Babymoons have evolved from pampered weekends at Mom’s house to full-out luxurious experiences at top resorts. Future mommies have stepped up their pregnancy-travel games and are taking advantage of jetting off for some pre-baby rest and relaxation. And with so many of the best hotels and resorts customizing stays for expecting women, why shouldn’t they? Here are some easy-to-reach destination resorts for the perfect babymoon.
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Maui, Hawaii
At the Grand Wailea, expecting moms will enjoy the newly renovated rooms and refreshed pools while sipping on mocktails in a cabana. Soon-to-be mothers can go shopping at Pineapple Patch for their new arrivals and pick up a tiny Roxy Hawaiian bikini or little-man Quiksilver board shorts. Executive chef Ryan Urig can help with a pre-arranged cravings menus and has even been known to make pickle ice cream!
Spa Grande offers prenatal massages, and afterward you can float weightlessly in the adults-only Hibiscus Pool because every moment of quiet time should be enjoyed while you still can. Upon request, a body pillow can be waiting in the room to help with proper positioning at sleep time. Keep up your daily exercise with a morning stroll along Wailea Beach and a dip in the ocean. And of course, get in some romance time at Grand Wailea’s signature restaurant, Humuhumunukunukuapua`a, while dining atop the salt-water lagoon at sunset.
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Choose the Land of Enchantment for a fairy-tale pregnant getaway. The Enchanted Expectations Babymoon Package at the Four Seasons Resort includes luxurious accommodations, a 50-minute prenatal massage, a 60-minute prenatal yoga session, and a baby blanket to take home as a gift. In addition, mothers-to-be can take in the beautiful surroundings while indulging in tasty treats from the chef-made Cravings Menu.
Surf & Sand Resort – Laguna Beach, California
Perfect beaches and California weather make the Surf & Sand the perfect place for pampering. The pre-arranged package here includes a one-night stay and a basket from Surf’s Mama Bear that includes movies for your room, mocktails for mommy, and beer for your partner. Also offered is a dinner (prepared with the baby in mind) for two in its signature restaurant, Splashes, a private pregnancy beach yoga session, and an 80-minute Mother-to-Be Massage, which uses infant-safe organic oils and appropriate positioning to comfort both mother and child.
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa – Scottsdale, Arizona
The Bundle of Joy babymoon package at the Westin Kierland is a great way to enjoy a relaxing getaway before the baby’s arrival. Included in this package is an organic skin-care gift set from Mama Mio, a $25 gift certificate to Kierland Commons (plus resort discounts at select retailers), an in-room movie of choice, and a couple’s massage at Agave, with mommy receiving the “mother-to-be” massage. Couples can indulge in making their own ice cream sundaes in their room with sparkling cider and chocolate-covesurered strawberries, and a 24-hour “Cravings Chef” service is available upon request.
Half Moon, A Rock Resort – Montego Bay, Jamaica
Located on 400 acres and 2 miles of private, white-sand beach, Half Moon makes a great escape for couples in need of some fun in the sun. The resort boasts 54 pools, many private or semi-private. There is also a 68,000-square-foot spa, offering the Pregnancy Massage, which improves circulation, diminishes back and hip pain, and gives special care and attention to the expectant mother by using unique pillows to create a comfortable and relaxing environment. Half Moon also has the only overwater bungalows in Jamaica, so any massage service can be performed while looking out onto the ocean from the privacy of the bungalow.
The Winnetu Oceanside Resort – Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Sometimes a babymoon is in order for the second or third child, and the only way to vacation is with the entire family. The Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Martha’s Vineyard is where everyone who is visiting wants to be. It’s family-run, and the proprietors and their children are involved in every aspect of the business.
The new Toddler’s Program will keep the family busy while mommy relaxes. It’s complimentary and designed to keep tots entertained in the playroom, which has different play stations to keep children of every age occupied. The program includes trips to a local farm, fire truck rides, a pirate-themed playground, and lots more. The accommodations range from one- to four-bedroom suites to three- to five-bedroom private homes.
The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island – Amelia Island, Florida
Perched atop Atlantic Ocean dunes, The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island is a perfect combination of Southern hospitality and seaside splendor. The customized Mommy-To-Be Babymoon Package lets future mothers choose among a facial, nail service, massage, or $150 spa credit. Also included is a Boppy Total Body Pillow, breakfast in bed or in Café 4750 for two each morning, Mama Mio tummy rub butter, Omega body and shower cream, $100 food and beverage credit, and a present for the baby. A two-night stay is required, and the package ensures a room with a coastal or ocean view.