21 Babymoon Ideas for a Blissful Getaway
Pregnancy is an exciting journey. But it can also be a super-busy and stressful period of life. From managing doctor appointments to filling out paperwork for parental leave to facing some rather unpleasant symptoms, you may be left feeling like you need a break for yourself and your partner.
Why not plan a vacation for just the two of you? That’s exactly what a babymoon is—a chance for you and your plus-one to get away together and reconnect before your family grows. Intrigued? You’ll be glad to know that lots of resorts and hotels offer fun extras for couples on a babymoon, from free massages to swag for baby. But before you book your dream babymoon destination, you’ll want to take some important travel factors into consideration. Read on for some important tips, plus a roundup of our favorite babymoon destinations in the US and beyond.
A babymoon is a vacation a couple takes together before baby’s arrival, says Jacqueline King, APRN, FNP-BC, a nurse practitioner in South Florida. “It’s a great way for couples to connect and build excitement prior to the arrival of their newborn.”
Some couples choose to go all out for their babymoon, while others simply plan a low-key local trip or even a staycation. “As long as you take the proper precautions, a babymoon can be a time to relax, reminisce and anticipate this momentous occasion in your life,” says King.
The first decision you’ll be faced with? When is the best time to take a babymoon? You’ll want to talk to your ob-gyn or midwife about your overall health and when they think it’s safest for you to travel. Although some doctors may allow you to travel through week 36 of your pregnancy, King recommends traveling a bit earlier. “The best time to take a babymoon is at the end of your second trimester, around 28 to 30 weeks pregnant,” she says. “This is ideal timing, as pregnant women at this gestational age tend to have more sustained energy and improved general well-being without exhibiting a lot of more common symptoms seen later on, like swelling, fatigue, Braxton Hicks contractions and reflux.”
Before you jet off on your babymoon, there are some things you’ll want to consider to ensure a safe experience for both you and baby. So how do you choose the best location? Once you’ve considered the factors below, take a look at things like your budget, the time of year and whether you’re looking for something calm and quiet or urban and active.
Access to clean water
When considering your travel destination, you want to ensure that you have access to clean, running water as hydration in pregnancy is absolutely key, says King.
Access to medical care at your babymoon destination is crucial when you’re expecting, King advises. “The first thing you must do is clear your travel dates and the destination with your provider by seeing them at regular intervals prior to your departure,” she says.
Access to medical care at your given babymoon destination is also critical in case unforeseen issues arise that require you to be evaluated, King says. This can mean making sure there’s on-site care, like on a cruise ship, or researching proximity to a local hospital.
Any necessary vaccinations
COVID-19 infection rates continue to hit peaks and valleys, but travel can be a risk factor for contracting COVID—especially if you’re not vaccinated. You should also wear a mask at all times when flying. “Other vaccines may be indicated depending on your destination but you need to consult your provider first, as live virus vaccinations are not recommended during pregnancy, such as chickenpox or measles,” King says.
Unexpected pregnancy issues
Most doctors and midwives won’t let you fly beyond 35 to 36 weeks, due to the proximity to your due date and risk of going into labor. But if you’re on bedrest, pelvic rest or have experienced any other sort of pregnancy complications, you may be grounded earlier. If you’re traveling far, it may be a good idea to look into trip insurance in case you need to cancel. Better yet, consider a more local, drivable option.
Safety of your chosen destination
There are numerous tools you can use to determine if a destination is considered “safe” or not. According to King, the US Department of State’s Travel Advisories is a great tool you can utilize to assess everything from clean water to COVID-19 infection rates to local crime.
Ready to enjoy a few days of peace, quiet, sleep and adventure before your lives are turned upside down (in the best way imaginable)? Whether you’re looking for babymoon ideas on a budget (think: staycation!) or prefer an exotic international excursion, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of the best babymoon destinations for you and your partner, no matter what trimester you’re in.
Charleston, South Carolina
This southern city has something for everyone! Spend the day relaxing poolside at one of the city’s many posh inns and hotels or crush your daily walking goal with a tour of this beautiful, historic babymoon destination. Can’t-miss sites include the iconic pineapple fountain located in Waterfront Park and some of the city’s well-known eateries, like Grill 225 or Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar. With tons of upscale shopping and even a lively nightlife (if you aren’t exhausted by 8 pm), you can easily fill several days in Charleston.
Craving picture-perfect New England charm, pristine beaches and endless lobster rolls? Nantucket might just be the babymoon destination for you. Located steps from downtown, the Nantucket Club has an adults-only heated pool (open seasonally) and a restaurant which specializes in local cuisine. Get a 60-minute prenatal massage and schedule a one-on-one with the resort’s personal trainer at the expansive fitness center or take part in a group fitness or yoga class.
