Where to Go on Your Babymoon
Fact: Your babymoon might be the last time you travel without a carrier full of diapers and formulas, so when it comes to the pre-birth getaway, we’d recommend going all out. Here are 8 trips to get you inspired.
Palihouse Santa Monica
The Palihouse Santa Monica isn't for those seeking an off-the-grid beachfront resort. Here, it's all about the covetable LA address (on a quiet residential street just minutes from the Santa Monica Pier) and the cozy-chic interiors that make the space feel more like a private house than hotel. The Instagram-ready guestrooms are decorated with one-of-a-kind vintage pieces like antlers over beds and vintage wallpaper while downstairs there's a romantic garden filled with orange trees and birds of paradise that look straight out of the tropics.
Little Palm Island Resort and Spa
A collection of oceanfront thatched-roof bungalows reachable only by boat or seaplane, the Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is the perfect choice for couples looking to dial up the romance. Each love nest comes equipped with an outdoor shower, four-poster bed and front-and-center views of the Lower Florida Keys’ turquoise waters and tropical foliage. And with no telephones, TVs or guests under the age of 16 allowed at the resort, you're guaranteed to keep your attention where it matters.
Lake Austin Spa Resort
At Lake Austin Spa Resort, it's all about pampering the expectant mamas. The award-winning LakeHouse Spa offers a sumptuous list of prenatal treatments including stretch-mark prevention scrubs and massages designed to boost circulation—plus, wellness lectures, yoga classes and other low-impact fitness offerings. Mothers further along in their pregnancy can chill out at one of three pools or curl up with a great read on the many dockside lounge chairs and pergolas, or give into cravings at the cozy dining room, where Chef Terry Conlan serves up Tex-Mex favorites like zesty migas and barbequed shrimp.
If there’s one place to soak up your last bit of baby-free peace and quiet, it’s The Snapdragon Inn. The quintessential Vermont stay was built in 1815 as the home of famous editor Maxwell Perkins, who worked with literary legends Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe – a legacy that, to this day, can be felt in the intimate library and the hotel’s other cozy common spaces. After savoring a healthy breakfast of granola and fresh fruit in the inn’s breakfast nook, grab your partner and explore the trails around Lake Runnemede or Windsor’s eclectic main Street, where you can shop for cute décor for the little one's nursery.
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Mii Amo, a Destination Spa
This luxury spa-hotel sits at the foot of Sedona’s Boynton Canyon on a so-called vortex site, a spot where the earth’s energy is said to be at its most concentrated, and where healing and self-awareness is supposedly heightened. The desert escape is ideal for couples looking to rest and recharge while enjoying a range of luxury on-site amenities including a farm-to-table restaurant and a 24,000-square-foot spa. Guests can meet with spa representatives to map out personalized programs that might include prenatal massages and jojoba butter wraps or spiritual therapies such as tarot card readings and reiki. You’ll never sleep better in your life--or at least for the next year--than in your Zen-like adobe casista, which sits on the banks of a stream and looks out over the surrounding red-rock canyon.
Oil Nut Bay
At this exclusive resort on the tip of Virgin Gorda’s breathtaking eastern peninsula, parents-to-be can get in some unmitigated couple time without every leaving their guestrooms. The 11 enormous, light-filled villas, which start at 890 square feet, come outfitted with plunge pools, high-design accents like white leather couches and dark wood accents, and private butlers who will cater to your every whim while maintaining your privacy. Other babymoon draws: a poolside eatery, water activities like snorkeling and sailing, and a beach club where moms can seek shade under open-air palapas.
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The Shore Club
The swanky, $100 million escape is set on a private swathe of sand on Long Bay Beach and features 110 rooms and six villas that evoke the tropics with a sea-inspired palette of whites and blues, natural materials, and breezy private terraces. Flaunt your baby bump at the beach or at one of three pools on-site, unwind with a tension-melting treatment at the 12,000-square-foot spa, or settle in for dinner a deux—or trois, depending on how you look at it—at the fine-dining room, which serves up Peruvian-Japanese dishes overlooking the water.
One&Only Ocean Club
If you’ve seen the James Bond flick, Casino Royale, you’ve caught a glimpse of this breezy Bahamian resort on Paradise Island’s northern shore. The luxe colonial-style retreat is spread across 35 acres of lushly manicured gardens with guestrooms done up in colonial-inspired décor (dark wood floors; jaunty striped rugs) and butler service. As mom indulges in a Balinese-style treatment at the spa or some low impact activity like yoga on the deck, dad can tee up at the 18-hole championship golf course or practice his serve at the Har True tennis court. Dinner is served at the celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Dune restaurant, known for its fresh seafood and swoon-worthy ocean views.