With the rapid spread of the Zika virus and growing concerns about its health effects on pregnant women, popular destinations including Mexico and many Caribbean islands are suddenly off-limits to would-be babymooners for the foreseeable future. But fear not: a babymoon is all about relaxation, and you certainly don’t need to travel internationally to find that. We’ve picked 15 destinations across the U.S. where you’ll find beautiful hotels with top-notch service and gorgeous surroundings. Leave your passport behind, don’t worry about changing money, and get ready to have a babymoon you’ll never forget.
Canyon Point, Utah
There’s simply nothing like the scenery here, which you can marvel at from the luxurious environs of Amangiri. One of just two U.S. properties operated by the famously luxurious Aman resort company, this ultraplush 34-suite compound lies just a few miles north of Lake Powell on a 600-acre plot of rugged high desert, soaring red-rock cliffs, and jagged mesas. Each of the artfully designed units has an extensive private terrace and outdoor fireplace; top units have private pools. High-ceiling rooms with stone floors, concrete walls, and timber and steel finishes adjoin massive bathrooms, each with a deep sunken tub and tall window that's perfect for stargazing. A dramatically situated spa offers treatments in both indoor and outdoor areas.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Moab and Southeastern Utah Guide
The island's miles of perfect beaches, lush green valleys, and volcanic landscapes, as well as its historic villages, top-notch water sports, and stellar restaurants and resorts, have made it an international favorite. Impeccably stylish, subdued, and relaxing describe most Four Seasons properties, and the low-key, elegant Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea fronting award-winning Wailea Beach is no exception, with its poolside cabanas, beautiful courtyards, and luxuries such as 24-hour room service and twice-daily housekeeping. Most rooms have an ocean view (avoid those over the parking lot in the North Tower, if you can), and plush robes and a mini-refrigerator (stocked with your favorites on request) are among the amenities there. The spa has indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, expertly staffed by well-trained practitioners, doctors, astrologers, and more, and you can opt for poolside mini-treatments. There's also an adults-only serenity pool.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Maui Guide
Little Torch Key, Florida
This island is a perfect refuge for those who want to make forays into Key West but not stay in the thick of things. Haute tropicale best describes the luxurious Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, and “second mortgage” might explain how some can afford the extravagant prices. But for those who can, it's worth the price. This property sits on a 5.5-acre, palm-fringed island 3 miles offshore from Little Torch Key. The 15 oceanfront thatch-roof bungalows house 30 suites with slate-tile baths, mosquito-netting-draped king-size beds, and British colonial–style furnishings. Other comforts include an indoor and outdoor shower, private veranda, separate living room, and comfy robes and slippers. Two Island Grand Suites are twice the size of the others and offer his-and-hers bathrooms, an outdoor hot tub, and uncompromising ocean views. To preserve the quiet atmosphere, there are no TVs in the bungalows and cell phones are highly discouraged in public areas.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Florida Keys Guide
Asheville, North Carolina
Visitors flock to Asheville for its arts and culture, which rivals that of Santa Fe, and to experience its downtown, with myriad restaurants, coffeehouses, museums, galleries, antiques shops, and boutiques. Many people who visit the Biltmore estate long to stay overnight; if you're one of them, your wish is granted in the form of the Inn on Biltmore Estate, a posh hilltop property on the grounds. The seven-story hotel echoes the look of Biltmore House with limestone and copper, while French manor houses inspired the interior. The dining room, one level down from the main lobby, has large windows with mountain views and a massive fireplace. Nice touches include afternoon tea by the fireplace in the library, and a breezy outdoor veranda bar to watch the sunset.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Asheville Guide
Big Sur, California
Long a retreat of artists and writers, Big Sur is a place of ancient forests and rugged shoreline, stretching 90 miles from San Simeon to Carmel. The luxurious Post Ranch Inn, designed exclusively for adult getaways, has remarkably environmentally conscious architecture. The redwood guesthouses, all of which have views of the sea or the mountains, blend almost invisibly into a wooded cliff 1,200 feet above the ocean. Each unit has its own fireplace, stereo, and private decks. On-site activities include everything from yoga to stargazing.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Big Sur Guide
Charming and romantic, Charleston is one of the South’s most elegant cities. Wandering through the city's famous Historic District, you would swear it’s a movie set. The grandest inn in town, Wentworth Mansion, features Second Empire antiques and reproductions, elaborate woodwork, and original stained-glass windows, as well as sweeping views from the roofop cupola. In the colder months, the staff draws the velvet drapes and lights the gas fireplaces of the baronial, high-ceilinged guest rooms. Italian linens and down pillows add to the opulence. The Babymoon “Bundle of Joy” Package (from $1350 for three days/two nights) includes a couples massage and an exquisite three-course dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Charleston Guide
Cosmopolitan visitors from around the world are consistently surprised by the city's rich and varied cultural offerings despite its relatively small size. There isn't another property in Santa Fe to compare to this sumptuous yet relaxed Inn of the Five Graces, with an unmistakable East-meets-West feel. The management and staff at this Relais & Chateaux hotel have created a property that fits right in with the kind of memorable properties you hear about in Morocco and Bali. The décor differs from the cliché Santa Fe style, yet locals would tell you that this melding of styles is what true Santa Fe style is all about. The suites have Asian and Latin American antiques and art, kilim rugs, jewel-tone throw pillows, and mosaic-tile bathrooms; most have fireplaces, and many have soaking tubs or walk-in steam showers. The personal service stands out: treats are left on your pillow, refrigerators are stocked, and an exquisite breakfast and even daily walking tours are all available. In the spa treatment room you can book luxe treatments to salve the skin from the high, dry mountain climate. The gardens and outdoor areas abound with lush, flowering plants, gurgling fountains and cozy nooks to relax into.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Santa Fe Guide
