The ever growing trend of babymooning shows no sign of stopping, and why should when it’s such a great time for parents-to-be to bond before their bundle of joy arrives. Expectant parents can escape for one last time before they become a fully-fledged family. Romance and relaxation is the aim so here at H&L we have put together a list of 11 of the best luxury babymoon breaks around the world.
No one deserves peace of mind more than expecting parents, and Baros Maldives is the ultimate haven to relax and prepare for a new arrival. Proven to reconnect couples and help with the transition into parenthood, Babymoon’s are not just an excuse for a holiday. With secluded private villas situated overwater or on the beach surrounded by lush greenery, couples can escape to this idyllic destination for a Babymoon. Couples can visit the island’s secret garden spa for bespoke pregnancy treatments, including Parental Care for mum-to-be, a massage especially designed for pregnant ladies, a De-stressing Massage for Dad, or a romantic Couple’s Massage. Pre-natal Yoga classes are also on offer, guided by Baros’ resident expert yogi. Baros is a haven for those who love to dive and snorkel and is particularly safe for those who are pregnant, thanks to their stunning house-reef situated just 15 metres from shore. Guests can even visit The Baros Maldives Marine Nursery which is inhabited by the likes of juvenile Batfish, Damselfish and young Oriental Sweetlips, allowing pending parents to get up close to babies of a different kind! With Male Airport only a 25 minute gentle cruise away, guests are greeted by a dedicated island host soon after touch down. The host will help create a bespoke itinerary and cater to guests every whim throughout their stay to ensure parents-to-be leave Baros Maldives ready and relaxed.
HOW: Scott Dunn offers 7 nights at Baros, Maldives from £2,100 per person. This is based on a couple sharing a Deluxe Villa on a B&B basis and includes return flights and speedboat transfers. www.scottdunn.com
Every mummy-to-be deserves a special treat before the big day arrives. Castello del Nero’s destination alone is the perfect excuse to whisk your loved one away, with its hillside location situated in the heart of the Chianti countryside offering complete serenity on the 740-acre estate. The grounds set a wonderfully tranquil atmosphere whereby couples can meander through row upon row of 7,000 olive groves, vineyards, two lakes, a natural spring and landscaped gardens. Thanks to Castello del Nero’s idyllic location, between the historic cities of Florence and Siena, combining city and countryside breaks has never been so easy.
The ESPA at Castello del Nero offer a bespoke menu with a number of delicious treatments, some of which incorporate organic olive oil that is grown on the estate. For mum-to-be, the maternity treatments include ‘Yummy Mummy’ – that targets tension areas that are prone to stress during pregnancy. This nourishing body treatment includes a back exfoliation, personalised body massage that is bespoke to suit individual needs and a scalp massage, perfect to melt away those aches and pains. For those who are on their feet all day, ‘Lighter Legs’ comprises of a foot ritual, lower leg, and a foot exfoliation and massage – a truly luxurious treatment that will revitalise the skin and help with swollen aches and heavy legs.
Castello del Nero is home to two in-house restaurants, the Michelin-starred restaurant La Torre and La Taverna, with plenty of fine dining experience that infuse gorgeous Tuscan twists. With many local villages just a 10 minute walk away from the estate, couples can wander and explore by foot, and the biggest medieval town of San Gimingano is set a mere 20 minutes away.
For those looking to treat their partner (and bump!), there is no doubt that Castello del Nero is the perfect short-haul trip to unwind in luxury.
This stunning alpine hotel is the ideal place for expectant parents to enjoy peace and relaxation before their new arrival, with a whole host of yoga classes and wellness activities included as part of the room cost with Forsthofalm’s Mountain Life Programme. No matter what time of year you visit you are in for a treat with spectacular snow sprinkled mountain views in the winter or fragrant pine forest vistas in the summer. Forsthofalm also offer a babymoon package which includes three nights full board, full access to the SKY spa, a full body massage with energy boosting foot wrap to combat tired legs as well as a special blend of tea for mums-to-be in the room.