Taos, New Mexico
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, or if you just love beautiful scenery, you’ll adore Taos, New Mexico as a babymoon destination. This low-key locale offers a glimpse into life before today’s modern, frenzied world. Tour pueblos and enjoy non-strenuous hikes along the desert lowlands. Not feeling adventurous? Just get in the car and take a driving tour of the area; Santa Fe is only 70 miles to the south, making this a popular circuit for sightseers. And don’t miss Chocolate + Cashmere, the town’s chocolate shop offering handcrafted goodies. After all, when else are you allowed to eat all the chocolate you can get your hands on?
When you choose Maui as a babymoon destination, you’ll arrive in paradise without even needing a passport. While we can’t think of a better place to take a babymoon, the flight is a bit lengthy no matter where you’re coming from. (That means you may want to consider taking your Maui babymoon a bit earlier in your pregnancy, to avoid swelling after a long plane ride.) Once in Maui, you’ll have your pick of luxury resorts offering massage services, fine dining and plenty of relaxation! Take in the sunrise on Haleakala (dress warmly and definitely drive!) or go snorkeling at Molokini. And if you’re up for superb local cuisine, attend an evening luau for an experience you’ll never forget.
Traveling around autumn time? Enjoy a quiet, cozy foliage-filled weekend with the love of your life in upstate New York. Check out the Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa. Located on 75 acres along the Hudson River, the historic inn offers stately guest rooms, a full-service spa and top-notch dining that includes a farm-to-table restaurant and an on-site, organic garden and orchard. Be sure to schedule time at the spa, which offers a special massage for expecting moms.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
If you and your partner want a luxe babymoon destination with palm-lined beaches and stunning coral reef, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico is unparalleled. Private waterfront villas await, offering the utmost in luxurious relaxation. Lounge by the beach together, or level up the activities with a dip in the pool or a tour of local mangrove forests. Not only will you enjoy a relaxing vacation, this resort is known for its friendly and supportive atmosphere for LGBTQ+ couples.
FYI: If you decide to travel to Mexico any time during your pregnancy, talk to your doctor about Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitoes. There have been cases in regions of Mexico. Though case counts have been low historically, this virus can cause pregnancy complications.
Looking for a babymoon destination in the midwest? Explore the pristine Lake Michigan coastline and open dunes in Saugatuck, Michigan. Check out the remodeled Hotel Saugatuck, nestled in the idyllic eastern shore of Michigan. You’ll find spacious guest rooms with super-comfy king-size beds and hydrotherapy tubs to take care of all those pregnancy-related aches and pains. And when you book a room for a babymoon, you’ll enjoy extra surprises, like a homemade dessert delivered right to your room each night and even a fun package that includes mini cakes that reveal baby’s sex when you cut into them.
If you’re pregnant during the winter, but you’re craving a babymoon destination full of warm sunshine and pink sand, check out Breezes Bahamas in Nassau, Bahamas. You’ll enjoy all the amazing amenities of a Breezes resort, like pools, fine dining and luxury guest accommodations. Baby-specific extras include a clever “midnight snack attack,” where staff will deliver food directly to your room if you so desire in the middle of the night.
St. Louis, Missouri
Located within driving distance of St. Louis? A stay at the Fleur-de-Lys is a great option if you’re looking for babymoon ideas on a budget. This 19th-century mansion provides luxury accommodations at a reasonable price point, and it’s within walking distance to popular St Louis attractions like the zoo and botanical gardens. With only four guestrooms, it’s best to plan ahead if you’re interested in this babymoon destination.
Looking for one last hurrah when you choose your babymoon destination? For an urban experience with an electric vibe, opt for Nashville, Tennessee. Considered the country music capital of the world, Nashville is chock full of things to do, like shopping, dining and enjoying the nightlife. During the day, spare your feet and lower back by hopping on the trolley to see all the city’s biggest attractions, like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Centennial Park. If you plan your trip during the summer months, hit the pool to cool off from the heat (Nashville is beautiful from spring through fall, but the summer months can be quite hot).
Big Sur, California
It’s difficult to find a location more beautiful than Big Sur, California. It’s one of our favorite babymoon destinations for its crashing waves, towering rock structures and upscale accommodations (come for the seaside cliffs, stay for the luxurious digs!). The Post Ranch Inn is among the best, boasting 40 guest rooms with ocean or mountain views, daily fitness classes and guided nature hikes. Worth noting: You’ll have to save those Netflix binges for after your babymoon: Post Ranch doesn’t include televisions in their guestrooms, in an effort to encourage guests to relax and reconnect with each other and their surroundings. We can’t think of a better way to spend a few days before baby comes.
