Summer’s starting to make an appearance, so naturally, we’re starting to crave a good getaway. If you happen to be pregnant as we head into the warmer months, there’s no better excuse for a holiday than a babymoon!
We know it sounds a little glamorous, but a babymoon can be anything you want it to be — you don’t need to jet off somewhere exotic to truly enjoy it. A long weekend trip at a domestic location can be just what you and your partner need before you take on parenthood together.
Even though it’s called a babymoon, this ‘last hurrah’ trip is more about you and your partner — a chance to connect, spend time together, and prioritize your relationship before baby comes. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite destinations in the States to relax, unwind, and celebrate the relationship that led to this pregnancy in the first place!
These locations may be a short trip away, but if you’re traveling across the country or from abroad, you’ll want to get the green light for air travel from your doctor, especially if you’re in the later stages of pregnancy.
Typically, the second trimester is considered the best time to travel, since you’re past the lethargy and nausea of the first trimester but without the potential travel risks of the third. It’s always important to take your personal situation into account (and check out air travel guidance from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology here).
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Travel with copies of your ultrasounds and blood tests (just in case)
- Scout out local hospitals wherever you’re traveling for peace of mind
- Confirm with your airline that they’ll allow you to fly at your stage of pregnancy
Now, with that out of the way, here’s our curated list of babymoon destinations across the US — whether you’re looking for fresh mountain air or sandy beaches, we’ve got you covered!
5 Babymoon Travel Destinations in the US
1. Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Why you should go: If you’re a lover of the outdoors, you need to visit Lake Tahoe — clear blue water, fresh mountain air, stunning views… what’s not to love? The lake itself is tucked into the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and the surrounding area is full of hiking trails, parks, and restaurants. We can’t think of a better way to recharge before baby!
Where to stay: The Edgewood Tahoe Lodge is truly luxurious — every room and suite has its own private fireplace, deck, soaking tub, and walk-in shower. You can also wake up every morning to a view that overlooks the lake and mountains, and keep your zen going by booking in for a massage or hydrating body treatment at the hotel’s spa. The hotel has three restaurants, too, perfect for days when you’re feeling tired and want to stay in.
What to do: Explore the myriad hiking trails and parks — some top choices are the Mt. Tallac Trail and scenic Lake Tahoe State Park. For stunning views, head to Lower Eagle Falls to see the incredible waterfall (the viewing spot is a quick hike from the parking lot)! Finish the trip by basking in the Sierra sun and cooling off with a dip in the water at one of Tahoe’s sandy beaches.
2. Sedona, Arizona
Why you should go: Named USA Weekend’s Most Beautiful Place in America, Sedona doesn’t disappoint. This desert paradise is the perfect combination of geological beauty and holiday luxury. You can enjoy the views and trails in 1.8 million acres of National Forest land and then refresh with great food, quirky shopping, and a relaxing spa in town.
Where to stay: Sedona claims to be the bed & breakfast capital of Arizona, and despite some stiff competition, the Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast is definitely our favorite. Luxurious yet homey, the B&B was designed to showcase the Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte, so there’s no shortage of stunning views. Each room is uniquely decorated in its own style, and of course, has french doors that open to a balcony overlooking red rocks. With a temperature regulated outdoor pool, a cozy library, and daily three-course breakfast, you couldn’t ask for a better place to unwind with your partner.
What to do: Take a hike and soak up the sun (with plenty of sunblock and water!) on the 300+ miles of trails (we don’t expect you to do all 300 miles of course…), then enjoy the views and beautiful creek at Slide Rock State Park, a 43-acre historic apple farm in Oak Creek Canyon. Refuel at one of the many restaurants in town, and relax at one of the spas — there are loads to choose from!
3. Maui, Hawaii
Why you should go: The second-largest Hawaiian island is home to world-famous beaches and is a much-loved destination for all sorts of travelers. If you’re in the mood to relax on the beach, enjoy fresh island food, and snuggle up to your partner while you watch the sunset, then Maui is the babymoon spot for you!