HOW: Prices start from £520pp for the Babymoon package. For more information or to book please visit www.forsthofalm.com/de
Couples can now experience a Babymoon with a difference at the Mahé Resort, ensuring parents-to-be have the ultimate romantic getaway before two becomes three. At Four Seasons Resort Seychelles the Babymoon experience begins from the moment the couple arrives to their villa, where they will find a personalised Babymoon kit to welcome them to their new home-away-from-home. As part of this special kit, couples will enjoy pregnancy must-haves such as a float to support pregnant mothers in the villa’s private pool, Yi-King coconut oil from Seychelles to sooth stretched skin and a mobile phone for direct access to the ‘Cravings Hotline’, to order their favourite snack or essential comfort item wherever in the Resort they might be. In addition to these Babymoon essentials, couples can also choose additional experiences from an a la carte Babymoon menu to enhance their stay. Options available include couples’ pregnancy yoga and a therapeutic Mother Care Massage at the Resort’s award winning hilltop Spa.
HOW: For more information or to book please visit www.fourseasons.com/seychelles/
For a relaxing baby-moon break, couples will love the beautiful Il Sereno; the first new hotel to open on Lake Como in decades. Il Sereno presents a new era of luxury hotel for the iconic destination of Lake Como with an ethos of understated elegance. Keeping in the Sereno Hotels tradition of all rooms facing the water; each of the three intimate treatment rooms at The Spa at Il Sereno look directly onto Lake Como. The luxurious infinity pool, which overlooks the lake, is also the only one in the area and is an integral part of the spa experience for parents-to-be.
HOW: Rates at Il Sereno start from €750 (£677) per night, based on two sharing a suite on a B&B basis. For more information or to book, visit www.ilsereno.com
La Maison d’Ulysse, Provence
La Maison d’Ulysse is a charming home turned authentic boutique hotel in the heart of Provence, which has just launched a new babymoon package, allowing expectant parents to relax in peaceful surroundings in preparation for their new arrival. With the breath-taking Provencal countryside provided as a backdrop and the warm and welcoming nature of the owners Gauthier Vandendriessche & Guy Toullelan personally there to welcome guests upon arrival, this nine bedroom hotel provides an idyllic escape before the little-one arrives.
As part of the new package, guests can embark on a walking tour specifically tailored for babymooners, comprised of a gentle stroll around the local village of Baron and its peaceful hilltop surroundings where they can soak up an array of stunning views including the Mont Lozère mountain range before ending with a relaxing walk across the beautiful Duché d’Uzès vineyard. For those wishing to experience that extra level of pampering, the hotel also offers a range of pregnancy friendly massages guaranteed to release tension and revitalise both the body and mind. Mums and dads to-be may also wish to take a dip together in the hotel’s very own Turkish bath or laze by the pool basking in the South of France sunshine.
To top off a day of well–deserved relaxation; expectant parents can indulge in two specially curated babymoon menus featuring ingredients grown in the hotel’s own gardens or sourced locally from the nearby market town of Uzès. The hotel’s newly appointed chefs, Valérie Lucas and Daniel Jarrín Molin have utilised their culinary expertise to create an array of delights, including free-range chicken with ‘petits pois à la française’ and slow-cooked lamb shoulder with grilled aubergine.
Boasting stunning natural environs and rich in local history, La Maison d’Ulysse offers a perfect setting for those looking to relax and unwind before entering or re-entering parenthood.
HOW: For more information or to book please visit www.lamaisondulysse.com/en/
Located on a hill just above Lake Garda (and spanning an impressive 27 acres in the renowned Riviera dei Limoni region) Lefay Resort and Spa offers the perfect place for parents-to-be to unwind, enjoy sensational views, and immerse themselves in the hotels many wellness offerings. A large spa offers specific treatments for expectant mums including massages that help leave skin moisturised, supple and nourished and foot treatments that aid lymphatic drainage and promote blood circulation; in turn relaxing the nervous system. In addition, guests could visit nearby Gargnano Village (renowned as one of the prettiest villages in the region) or simply unwind in the hotels gardens; surrounded by gentle hills, natural terraces, olive trees and woodland overlooking the lake.
