Babymoons are the perfect opportunity to recharge (and sleep in for the last time in a while) before welcoming a new child. They can also be a great way for partners or family members to spend quality time together or for a parent-to-be to embark on a solo adventure.
If you’re pregnant, the best time to go on a babymoon is usually in your second trimester, between 14 and 28 weeks. Though most commercial airlines allow you to fly up to 36 weeks into gestation, it’s always best to check with your doctor before booking that ticket.
But where should you go? There are a variety of destinations, both in the U.S. and abroad, that specialize in both once-in-a-lifetime experiences and relaxation. From a private island resort in the Maldives to an all-inclusive spa resort in Arizona, these are the best babymoon destinations around the world.
Boasting warm weather, serene desert landscapes, and a plethora of resorts, Tucson is ideal for those seeking a babymoon centered on wellness and nature. Expectant parents can fill their days with scenic hikes and relaxing spa treatments, and their evenings with nourishing meals and stargazing sessions. The destination is easily accessible from most major U.S. cities and has reputable medical facilities, which adds to its appeal as a low-stress getaway.
Where to stay: Miraval Arizona, a destination spa in Tucson, is the perfect place for babymoons. The resort has hundreds of wellness offerings, including mindfulness workshops, equine therapy, and even a meditation labyrinth. In addition to a roster of classes focused on compassion and awareness — great for parents on the verge of a big life change — Miraval offers a wide variety of prenatal spa services for moms-to-be.
Cayo Espanto, Belize
Cayo Espanto is a private island three miles off the coast of San Pedro, Belize. Home to seven villas, each with its own dock and butler service, the resort is ideal for a secluded and quiet babymoon. Breakfast can be delivered directly to your villa, and the island chef will create dishes according to your specific pregnancy cravings or dietary preferences. When you’re ready to explore, the concierge team can curate customized experiences like snorkeling tours or private picnics.
Where to stay: Cayo Espanto is the only resort on the island and hosts a maximum of 18 guests across four acres, so parents-to-be can enjoy a tranquil environment.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
With more than 500 miles of pristine coastline, Cape Cod is a dreamy destination for a summer babymoon. Travelers can relax on white-sand beaches, stroll through the town, shop for baby gear at the local boutiques, and enjoy nature at Nickerson State Park. Craving seafood? There’s no shortage of places to indulge in lobster rolls, fried clams, seared scallops, and other East Coast specialties.
Where to stay: For a romantic escape, book one of the mansion wing rooms or villas at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, steps away from a private beach. Get pampered at the spa with a prenatal massage designed to reduce stress, decrease swelling, and relieve aches and pains. Afterward, tee off at the 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course or go kayaking on Blueberry Pond.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Located on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta draws visitors with its mountain-meets-ocean landscapes, vibrant arts scene, and beachfront resorts. Parents-to-be can enjoy activities like whale watching, sailing to hidden beaches, and shopping for local handicrafts such as ceramics and sculptures.
Where to stay: The wellness-focused Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta is about a 10-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta’s international airport and a five-minute stroll from the marina (walking and running maps are available, so you can get your steps in while sightseeing). The resort sits on a former palm tree plantation, which creates a verdant setting for swimming, reading, and sunbathing by the pool. The Eat Well program offers a variety of nutritious dining options, including the Westin Sleep Well Menu, featuring dishes packed with amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that promote rest and recovery. And speaking of sleep, Westin’s signature Heavenly Beds make it even easier to enjoy some quality Zs before the sweet but chaotic newborn phase.
Anguilla is known for its unparalleled white-sand beaches and stunning turquoise waters, so it’s an idyllic destination for a Caribbean babymoon. Prospective parents can look forward to quiet, upscale resorts with top-tier amenities, relaxing sunset cruises, and soft adventures like snorkeling and kayaking.
Where to stay: Frangipani Beach Resort is a luxury boutique property ranked as one of the best hotels in the Caribbean by Travel + Leisure readers. Set on one of Anguilla’s most renowned beaches, the resort features 19 rooms and suites and an impressive 5,000-square-foot, four-bedroom beachfront villa. Guests can enjoy activities like yoga, a prenatal massage, boating, or playing tennis or golf.
