Parents-to-be are, increasingly, treating themselves to a babymoon—that one last relaxing, romantic vacation before two becomes three. Chances are good that by the time you start planning that final pre-baby trip, you’re ready for a place that offers major relaxation and pampering, a special getaway where you and your partner can enjoy being together, just the two of you, before life gets turned upside down. A chill pool scene, killer spa and rejuvenating atmosphere are key components to a proper baby moon–and a solid mock-tail list doesn’t hurt either! Some resorts just excel at letting you kick up your feet (it’s good for circulation!) and truly unwind. Below, we’ve rounded up the best babymoon destinations for every budget.
Amangiri, Canyon Point, UT
In the remote desert of southern Utah, where dramatic rock formations and water-carved canyons create a lunar-like terrain, lies the unrivaled luxury resort, Amangiri. Curled up next to a majestic rock formation, the property is designed so that floor-to-ceiling windows in every guest-room stare out at endless desert vistas. Nearby, you can take a drive through Zion National Park, stroll through Antelope Canyon or embark on a leisure boat ride on Lake Powell. Afterward, head to the insanely luxe spa where indulgent treatments, eucalyptus steam rooms and private relaxations spaces await. You’ll pay a pretty penny to stay here; their basic room starts at $1,450/night with meals included. But hey, actor Eva Longoria kicked back here for her babymoon so you might be in good company!
Sunset Key Cottages, Key West, FL
What’s more romantic than celebrating your impending parenthood on a private island? Sunset Key is a 27-acre private island about 500 yards off the coast of Key West. The Key West area is known for being laid back, but that relaxed vibe reaches another level when you take a 5-minute boat ride over to Sunset Key. The island has secluded white sand beaches with crystal-clear water and nobody else around to distract you. Beach tenders await, ready to help set up loungers and cabanas wherever and whenever you like. They’ll deliver festive mock-tails straight to your lounger or set up a delicious beachside lunch. Choose a spacious one bedroom at Sunset Key Cottages, starting at $850/night, and have your own private cottage complete with a sweeping porch area to rock back and enjoy the sea views. Sure it’s pricey, but how many babymoons will you have!?
The Soho Grand, New York, NY
Built in 1996, the SoHo Grand was Manhattan’s first downtown boutique hotel and it continues to be a beloved property to this day. Their cloud-like beds are a dream to sink into every night, a cool rooftop space provides a refreshing escape from the bustle below, and the hotel’s location is prime for visiting SoHo’s best restaurants, shops and spas. Spend your day picking out some cute baby clothes at Trico Field, then feast on a heaping portion of rigatoni pasta at Carbone, and end with an indulgent pre-natal massage at Great Jones Spa. Just ask the concierge to set it up and they’ll take care of it all! The SoHo Grand also provides C.O. Bigelow bath amenities, which will make those evening soaks in the tub feel even more luxurious. Rooms start around $375/night, a great price in pricey New York City.
Bernardus Lodge and Spa, Carmel Valley, CA
Nestled amid the rolling hills of the Carmel Valley, Bernardus Lodge & Spa is a postcard-perfect oasis. A recent multi-million dollar renovation means no detail has been overlooked. Lush gardens weave through the 28 acres, lavender perfumes the air, and 73 suites subtly dot the property, each serenely designed and decorated. Spacious guest-rooms feel more like apartments than claustrophobic rooms, each with their own private outdoor space. After some relaxation in your tranquil room, Bernardus offers an endless array of leisurely things to do. The front lawn boasts bocce ball, croquet and a putting green, the spa offers an endless list of pampering treatments, and the gorgeous pool area beckons you to lounge beside it in the afternoon. With an on-site restaurant as delicious as Lucia, you’ll never have to leave the property. All this relaxation will cost you around $400/night, but you’ll be glad to have spent a few days surrounded by the scenic Carmel landscape and sweet smell of lavender in the air.
The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, Marana, AZ
Dove Mountain, a Ritz-Carlton property, sits secluded in the middle of the Sonoran Desert about an hour from Tucson, Arizona. With 253 rooms, the resort and spa feels more like a community than a hotel. The sprawling 800 acres are impeccably landscaped with funky cacti and vibrant flowers. The property includes 3 pools, a spa and 4 restaurants, so once you’ve arrived, there is no reason to leave. A spacious king room with a balcony will run you about $250/night, an unbeatable price for the Ritz Carlton collection. Since you won’t have to fork out a ton of money on the accommodations, you’ll be able to book a spa treatment or two, and the spa at Dove Mountain is amazing. It has 12 treatment rooms and a private pool for spa-guests only, so be sure to make the most of your time there. At the end of the day, the dry, cool Arizona air will feel so refreshing and you can watch every night as the setting sun paints the desert sky sublime shades of pink, purple and orange.
Chanticleer Inn, Lookout Mountain, GA
High in the mountains above Chattanooga in Tennessee, twinkle lights and crackling, cozy fire pits await you at the Chanticleer Inn. Set atop Lookout Mountain, which straddles the state line between Tennessee and Georgia, this quaint bed and breakfast seems like something out of a storybook. Guest-rooms exude French-country charm and provide the perfect retreat after a relaxing day in the mountains. Every morning, you can look forward to an amazing, decadent breakfast and then spend the day reading on the orange sun loungers by the pool. Just 10 minutes from great restaurants and outdoor leisure activities of Chattanooga, the Chanticleer Inn is an ideal getaway for couples looking to escape on a budget-friendly baby moon. And with a price tag of about $190/night, how could you say no to that?
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