No Matter Your Style, These Babymoon Locations Provide Plenty of Rest and Relaxation
These 18 babymoon locations cover every kind of destination you and your partner could want. Whether it's the last vacation you'll take as a couple before two become three or just a getaway from the kids before your family expands once again, they're perfect for taking some time away from all of the planning, stress, and excitement.
Because let's face it: you've seen the sonograms. Your friends and family have been told the happy news. Your baby shower or sprinkle has been planned. The paint colors for the nursery have been picked out and you've started nesting. Taking some time to reconnect on an intimate level is also an important thing to do, especially right before embarking on the parenthood journey!
York, United Kingdom
While London is a huge draw when it comes to travel in the UK, spending your babymoon in York may be just what the doctor ordered. You'll feel like you've been transported to medieval Britain in this charming, historical city.
Check out the Quarter's twisting and turning alleyways and visit York Minster, a work of architectural grandeur that's meant to be admired. Grab a traditional tea at Bettys Café Tea Rooms and then spend some time browsing the shops in the Shambles.
And, what better way to see it all than to stay as centrally as possible. Grays Court is one of the most historic buildings in England — it was built in 1098 — and is located in a central part of the city, making everything easily accessible. And be sure not to miss the gardens at the hotel.
Phuket is a great way to see Thailand's beaches, but head to little-known Khanom for a bit of seclusion, while still getting an authentic Thai experience. Still mostly untouched with few resorts, beachgoers are treated to a pretty private experience. Additionally, the region is home to stunning pink dolphins, and it's close enough to Khao Sok National Park for a day trip, which can be arranged through the hotel or through a company like Exotic Voyages.
For the perfect babymoon getaway, spend your time at the Aava Resort & Spa. It's not only in a picturesque location, but it has top-notch food and beverage service, an amazing pool area, suites that offer a spectacular view, and a spa for that perfect prenatal massage or facial.
If Hawaii was on your bucket list but you haven't quite gotten there yet, there is no time like right before your baby arrives. Oahu hosts the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, accessible waterfalls, and a Hollywood tour that showcases where Jurassic Park, Lost, and more were filmed. Then head to the island's north side for a more laid-back vibe, complete with Hawaiian shaved ice from old town Haleiwa.
Check in to the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina for the ultimate in luxury vacationing. Relax by the adults-only pool, visit the spa, and eat at the resort's several restaurants. Not only are the suites spacious, but the beds are like sleeping on clouds — take full advantage!
The best spot for an East Coast babymoon! The city is known for its mansions (including the famed Breakers!), which sit along Cliff Walk, but Newport has so many other great things to do and see. Check out the Newport Art Museum, Redwood Library and Athenaeum
, or the Newport Car Museum. However, if you want to spend time outside, there is the Norman Bird Sanctuary and the Bay Walk, which takes in the view from the perimeter of Fort Adams State Park.
With several shopping areas and a quaint section of town filled with coffee shops, don't miss brunch at Stoneacre Brasserie for field-to-fork dining and some outrageous biscuits. Savor a drink, lunch, or dinner at the White Horse Tavern, the oldest tavern in the US, established in 1673, or visit Brix Restaurant for a menu that is made completely from scratch.
As for accommodations, Gurney's has a stunning view of the water and a spa for a good prenatal or couple's massage.
This city in Germany has everything one could want in a babymoon. Cologne has a booming food scene, including a chocolate museum and an array of bakeries and cafes that are worth every calorie and can satisfy any pregnancy craving. Burn off some of those calories in the city's shopping district, which houses everything from high-end shops to boutiques. Then take in a bit of history at the city's stunning Cologne Cathedral and the Old Market.
Stay at the 25 Hours Hotel, which is close to every portion of the city, for an intergalactic experience and a great view of the cathedral at night from the rooftop bar and restaurant.
While there is enough to keep you busy in Cologne, the city is only about a 15-minute train ride from Brühl, which houses the Augustusburg and Falkenlust palaces, and is 20 minutes from the bustling city of Düsseldorf (don't miss the Christmas markets there if you go around the holidays), making for great day trips, too.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta has so much to offer babymooners. From the Islas Marietas National Park to Malecón and a busy downtown area with art galleries, as well as Playa de los Muertos pier, the city offers vacationers the ability to create the perfect mix of relaxation and sightseeing.
