Whether you’re about to welcome your first child or have already started a family, a babymoon is one of the most exciting ways to celebrate your impending arrival with your spouse. From close-to-home long weekend trips—think Charleston or the Zika-free Harbour Island—to far-flung destinations for those who want to take a big trip, pre-baby, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best babymoon destinations.
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Adventure and Sun: Hawaii
When to Go: Year-round
With wild terrain, active volcanoes, pristine beaches of red, black and white sands and a unique culture, Hawaii’s allure lies in its spectacular tropical landscapes and welcoming aloha spirit. Each of the five main islands—the Big Island, Maui, Lanai, Oahu and Kauai—offer countless adventures, beautiful vistas and pampering, five-star properties.
Rural Retreat: English Countryside
When to Go: Year-round
There are few more beautiful places in England than the Cotswolds and the surrounding counties, with their sleepy villages and bustling market towns. You’ll find wonderful antiques shops, old-fashioned pubs, stone cottages smothered in roses, 13th-century churches and pretty tea shops filled with locals eating homemade scones and drinking Earl Grey tea. Opened in 2018 and located in the nearby county of Hampshire, Heckfield Place is the most pampering place from which to explore this region.
The Long Weekend: Charleston
When to Go: October-May
One of America’s earliest cities, Charleston remains among its most elegant. The South Carolina city makes for an ideal romantic getaway, offering walks amidst historic houses on cobblestoned paths; incredible meals; visits to gorgeous beaches and plantations; and stays in cozy hotels.
Flop-and-Drop: Harbour Island
When to Go: December-May
Also known as “Briland” to vacationers and locals, the Bahamas’ Harbour Island (which is Zika-free) is an hour flight from Miami (to Nassau). The island is known for its three-mile pink sand beach, pastel British-colonial cottages enveloped in bougainvillea and easy pace.
Last Hurrah: South Africa
When to Go: September-April
Celebrate your last days of pre-baby freedom (if this is your first child, of course!) with a bucket-list trip to one of the world’s most spectacular destinations: South Africa. From the culture of Cape Town and farm-to-table dinners in the Winelands to the majesty of the Cape of Good Hope and spotting lions and elephants on private game reserves, South Africa is one of the best babymoon destinations for couples looking for a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
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Classic Romance: Paris
When to Go: Year-round (except for August, when most of the shops and restaurants are closed).
Long touted as the world’s most beautiful city, Paris, with its elegant architecture, sophisticated shopping and l’art de vivre, has it all. Visitors can spend days marveling at the masterpieces at The Louvre, wandering the cobblestoned streets of Montmartre or peaceful Tuileries gardens, savoring exquisite cuisine and retreating in style at the city’s most glamorous hotels.
A Summertime European Escape: Greece, France or Italy
When to Go: May-September
Spending a summer vacation in one of Europe’s finest resort destinations is a great way to unwind with your spouse before welcoming a new child. Our favorite spots to experience summer in Europe include: Italy’s Lake Como, where days are enjoyed lounging waterside and boating on the lake; the Amalfi Coast, where you can relax at beach clubs and indulge in pizza and pasta; and the French Riviera, where glamorous days can be split between poolside reading and exploring picturesque hill towns like Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Èze. Also great for couples, Greece offers stunning landscapes, fresh seafood at traditional tavernas and an undeniable air of romance.
Far-Flung Beach Town: José Ignacio
When to Go: November-March
The tiny beach town of José Ignacio lies at the southern tip of Uruguay and has a distinctly South American, bohemian charm, in addition to some museum-like, five-star properties. The Zika-free destination is buzzing during the months of December and February (peak summer in Uruguay), when posh Argentinians and foreigners come to enjoy the beautiful beaches and boho vibe.
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