Pre-baby vacations, or babymoons, are taking off as must-dos before starting a family and welcoming Junior. As the last chance for sleep, freedom and relaxation, more and more couples are seeking friendly destinations for mothers to be. Check out our top choices for destinations for future mums or parents to be — from city trips to beach escapes across the globe these are our picks for the top getaways for mothers to be.
Sedona, Arizona, United States
Few places do spa getaways like Sedona. Set within the red rocks of the Sonoran Desert, this top-rated resort town has become a hot spot for mothers to be. Whether it’s the abundance of organic cafes, the world-class yoga studios, the picturesque desert surroundings or the lavish spa resorts, Sedona is perfect for mothers to be searching for a solo trip, a romantic couples getaway or a weekend with the girls.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Sometimes there’s no better way to relax than on the white sands of a tropical island, and at Ocho Rios, there’s plenty of relaxing to be had by future mothers. Finding a place that’s safe, healthy and affordable is important to anyone preparing for a new member of the family, and with a vast selection of upscale all-inclusive resorts offering top-line amenities for pregnant mums, there’s no better beach getaway.
Los Angeles, California, United States
There’s no shortage of shopping in Los Angeles, and when it comes to getting everything ready for a little one’s arrival, it can all be found in LA — home to some of the most upscale baby stores and boutiques. Of course there is plenty of opportunity for future mums to unwind after a long day of hauling shopping bags at an array of exclusive spas and superior restaurants.
Sometimes getting away with the girls takes priority over a romantic weekend and that perfect girls getaway is Turin, Italy. Located in the northern province of Piedmont, Turin boasts some of Italy’s most rich and decadent cuisine, perfect for the cravings of any future mom. Tour the impressive baroque architecture, check out historical museums and churches and don’t miss the recently refurbished Palazzo Madama.
For the babymooners looking for a quiet and quaint getaway while still witnessing quintessential European charm, Bruges offers all that and more. It’s the perfect city to book a bed and breakfast and lay low people watching, touring the historic sites, and noshing on some of the most renowned chocolate in the world. And, if you want to explore other areas around Bruges, there is an abundance of World War II sites, including the Atlantic Wall and the city of Ieper.
Sonoma County, California, United States
For the couple looking to get one last romantic vacation in before the little one arrives, Sonoma is the perfect spot for romance, rest and relaxation. Already known as a destination filled with Michelin-starred restaurants and, of course, world-class vineyards, Sonoma is also a hot babymoon destination. With spa resorts in abundance, there are plenty of opportunities to unwind as a couple before the baby arrives. There are several spas that even cater specifically to expecting mothers and fathers with special menus and parenting workshops.
St. Lucia, Antilles
If a Caribbean trip is on your radar and luxury is a must, then head to St. Lucia and experience the finest in pre-baby vacations. Home to the grand Piton mountains, the world’s only drive-in volcano and warm crystal blue waters, St. Lucia is an ideal Caribbean getaway for any relaxation-seeking couple. And moms to be don’t need to hike the Pitons to enjoy them as their tremendous beauty is on display from sites all across the island. If you’re not interested in leaving the beach, take advantage of the renowned snorkeling, or hop aboard a sailboat and cruise around the island.
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Sometimes it’s not just the expecting mom who needs to relax before the big arrival; all members of the family will need to adjust to the newest addition. For the perfect family vacation, where expecting brothers and sisters can also unwind, head to Paradise Island in the Bahamas. While mum is relaxing at the spa or taking a dip in the azure waters, the rest of the family can partake in exciting beach adventure and activities.
Montréal, Québec, Canada
For one last chance to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of an exciting metropolis, while still relaxing and taking in the sights, Montréal is the perfect city getaway for an expecting couple. As one of Canada’s richest cities, Montréal has top dining and shopping — and what mum to be doesn’t crave the popular dish poutine (fries, gravy and cheese curds) or the delicious goods from the popular Fairmount Bagel Factory?
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Consider heading to Edinburgh for the perfect couples’ getaway with a little something for everyone. Packed with history, lush rolling hills, charming bed and breakfasts, and a short drive from some of Scotland’s best spa and golf resorts, Edinburgh is an ideal place for expecting parents looking for a getaway. Old Town and New Town are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so for history buffs, the attractions are endless. Plus, the art scene is abundant with galleries and museums, including the National Gallery of Scotland.
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