If you choose to stay in this authentic Mexican city, check out Casa Velas. The all-inclusive, adults-only resort has suites that include outdoor tubs and private plunge pools and is the perfect hideaway for couples. Patrons also get access to the nearby Velas Vallarta resort, which is family friendly.
You can't deny that Santorini is one of the most romantic places in the world, and what better way to spend some time before baby arrives. Being able to connect as a couple under the stunning sunsets the Greek island has to offer will be an opportunity you will be glad you seized.
Take a catamaran cruise around the island, spend some time at the white- and red-sand beaches, check out an outdoor cinema (and cuddle up!), or take a Greek-style cooking class so you can bring the memories back when days with baby get tough.
Palm Beach, FL
If you're looking for a place to totally relax and unwind, Palm Beach would be it. The laid-back Florida city is home to several resorts and stunning sandy beaches that make leaving the property almost pointless. However, if you do feel like getting out of your swimsuit or spa robe, there is plenty to do in Palm Beach, too.
The city is home to more than 40 antique shops. For more options, there's plenty of shopping to be done on Worth Avenue — the Rodeo Drive of the East. And, for new parents who are all about snapping pics to remember this last couple's vacation, stroll along the city's interactive Selfie Trail. You won't even need to ask anyone to take your picture!
Check out the EAU Resort & Spa if you're looking for something to customize to your own personality. There are several packages available, like a two-night wellness packages that includes mocktails and fitness classes (like yoga and barre). But the best part may be simply sitting on the beach, savoring the last moments before your baby arrives.
A quintessential Californian city, Palm Springs is almost like stepping back into a more carefree, laid-back time because of its midcentury modern vibe. Not far from Coachella, CA, this city offers hiking trails, biking, an aerial tramway, the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, and so many other great spots to make lasting memories as a couple.
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club is a hot spot for travelers looking for something unique, as it houses a vintage photo booth and stocks vintage records, record players, and more old-school touches. However, if you're looking for something a bit more upscale, the Colony Palms Hotel is a great option, too — it's within walking distance to town, so you'll never have to worry about getting bored.
Whether during the Summer or the Winter, Montreal has a plethora of activities that can please any couple on a babymoon. In the Summer, the old city is alive with excitement, as patrons walk in and out of the area's many shops and restaurants. In the Winter, the city is magical and romantic — albeit cold.
Try a Montréal-style bagel, see the Basilique Notre-Dame, stroll through the artsy Plateau Mont-Royal, or join in the fun at the Old Port of Montréal, which houses the city's La Grande Roue de Montréal. As for restaurants, splurge on a meal at Leméac, which makes "best of" lists time and time again, or newcomer Pastel, which has put a creative spin on gastronomy.
To be in the center of it all, book a stay at Hotel William Gray, which is in the heart of the old city. Additionally, it has a rooftop restaurant and bar for brunch with a view and an intimate pool area for some semiprivate relaxation.
If you're a food-loving couple, then Portland is a great option for a babymoon. Spend your time walking the streets and popping in as many cool eateries, coffee shops, and bakeries as your heart desires. Splurge for a meal at Beast, headed by the renowned Naomi Pomeroy, and cap off your night (or morning) with a treat from VooDoo Doughnuts.
Don't miss some of the other exciting sights once you're fueled up and ready to go. Head to Powell's Books, the Rhododendron Garden, the Japanese Garden, or just take a few walks around the city's green spaces, which are known to be filled with roses.
If you're looking for a place to stay, the Paramount Hotel Portland is in the middle of the city and offers an array of amenities without added costs. The hotel also has an impressive array of packages to help shape your vacation and even offers you some discounts . . . which means more money for doughnuts.
Close to the eastern seaboard of the US, Bermuda makes for a quick and easy babymoon getaway. Stunning pink sand beaches, whitewashed English cottages, a lively city, and some interesting and historical landmarks make this a place where you can kick back and enjoy the sun or set out on a little adventure.
For soon-to-be parents looking for a hotel that will give them a bit of extra romance, the Rosewood Hotel offers just that. Couples can indulge in sunset walks on the resort's private pink sand beach or unwind at Sense, a Rosewood Spa, with a couples massage using local natural ingredients and age-old techniques.
