The honeymoon may be over, but if you’re an expecting parent, we have good news for you; there’s another milestone "moon" you can look forward to planning as your family grows. Whether you’re a first-time mom or dad or a seasoned guardian, that precious moment in time before your family multiplies is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with yourself and your partner to solidify your bond as a child-rearing team.
What Is a Babymoon?
A babymoon is a short trip or vacation taken by a couple shortly before the birth of a child. A babymoon is a great opportunity for any new parents or those who've already had children to reconnect with their partners before the baby arrives.
Wondering when you should take a babymoon, how long you should travel, and where to go? We consulted travel expert Henley Vazquez and Dr. Nicole Rankins to find out.
Meet the Expert
- Henley Vazquez is a mom of three and co-founder of Fora, a modern travel agency that taps into the creator economy. Previously, Henley was part of the founding team of Indagare and served as CEO and co-founder of Passported, a Virtuoso travel agency.
- Dr. Nicole Rankins is a board-certified OB-GYN, host of the All About Pregnancy & Birth podcast, and member of the Lansinoh Clinical Advisory Network.
When to Take a Babymoon
Generally speaking, it is safe for pregnant people to travel domestically as far along as 36 weeks. However, if you’re looking for the prime time to take a trip to make the most out of your pre-baby getaway, Rankins shares that the second trimester (between 14 to 28 weeks) is typically the sweet spot. "By this time, the nausea and vomiting that is common in early pregnancy are gone, you have more energy, and you're not so far along that you feel uncomfortable."
Rankins also notes that there are no "rules" for how far you can or should travel from your home during pregnancy and you don’t necessarily need to have a doctor on standby in your getaway destination. "It's a good idea to have a copy of your prenatal records with you just in case," she advises. "If you have any problems with your pregnancy then definitely check with your doctor before traveling. I don't think it's necessary to look into local OB-GYN options unless you're traveling out of the country, but if it gives you peace of mind then by all means look into it."
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Average Cost of a Babymoon
As with any trip, the costs will vary widely depending on if you're driving or flying, and considering how budget-friendly or high-end you want to go. "The one cost I'd always factor in for an expectant mother is the treat of a prenatal massage," suggests Henley Vazquez, co-founder of the travel agency Fora. "Especially if you're planning this babymoon for a partner, this is a wonderful (and usually under $200) treat to surprise her."
Average Length of Stay for a Babymoon
Although some couples choose longer trips, typically a babymoon is a shorter trip; around three to four nights. "[You’re] often celebrating this last escape together as a couple while also furnishing a nursery, finishing up work before maternity/paternity leave, and accommodating the increasingly frequent doctor's visits late in pregnancy," Vazquez says. "This is a time for a restful trip...not for an extensive adventure."
Babymoon Planning and Travel Tips
Keep safety first.
While there are no paraments for how far you should travel and or how long you should stay, Rankins wants all parents-to-be to be well informed and ready to take any safety measures necessary, recalling the issues with Zika in several tropical destinations years ago, and of course, the waves of COVID-19 outbreaks that continue to peak across the world. Be sure to research the safety measures, vaccine regulations, and cleaning protocols of the places you plan to visit during your babymoon.
Know your goals and be intentional.
"A babymoon doesn't have to be fancy," Rankins says. "It can be as simple as sending the kids to the in-laws for a weekend or booking a suite at a nice hotel in town. The important part is to unplug and be intentional about enjoying spending time together as a couple."
Whether it's a weekend staycation or your last chance to check off a dream destination before the baby comes, remember that not all babymoons mean only the parents-to-be are traveling. "My babymoon for my third child was a family trip to Morocco," says Vazquez. "I knew I wanted to knock out a bucket list place with the older kids before we were back to [easier] travel for a while with a new baby. Understanding the goals of the trip will help you design the plan that will bring home a happy mama."
For that reason, Vazquez recommends choosing a travel advisor who understands what you're trying to accomplish. If you're looking for a spa-focused babymoon, you’ll want someone who has an understanding of the wellness space. If you’re looking for a family-friendly getaway where the parents can still enjoy some downtime, try working with someone who has experience planning a luxury family trip.