Stone Harbor, New Jersey
With the Intracoastal Waterway to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Stone Harbor attracts beach lovers and nature enthusiasts every summer. Explore the marshes and basins, stroll along the shoreline, or visit the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary. Beyond the stunning beaches, there’s much to see in the shopping district, home to over 150 boutiques, restaurants, and specialty shops.
Where to stay: The Reeds at Shelter Haven provides the ideal backdrop for a restorative beachside babymoon, with breathtaking sea views, stunning sunsets, and luxurious guest rooms designed for pure relaxation. Parents-to-be can enjoy a prenatal massage at the Salt Spa, relax by the rooftop pool, and enjoy a bayside meal at the Water Star Grille.
Pristine beaches, remote private islands, overwater bungalows, and cerulean seas make the Maldives a dream destination for many. And if there’s any time to visit, it’s during one of the most special periods of your life. Snorkel among incredible marine life, unwind with spa treatments, and appreciate some tranquility before your busy next chapter begins.
Where to stay: For a secluded escape, book one of Coco Bodu Hithi‘s overwater villas with a private pool and butler. The property is also known for its exceptional dining experiences, from floating breakfasts in the pool to five-course dinners served in a private beach pergola under the stars.
Miami Beach, Florida
Miami Beach is ideal for a choose-your-own-adventure babymoon. Expectant parents can spend their days doing as much — or as little — as they want. Lounge on the beach or stroll down Lincoln Road, a well-known pedestrian-only shopping area. Head to South Pointe Park, located at the southern tip of South Beach, to take babymoon photos with a panoramic view of the shoreline.
Where to stay: The Setai, in the heart of Miami Beach, provides a soothing refuge just steps from the sandy shore. The hotel’s amenities include three temperature-controlled pools and exceptional dining at on-site restaurants Jaya or Ocean Grill. The spa’s couples suites — complete with private baths and ocean views — are perfect for babymoons.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Those looking for an exciting babymoon with a mix of beach time, water excursions, and cultural experiences will find it along Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. No matter where you stay in Riviera Maya, you won’t be far from cenotes (freshwater pools), Mayan ruins, and vibrant towns with everything from traditional restaurants to design-forward boutiques.
Where to stay: The Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya sits on more than 500 acres of sparkling Caribbean beachfront. Stay in one of the bi-level suites with private plunge pools and ample space to have in-room spa treatments, such as a prenatal massage designed to address aches and pains and promote relaxation. Indulge in dishes made from fresh, local ingredients at the resort’s five on-site restaurants.
Southern Mississippi’s “Secret Coast” dazzles visitors with its eclectic mix of historical sites, seafood restaurants, and charming coastal towns. Expectant parents can celebrate with a sunset cruise while looking out for dolphins or stroll along Biloxi’s 26 miles of uninterrupted shoreline — the largest human-made beach in the nation. Enjoy a luxury picnic on the sand with Coastal Picnic & Co. and tour the Biloxi Lighthouse, which dates back to 1848. For your cultural fix, the towns of Ocean Springs and Bay St. Louis boast wonderfully artsy, walkable downtown areas among the ancient live oaks.
Where to stay: Perfect for a weekend babymoon getaway, Bay Town Inn is an intimate bed-and-breakfast with excellent amenities, including a small pool and mini-fridges stocked with complimentary nonalcoholic drinks. The best part? It’s within walking distance of the beach, the town of Bay St. Louis, and other attractions.
It’s not called “One Happy Island” for nothing. Aruba is known for having some of the best weather in the Caribbean, with year-round sunshine, low humidity, and refreshing breezes. The island is accessible via direct flights from hubs across the U.S., making it a relatively convenient babymoon destination. Plus, there are plenty of picturesque beaches, including the aptly named Baby Beach, known for its shallow and calm waters.
Where to stay: Located on 12 acres of luxe waterfront property, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino is an ideal babymoon respite. The resort features an adults-only pool with private cabanas where guests can receive spa treatments. There are also yoga and meditation classes to help parents-to-be find their zen.
Enjoy all the perks of island living without the long flight. Accessible by car from mainland Florida, the Florida Keys boasts a relaxing atmosphere and a range of water-based activities. Base yourself in Marathon to explore some of the best beaches and snorkeling spots in the region. While there, meet rescued sea turtles at the Turtle Hospital and go on a scenic drive across the Seven Mile Bridge.