Where to stay: Set on 40 gorgeous, oceanfront acres on Maui’s Ka’anapali Beach, say aloha to relaxation at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort And Spa. Each luxury room has a private balcony with a stunning view of the Pacific, and guests have access to all six pool areas with complete with waterfalls, tropical plants, and spots to sunbathe. If you want to be close to the ocean but stay sand-free, then enjoy a virgin cocktail (served in a pineapple!) in one of their private ocean-front cabanas. It’s a slice of paradise and guaranteed to offer a romantic getaway.
What to do: Where do we start? The resort features lei making, wildlife tours, a golf course, and even penguin feeding. If you fancy a bit of exploring, hike to one of East Maui’s spectacular waterfalls and enjoy the wildlife of the island. Visit historic whaling village Lahaina to experience unique shops, art galleries, and amazing local food.
4. Canyon Point, Utah
Why you should go: For a luxurious, restorative experience, Amangiri is the place to go. Located in a remote part of the Utah desert, the resort is 25 minutes from the closest town, and it feels like a world of its own. It offers a perfectly relaxing desert oasis, and if you’re up for it, a day trip to the Grand Canyon is within reach!
Where to stay: Amangiri is a truly unique experience — it even required an Act of Congress for permission to be built in the desert area. Situated on 600 acres of untouched land, the complex features 34 suites and a desert-view spa that promotes wellness through traditional Navajo healing traditions. The Navajo culture is central to the Amangiri experience as a whole, actually, and their restaurant uses farm fresh produce to make delicious meals that reflect their Southwestern traditions.
What to do: When you get tired of enjoying the desert-facing pool (unlikely), enjoy some of the many spa treatments available: massages, scrubs, wraps, and even flotation therapy (the ultimate relief when pregnant). There’s plenty you can do to get close to your partner, too — a sunset hike, a luxurious dinner at the complex, and nighttime stargazing. Each room has an extensive private terrace and outdoor fireplace that makes it ideal for cozy, cuddly evenings.
5. Little Torch Key, Florida
Why you should go: If you want the ultimate in relaxation, privacy, and luxury (and you have the budget to match) then Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is calling your name. The resort is located on a private island off the Florida Keys and boasts beautiful clear water, soft sandy beaches, palm trees… it’s a true island escape.
Where to stay: Little Palm Island Resort & Spa has a few rules you’ll want to be aware of ahead of time: no phones, television, or children under 16 allowed. It may sound a bit extreme, but it definitely guarantees a restful, blissfully disconnected stay that can be just what you need while pregnant. Stay in one of the 30 oceanfront thatch-roof bungalows and wake up to the sound of the ocean and fresh sea air, then spend the day relaxing on the beach. You’ll feel refreshed and even closer to your partner — in fact, Travel + Leisure Magazine called the resort ‘Florida’s most secluded and romantic retreat.’ Yes, please!
What to do: Relax with a book and a cold beverage in a beachfront cabana, and take a dip in the beautiful turquoise waters. When you need a break from the beach, take to the water and try out snorkeling, fishing, or set out on a boat ride. You’ll likely work up an appetite by the end of the day, and their seasonally fresh menu (which they call ‘Modern Tropical Cuisine’) is available in the dining room or in your room… a delicious dinner in bed with your partner sounds like the best way to wind down.
Alternatives to note: If this all feels like a little much, there are some amazing, more reasonably priced options in the Keys as well — we recommend The Marker Waterfront Resort and the Ocean Key Resort & Spa.
We’re going to spend the afternoon dreaming about sunny beaches and mountain waterfalls, but we’d love to see you bringing those dreams to life on your own babymoon adventures! Be sure to share your pictures and tag us @baby2bodyofficial for a chance to be featured on our page.
We’ll be back soon with some of our favorite Babymooning destinations in the UK, too!