Don't overschedule yourself.
Even if you’re aiming to tick an activity or destination off the bucket list Vazquez cautions against overdoing it and scheduling too much into your itinerary. "You'll be non-stop busy once baby arrives, so a babymoon is the time to put your feet up, read the book you've been meaning to get to, eat (with two hands, because soon you'll be holding a baby with one constantly!), and pamper yourself."
Prepare to fly smarter.
Vazquez’s last piece of advice for planning travel while pregnant: "Consider the discomforts that come with pregnancy." Long flights or drives can aggravate a host of pregnancy-induced symptoms. Think backaches, swollen feet, and nausea. Always travel with water and snacks, and when flying, opt for an aisle seat for easy restroom access and pack compression socks to alleviate puffy ankles.
Babymoon Destination Ideas
Now that you know what to expect (on the traveling front, at least), read ahead for 25 babymoon ideas.
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Florida
This southwest Florida gem is a no-brainer for babymooning couples. The resort has developed a multifaceted wellness program focused on sleep (get it while you can!) that includes decompressing turn-down amenities, snooze-inducing TV programming, a relaxing wellness massage, and sleep ritual products to take home. As a bonus, the resort’s beachfront sister property, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, is minutes away so parents-to-be can shuttle between the two whether they’re in the mood to hit the links or the sand.
Isla Bella Beach Resort, Florida
We suggest couples spend their day at this seaside resort laying out at one of the hotel’s five oceanfront pools or napping in the gently swaying hammocks. However, if you’re looking for a little more action, you can partake in the property’s array of activities including beach yoga, bike rentals, mini-golf, cornhole, movie nights, and more. No matter how you spend the day, finish it off with the Nautical Momma Massage, a 60-minute to 90-minute treatment that ends with a luxurious foot scrub for those aching feet.
Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, Florida
The Vines Cabanas at Kimpton Surfcomber provide an elevated pool lounging alternative for couples to indulge in ultimate relaxation, pampering, and privacy during their South Beach babymoon. The Vines features a dedicated K'Alma Spa Cabana, where the expecting can enjoy baby-safe and indulgent treatments, like the Moon Over Miami. Favorited by couples, this special nighttime massage merges relaxation and intimacy that will recharge you as individuals and reconnect you as a pair.
The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia
Set amid Georgia’s golden marshes, this resort destination claims its own pristine private island on the southeast coast of the Peach State. The Cloister welcomes couples for a comfortable and luxurious babymoon with its spacious guest rooms, plush beds, an adults-only pool, The Spa at Sea Island, and three championship golf courses.
The Spectator Hotel, South Carolina
Regarded as one of the most romantic cities in the world, Charleston’s intimate cobblestone alleys and blooming gardens make it an ever-popular destination for babymooners. The highly-acclaimed The Spectacular Hotel offers a Baby on the Way package, of which the highlights include a maternity pillow and a gift basket filled with goodies like a $50 gift card to Under The Almond Trees baby boutique, a Goodnight Charleston book, and an assortment of locally-sourced treats to satisfy those pregnancy cravings.
Hutton Hotel, Tennessee
Parents-to-be can expect VIP treatment at Hutton Hotel, Nashville’s original boutique hotel. Just steps from Music Row, you won’t need to go far as you venture out as a team of two for the last time. The Songs, Suites, and Sweethearts package includes a special welcome gift and a custom love song written by a professional musician at the hotel. Partners can surprise each other with a song devoted to their journey together or dedicate an ode to their little one the way.
Inn at Perry Cabin, Maryland
Within driving distance from many major cities (Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New York City, and Baltimore, to name a few), Inn at Perry Cabin invites expectant parents of the East Coast to experience the culinary delights, nautical wonders, and luxuriously serene spa of this Chesapeake Bay charmer. Couples can explore the cuisine of the Eastern Shore through the resort’s latest innovative dining concept; the Houses offer year-round waterfront venues within individually converted greenhouses that promise an intimate environment with remarkable views.
