Since you’ve found your way to this blog, odds are you’re expecting a baby – congratulations! Now that the euphoria and nausea have settled, it’s time to start planning your babymoon. Think of a babymoon as your last holiday before the two of you become three. When you go is entirely up to you, although as a caution, some airlines don’t allow expecting mothers to fly during the last month or so. Therefore, hitting the end of your second trimester might be the sweet spot. For most couples, a babymoon is a personal celebration and often a long-awaited one. Together, you might fancy a rural getaway for some quiet reflection or a last tryst in the sun. Regardless, this is the perfect time to treat yourselves to a bit of luxury before bringing baby home. So, take a look at our favourite babymoon destinations to get your plans started…
1. Bali, Indonesia
Also known as the Land of the Gods, Bali’s main appeal is its natural splendour. From looming volcanoes and tropical beaches to rugged cliff tops and dynamic patty fields (not to mention Bali’s exciting spa scene), every nook and cranny is just waiting to be explored on your babymoon. But if you look beyond the aesthetics and the to-die-for sundowners, you’ll be enchanted by the country’s spiritual culture and ever-smiling locals. The Balinese have essence money can’t buy, full of joy and peace – an extra special incentive with your little one on the way.
Where to stay: Villa Ismaya, Canggu
If long-haul doesn’t appeal, Cyprus is still one of the warmer places you can get to without leaving Europe. Okay, so you won’t be sunbathing in December, but temperatures still remain around a pleasant 17°C. The cost of a Cyprus holiday is pretty reasonable too, so you can enjoy a luxury getaway without the guilt that you might be depriving your first-born of a Bugaboo.
Where to stay: Villa Xenia
Further reading: Local’s Guide to Authentic Cyprus
3. Kalkan, Turkey
Boasting over 300 days of sunshine a year, Kalkan is a hit with sun worshippers. Temperatures rarely drop below 20°C, and great weather will almost be a given on your babymoon. Kalkan is a haven for anyone looking to get away from it all and enjoy the beauty of the azure sea. Although the appeal doesn’t end there – famous for its whitewashed houses with bougainvillaea draping the walls, you’re guaranteed breathtaking photos of you and bump.
Where to stay: Villa Iki
Further reading: Best Beaches in Turkey
4. Tuscany, Italy
Tuscan life is the la dolce vita we all love and long for – slow paced, culturally rich and a side of gourmet Italian food (while your other half samples the regional wines). In Tuscany, the roots of the renaissance run as deep as the grape vines and the sunny summer is gloriously long. So, chill next to your pool and fire up the barbeque or head into Tuscany’s cultural centres and nourish your mind – this is one destination that really does have a little bit of everything.
Where to stay: La Chiesetta
5. Amalfi Coast, Italy
From picturesque towns to sandy shores, there is no end to the charms of the Amalfi Coast. Mothers-to-be will feel right at home in its sun-ripened embrace, and we encourage you both to take in the vibrant culture with gusto. This is a place for lovers – a romantic coast that ticks all the babymoon boxes. So, if you can picture yourself kicking your shoes off and taking a sip of Amalfi’s best lemonade, this is the destination for you.
Where to stay: Villa Dina
Further reading: Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Travel Guide
6. Cannes, France
When you think of Cannes, a few things spring to mind. Whether that’s yacht-filled harbours, the glitzy promenade or the bright lights of the town’s renowned casinos, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. What we love about the South of France are the little towns that make up the French Riviera. Saint-Raphael and Agay are just two of many and both easily accessible from the train station in Cannes. Oh, and did we mention the food? Although on the pricier end, it’s utterly moreish – any excuse to eat for two!
Where to stay: Le Balcon Romantique
Further reading: Team Travels – Authentic Guide to Cannes
7. The Cotswolds, UK
For a babymoon destination close to home (that won’t break the bank), look no further than the Cotswolds. Not only is one of the most beautiful and more romantic regions in England – it’s one that perfectly represents the best of the English countryside. Straddling several counties, the Cotswolds boasts undulating hills and farmland, striking architecture and monuments as well as some particularly charming villages that make for relaxing and delightful day trips with your love.
Where to stay: Lavender Mill House
Further reading: Cotswolds Travel Guide
8. St Lucia, Caribbean
If there’s ever a time to visit St Lucia, it’s now! Imagine volcanic mountains plunging into the sea, rain forests, sulphur springs, idyllic beaches… St Lucia has a cultural mix like no other, plus a colourful history and a love for anything chocolate. Add in the beautiful botanical gardens, magical bays and heaps of adventure activities such as hiking and all the water sports island living has to offer, and you’ve got yourself a fairy-tale babymoon destination.
Where to stay: Orchid Cottage
Further reading: The Ultimate Guide to St Lucia
9. Crete, Greece
Crete’s sunny beaches and sparkling coves mingle with ancient caves and ruins that could make anyone’s fantasy run wild. For a beach day (or two, or three), Chania on the west side of the island is the place to go. The white sands here feel like they’re on a desert island but are really just a stone’s throw from the city’s gorgeous Venetian harbour and waterfront restaurants where you can have a taste of freshly caught calamari.
Where to stay: Villa Aellopus
Further reading: A Week in Crete – Your Island Itinerary
10. Lisbon, Portugal
Okay, we know what you’re thinking – a city for a babymoon? Well, as it goes, Lisbon’s alluring charm and spades of culture attract couples from all over the world. Although quite hilly, the capital is nicely compact and the streets are lined with pastel-coloured buildings adorned with famous Portuguese tiles. You can also opt to stay outside of the city, where the beautiful coastline stretches out as far as the eye can see. Lisbon is truly what you make it!
Where to stay: Casa Marvila
Further reading: A Week in Lisbon – Your City Itinerary
Whatever your tastes, our concierge team can help you craft a bespoke babymoon getaway that the two of you will never forget. Don’t hesitate to get in touch!