Pregnant and feeling a little overwhelmed? Wouldn’t you love to get away from it all alone or with your sweetheart and escape to a little piece of paradise, or at least, enjoy some much-needed R&R? If this all sounds like music to your ears (and why wouldn’t it?) it sounds like you’re in need of a babymoon, stat. In recent years taking a “babymoon” — which is essentially taking a mini-vacation before the birth of your child — has only grown in popularity. And why wouldn’t it? Any experienced mom would tell you that taking some “me time” is essentially a necessity before hearing the pitter patter of little feet. So if you’re considering taking a babymoon, we rounded up some of the most luxurious and relaxing babymoon destinations.
While Zika hasn’t been in the news as much lately, it’s definitely something that mamas-to-be should be aware of when traveling. Zika is a virus that’s spread mostly by mosquitoes, and it can be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus, which can cause certain birth defects. Diana Ramos, MD, adjunct assistant clinical professor and OB-GYN, Keck University of Southern California, tells Scary Mommy: “If you are traveling internationally for the holidays be sure you check the CDC’s site for travel health notices. By putting in the country you are visiting you can see if there are any travel precautions. You can also search by disease such as Zika to see if there are warnings for your destination.”
P.S. If you’re concerned about flying, it’s always best to consult your doctor before you book a plane ticket as some OB-GYNs don’t recommend flying post 36 weeks. However, we also included some local destinations that could make for a fun road trip.
Located in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania, this stunning resort hosts a state-of-the-art Holistic Healing Center where moms-to-be can indulge in Nemacolin’s Fit to Be Well Prenatal Package ($295 to $310), which is designed to enhance mind, body and soul and restoring emotional and physical balance. A perfect antidote for those pregnancy aches and pains, and any emotional stress. The customized package includes:
— Prenatal Yoga session – prenatal yoga and stretches designed to help quiet the mind and restore the body.
— 50 minute Prenatal massage including a full body pregnancy pillow and a soothing mint cream application on lower legs and feet to reducing inflammation and aches.
Plus with all-season activities available, including golf and a casino, you and your partner can both find something fun to do — besides lounging in your suite, of course.
The closest airport is Pittsburgh International Airport, which is 70 miles away from Nemacolin, which is about a 2-hour drive.
For an urban baby getaway, travel to Washington D.C. and indulge in the Ritz-Carlton’s Babymoon package. Starting at $799 per night, guests will be treated to an 80-minute couple’s massage, wake up to breakfast in bed for two, and can delight in yummy dishes on their Mommyhood Menu. Other offerings include, rose petal turndown, extra king-sized pillows for maternity support, and a $400 spa credit, which mothers can use towards one of their pre-natal massages, including Lighter Legs, which is specifically for tired and swollen feet and legs, which will be a wonderful experience after a day of wandering around D.C. and visiting the many historic landmarks and museums. This is perfect for those mothers-to-be who want to pamper themselves like the queens they are.
The closest airport is fromWashington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
This romantic castle hotel is perfect for a last hoorah before the baby comes. You and your partner will be busy with their activities, which include everything from falconry, and archery, to a billiards room, cinema, and a state-of-the-art spa where mama can be pampered with its special spa package called the “Escape Experience for the Mother to be”. This experience includes the Spa at Ashford’s Elemis Peaceful Pregnancy Massage, a profoundly nurturing experience performed with comforting pillows that mould and support every bump. After the massage, moms-to-be can relax in the Spa’s Relaxation Pool, as well as taste some healthy treats, courtesy of the Castle. Later, dine in the Dungeon (which is more casual than scary) or in the more elegant George V dining room, or perhaps enjoy a cuppa at Afternoon Tea. Couples can stay in a luxurious room in the Castle or in the tucked away Hideaway Cottage, an elegant private retreat located on the grounds of the Castle, perfect for those couples looking for a true escape from it all.
From the Dublin Airport, the castle is approximately 114 miles away, which is about a 3-hour drive. There is a car rental service at the airport, as well as taxis and a chauffeur car is available per request.
If you’re looking for some sun and serious relaxation, then you might want to head to the gorgeous Ojai Valley Inn in California. Just north of L.A. in Ventura County, this quiet resort is a favorite amongst young celebrity families, including John Krasinksi and Emily Blunt, looking for a secluded getaway. Boasting balmy weather, privacy, and a Spanish hacienda-style resort does laidback luxury well. The resort provides a babymoon package, which includes:
- One 50-Minute Expectant Mother’s Massage at Spa Ojai
- Daily breakfast for two at The Oak (Up to a $70 value)
- A Quartz Boxy Backpack, hand-picked for its style and functionality, by local favorite Petunia Picklebottom
- Sweet Delights amenity
When mothers aren’t being pampered, they can lie by the pool, check out the resort’s cute boutiques and shops, and feast at the locally curated cuisine.
Arriving from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), there are 59.12 miles to Ojai and is about 1 hour 34 mins drive.
Located on the sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast near Destin, couples can enjoy the warm sunshine and gentle sea breezes before their little one arrives. Lush palm trees, relaxing chaise lounges and private cabanas surround the expansive 20,000 square foot beachfront deck. With six unique restaurants – including a AAA Four-Diamond venue – luxury spa and state-of-the-art fitness center, an abundance of outdoor recreational options, nearby golf and shopping, couples certainly won’t get bored here. The hotel’s spa also offers a Mommy-to-Be-Massage for $145 , which is specially designed to ease tension in the back, calm your body, and restore your mind. Special support and caution is taken with those in the bliss of pregnancy (Mom must be past her first trimester for this service).
The nearest major airport is Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS / KVPS), and is 26 miles from the center of Miramar Beach, FL.
