Looking for babymoon ideas? I have loads! I’ve been on three babymoons (I have two children but took an extra babymoon the first time round. Any excuse for travel!)
What’s a Babymoon?
So, for any of you who are wondering what an earth a babymoon is. It’s basically a little getaway just before your new baby arrives. Think of a babymoon as a chance for you and your partner to have a little couple time.
Sure, you can still go on dates once bump arrives, but let’s just say a lack of sleep, logistics and general life can mean any dates usually take a lot more effort! Kit is currently 10-months old and I *think* we may have had one since her arrival. Newborn haze made my memory a little fuzzy and either way, another date is well overdue!
Oh and a babymoon is really special for your first born, but you’re totally allowed one for each baby. After all, I had two babymoons with Nova!
Bailiffscourt – West Sussex, England
Having a late winter/spring baby? If you time your babymoon for December you could enjoy the stunning carols by candlelight service in their 13th Century chapel as part of your stay. It’s adorned in sparkly lights and full of the ultimate festive cheer. It’d be a lovely way to start a family tradition, don’t you think?
Even if you visit Bailiffscourt during the rest of the year you’ll still have a fab babymoon. Made up of a medieval-style house, thatched houses and cottages, an inner rose-clad courtyard and underground passageway it really is a gorgeous bolthole. There’s also a rose garden, a spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, croquet lawn, tennis courts, 30 acres of private parkland and the beach. What more could you want?
The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa – Scottsdale, USA
Did someone say 24 hour ‘cravings chef’? Why, yes, yes they did! This gorgeous resort offers a ‘Bundle of Joy’ babymoon, which includes organic skin care gift sets, chocolate covered strawberries, two pints of ice cream, an in-room film, the cravings chef, couple’s massages and more. It’s *almost* enough to make me want a third baby so that I can have another babymoon!
Hatherley Manor Hotel – Cotswolds, England
This beautiful historical manor house offers a ‘New Beginnings Babymoon’, which includes a mocktail for the mum to be and a beer or prosecco for the plus one, a 55-minute treatment each, a three-course dinner, breakfast and access to the spa.
The grounds are gorgeous and the rooms are rustic modern, so even if you stay camped out in your room you’re in for a treat.
Book: Hatherley Manor Hotel
The Cliffs Hotel and Spa – California, USA
The name of their babymoon package is ‘And Baby Makes Three’ – how adorable! It includes a tote bag with rattle, baby cakes, two 50-minute spa treatments, an in-room movie, stay and breakfast.
The hotel is set on the coast, perched on an oceanfront bluff overlooking the beach. Imagine laying on the bed listening to the waves crashing in – bliss. Some of the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean and private balconies; a great place to unwind. The spa has been newly renovated and offers lots of lovely treatments too. All in all, a winner!
Book: The Cliffs Hotel and Spa
Cowley Manor – Cheltenham, England
If you want your babymoon to be about some TLC, Cowley Manor could be your answer. They have a Mum-To-Be package, which includes a 60-minute pregnancy spa treatment of your choice, a food credit voucher and an overnight stay with breakfast. The spa has won numerous awards and there’s both an indoor and outdoor pool if you want the water to take the weight of your bump for a bit. The contemporary country house is set in 55 acres of beautiful grounds – it’s beautiful.
Book: Cowley Manor Hotel
L’Auberge De Sedona – Arizona, USA
If you’re dreaming of romantic candlelit dinners and sunset walks by the water this may be the babymoon of your dreams. This place can also organise a stylish maternity shoot for you, complete with access to 14 dresses and flower crowns. Gentle stretch yoga is available for guests as well. With open-roof showers, forest soaking and countless other perks this could be the luxurious, indulgent babymoon you’ve been looking for.
Book: L’Auberge De Sedona
The Fish Hotel – Broadway, England
If you like modern country getaways you’ll love this place. You’ll want to pin all of the décor – I know I did when I visited for one of my babymoons. Your stay won’t break the bank – it’s affordable luxury. If you’re on a tight budget visit on a Sunday night as they offer reduced rates.
