Dreaming of a seaside babymoon destination for your final trip before your family grows? Zika may have put a damper on your fantasies of jetting off to the tropics; however, there are still plenty of blissful beach destinations that are unaffected by the mosquito-transferred illness. From Bermuda to Hawaii and all the way to Seychelles, here’s where to go for a fabulous, Zika-free babymoon.
In need of some prenatal pampering? Head to Honolulu. The spa at Halekulani offers authentic Hawaiian treatments you won’t find anywhere else and takes self-care to the next level with “living well" lectures covering topics from mindful meditation to coping with stress. Also on the docket? Lazing on your lounger (in a cute maternity bathing suit, no less) with a good book and feasting on fresh fare prepared with local, seasonal ingredients.
Manhattan Beach, California
This laid-back community is the perfect place to relax before the baby arrives and the new(ish) Westdrift is a wonderful home base from which to explore the “Pearl of South Bay.” Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Manhattan Beach Pier and definitely snap pics with your partner in front of the beautiful Pacific Coast backdrop! Have a few more minutes? Explore the souvenir shops and pop into a sidewalk café for snacks (and more people-watching).
This mid-Atlantic archipelago, 640 miles off the coast of North Carolina, is blessed with pink sand beaches and turquoise waters. Its vibrant culture is a blend of British and American influences. Colonial architecture, maritime heritage and signature style (Bermuda shorts, anyone?) also draw cards. Plus, Bermuda's proximity to the United States makes for an easy weekend escape. Book a room at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, kick back with a mocktail and watch the yachts sail by.
Paradise Island, Bahamas
To the north of the bustling Bahamian capital of Nassau is the aptly-named Paradise Island that offers blue skies, 300 days of sunshine and average temps in the high 70s. Its centerpiece is Atlantis, Paradise Island, a sprawling resort oasis replete with a massive open-air marine habitat, the largest casino in the Caribbean and accommodations ranging from adults-only to family-friendly. Pregnancy cravings? There are a multitude of restaurants here to satisfy all of your hankerings.
Palm Beach, Florida
Upscale shopping, fine dining, opulent mansions, championship golf courses—the Palm Beach Shores region has something for everyone. The Colony Palm Beach is ideally located in the heart of the action, steps from the ritzy boutiques, restaurants, and galleries of Worth Avenue and the Atlantic Ocean. Known for its posh-yet-unpretentious air, the iconic property has hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland.
Active mamas-to-be will love the myriad adventures that await in Maui. Warm ocean waters are ready for snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming. For hiking, there’s no better spot than Haleakalā National Park, with its lush forests, streams, terraced pools and cascading waterfalls, and a 10,023-foot dormant volcano. When it comes to accommodations, the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort and Montage Kapalua Bay are top picks.
With its azure waters, pristine beaches, nature reserves, sophisticated resorts, and Zika-free status, it’s no wonder the Seychelles are among the most coveted vacation destinations in the world. Want to stay in the mix of it all? Set your sights on the main island of Mahé. Those seeking a bit more seclusion should consider the ultra-private Six Senses Zil Pasyon.