Well, the time to go big or go home has come, and there are not many places in the world bigger than the 1,200-island span called the Maldives.
If you and your partner are looking for a gorgeous place to just be snuggled up, secluded, and happy to be in each other's company, the Maldives offers exactly that. Private overwater bungalows with your own pool and access to the ocean is pretty much standard, as is the area's desire to make everything as convenient and romantic as possible. Candlelit dinner in your suite? No problem. Sunset dinner on a remote section of beach? Also no problem.
If you're looking for something all-inclusive, the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa is a great option, as well as the Lux South Ari Atoll, which has several all-inclusive tiers available. However, if you're going all out, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is one of the top-rated and most-awarded resorts in the area — and has a killer spa, too.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
If you're looking to go somewhere that's superexclusive and relaxing, Bora Bora is the spot. Explore the beautiful beaches, shop in the pearl market for a keepsake or two, and schedule a water tour of your choice — the crystal clear water brings you closer to marine life than ever and the island's lagoons are not to be missed.
Pearl Resorts in Bora Bora, one of Tahiti's islands, has suites that fit almost any budget. From over-water bungalows that you will have no reason to leave to garden suites with private pools or beach suites with private hot tubs, this is the perfect place to hole up and be together before the new bundle of joy arrives.
New York City
No babymoon list is complete without a mention of New York City, a place that literally has it all. Want to eat your way through Little Italy and Chinatown? You can do that. Shopping on the Lower East Side? Check. Or there is always the theater, museums, historical landmarks, and so many places to sightsee (and take fabulous babymoon photos!). Want to just hang out for a day? With rooftops that double as pools or lounges, there is always somewhere to have some downtime.
While the city is huge and there are plenty of places to stay, escape the hustle and bustle of Times Square for Tribeca with a stay at the Arlo SoHo Hotel. The boutique hotel neighbors some of the most beautiful cobblestone streets, has easy access to public transportation, and has the most stunning view from the rooftop. Not to mention, the hotel's courtyard is transformed into a seasonally themed oasis and has a top-notch food and beverage program.
Take a page out of The Notebook and find your romantic roots on a babymoon in Charleston. While the city is known for its booming food scene (Husk, Minero) there are so many other great things to do in the city.
The French Quarter and Battery District offer stunning views and so much Southern charm, and don't miss the opportunity to see the Angel Oak, a 400-year-old tree that will make a great backdrop for your babymoon photos. Check out the Charleston Tea Plantation for afternoon tea service, take in some history at Fort Sumter, and even enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride.
Accommodations here run the gamut from beachfront resorts to cottages and historic inns, so depending on your taste, there is a place that will pique your interest. The Spectator Hotel is a crowd-pleaser and has won multiple "best of" awards, while the Zero George is a boutique hotel known for its "southern chic" style.
Santa Rosa, CA
While Sonoma and Napa seem to get all of the Northern California love, Santa Rosa should definitely be in the running when it comes to taking a babymoon. The walkable city, voted one of the happiest cities in America, is just outside the rolling hills of wine country. Relax with a prenatal treatment or couples massage at Me Spa, check out the Charles M. Schulz Museum (yes, the Peanuts creator!), hit one of the many parks and preserves in the area, or take a tour of Luther Burbank Home & Gardens.
Snuggle in for a relaxing stay at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, which features cozy fire pits, fireplaces in each room, and is pet-friendly, so even your fur baby can enjoy the last days of being fawned over. Even better? The hotel has a partnership with local yoga studio, Yoga One, that will even come pick you up for a prenatal class or private lesson.
Ah, yes, romantic Venice. The Italian city is sure to meet all of your babymoon expectations. The perfect cross between historical, romantic, and awe-inspiring, there are lots of experiences in the city that should not to be missed — besides gelato and pizza. A St. Mark's at Night Tour, which is run through City Wonders, will give you a one-of-a-kind look you'll never forget at the city's biggest landmark. Hop a boat to glassmaking island Murano or fishing village Burano for a look at stunning, colorful houses and age-old industries.
For a modern vibe right on the water, make your reservations at the Palazzina Grassi, which has a restaurant and lounge on premises, as well as a stunning rooftop garden.