You’ve decided 2022 will be the year you hopefully become a parent. You know your life is about to change. Get ready. Much like couples take a honeymoon to begin wedded bliss, increasingly couples are taking babymoons––a last hurrah for themselves before the baby arrives.

This is one time you two should go for what you want. It might be a “minute” before you guys get another getaway alone.

For many soon-to-be parents, the ideal babymoon is all about rest, relaxation, maybe a last walk on the adventurous or wild side, or pampering, please. With that in mind, here are a few possibilities.

Key Largo, Florida
If you’re not up for the beehive of activity that Key West is, make your way to Key Largo. Enjoy a relaxing ride on the African Queen Canal Cruise. It’s the restored boat from the movie of the same title you’ve likely seen a few times. A trip on a glass bottom boat will give you an up-close view of the amazing reefs. Paddle board, kayak, or snorkel. Two Key Largo experiences you must enjoy are Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen, the kitschy restaurant decorated with license plates donated by guests.

They are known for their biscuits and gravy. Over at Sundowners, it’s about the fab sunsets you can see from the restaurant and some of the best seafood in the Keys.

Where to stay: The Bungalows Key Largo is the first and only all-inclusive in the Keys. Each of the villas has its own bougainvillea veranda, oversized soaking tub––any woman who’s been pregnant knows this is paradise––an outdoor garden shower as well as two Huffy beach cruisers, perfect for exploring the property while enjoying fresh air and an ocean breeze. The Babymoon package includes the choice of a Waterfront or Garden View Bungalow, a bottle of sparkling cider for mom-to-be, a bucket of beer for dad-to-be, chocolate covered strawberries, rose petals, and cheese board upon arrival, plus a $200 Spa Credit, and an in-room Bath Butler Treatment. How would you like someone to come to your room to set up your al fresco soaking tub? A four-night minimum stay is required. No worries, you’ll likely want to stay longer. Also consider Playa Largo Resort & Spa. When you’ve had your fill of spa and pool time, take advantage of nearby attractions like John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Everglades National Park.

Riviera Maya, Mexico
Who says a babymoon is just for couples. Heaven knows that there may not be a lot of time for girls’ or guys’ nights out for a while, that’s if you even have the energy to keep your eyes open. That’s why there’s a Buddy-Babymoon at Grand Velas resorts in Mexico. The experience includes a gender reveal piñata party with baby-themed decorations and games, specialty cocktails and mocktails, dessert bar and photo booth, a customized t-shirt, belly painting, body massage, mani/pedi and more.
Where to stay: You can do a Buddy-Babymoon at Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.

Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is ever so romantic. Maybe it’s the cobblestone allies and gorgeous gardens. Picnic along the waterfront, carouse the shops on King Street and eat, eat, eat the infamous Charleston cuisine. The mom-to-be can feast guilt free, after all, she simply must eat for two. Go for a sunset sail on the Schooner Pride, bicycle or take in history at the city’s museums and mansion tours.

Where to stay: The Restoration Hotel has a Babymoon Package that includes a 2-night stay, in room couples’ massages with prenatal offering, chocolate truffles upon arrival, and a book for the baby: “Good Night Charleston.” Also included is the Restoration branded baby bib and complimentary continental breakfast. The Spectator Hotel has a Baby on the Way package that includes an in-room maternity pillow, rose petal turndown service, chocolate covered strawberries, a handmade gift basket full of local goods, such as a $50 gift card to Under The Almond Trees baby store, a “Goodnight Charleston” book, and an array of treats for any cravings such as candy or pickles. If you like, ask for a personal butler who among other things can draw a candlelit lavender-soak bath and deliver handcrafted mocktails. Or stay just outside Charleston at the Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, for much golf, tennis, and spa time.

San Juan Islands, Washington
Need some time off before baby makes three? Take a short floatplane ride from Seattle or an hour-long ferry from the mainland of Washington State. The island is ideal for nature lovers with gentle hikes, sea kayaking, farm to table foods and plentiful pampering spas. The scenery alone will soothe your spirit.

Where to stay: Spend a memorable romantic weekend at the Tucker House Inn & Harrison House Suites. The vibe is relaxing, the food satiating. Anticipate freshly baked house-made cookies, a sparkling non-alcoholic beverage, and truffles to welcome you, along with a $50 voucher to tide-to-table Coho Restaurant for a candlelit dinner for two. Then there’s the gourmet breakfast in bed every morning and a couples’ massage at a local spa with a special prenatal massage for the mom-to-be. They’ll even satisfy the prenatal cravings of the new mama with ice cream made just for her! Where else can you do a babymoon and receive an orca whale onesie for your new arrival?

Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale’s downtown area, Old Town Scottsdale is beloved for its shopping, dining, art and culture. Go on a self-guided art tour, by foot or car, or hit one of the art museums. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve makes up one-third of Scottsdale’s landmass and offers nearly 225 miles of hiking and biking trails for all levels. Get a different perspective with a hot air balloon ride. When the cravings start, you can rely on the tableside guac at The Mission or comfort food at Citizen Public House. Farm & Craft features healthy, sustainable food in a community-stye atmosphere.

Where to stay: At CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa, there are daily wellness classes that are included in your stay, a Prenatal Nurture Massage, and an array of treatments at the 22,000 square foot spa. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa has three golf courses, a 900-foot lazy river, spa, and the FlowRider, an adult pool.

Monterey County, California
This central coast area of California is known for areas like Big Sur, Pebble Beach and of course Monterey Bay, but also its amazing beaches and lesser-known towns like Marina and Salinas. Carmel Beach is well known for its dog-friendliness and is a short walk from the quaint, European-inspired town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Then there’s the underrated Del Monte Beach. For a memorable babymoon take a surrey ride along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail where you can make stops along the bay for a breather or to grab a snack (Lover’s Point is a cute area with lots of shops/eateries/benches). Go whale watching in the bay. Before you need to worry about where to put a car seat, rent a classic car from Monterey Touring Vehicles and drive the coast.

Where to stay: Two options in Carmel Valley come to mind. Carmel Valley Ranch, located on 500+ acres with an onsite organic farm and tons of activities, offers a Getaway for Two, Before Baby Makes Three package that includes a two-night stay, couples’ massage at the onsite spa, dinner for two at onsite Valley Kitchen, and a Creamery animals onesie/stuffed animal for baby. Bernardus Lodge & Spa offers a Vineyard Romance package that could work well for babymooners, including a two-night stay, 100-minute couples’ spa treatment (which can be scheduled outdoors), in-room dream bath for two (with chocolate and red wine––mom-to-be can forego the latter), and a $150 credit for the onsite, award-winning restaurant, Lucia. In Monterey, Spindrift Inn is located on the historic Cannery Row and overlooks Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean. You’re minutes away from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, boutiques and restaurants.

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