The Inn at Little Washington, Washington D.C.
For the expecting epicureans, why not splurge on a three-Michelin-starred-babymoon at The Inn at Little Washington. Situated in the Virginian countryside, the Relais & Chateau property provides a cozy and delicious experience as a luxe hotel, upscale restaurant, and cafe by renowned chef Patrick O’Connell. To create the perfect babymoon hideaway, we would suggest one of the sumptuous standalone suites such as the Gamekeepers, Claiborne, or Mayor's House—each appointed with plush robes, gorgeous claw tubs, and romantic roaring fires.
Sound View Greenport, New York
On a calming corner of the Long Island coastline, Sound View Greenport holds a charming simplicity that embodies the quaint community of North Fork. Just 90 miles away from New York City, the retro-inspired hotel makes for a convenient escape ideal for those looking to slow down with their partner. Each room overlooks the sound with direct access to the hotel’s private stone beach—an alluring backdrop for a sweet stroll hand-in-hand or a baby-on-the-way photo session.
The Beatrice, Rhode Island
Located in the heart of downtown Providence, Rhode Island, The Beatrice gives life to the charming town as the most romantic destination in Rhode Island’s capital. Spend the day strolling along the historic cobblestone streets and perusing the locally-owned shops, eateries, and boutiques. For couples putting farther-flung travels on pause, they can still bask in an authentic Venetian experience on a romantic gondola ride along the river, followed by an Italian-inspired dining journey at Bellini Providence.
The Whitney Hotel Boston, Massachusetts
In Boston’s beloved Beacon Hill neighborhood, The Whitney Hotel is a calming retreat where casual elegance meets R&R. The Whitney’s "Mommy to Be" package includes overnight accommodations, a prenatal massage at local Bella Santé Spa, Follain resilience body oil, and a baby gift from Whitney + Winston.
Viceroy Chicago, Illinois
You’re not regular parents, you’re cool parents, so why not go all out with this over-the-top offer for your last hoorah as a twosome? Start with a flight to The Windy City and end with a night (or three) in the hotel’s penthouse suite. In between, you’ll dine on a custom tasting menu from Somerset restaurant, head to Devereaux rooftop lounge for incredible sunset views, and have the chance to see the city from a new perspective on a private yacht cruise on the Chicago River.
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, Missouri
Pamper each other with an all-access pass to after-hours indulgence at this luxurious St. Louis spa. Wrap yourselves up in two plush Four Seasons robes, and go on to enjoy two hours of exclusive access to the spa facilities and an 80-minute massage in the Spa's Couples Suite followed by a romantic candlelight dinner and a quiet night together in an Arch View room when you choose the St. Louis Spa Retreat for your babymoon.
Hotel Drover, Texas
For the urban cowboy and cowgirl who might already be bringing a little one along for the ride, the Fort Worth Stockyards is where you’ll want to kick off your babymoon boots. Hotel Drover ensures your tiny traveler in tow won’t feel like the new baby is getting all the attention with their Lil Ropers add-on. Your firstborn will feel extra special with their own kid-sized robe and a full library of books and games. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy a day by the ranch-style pool and an evening filled with live music and s’mores in the backyard.
Thompson Denver, Colorado
The new hotel, located in the buzzy lower downtown area of Denver, is a modern-day urban chalet tailored for influential locals and sophisticated globetrotters. In a city known for its open spirit and lust for new experiences, Denver is a great place for parents-to-be to have a celebratory babymoon experience before entering the parenthood phase. Thompson Denver’s dining experiences—and yes, that includes room service—are helmed by world-renowned French chef Ludo Lefebvre.
Brush Creek Ranch, Wyoming
Parents-to-be seeking to connect with nature as much as each other should look no further than The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch. Sitting on 30,000 acres of rolling hills, verdant river valleys, and majestic rock formations, the natural environment creates an atmosphere where relaxation reigns supreme. Babymooners can reach peak tranquility—the ultimate pre-baby luxury—with serenity walks, sound baths, spiritual wellness treatments inside a teepee, and stargazing experiences all on property.