If your energy level hasn’t taken a hit during pregnancy, Walt Disney World Resort tops our list of the best places for a babymoon. Sure, you won’t be able to ride rollercoasters, which is a bummer, but there are tons of other fun activities to enjoy, like a safari ride at Animal Kingdom, incredible shows and entertainment and some of the best dining on earth. And we love the idea of bringing your future little ones back to the very spot where you enjoyed your last couple’s rendezvous.
Pismo Beach, California
If a trip to the California coast is on your list of babymoon ideas, check out The Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach. It’s located about three hours northwest of Los Angeles and offers an “And Baby Makes Three” package. The deal includes a massage for you and your partner (a perk that’s hard to find!), a $100 dinner voucher at the resort’s restaurant, a welcome bag filled with baby essentials and a rattle, an in-room movie and a bottle of sparkling cider. While you’re there, hike one of the many trails at Dinosaur Caves Park (take it easy though!).
If you feel up for a European sojourn, this famous Italian city would be a perfect place for a romantic getaway. Satisfy your pregnancy cravings with pasta, pizza and gelato, and of course, take a romantic gondola ride. Luna Hotel Baglioni in Venice has deluxe rooms, serves decadent meals, boasts enticing cocktails and mocktails and has a spa that offers a body-melting one-hour massage (and other treatments) for the mom-to-be.
Who needs Paris (or that long plane ride!) when you can head over to Montreal, the second largest French-speaking city in the world? Your swollen ankles will thank you. With cultural attractions like the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and beautiful 18th- and 19th-century buildings, tons of restaurants and cafes for culinary adventures and festivals year-round, there’s so much to do, see and eat.
New Orleans, Louisiana
If you’re worried about long flights and want to go domestic, why not try New Orleans? It’s a city rich with culture, with influences from Europe, the Caribbean and Africa. Take a stroll through the French Quarter, go on a swamp tour (beware of the gators!) or sign up for a haunted cemetery tour. It’s also practically mandatory that you taste all the foods that New Orleans is famous for: gumbo, crawfish, jambalaya and beignets, to name a few culinary delights. (But you might want to pack some antacids—this city loves its spicy fare!
San Francisco, California
From Union Square’s glamorous Westfield San Francisco Center to the boutiques of neighborhoods like Fillmore and Hayes Valley, there’s shopping for all tastes in San Fran. Plus, monthly flea markets are par for the course. Check out Friday Night Market at UN Plaza to really immerse yourself in the city—an illuminated City Hall is your backdrop.
New York, New York
You can shop all over Manhattan’s neighborhoods, from the Upper East Side and SoHo to Herald Square. Look at the famous store windows at Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. And when you’re finished with your retail therapy, check out a Broadway show or head over to the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty. It’s no wonder they call it the city that never sleeps (but make sure you get some rest!).
Surrounded by spectacular red-rock canyons, this artsy town is full of galleries and restaurants. The L’Auberge de Sedona has European charm and all the amenities you need for a babymoon. With an extensive spa menu, the resort doesn’t disappoint: You can get a maternity massage that will specialize on the stage of pregnancy you’re currently in. After your relaxing spa treatment, take an easy hike along the West Fork of Oak Creek trail, or stroll the Mexican-style Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.
Vermont is not just for skiing. In fact, summer can be one of the beautiful times of year in this state, as the temperature never gets too hot. If you’re craving nature, some peace and quiet and farm-to-table fare, you’ll love the Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe. It’s a country retreat with gorgeous mountain views. Its world-famous spa has plenty of maternity offerings, like a regular maternity massage, a maternity shiatsu massage and a maternity-focused guided-visualization (kind of like meditation to de-stress).
This pleasant city in the Pacific Northwest offers the best of both worlds: It’s urban, but also has some beautiful nature offerings. Check out Pike Place Market for tasty treats, plus cool locally made jewelry, clothing and gifts, but stay away from the fish stalls if smells makes you queasy. And don’t miss the Seattle Center: It has 4 museums, 11 theaters, 5 gardens and 6 fountains, and it’s home to the famous Space Needle. For a zen-like retreat within driving distance, consider traveling down the coast to the moody, craggy beaches of Oregon and staying at the Inn at Cannon Beach.
About the expert:
Jacqueline King, APRN, FNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner in South Florida.