-be go on a vacation before the birth of their child, to celebrate their impending parenthood and their last few months of a baby-free life. Once your doctor or gynecologist has given you the green light that you are safe to travel while pregnant, it’s worth taking a short trip somewhere before the hassle of baby strollers, nappies, and on-flight crying begins.
We rounded up 25 of the world’s best destinations for you and your significant other to spend your babymoon at. You’ve got a lot of options, so take into account how far you’re willing/able to travel given your condition and the types of activities you want to do!
Siesta Key, Florida
If the name hasn’t already given it away, this tranquil part of the East Coast boasts white sand and glistening blue waters. If you want a good location with beautiful scenery without having to travel out of the USA, this is for you. It’s been ranked the number one beach in America numerous times, so don’t cancel out on Florida as just another mindless party hub! It’s perfect for you to ease your mind and relax, as you await the birth of your little one into this world.
This beautiful city of Gothic architecture and serene lakes is a charming contrast to the bustle of modern cities like Geneva and Zurich. Art lovers should definitely check this out, as it is rife with museums and galleries like the Musee Cantonal des Beaux Arts and the Olympic Museum. There is also an abundance of castles and estates that you can sightsee, perfect if you’re a culture buff. Switzerland is an often-overlooked honeymoon destination, so take this babymoon chance to add it to your list of travels!
Asheville, North Carolina
Fall is the best time to visit Asheville as the lush greenery sheds and blankets the city in warm leaves of brown and red. The Blue Ridge Mountains serve as a perfect cozy destination of rustic luxury, and you can find special accommodation packages that are tailored to heighten the romance of the season. The refreshing mountain air and scenic landscapes are sure to inspire and rejuvenate you from the stress and anxiety of having a baby.
This city of canals and waterways will remain a timeless destination of romance. Sit in the comfort of a gondola if you are not up for walking the endless cobbled streets and alleys, you’ll get to feel like a 15th-century princess as you cruise through colorful streets and pass under Gothic bridges. Pregnancy cravings? Treat yourself to some delicious gelato as you pass through the stunning Rialto Bridge and bustle of San Marco’s Square.
Palm Springs, California
For some true West Coast luxury, Palm Springs is your choice. This glamorous Hollywood escape boasts chic and modern luxury resorts that make a charming contrast with well-maintained mid-century buildings. Full of stylish galleries like the Janssen Artspace, and no end of fantastic restaurants and cafes serving up brunch, you’ll live like a celebrity even if just for a few days. We bet this is how pregnant A-listers keep themselves feeling tip-top.
You get to choose how luxurious or rustic you want to go with this sweet English countryside. If you fancy utmost relaxation, a spa resort would be perfect. Or you can get a cozy bed and breakfast in a little cottage. Whatever your choice, you will be treated to a stunning landscape of rolling green hills, pastures, and delicious locally-produced cheese and meats. The area is also full of old architecture and museums for you to explore. The fresh countryside air is made for expecting ladies, and will inspire you to pick up Beatrix Potter picture books for when the little one grows up!
For a quintessential island getaway, Hawaii is always a popular choice. Lihue is less crowded than Honolulu, making it an ideal option for tranquility. Flaunt your belly at the beach and catch the stunning Hawaiian sunsets. You can also golf (the hubby might like this idea) and tour the famous plantations for a taste of local Hawaiian life. Luxury hotels abound here, so you will be spoilt for choice.
To see the Irish legends come to life, make your way to Cork. It sits on the coast of the vast Atlantic Ocean and is a wild landscape of ancient fortresses and castles among rolling green hills. Irish gastronomy is particularly interesting as you will find in numerous pubs and restaurants. There is a Cork Butter Museum where you can see the process of the historic butter-making. The English Market is another foodie spot where you can purchase local fruits, meat, and vegetables and even have a fresh meal prepared from those ingredients! Nothing like nourishing, delicious food for you and the baby!
This ultra-chic spa getaway is one of the best in the U.S.A. will have you spending every waking minute within the resort you’ve chosen. Once you’re all pampered and ready to explore, the Sonoran Desert is a stunning lush landscape and you can have a wildflower hike-and-drive through the desert in the comfort of a car. Luscious spreads of brunch are a promise here too, so eat your fill for both you and the baby!
The stacked old buildings in pastel shades of yellow, pink and orange of Lisbon are bound to light up anyone’s day. This charming city is full of tumbling hills of old and modern architecture, with the vast Atlantic Ocean spreading in front of you. Feast on the world-renowned Portuguese egg tarts and the hubby can enjoy some sweet port wine on your behalf.
The beauty of Wiscasset lies in the wild coastline framed by green shrubbery that gives life to the little town. The charmingly-named Merrymeeting Bay is perfect to watch migrating wildlife, and there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities like Castle Tucker and the Nickel-Sortwell House. New England is America’s most romantic and historic destination, perfect for your babymoon.
This coast side town is unique for sitting between the Spanish and French Basque country, creating a cultural experience like no other. This town boasts a lovely beach, Playa de Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and is renowned for being a spa retreat. There is an abundance of luxury resorts and small fishing villages that you can explore in the day. Already got that pregnancy glow? Well, you’ll be shining like a diamond after your facial here!