This stunning AAA Five Diamond resort in sunny Puerto Vallarta boasts a unique babymoon package that includes various spa treatments, including a body maternal caress massage, organic white tea facial, and the resort’s acclaimed Hydrotherapy Water Journey Ritual, special amenities for mom, healthy dining options, and more for $363 USD.When you’re not blissing out, you can enjoy the numerous activities available at the property like kayaking and boogie boards, or dining at one of their delightful restaurants. Another fun bonus? An option of a digital detox concierge who will remove the flat screen television from your room, replacing it with classic board games and then do away with your personal electronic devices (phone, laptop, iPad, PSP, etc.) to a safe, so you can really relax and reconnect with each other.
Puerto Vallarta International Airport is located 7.3 miles away and is only a short 15-minute drive from Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.
A little more Mother Nature more your speed? Then you’ll want to visit this picturesque resort getaway located just 30 minutes east of Seattle and Bellevue. The resort boasts a soon-to-be-parents package, which includes a one-night stay, rose petals and sparkling cider in room upon arrival, two 50-minute individual Salish Signature spa treatments of the couple’s choice, like the Mother to be Massage, a special pregnancy pillow for the mother-to-be to enjoy during her stay, a $50 dining credit to use at either of the resort’s restaurants, plus an adorable Salish Lodge & Spa baby gift, for when the little one arrives! Not to mention enjoy those spectacular PNW with some nearby hiking and venture to Historic Downtown Snoqualmie with its fair share of restaurants and cute shops, like a candy shop with an old-fashioned lunch counter. Room rates vary from $559 to $719.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the closest airport, and is 22 miles away from the lodge.
Located in the heart of Boston in a historic 1903 Beaux Arts building atop Beacon Hill, this luxury hotel offers a Babymoon on Beacon Hill Package that will certainly leave Mama feeling nice and relaxed. Designed to offer expecting mothers and their partners a quiet escape, guests will receive a warm welcome with chocolate covered strawberries, chilled sparkling cider, and a complimentary room upgrade based on availability. Couples can then choose to stay wrapped in cozy cashmere blankets in front of the gaslit fireplaces in each guest room or explore nearby attractions such as Boston Common and Faneuil Hall Marketplace by foot or via complimentary Lexus Town Car service. Cap off the night with complimentary lavender bath salts and rose petal turndown service. At checkout, you’ll be gifted with a plush signature XV Beacon stuffed animal – adorned in a pink or blue ribbon if parents share the baby’s sex – to give to their bundle of joy as a token of their memorable trip. Rates for this package start at $530.
XV Beacon offers an airport shuttle for guests with the closest airport being Boston Logan International airport.
For a true New England experience, you and your sweetheart will want to be whisked away to this scenic inn that is sure to leave you feeling rest and rejuvenated. Surrounded by Mother Nature herself, mamas-to-be can indulge with the Rest & Renew prenatal massage, a soothing experience using specially designed pillows to provide full relaxation and comfort. Treatments vary from 50 to 100 minutes and cost $144 to $272. Later, guests can enjoy hiking the grounds or a round of golf or check out the beautiful 3-acre garden before enjoying the farm-fresh cuisine at any of the resort’s four restaurants. Guests can also check out the Athletic Club where mamas can enjoy a swim or some slow yoga.
The closest airport is in Lebanon, New Hampshire, a quick 20-minute drive. Flights arrive daily at other nearby airports in Burlington, VT, Manchester, NH, and Boston Logan, MA.
Head to the southwest and enjoy sunny and dry weather and relax before baby comes. Make a day of it by visiting the nearby Desert Botanical Garden and indulge in the the tranquil vibrancy of beautiful desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes. Check out where street art comes to life at Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix while you do a little shopping. Feeling active? You and your love can stroll through five thematic trails to explore the fascinating beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Later, mama can lounge by the pool before indulging in the Mother-to-Bee massage ($149-$159) that’s designed to offer relief from pressure and discomfort in the lower back, hips, shoulders, legs and feet. With a customized Bee Inspired Baby Oil, this treatment helps to assist in promoting circulation and overall wellness. A pregnancy pillow is also available at request.
The closest airport is the Phoenix Airport (PHX) which is 13 miles away, and approximately a 20 minute drive.
For those seeking a babymoon surrounded by mountains and wilderness, then look no further than The Broadmoor, located at the gateway to the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Encompassing 5,000 acres, the resort includes championship golf courses, a Forbes Five-Star spa and fitness center, in addition to multiple restaurants and lounges, and multiple retail shops. Bonus: there’s an in-house chocolate shop, which is perfect for pregnancy cravings. Mamas craving some R&R can visit the The Broadmoor’s spa, which offers prenatal massages for 50 to 80 minutes ($165 to $235) using products that are natural, gluten-free, and vegan.
According to its website, The Broadmoor is easily accessible by car and by air through both Colorado Springs Airport and Denver International Airport with shuttle services available.
If you’re looking for something a little swanky, then you might want to check out where Serena Williams celebrated her babymoon with Alexis Ohanian. Located along the French Riviera, the 400 year old chateau, which has only 14 rooms and suites, used to be the residence of a Swedish prince, so, yeah, if you want to feel luxe AF, go here.While most of us don’t have the bank accounts like these two zillionaires do, Chateau Eza does have some promotions happening, including a lower than usual rate starting at 215 Euros. The hotel has a gourmet restaurant from Chef Axel Wagner, which offers a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. While the hotel itself doesn’t offer “pregnant mama” amenities, the hotel will help arrange for you to charter a boat of any size or a private helicopter or jet, so…there’s that.
The closest airport is Nice Airport, which is 12 miles away and approximately a 21 minute drive.