HOW: 7x nights available from £1,750pp based on two sharing a Deluxe Junior Suite on a full board ‘healthy menu’ basis including return flights, airport transfers, 1x massage, 1x thalasso therapy session and a selection of daily classes including yoga, tai chi, pilates. Visit www.thehealthyholidaycompany.co.uk
The adult-only Tagor’ villas, can be found nestled within the most tranquil area of the The Ritz-Carlton Abama resort. The romantic bolt-holes are inspired by the aboriginal Guanche people of the Canary Islands who cherished adult seclusion, creating peaceful areas set apart from their villages, where the elders of the tribe would meet to seek enlightenment and counsel. This area was named “Tagoror”.
Situated in lush tropical flower gardens, the Tagor’ villas allow babymooners to experience the very best that The Ritz-Carlton, Abama has to offer in complete tranquillity. The retreats comprise generous sized bedrooms and living areas, elegant interiors and grand marble bathrooms complete with indulgent Asprey amenities. Each villa also provides private pool access, and pool-side butler service is on tap throughout the day. Breakfast is served at Abama’s cliff-top El Mirador restaurant and a selection of amuse bouche from the kitchens at Abama presented throughout the day direct to the villa.
For the ultimate in private dining, babymooners can enjoy Michelin in-room, where a tailor-made menu from M.B., Abama’s two Michelin star restaurant, can be delivered to the door. Guests can enjoy a creative menu with strong Basque influences at the hands of Executive Chef Erlantz Gorostiza. We also recommend The Ritz-Carlton, Abama’s Celestial Michelin picnic experience, pushing the pleasure principal and awakening all the senses on a journey of taste and natural wonder. Babymooners will be taken to the resort’s secluded beach via cable car to a prime star-gazing spot to experience breath-taking star showers and constellations at the hands of one of the island’s most knowledgeable astronomers.
With the sun shining all year round and only a short haul flight from the UK, Abama is ideal for babymooners not wanting to stray too far from home but still want to experience a little slice of luxury.
HOW: For more information visit www.ritzcarlton.com/abama
the Scarlet, Cornwall, UK
Perched on the cliff top overlooking the golden sands of Mawgan Porth, the Scarlet’s eco-luxury surroundings are the ultimate destination for those looking to relax and recharge. With its luxury tented treatment rooms lit by lanterns and its far-reaching views over surf to the wild Atlantic beyond, the Scarlet Spa is a soothing, contemplative, almost spiritual place focusing on the nourishment of mind, body and soul.
Launched in 2015, the Scarlet’s Baby Moon Escape is a three-night stay to nurture yourself, your partner and your bump, giving guests the opportunity to spend some time enjoying peace and relaxation together to make the most of this magical time in the run up to welcoming a wonderful new arrival to the family.
Guided by highly-qualified doulas and inspired by mums, the Scarlet’s skillful therapists have carefully crafted the Pregnancy Perfect Journey in conjunction with the skin care experts at Pai, to create the most special experience to calm and support guests during pregnancy and early motherhood. Pai products are packed full of the highest grade botanical extracts and breakthrough organic actives, restoring sensitive skin to its natural radiance, ideal for skins left sensitive by pregnancy.
HOW: The ultimate babymoon breaks available from £592.50 per person, based on two people sharing a Just Right room. For more information or to book please visit www.scarlethotel.co.uk/
Celebrate your pregnancy with a baby moon at Villa Dubrovnik. Dramatically emerging from cliffs overlooking the popular St. Jacob district, Villa Dubrovnik captures the medieval charm of this historic seaport and World Heritage Site, providing expecting couples with all the ingredients for a once in a lifetime pre baby break. The three night package offers a tailored service for the expecting couple with offerings such as a Mum-to-be massage at The Villa Spa, a certified Sodashi™ partner, a three course light lunch and limousine transfers to and from Dubrovnik airport. The hotel is distinct for its modern architecture, whilst effortlessly merging into it coastal surroundings. The panoramic views of lush gardens and the Adriatic Sea enjoyed from private terraces, create a serene and soothing environment for the parents-to-be to relax and unwind.
HOW: Rates for three nights at Villa Dubrovnik on the Villa Babymoon breaks package start from €1,260 including VAT and daily a la carte breakfast.