The 20 Best Babymoon Destinations

Strengthen your bond (and take a well-deserved break!) before your little one arrives with these dreamy babymoon ideas.
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Dasha Petrenko/Shutterstock

What is a Babymoon?

Before you know it, a vacation will involve an army's worth of planning and packing. But in your second trimester, when morning sickness is usually over and your bump isn't all that big, you can still throw a swimsuit in a bag and take a dreamy getaway. Stoking the flames of your love with a relaxing babymoon has real long-term relationship benefits, says Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, Ph.D., a couple's therapist and assistant professor of human sexuality at Widener University in Chester, PA. "Transitioning to parenthood can be stressful, but dedicating a vacation to reconnecting can help you be playful with each other again," she says.

When to Take a Babymoon

Before researching babymoon ideas, check with your doctor: the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists discourages air travel after 36 weeks and some docs may ground you earlier. Plus, no expectant mom wants to be eight time zones and three layovers away from her Ob-Gyn!

Read on for the best babymoon destinations that will leave you with plenty of wanderlust

Babymoon Ideas: Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, CA

If run-of-the-mill accommodations often leave you feeling more blah than va-vavoom, you'll find it easy to ramp up the romance at Rancho Valencia, where each "room" is a Mediterranean-style casita surrounded by 45 acres of olive groves. You two may be loath to leave your suite, with its soaking tub and private patio, but if you do venture out, sign up for a mommy-to-be massage or a soak in the Watsu pool at the newly renovated spa, or take one of the on-site Porsches for a complimentary spin. If you're feeling that second trimester energy boost and are confident in your hand-eye coordination skills, play a tennis match, then end your perfect day with a hot air balloon ride at sunset. Sigh. ($$$,

L'Auberge Sedona in Sedona, AZ

Should D-day stress have you in need of a mental reset, head to the desert. This oasis is encircled by Sedona's dramatic red rock formations, which give a mystical cast to your stay. And no need to cringe at the notion of a molting-hot vacay—the resort sits alongside Oak Creek, where the air is cooler than out on the sand. Set the stage for a boots-knocking by availing yourselves of your room's private fireplace and outdoor cedar shower, or cash in on the four-course creekside dinner included in your babymoon package. When that's done, feel your most relaxed in years by signing up for meditation and chakra-healing sessions, prenatal spa treatments, and astronomy tours. ($$,

Top Notch Resort
Top Notch Resort

Topnotch Resort in Stowe, VT

Your first glimpse of this sprawling resort, perched in the hills above a picturesque New England town, will send you beelining fireside, where you can get cozy with your partner and gaze at the snowtopped peaks. Wander through Stowe's quaint craft shops, then hit the factory tour at Ben & Jerry's (everyone gets a free sample, but shamelessly play the preg card and you just may get more). Back at the resort, your Bump on Board babymoon package includes a maternity massage, unlimited fitness classes (think: gentle yoga), a body pillow, midnight snack, and gift card for the local jewelry store (did someone say push present?). ($,

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, SC

Deep in the heart of the Lowcountry, this inn is actually a collection of colonial-style cottages and suites set on 20,000 acres of preserved wilderness. The weeping willow trees, slow-moving May River, and expansive porches will make you feel like you just walked onto the set of a Nicholas Sparks movie. Grab your partner and explore the trails on beach bikes, or take a tour through the surrounding forest, where you can spot wild boar, deer, and armadillos. At night, after you've had your fill of good old Southern food (shrimp and grits, anyone?), you can take part in the nightly s'mores-roasting ritual while you cuddle up and stargaze. ($$,

Breezes Bahamas in Nassau, Bahamas

The chilly winter you left behind will feel very far away amidst this all-inclusive resort's powdery white sand beaches and aquamarine ocean. Revel in a taste of summer by taking a dip in one of the property's three pools while you flaunt your bump in a bikini, or just nestle into one of the waterside hammocks. And if the midday Caribbean sun gets a bit too hot—or you want a spot where you two can whisper sweet nothings in private—hide out in the cabana (with waiter service) included in your babymoon package. And best of all, at these prices you can keep stashing cash for the new nursery as you nod yes to (included!) facials, kayaking, and room upgrades. ($$,

