The Best Baby-Making Vacation Spots for Every Couple
March 2, 2017
For the health conscious
Why you should go: While Alicante is famous for its bustling nightlife and, yes, long walks on the beach, the azure coast of this Mediterranean resort town will make you swoon. And then there’s its world-famous wellness clinic.
What to do: Embark on a catamaran excursion to nearby Altea, where you can stroll hand-in-hand on the pebble beach all the way to the Albir Lighthouse before discovering the charming town along the sea. Want to see more? Try a day trip to Valencia, a cultural epicenter with more than 30 museums, including the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences by famed architect Santiago Calatrava. If you’d rather not exert yourself, cruise along the picturesque Guadalest reservoir at dusk to take in the Mediterranean vistas.
Where to stay: SHA Wellness Clinic is synonymous with peace and tranquility—making it the perfect place for anyone looking to cleanse the body and soul before introducing it to new life. The resort’s anti-stress, acupuncture and meditation programs will recalibrate even the most anxious person. All meals are based on macrobiotic principles, and there’s even a personalized fertility menu option. Grab a glass of kombu tea to calm the nervous system, and spend the day on one of the Balinese beds on the terrace across from the splendid Sierra Helada mountain range. From $364, shawellnessclinic.com
For spiritual souls
Why you should go: The gorgeous landscape is just one reason to book a trip to Red Rock country. Sedona is famous for its energy centers, called vortexes, which are said to have metaphysical properties with healing powers. And legend has it the fertility deity Kokopelli crossed this land.
What to do: Sign up for a private vortex hike with Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking. Experienced leaders will teach you how to connect with the environment to get the most out of Sedona’s mysterious nature. Hint: Look for gnarled juniper trees, which are believed to have gotten their shape from the high vortex energy. Also visit the Boynton Canyon Vortex, known for its balance of masculine and feminine energy. Back in town, explore crystal shops where you can get a psychic reading or have your auras photographed—you don’t have to believe in it to have fun here!
Where to stay: The cottages at L’Auberge de Sedona feel like home away from home—if your home is a cozy mountain retreat. Laid out like a glamorous campground, the property is complete with modern-day luxuries. Start your stay with a couple’s massage at the L’Apothecary Spa, visit the blending bar to create your own aphrodisiac scrub, then test it out in the cedar-lined outdoor showers. Munch on artisanal cheese and charcuterie on your private outdoor patio while observing the resident ducks. For dinner, treat yourself to the award-winning tasting menu at Creekside Reserve, an intimate dining experience on the water. Definitely order the Essence of Oak Creek for dessert—a delectable cake topped with sorbet made from foraged rosemary. From $325, lauberge.com
For sun, sand and ancient ruins
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Why you should go: The Yucatán Peninsula is ideal for couples who enjoy an adventurous zip-line ride through the jungle as much as a lazy day on the beach. Whether you explore the ancient city of Tulum, climb atop the Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichén-Itzá (one of the new Seven Wonders of the World), or simply snorkel in the aquamarine Caribbean waters, you’ll be able to reconnect on a whole new level.
What to do: Bike to the quaint town of Playa del Carmen to peruse kaleidoscopic traditional pottery. From there, take the 45-minute ferry to explore Cozumel, home of Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of the moon, fertility and procreation. Don’t miss taking a dip in the acclaimed Chaak Tun cenote, a natural pool within an underground cave said to be revered by the ancient Mayans.
Where to stay: Consider the Viceroy Riviera Maya, tucked away in the lush jungle along a sugar-white sand beach. Spring for a villa with a private plunge pool—and request the unique turndown service, which includes candles, aromatherapy, sensual music and champagne. At the spa, try the authentic Mayan fertility ritual known as the Xaman Ek, or South Star Abundance Ritual; it’s based on the four elements (earth, wind, air, fire) and guides couples through a path of love. After the massage, unwind in a tub infused with Mirne Essence—an aromatherapy essence said to awaken the senses and bring good luck, peace and rest. Finish the night with a private three-course dinner under the stars on the property’s private pier. From $605, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
Why you should go: It’s practically impossible to not hold hands while strolling down cobblestone streets among gorgeous Renaissance architecture. Whether you’re walking along the Arno river at sunset, enjoying artwork at the Uffizi Gallery, or indulging in unlimited gelato, the city has a knack for bringing couples together. Even Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West chose Firenze as the backdrop to their nuptials.
What to do: Meander through Boboli Gardens—the Duke of Florence created them as a gift to his beloved wife, Eleonora—where the Cyprus tree–lined paths, Greek statues and fascinating fountains look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale. Head to the 600-year-old Santa Maria Novella, one of the world’s oldest pharmacies, to stock up on decadent skin care and fragrance. The Pomegranate Perfumed Candle is a perfect souvenir, since pomegranate is a token of good luck in Italy. For a true Italian evening, book a vintage Fiat through 500 Touring Club to travel into the heart of Tuscan countryside at sunset armed with aperitivo cocktails, wine and charcuterie.
Where to stay: Ready to feel like royalty? The Relais Santa Croce is a former residence of a renowned marquis. In the morning, make your way to the fully restored baroque breakfast room, complete with original furniture and frescoes, to feast on croissants and fresh mozzarella. The suites overlook the city and the famous Santa Croce cathedral. The hotel is tucked away from where the tourists congregate but very close to Vivoli, one of the best gelaterias in the city. Next door, the Michelin-starred Enoteca Pinchiorri beckons foodies and oenophiles—the cellar houses over 4,000 wines. The best part: Your room is just steps away. From $357, baglionihotels.com
For adventure seekers
Why you should go: Between the thermal hot springs, the architectural glaciers and the extraordinary natural phenomenon known as the aurora borealis, Iceland is the place to disconnect from the ordinary. Fun fact: Scandinavian myths say getting it on under the northern lights not only might help conceive a child, but the mystical glow will also bestow that child with lifelong luck and happiness.
What to do: The best time to go is October through March, when it’s prime aurora borealis viewing season and the cold weather (average temps are in the mid-30s) will encourage you to snuggle up close. To see all Iceland has to offer—the geothermal Blue Lagoon, lava fields, the floating icebergs of the Glacier Lagoon—without the hassle of stopping to ask for directions, book a private itinerary through Kensington Tours.
Where to stay: Less than an hour’s drive from Reykjavík is the secluded ION Luxury Adventure Hotel, surrounded by mountainous lava fields. The staff there can help you plan daytime activities, such as a horse trail ride that leads to the mineral hot springs, or a tour of Thingvellir National Park, where you’ll find Instagram-worthy views of the Icelandic landscape. When you get back, unwind at the spa and the warm outdoor pool before feasting on Icelandic specialties, like freshly caught arctic char and skyr (local yogurt) brûlée. Make a pit stop in the lobby to soak up panoramic views of the northern lights through floor-to-ceiling windows before heading back to your room. From $2,615 per person for 7 days, kensingtontours.com