Where to stay: The Marlin Bay Resort & Marina is a collection of private three- and four-bedroom vacation homes with amenities such as private plunge pools and rooftop decks. There’s also a heated pool and an on-site marina for excursions ranging from daytime island hopping to sunset cruises.
Nassau, The Bahamas
Nassau is a quick flight from the East Coast, but it feels like a world away. Parents-to-be can spend their days on the beach or tour the capital city’s sights, such as the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Clifton Heritage National Park, and the British colonial-era Fort Charlotte.
Where to stay: Atlantis Paradise Island’s The Cove is perfect for those seeking a relaxing or romantic babymoon. From the Peaceful Pregnancy Massage at the award-winning Mandara Spa to a round of golf, there’s lots to do at the resort. Spend the day sipping mocktails in a private cabana at the adults-only pool and end the night at one of the celebrity chef-helmed restaurants, including Fish by José Andrés, Nobu by Nobu Matsuhisa, or Paranza by Michael White.
Located in Santa Barbara (aka the “American Riviera”), the town of Montecito has long been famous for its gorgeous landscapes, pleasant year-round climate, and spectacular architecture. The West Coast destination has a laid-back, calming vibe, and enough beautiful beaches and scenic hikes to easily fill an entire week.
Where to stay: Rosewood Miramar Beach is one of Southern California’s most luxurious oceanfront resorts. From pampering treatments at Sense, a Rosewood Spa, to decadent meals at the signature restaurant Caruso’s, the property offers plenty of ways for guests to recharge before welcoming a new family addition. For a truly scenic experience, stay in one of the resort’s beach house suites just steps from the water.
Los Cabos, Mexico
What’s not to love about Los Cabos? The tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is renowned for its warm, sunny weather, delicious food, and great hospitality. Pregnant travelers will be happy with the direct flight from most hubs in the United States, and couples can’t help but relax among the beautiful scenery.
Where to stay: Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort is an architecturally stunning retreat in Los Cabos. Parents-to-be can indulge their cravings at the Sea Grill, which has a sensational view of the Sea of Cortez. Stay in one of the private suites or villas, some of which feature private pools overlooking the sea.
South Andros, The Bahamas
Nicknamed “The Sleeping Giant,” Andros is the largest island in The Bahamas and the perfect destination for pure relaxation. Its calm southern shores are ideal for a peaceful babymoon, but those looking for more action don’t have to look far. This tropical paradise is also home to the world’s third-largest barrier reef, blue holes, ocean caves, and miles of untouched beaches.
Where to stay: Caerula Mar Club is the island’s first-ever luxury resort. Located on 10 acres of beach, the property has six private villas and 18 suites, plus restaurants ranging from an outdoor poolside bar and grill to a fine-dining restaurant. For an extra romantic evening, couples can request dinner on their private porch or patio and stroll down the beach to watch the night sky light up with stars.
Maui is home to beautiful beaches, vibrant communities, snorkel and dive sites, golf courses, and consistently sunny skies. Visitors can hike through Haleakala National Park, go on a whale-watching excursion with a local tour operator, or drive the Hana Highway while stopping at waterfalls, farm stands, and scenic lookouts.
Where to stay: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa features six pool areas, cabanas, various dining destinations, and the only oceanfront spa in Maui. Guests can immerse themselves in the island’s rich culture with hula lessons, lei-making classes, and helping to replant native trees with a local organization.
Just a hop, skip, and jump from most major cities along the Eastern Seaboard, Cancún lies at the heart of the Mexican Caribbean. With easy access to Yucatán’s most impressive sights — from the ruins of Chichén Itzá to islands like Isla Mujeres — Cancún is a fantastic destination for a quick escape.
Where to stay: The JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa features elevated interiors with Mexican textiles, herringbone floors, Mayan-inspired wood accents, rainfall showers, and freestanding soaking tubs. Couples can relax poolside in a day bed, book a spa treatment, or enjoy the alfresco culinary experiences at the property’s restaurants.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Watch the sunrise on the beach, explore the expansive and undeveloped coastline on Cape Hatteras, and dine on fresh seafood when you visit the Outer Banks. With 100 miles of beaches, there are plenty of places to sneak away for some peace and quiet.