Flathead Lake Lodge, Montana
Expecting pairs will immediately feel a welcoming warmth from one of the oldest family-owned and operated guest ranches in Montana. On the shore of Flathead Lake in Bigfork, Montana, couples can be as active or idle as they desire with this all-inclusive, adults-only (during the fall) ranch retreat where you can set out for a sunset sail on the lake or sidle up to the chef’s table for a farm-to-fork culinary experience.
Montage Deer Valley, Utah
In the Wasatch Mountain region of Park City, Utah, babymooners looking for luxury can retreat to Spa Montage, a holistic-minded, alpine oasis with beautifully appointed treatment rooms and meditation areas warmed by a crackling fire. Escape to Serenity is an extravagant 180-minute couples treatment with highlights including an herbal soak, hot oil massage, and warm foot bath finished with a delightful lunch from the spa cuisine menu.
Enchantment Resort, Arizona
Seek enlightenment as a new parent in true Sedona style within this spiritually awakening destination. In addition to generous resort credits, the Enchanted Babymoon offers expectant couples a guided labyrinth walk meditation and a 60-minute babymoon blessing with the property’s mindfulness therapist. The Babymoon Blessing is an opportunity to acknowledge, embrace, and receive all that awaits as you embark on your new journey of parenthood.
Hotel del Coronado, California
Steeped in over 130 years of rich history, Hotel del Coronado is a legendary retreat that never misses with its seaside location and coastal charm. During the day, lounge in a private cabana, set off for a surfside stroll, or paint your own masterpiece by the sea. At night, cozy up to roast s’mores in your private fire pit underneath the stars or book a sunset dinner at one of the seaside eateries.
The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, California
A Beverly Hills babymoon with a private arrival, rooftop pool, afternoon tea service, and fine jewelry? Yes, please. First, arrive like a VIP through PS, the exclusive terminal at LAX where you'll be removed from airport crowds and chaos. Their PS Direct option will have you scooped up from the door of your aircraft and chauffeured directly to the hotel in a luxury car. At The London, the hotel has paired up with VRAI to offer a Private Jewelry Experience Package that includes a night in a premiere suite and a private shopping experience in the comfort of their room with a VRAI gemologist consultant where pregnant people can pick out a gorgeous piece of jewelry as their "push present."
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, California
Situated on the bluff north of the Santa Monica pier, this chic Fairmont property provides an idyllic setting for the couple seeking an oceanfront escape. Check-in to one of the standalone bungalows for your fill of modern-meets-coastal comforts with expansive soaking tubs, private patios, poolside views, and more. You’ll likely never want to leave this home away from home, but babymooners can also enjoy couples massages at the spa, dinner at the farm-to-table FIG restaurant, or walk just across the street to take a dip in the Pacific Ocean.
Fairmont San Francisco, California
Relax in San Francisco's top accommodations with sweeping vistas of the Bay at this grand hotel from the Accor portfolio. Whether it's a couples-only retreat or a babymoon for the entire brood, there will be ample space to mentally prepare for the family’s newest addition in the unmatchable Penthouse Suite. Couple the stay with a visit to the world-famous Tonga Room and be sure to check out their signature "mocktail" menu.
One of Portland, Oregon's, most iconic downtown hotels, the Sentinel is one of the cozier hotels in this quirky city and features a collection of Terrace Studio Suites perfect for curling up with a good novel in front of the fire pit as the sun sets. Speaking of books, you’ll want to slip out of the room for a bit to spend time exploring Powell's City of Books—the largest independent bookstore in the world—to stock up on bedtime reads for the new baby.
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, Hawaii
If you’re willing to hop on a long flight while you’re expecting, Oahu is one of the easiest Hawaiian islands to travel to. Once you set foot on the beachside resort, soon-to-be parents can relax and unwind with a Mūhala Sound Journey. This meditative escapade will invite you on a guided sound bath experience with the resort’s intuitive energy realignment practitioner as they help you reduce stress, relieve anxiety, and balance your body ahead of birth.