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Fernandina Beach, FL

Located in Fernandina Beach, FL, Amelia Island is full of sweet Southern charm. If you’re seeking relaxing and fun-filled babymoon ideas, this is the spot for you. Take a tennis lesson at the Cliff Drysdale Tennis program, try your hand at golfing, or spend the day at the spa. Dine at the Verandah Seafood Restaurant and enjoy fresh caught fish of the day and finish off with a decadent slice of pecan pie. Then complete your night with s'mores on the beach before turning in to your oceanside room while the sound of the surf lulls you to sleep. ($,

Le Guanahani in St. Barth's

Get a taste of the jet-set life by heading to this tiny island nation. Upon your arrival at Le Guanahani, a personal concierge will take care of everything, even leaving little babymoon goodies in your room. You get to customize your entire stay, whether you want to spend it lolling on the beach, holed up in the Clarins spa, or checking out the town. ($$$,

Mayflower Grace in Washington, CT

Live out your historic mansion fantasies at this elegant 30-room hotel. This country house-style inn is located in a picturesque Connecticut town that dates to the 1700's. When you're not busying yourself with the extensive Mommyhood Menu of treatments at the spa (the wealth of options include acupuncture, reflexology, prenatal pilates classes, shiatsu, a bump photo shoot, and more), you can explore the nearby nature preserves or check out the antique shops for the perfect addition to Baby's nursery. ($$,

The Carlyle Hotel in New York City

If the vacation of your dreams unfolds in a bustling metropolis, book a trip to this classic hotel in New York's posh Upper East Side neighborhood. You'll stay a block away from Museum Mile—great if you want Baby to experience a little culture in utero—and when your feet inevitably tire, you're perfectly situated to head back to your room for a catnap. Plus, you can pop into the local children's clothing shops while staying away from the tourist hustle of Midtown. At night, make a date at the famous jazz club on the hotel's first floor. Perfect. ($$$,

Courtesy of Hyatt House Jersey City
Courtesy of Hyatt House Jersey City

Hyatt House Jersey City in Jersey City, New Jersey

The best views of the Manhattan skyline come from straight across the river. A babymoon at the Hyatt House Jersey City brings you close enough to the city action without the hustle of being right in the Big Apple. Take a quick ferry ride to spend the day on Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, or take a 15-minute train ride to lower Manhattan for shopping and sightseeing. You can even spend the day strolling around local Exchange Place District enjoying the restaurants. At the end of the day, have dinner at the Terrace Lounge with indoor views overlooking the water, then head upstairs to RoofTop at Exchange Place for a seat by the fire. You'll have breathtaking views of the skyline from the Empire State Building to the World Trade Center all lit up. The best part of Hyatt House's modern home-style suites: a fully functioning kitchen. If you are on a special pregnancy diet (or just have mid-meal cravings) you can prepare everything you need from the comfort of your room. ($$, Hyatt House Jersey City

Arizona Biltmore in Scottsdale, AZ

This luxe desert retreat with its stylish, Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced architecture is a desert oasis. Hit the driving range surrounded by mountains, make a pit-stop at the spa, or swim your way through the resort's eight pools (our favorite is the beautifully tiled Catalina pool—notoriously a favorite hangout for Marilyn Monroe). ($$,

Canoe Bay in Chetek, WI

Outdoorsy moms-to-be will feel at home at this Midwestern retreat, set amidst 300 acres of Wisconsin's wooded forest and three spring-fed glacially-carved lakes. You'll even stay in a cabin with a private sauna. The property is adults-only, so you can soak up your last bit of baby-free peace and quiet, and spend your babymoon walking on the trails or canoeing on the lakes. And mealtime is something to look forward to: Breakfast is delivered to your room each morning, and dinner is a three-course tasting menu of locally-sourced food. ($$ per night,

Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica

It's true: The Kennedys famously vacationed at this 400-acre luxury resort. Follow in their footsteps by meandering the two-mile-long white-sand beach, splashing in your own private pool, and luxuriating in the fact that your overwater bungalow comes with a personal staff (read: butler, cook, and housekeeper). You'll appreciate being waited on now more than ever, and you can continue the trend with the resort's motherhood massage, which uses special pillows to maximize your comfort. ($$,

Gurney's Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa in Montauk, NY

If your perfect beach is more sweaters and bonfires and less palm trees and teeny bikinis, venture out to the Hamptons for your babymoon. The chic escape is a three-hour drive from New York City. Gurney's is one of the few year-round resorts in this beach town, which alternates from being a summertime fashionable hotspot to a still, quiet winter retreat depending on the season (so book accordingly!). Take a dip in America’s only indoor ocean-water pool, then opt for a mommy-to-be massage and mani-pedi at the elegant beachside spa. When you're done relaxing, scoot over to the designer stores in nearby East Hampton—maternity shopping spree, anyone? (From $220,

The Lavender Inn & Spa in Ojai, CA

A bed and breakfast just 30 miles from Santa Barbara, the Lavender Inn has an on-site day spa and a variety of amenities for expectant parents. These include a prenatal massage for moms-to-be, an anti-stress massage for their partners, a private class with a certified lactation consultant or doula, and a 10 percent discount at the Inn's clothing store for children, Cowboy Babies. ($,

Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos

Enjoy some quality alone time on white sand beaches at Parrot Cay's private island resort. With complimentary prenatal yoga classes, a spa menu with pregnancy-specific treatments, and two gourmet restaurants, the resort also offers a variety of excursions. Enjoy a gourmet lunch from inside a tiki hut on the beach, a private boat charter, or a snorkeling trip to explore the nearby reefs off the island. ($$$,

The Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach, CA

Located in central California, the hotel's "And Baby Makes Three" babymoon package has nearly everything an exhausted expectant mother could want, like overnight accommodations, a welcome basket with diapers and a onesie for baby, a $50 voucher for dinner at the Sea Cliffs Restaurant, an in-room movie with ice cream delivery, breakfast in bed, and massages.. If you're looking to take a walk between relaxing at the spa and dinner with your partner, there's a variety of antique and outlet shopping nearby. ($$,

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ

In partnership with The SpOILed Mama skincare line and Scottsdale's nearby shopping district, Kierland Commons, the resort's "Bundle of Joy" package is designed exclusively for pampering moms-to-be. The package includes SpOILed Mamma gift care sets for mom and dad, a Kierland Commons gift certificate, an in-room movie complete with snacks, a couples' massage, and breakfast in bed. The resort also has a 24-hour "Cravings Chef" service that allows you to customize the room service menu to match your pregnancy cravings at an additional cost. ($$,

The Golden Door Spa at the Naples Grande Resort and Club in Naples, Florida

With the Gulf of Mexico and its confectioner's sugar shores as your figurative backyard – where the swimming, aqua-biking, and general frolicking are unrivaled – you won't want to head indoors. But the mommy-to-be massage, which can be incorporated into a couples package at the spa, is worth the sacrificed sun worship. And while beach and spa tends to be a winning babymoon idea in any case, there's certainly more to the mix in Naples: a historic downtown, outdoor cafes, antique shops, galleries, and promenade upon romantic promenade. ($$;

Courtesy of Peter Island Resort
Courtesy of Peter Island Resort

Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands

The standard babymoon fare here is perfectly lovely; it includes pregnancy-specific spa treatments, a de-stressing dad-to-be massage, picnics on any of Peter Island's five beaches, and a baby album at turndown time. But there's something that really sets this patch of paradise apart: Baby Week (available upon request when the resort has interest from three or more couples) revolves around "How to Relax and Have Your Baby," a course taught by Charlene L. Stokamer, MPH, MS. Included in the program, which lasts five days, is five two-hour classes (topics range from tailored childbirth to breastfeeding prep), his and hers massage, nightly themed turndowns, and relaxation sessions. Sign us up for this best babymoon destination! ($$$;

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