San Diego is a vacationer's paradise, with year-round temperatures in the seventies and near-constant sunshine. The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a beautiful Craftsman-style lodge that sits on a bluff between La Jolla and Del Mar and commands a coastal view. You know you're in for a different sort of experience when you see the Scottish kilted doorman. The warm and understated rooms are spacious and furnished with antiques and reproduction turn-of-the-20th-century pieces. The service is excellent, and the restaurant, A. R. Valentien (named after a San Diego plein air artist of the early 1900s), serves fine California cuisine. Beyond the grounds are scenic trails that lead to the Torrey Pines State Beach and Reserve; the village of La Jolla is a 10-minute drive away.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s San Diego Guide
It's easy to see what draws so many people to Sedona. Red-rock buttes reach up into an almost-always blue sky, and both colors are intensified by dark-green pine forests. The elegant L’Auberge de Sedona resort consists of private hillside units with spectacular views and cozy cottages in the woods along Oak Creek. The original creekside rooms, with wood-burning fireplaces, are decorated in lush country-European style, and the contemporary units on the hill have large decks and private open-air showers. Phoenix couples flock to this hideaway and dine in the hotel's French restaurant, one of the most romantic eateries in Arizona. The creekside patio bar is a great place for a light meal.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon Guide
Tucked away between the azure sky and the gunmetal mountains is Telluride, the colorful mining town–turned–ski resort famous for its celebrity visitors (Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, and Oliver Stone spend time here). “Lumière” means “light” in French, and this luxury lodge lives up to its name—suites open onto beautiful views, and the airy décor brings the outside in with a warm color palette of orange, cream, and brown. To top it off, the personal service is out of this world: extremely polite and helpful staff even offer to fill the fridge and pantry ahead of time. Other personalized services include ski-valet service, complimentary valet parking, and twice-daily maid service. Lodgings include studio and one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, as well as two-, three-, and four-bedroom penthouses.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Telluride Guide
Rhinebeck, New York
Rhinebeck is a historic village with a dose of city sophistication, where up-to-the-minute shops, restaurants, and theaters keep bringing new life to the old churches, early educational institutions, and other repurposed buildings they occupy. Just over the border from Rhinebeck, the exquisitely restored Old Stone Farm is a picture-perfect country retreat. Rooms have been outfitted with Frette linens and beautiful antiques (many picking up on the horse theme). There's a full-service spa, unlimited yoga, delicious organic food, indoor and outdoor riding rings, and hiking trails. The farm also offers Eponaquest experiences, in which horses help people get in touch with their emotions and reconnect with nature.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Rhinebeck Guide
Palm Springs, California
With the Palm Springs area’s year-round sunshine, luxurious spas, chef-driven restaurants, and see-and-be-seen pool parties, it's no wonder that Hollywood A-listers and weekend warriors make the desert a getaway. At the Parker Palm Springs, a cacophony of color and over-the-top contemporary art assembled by New York City–based designer Jonathan Adler mixes well with the brilliant desert garden, two pools, fire pits, and expansive spa of this hip hotel that attracts a stylish, worldly clientele. You can find relaxation around the pools, and comfy nooks are scattered throughout the gardens. Rooms have textured sisal floor coverings, exotic woven fabrics in bright reds and browns, and leather seating. All have private balconies or patios (with hammocks) that are secluded behind tall shrubs. The massive villas, a splurge, are an essay in style, with woven wall hangings, white poster beds, wooden swings, and large private patios.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Palm Springs Guide
Take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy the languid pace of “Slow-vannah.” The Mansion on Forsyth Park has dramatic design, opulent interiors with a contemporary edge, and a magnificently diverse collection of some 400 pieces of American and European art, all of which create a one-of-a-kind experience—sophisticated, chic, and artsy only begin to describe it. The newer wings blend perfectly with its historic surroundings and the original, 18,000-square-foot Victorian-Romanesque, redbrick and terra-cotta mansion. Every turn delivers something unexpected—the antique hat collection; the pool with its creative water wall, and a canopied patio that looks like it's out of the Arabian Nights; a Nordic-looking full-service spa; back-lighted onyx panels and 100-year-old Italian Corona–marble pillars.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Savannah Guide
Simply put, Twin Farms is the best lodging in Vermont. And if you can afford it—stays begin at well over $1,000 a night—you'll want to experience it. Four rooms are in the beautiful main building, once home to writer Sinclair Lewis; two more are in the lodge; another four are in the farmhouse at Copper Hill. The rest are individual cottages, secluded among the property's 300 acres. Each incredible accommodation is furnished with a blend of high art (Jasper Johns, Milton Avery, Cy Twombly), gorgeous folk art, and furniture that goes beyond comfortable sophistication. The included meals are some of the best in Vermont. The service—suave, relaxed—definitely is. Prices include all meals and activities. Take your experience to another level with a visit to The Spa.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Central Vermont Guide
Napa and Sonoma
So what if you can’t indulge in the wine? The natural setting is simply sublime. Taking a cue from the olive-tree-studded landscape, Auberge du Soleil, with its renowned restaurant and spa, cultivates a luxurious look that blends French and California style. It backs up that look—custom wood furnishings and soft yellow terra cotta, and ocher hues—with lavish amenities that include private terraces, jetted soaking tubs, and extra-large showers.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Napa and Sonoma Guide