Chestertown, New York
This little hamlet in Chester is a serene and cozy destination for some great couples’ quality time. You can stay at Fern Lodge overlooking Friends Lake and watch gorgeous purple sunsets on the dock. Chestertown Farmers’ Market makes for a great afternoon shopping trip, and the Dynamite Hill Recreation Centre has lots of outdoor activities if you are fit and feeling well enough to do a bit of hiking.
Despite being touristy and bustling, Rome has a charm that entices all with its’ unbeatable ancient history (you’re walking among buildings and streets dating to the first century!) and friendly Italian hospitality. Pay a visit to the vast Colosseum, get some pre-baby blessings at the Vatican and enjoy each other’s company at the romantic Trevi Fountain with slices of fresh Roman pizza and gelato in hand.
The Emerald Coast holds some spectacular beaches with pristine white sand and sparkling blue waters. You can stay in world-class luxury resorts that will drive you to your own private stretch of beach for slow, romantic walks in the sunset. Fans of seafood will rejoice for there is an abundance of fresh fish, mussels, and oysters here, just ask the locals to hit you up with the best spots. The little one could possibly acquire a taste for good seafood right from before birth!
Lake Tegernsee, Germany
For some top-notch lakeside luxury, head to the Bavarian Alps and disappear into the mountains for a spa getaway. There is an 8th-century abbey, tons of breweries (the hubby will do all the tasting!) that will serve up classic German fare like schnitzel and sausages. This mountainous retreat provides incredible views without too much effort, so if you’re a little later in your pregnancy and would rather not do intense hiking, this is great for you.
Vermont may be known as a ski destination, but it holds much more than just winter activities. If you don’t fancy a ten-hour flight to Europe because it will no doubt be uncomfortable with a big belly, there are beautiful mountainous regions right here in America. Vermont is stunning in the fall when the red and gold leaves envelop the mountainside with its colors. You can stay in cute brightly colored houses for a cozy little getaway.
Turkey is one of those oft-overlooked destinations in favor of Mediterranean Europe and Morocco. But the gateway between Europe and the Middle East is a stunning confluence of cultures, from the period Roman architecture from the Byzantine rule to the majestic white-domed mosques. Antalya is also home to the incredible natural Duden Waterfalls, the historic Hadrian’s Gate and the dazzling Konyaalti Beach. The little one will be a world-class traveler even before birth with this trip!
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod is perfect for laid-back living. Everything here is pretty, from the little eggshell white buildings and storefronts to the beach and tree-lined roads. Be sure to include a trip to a lavender farm, a whale-watching tour, and the salt marshes to see crabs and local birds like the green heron. It is the epitome of little town luxury.
Madeira Island, Portugal
It might be an island, but save your Portugal beach experience for somewhere else with actual sand beaches like Algarve. The beaches here are rocky, but there are other charms like the incredible array of fruit like bananas and custard apples. The cuisine here is unique from the rest of Portugal, with tuna steak and passion fruit pudding being some of the highlights. Trekking and hiking are also ideal thanks to the levadas (man-made canals) that flow through the island.
The Old West comes alive here with pine forests full of trails and cozy cottages made for a romantic getaway. This town is tiny, but it sure is big on beauty. The Metolius River runs through the forest and is home to flying fish that you can see on a lazy boat ride. The lodges here range in luxury spa to cozy, so depending on the budget and atmosphere you want, Sisters has it all for you.
The brightly colored five-star spa Gleneagles in Perthshire is a golf and spa retreat that Conde Nast named one of the best spas in Scotland. From the elegant white Victorian-era furnishings to a multitude of American, French and English cuisine (a two-star Michelin restaurant, Andrew Fairlie) and rolling green golf course, this is the ultimate luxury destination. Spa retreats will be limited once the baby pops out, so take this chance to truly indulge for one last time!
This perfect mix of town and country has the Clark Fork River running through and songbirds calling from the willow trees. Bald eagles and ospreys hover over waiting for their catch, and creeks merge in a broad valley to provide you with unrivaled scenery. There’s lots of late-night coffee joints and local music for when you want to return to civilization after a day of being in the wild country. An unlikely destination, but it is always the underdogs that astound in their humble ways. Being surrounded by nature is a great way to relish your pregnancy!
Whistler, British Columbia
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to ski or snowboard to enjoy a ski town. Take in the views from the comfort of a lodge, or take a trip to the charming Whistler Town that will give you Christmas vibes all year round. The Whistler Gondola is a great opportunity to see the entire landscape without actually having to put on a ski. Expecting mamas will enjoy the coziness of this ski town without the physical toll of actual skiing.
Santa Barbara, California
It’s never a bad time to go to Santa Barbara, with its idyllic coastline and birdsong melting into the ocean breeze. Known to the Old World as the American Riviera, this city full of beaches and history from its’ Spanish Mission also offers modern activities like designer shopping, kayaking, and incredible cuisine. There are also many gourmet markets where you can buy famous Californian olives and cheeses to your heart’s content. Don’t be surprised if your baby develops a taste for gourmet olives and fresh milk camembert!
Wherever you choose to go, make sure it’s a mutual decision between you and the hubby. You want to spend this blissful time almost as a second honeymoon, so pick places that cater to you both. Have a lovely vacation and congratulations on the baby!