If you want to get out and about the village of Broadway is a short walk or drive away, offering cute little chocolate box style shops. Being in the Cotswolds, you’ll find lots of other charming villages nearby.
7Pines Resort Ibiza – Ibiza, Spain
If you’re looking for somewhere pretty, serene and stylish you need to head to this amazing resort. There’s a spa that focusses on wellness and to be honest, just looks incredible! You can also get your hair and make-up done or take part in a light yoga class. There are suites with private pools and gorgeous views of the island.
Book: 7Pines Resort Ibiza
Gilpin Hotel and Lake House – Lake District, England
This place has been on my list for some time. I mean, just look at it – perfection. You can create your own babymoon, enjoying a private en-suite spa, a king-size bed, mood lighting, views of the Lake District moors. Need I go on?
Topnotch Resort Vermont – Stowe, USA
Topnotch offers a babymoon package, including a two-night stay, side by side 50-minute spa treatments, breakfast, dinner and a midnight cravings bundle! The rooms are nice, but fairly generic so this one is all about the outdoor pool and pretty views. Set in a 120 acre oasis, there’s plenty of space to explore.
Book: Topnotch Resort Vermont
Tuddenham Mill – Suffolk, England
Looking for a bathtub that can actually accommodate your bump? I had the most blissful bath at Tuddenham Mill. Aside from the beautiful view, it had the deepest bath I’ve ever been in (it covered my huge bump and then some) and when laying down my toes couldn’t reach the end of the tub.
The rooms at this former watermill are quirky and stylish and you can have spa treatments in one of the little nooks. The bar can rustle up some amazing mocktails and although there’s an onsite restaurant, we actually enjoyed a spicy Thai meal nearby that was perfect. A totally lovely babymoon option.
Book: Tuddenham Mill
Tips for the Best Babymoon
❤ Don’t go too early in case you suffer from morning sickness or fatigue – most common in the first trimester. I’d suggest after 18 weeks.
❤ Equally, don’t get too late in case baby comes early! Fatigue, aching limbs and so on are also really common in the last few weeks. If you’re planning to travel abroad many airlines suggest you don’t travel after 34-36 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the safest time to travel is from 18 to 24 weeks, but use that as a guide. I travelled at 35 weeks and my baby was fine.
❤ Don’t book your trip too early. Each pregnancy is different, both from person to person, and even from child to child. I felt so much worse with my second child. Ideally, book your trip a week or two before you want to go so you can have a rough idea of how you’re feeling.
❤ Make sure you have insurance. If you do need to cancel your trip due to pregnancy symptoms or need medical attention whilst you’re away you want to be assured that you’re covered.
❤ It’s tempting to go for a lux room with a hot tub, but bear in mind that some midwives advise pregnant women against using a hot tub or sauna room (because of the high temperatures).
❤ Be selfish – especially if this is your first baby. Once you have a child or children it becomes much harder to entirely do what you want to do. Make the most of being able to do what you want, when you want and if that involves not doing a lot and taking a nice nap, do it!
❤ Check any travel advisories in respect of diseases. I really fancy going back to Mexico or to Cuba, but at the time there were concerns about the Zika virus, so those plans got shelved.
Why not?! Growing and carrying a small human is no easy task, so a babymoon is a lovely little treat. Yeah, it’s a bit indulgent but so is a holiday and we all know we like them!
A babymoon can be whatever you need it to be – a chance to escape the countless list of nursery jobs, or perhaps time away from daily life so that you and your Mr can solely talk about the new baby and enjoy the excitement. Perhaps the weight of your bump is giving you backache so you fancy a spa retreat. Maybe you’re a super duper friend looking to organise a babymoon for a mum to be or maybe you’re organising your own babymoon (that’s what I did). Some people use a babymoon as an excuse for one last big trip, but if you’re a regular here you’ll know that I don’t buy into that – travel can still carry on once you’ve had a baby!
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