Congratulations moms and dads-to-be! We know that you have a lot of planning ahead of you before your little bundle of joy arrives – and that’s just why we’re here to help with some fantastic suggestions for your babymoon. Babymoon you ask?
A babymoon is a “last hurrah” vacation that allows couples to enjoy plenty of relaxation and romance before gearing up for (or re-entering) parenthood. While the second trimester is often the most comfortable time to travel for most pregnant women, it’s highly-recommended that you discuss any travel plans with your doctor before booking your trip. Once you’ve received the all-clear from your physician, check out our travel professionals’ picks for the top five babymoon destinations.
5. A Sweet Bermuda Cruise
You don’t have to be an East Coaster to know that a Bermuda cruise makes for an accessible and relaxing vacation. If you’re the type of couple that prefers to mix in some laid- back cruising, that doesn’t have a port intensive itinerary, then this is the babymoon for you. Cruises to Bermuda typically depart from New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston and Norfolk. A Bermuda cruise is a wonderful option for love birds that enjoy spending some time on the ship since almost all cruises to the island include at least two days at sea. On board you’ll have time to hit up the spa and dine to your heart’s content. In Bermuda you’ll enjoy pink-sand beaches, stops in colorful ports and loads of free time, so you can explore this charming island paradise at your own pace.
4. Viva Las Vegas!
Las Vegas isn’t just prime territory for bachelor/bachelorette parties, weddings, and honeymoons – it’s one of the best cities to babymoon in thanks to its variety of cool luxe hotels, spas, restaurants and bars (serving delicious virgin cocktails, of course). No city can quite equal Vegas’ array and quality of nightlife and entertainment, and you’ll discover a never ending lineup of shows to keep you laughing and mesmerized. When it comes to getting pampered in every way imaginable, Vegas’ amassing of world-class spas (many with special pregnancy packages) elevates bliss to a whole new level. While you already know about Vegas’ endless gourmet buffets, the city also has an incredible fine dining scene that rivals New York, London and Paris. So dig in and remember you’re eating for two!
3. Riviera Maya Magic
Quiet, luxurious and lined with stunning 5-star, all-inclusive resorts, Mexico’s mesmerizing Riviera Maya is one of the world’s top destinations for just about everything – including romance. The region extends along the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula from Puerto Morelos to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, which means mile after mile of pristine beaches. Plan to spend your days at a luxury beach club where you can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, aquatic sports, spa services and a variety of modern amenities. You’ll find some of the best resorts in Playa del Carmen, a friendly tourist town where you’ll also discover the Riviera Maya’s best shopping, dining and nightlife. An ideal vacation destination, the Riviera Maya is home to some of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in all of Mexico, with expansive stretches of powdery white sand lapped by the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
2. Maui Happiness
From watching an intimate sunrise, wrapped together in a blanket, at the top of Haleakala Crater, to seeing the sunset as you cruise along the golden Kihei coastline, the Hawaiian island of Maui is a place where romance isn’t hard to find. It’s also a top choice “for über pre-baby pampering,” says one of our travel professionals who’s quite fond of the island, Hawaii’s second largest. Here you can stroll the seaside streets of Lahaina and the lovely beaches of Kaanapali. Maui’s alluring beaches and immaculate resorts provide an idyllic ambience that’s perfect for babymoons. The island has a smaller population than you’d expect, making it popular with serenity seekers who still want sophisticated diversions and amenities in the small towns and airy resorts spread throughout the island. Maui’s resorts offer world-class amenities and seaside spas, along with some of Maui’s most renowned restaurants.
1. All-Out Pampering in the Caribbean
Ideal for those who don’t want to stray too far from home under the circumstances, the Caribbean offers parents-to-be one of travel’s absolute best vacation values with its unrivaled collection of all-inclusive resorts priced to fit comfortably within a wide range of budgets. Best of all there are loads of wonderful resorts that are adult-only. Should you already have kids and want to bring them along, there are just as many family-friendly resorts to keep your crew happy while you relax. What our travel pros like best about babymooning at an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean, is that you won’t have to worry much about budgeting for meals and some activities since it’s all included. Quite a few resorts also have spas, programs and amenities with babymooners in mind. Simply put, a getaway to a Caribbean all-inclusive resort provides babymooners with the perfect balance of romance, luxury and vacation value.
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