Where to stay: Nature lovers should check out The Inn on Pamlico Sound, a boutique waterfront property with a private beach and opportunities to fish, bike, canoe, and more. The three-acre oasis sits on a ridge between the banks of the largest sound on the East Coast and the Buxton Woods Reserve, a vast maritime forest.
Sarasota offers an enticing mix of urban sophistication (think museums, art galleries, and top-rated restaurants), coastal waterways, and gorgeous beaches. Spend the trip browsing boutiques, taking a food tour, or biking on the beach.
Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is a great babymoon choice. Enjoy exclusive access to The Beach Club on Lido Key, indulge at the award-winning spa, hit the links at the resort’s championship golf course, and relax in a poolside cabana.
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galápagos archipelago is famous for its rare and fearless wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, making it a perfect destination for animal lovers. Walk among the giant tortoises, snorkel alongside sea lions, and explore the dynamic volcanic landscapes.
Where to stay: Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel occupies a prime position next to the beach in the town of Puerto Ayora on the south side of Santa Cruz Island. The Charles Darwin Research Station is a short walk away, and Las Grietas, one of the top snorkeling sites in the Galápagos, is also nearby. Take excursions on the hotel’s private yacht to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Christmas iguanas. After a day of exploring, indulge in a prenatal massage at the hotel’s spa.
Palm Springs, California
This colorful desert community is perfect for couples looking for a quiet getaway before their little one’s arrival. Known for its titular vegetation and midcentury-inspired hotels, Palm Springs has plenty of spas, dining, poolside fun, shopping, and outdoor adventure to keep you busy. It’s especially welcoming for LGBTQ+ couples as many resorts and businesses are outspokenly inclusive.
Where to stay: Want to really get away? Try the adults-only Les Cactus for your final kid-free moments for a while. It’s as chic as its French namesake would imply, and prioritizes quiet, peaceful bliss above all. With pink walls and boho interior touches, it’s prettier than an Instagram picture with amenities like a saltwater pool, a hot tub, a massage room, and a hammock garden for plenty of prenatal relaxation.
Of course, there’s no better place for romance and connection than Paris. The opulent destination is on most people’s ultimate travel list, and what better time to finally take the plunge than before a life-changing event? Have a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower, shop for baby clothes in the Marais, and enjoy the view over the city from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica.
Where to stay: Nowhere does pampering like The Ritz Paris, where you can indulge in a facial at The Ritz Club and Spa before hitting a dessert-laden tea at Salon Proust. From the all-day, glass-roofed Parisian brasserie to its sumptuous rooms and suites, this hotel makes the perfect mise-en-scène for a trip you’ll always remember. Enjoy a nice lie-in in the Ritz’s soft, fluffy beds while you still can.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your partner, you can’t do much better than the gorgeous natural landscape of Jackson Hole. Yes, it’s a skiing and wilderness destination, but you can appreciate the picturesque plains and Grand Teton mountains just as well with your feet up by the fire — or the pool depending on the season.
Where to stay: Check into Amangani, which embraces the Wyoming wilderness while providing a luxurious stay. Indulge in a personalized massage at the spa before sitting down to an intimate dinner at The Grill, which serves local, sustainable ranch fare. You might also consider the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole a five-star experience close to Grand Teton National Park. Make yourself at home in one of the private residences where you can enjoy chef-prepared meals after a day of nature walks and dips in the heated outdoor pools.
The natural beauty and glamour of Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda region are unparalleled. This Mediterranean island off the coast of Italy has long been a favorite among royalty and celebrities, and it’s easy to see why. With aquamarine waters, miles of gorgeous coastline, and resorts right out of a fairy tale, it’s the perfect place to slow down before the arrival of your newest family member. The island is one of the world’s five “Blue Zones,” and many restaurants use fresh, local ingredients, so you likely won’t have trouble staying healthy.
Where to stay: The wonders of this Mediterranean destination are on full display at Hotel Cala di Volpe, where you can go from lounging (or eating) by the saltwater pool to dining on local specialties at one of the many on-site eateries. Gaze out at the bright blue waters of this hotel’s namesake bay from your private balcony — or see them up close on one of the property’s boats. The views alone are enough to revitalize any expecting parents.