I know everyone has heard of a honeymoon, but there is also something out there called a “babymoon”. For those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s exactly what it sounds like: one last getaway for an expecting couple to romance and relax before the birth of their new baby. I just learned about this while I was pregnant with Camden and our babymoon was one of the best things Nick and I did before our precious son’s arrival. As some of you may know, there is a lot that goes on during a pregnancy. Not only is your daily life about to change forever, but also you are going through physical and emotional changes that can be hard on your body and your relationship. I think babymoons are a fantastic opportunity to embrace your changing body and to rekindle the romance with your partner. I am lucky enough to see everyday how important the relationship is between two parents as it sets up the foundation for the entire family. I personally think the second trimester is the perfect trimester for a babymoon because you are just starting to show and are feeling your best again. While doctors say flying during pregnancy is completely safe as long as it’s before 32-35 weeks, it is important to keep in mind that no soon-to-be mom wants to be too many time zones away from her doctor too close to her due date! I figured now is the time when people start planning their summer vacays, so without further adieu, here are my top babymoon destinations that would make for a beautiful and special getaway for both Mom and Dad-to be.
Fun in the Sun
For those couples looking for a warmer climate and breezy days spent by the beach, California is the perfect destination for the sun-minded. Retreat to one of California’s many gorgeous beaches. The Montage in Laguna Beach will always hold a special place in my heart. Nick proposed to me there in November of 2010. There’s a beautiful beach, relaxing spa, unbelievable food, and a ton of great places to just sit, cuddle and enjoy each other’s company. Plus, the views are absolutely breathtaking and provide a perfect photo op with your new bump!
If you are located on the east coast and want a quick easy (and sunny) getaway, the Bahamas is a definite must visit destination. There are so many great beaches and resorts on different islands where you can find exactly what you are looking for. It was on vacation in the Bahamas on January 6th, 2012 walking down a beach when I told Nick he was going to be a father. I will always cherish that moment. We even found a sand dollar on the beach that trip that I framed it for Camden’s nursery.
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur
If rest and relaxation is more your style, then I think the coast of California is the place for you. Big Sur is such a beautiful and unique place — you don’t feel like you are even in California!! Nick and I both loved our visit to the Post Ranch Inn, which is a serene and quiet retreat nestled into the Californian coastline in Big Sur. The ride to the Inn is breathtaking and nothing like I have ever seen as you cruise from giant redwood trees to stunning cliffs overlooking the ocean. The Post Ranch Inn has all the amenities you could dream for in a relaxing vacation: gourmet dining, a luxurious spa, beautiful grounds equipped with infinity tubs overlooking the ocean and amazing guest rooms. Nick and I chose to stay in one of the Cliff Side Rooms that has a deck suspended over the cliffs making for quite a spectacular sunset. While we were lounging on the porch of our room a deer came up to hang out! The in-room fireplaces, spa, and stunning dinner views of the clear sky and ocean will make for a relaxing babymoon you will never forget.
The Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain, Arizona
Another great, tranquil place perfect for a relaxing baby moon is The Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain, Arizona. Located in the middle of the desert, it has spectacular views of nearby mountains. And if you get an itch to go into town for a fun dinner, the resort is located very close to Scottsdale. This modern architecture gives this resort a trendy vibe, but it still is a place where you can relax by visitng the zen garden or practicing some pre-natal friendly yoga in the fitness studio. After visitng the award wining spa, you can further unwind and sit by the infinity pool for hours. Maybe even read a baby book or two!
If you’re suddenly craving a completely different atmosphere, why not escape somewhere outside the US? Maybe it’s about time you took that European vacation you always dreamed about! If you’re in the mood for romance, try Venice – take a dreamy gondola ride and explore the city’s rich history while indulging in the best pasta and gelato you’ve ever tasted. Consider your pregnancy cravings, fulfilled!
Jade Mountain, St Lucia
Though Europe would be a dream, some of you might be in the mood for a more exotic locale. I would have to recommend Jade Mountain. This is where my husband and I took our own babymoon. We had heard such beautiful things and thought this would be the perfect time to check it out — before baby! I must warn you, it was a bit of a treck to get there, but for good reason! You are literally the jewel in the mountain! If you fly in during the day, there is a helicopter that quickly gets you to the resort. However, since we arrived at night, the longer car ride was our only option. The rooms ALL have stunning views, and there is no fourth wall! Open air! It’s that beautiful! You just take in the views, breeze, sounds and smells of St. Lucia. The service was unparalleled! The staff was beyond helpful and accomodating — all of my pregnancy needs were met! This trip also hold a special place in my heart as this is where we took my pregnancy bump photo that I will cherish forever. I felt that it was on this trip that I was able to fully embrace my body and all it’s changes. Up until then I didn’t really feel pregnant, or beautiful, or glowing. But on this trip, I remember smiling every day and looking at my growing belly, realizing a little man was about to rock our worlds in ALL the best ways.
In the end, a babymoon isn’t so much about the vacation as it is about spending some quality time with the hubby, am I right? I love the idea of a staycation because it doesn’t involve any of the stress that might result when navigating an unfamiliar destination. Instead, it allows you two to relax and unwind in a place where you feel completely at home. Staycations don’t have to be boring – many masseuses make at-home visits (a couples massage in the comfort of your own home sounds heavenly) and you can spend the day cuddling in the hammock (or by the fireplace, depending on the season), ordering in a gourmet meal and enjoying each other’s company. At the end of the day, light candles and draw up a luxurious bubble bath for two – so romantic!
Where would your ideal babymoon location be? Have you been or will you travel to any of these locations?