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15 Best Babymoon Destinations

Written by Carri Wilbanks and Becca Blond
Mar 6, 2020

Whether you are welcoming your first or your third child, every expecting parent deserves to take a babymoon - another word for a final fling before transitioning to sleepless nights and dirty diapers - before the little one arrives. These days, babymoons are all the rage with couples - some properties even offer babymoon packages.

Where you choose to go for your babymoon will vary depending on finances and personal preferences, as well as the time of year you are traveling, but most expecting mothers will want a destination where they can unwind and have some romantic moments with their significant other.

From luxury spa resorts to boutique hotels with ocean views, San Diego to Sedona, Paris to Park City, check out our list of best babymoon destinations.

1. Venice, Italy

Gondola in a Venice canal

When it comes to romance, it doesn't get much lovelier than Venice. Take a gondola ride down its myriad of canals (you can even book with a singing gondolier should you choose) and past beautiful Baroque buildings, pausing under the Bridge of Sighs for a kiss.

Afterwards, stroll for hours around its piazzas and cobblestoned streets, stopping for fresh pasta or pizza at a sidewalk café in St. Mark's Square before marveling at the surrounding architecture.

Expecting parents can pre-catch up on the sleep they'll lose after the baby arrives without skipping breakfast when staying at Ca'Maria Adele. This luxe, boutique hotel is ultraromantic, with damask wallpaper and patterned floors, and it serves breakfast until noon.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Venice: Best Areas & Hotels

2. San Diego, California

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, San Diego

California's oldest city (founded in 1769), San Diego is a great babymoon destination with plenty to keep you busy. The temps stay mild year-round, and the suns shines more often than not.

There are more than 68 miles of gold-sand beaches in the vicinity of the city including Mission Beach. A popular surf spot, it is also home to the Mission Beach Boardwalk, which runs for three-miles parallel to the sand. Here, you'll also find Belmont Park, which is a seaside amusement park with a historic roller coaster, as well as some excellent restaurants.

For sunset, you'll want to head to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, which runs along the bluffs above the sea. It is the best place in town to catch the sun sinking into the Pacific Ocean. Afterwards, head into the city for dinner in the romantic Gaslamp Quarter.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in San Diego: Best Areas & Hotels

3. Kauai, Hawaii

Aerial view of the Na Pali Coast on Kauai

Less crowded than other Hawaiian islands and with a distinct back-to-nature vibe, Kauai is another great babymoon destination. The lushest and also one of the more remote Hawaiian isles, Kauai caters to couples who enjoy the outdoors and are looking for a less resort-focused vacation.

Known as the "Garden Island," Kauai is home to plenty of scenic drives that take you from the coastline to the interior, where you'll find dramatic scenery, from rushing waterfalls to rainforest jungles. You can also find beaches on Kauai. For accommodation, Kauai features a number of affordable boutique hotels and small guesthouses.

Accommodation: Best Hotels in Kauai

4. Quebec City, Canada

View towards the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City

Want to feel like you are in Europe, with a much shorter flight? Then book your babymoon in Quebec City. In French-speaking Quebec on the St. Lawrence River, the city has an ultraromantic vibe in its historic, walled old town (Vieux Quebec), dating back to 1608. Take a stroll around the cobblestone streets of the Petit Champlain, filled with charming restaurants and boutiques with locally made goods.

Each July, the city hosts an 11-day music festival known as Festival d'Ete Quebec, with live music on multiple stages nightly and very affordable tickets - it's a great babymoon idea on a budget, as tickets for all 11 days of music are less than $100 total. The music festival is just one of many the city puts on throughout the year, including Winter Carnival.

The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is the most romantic hotel in town. The landmark five-star property in a castle-like building features beautiful rooms and suites, stellar service, and romantic dining options with views of Vieux Quebec and the St. Lawrence River. You can also treat yourself to a wonderfully luxe and relaxing spa treatment at their Moment Spa. History buffs note: the D-Day Invasion and the end of WWII was planned out by Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King inside the Frontenac.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Quebec City: Best Areas & Hotels

5. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

For natural beauty with a side of positive energy on your honeymoon, head to Sedona. The town in Arizona's red rock canyon country is famous for its "energy vortexes," which are believed to be energy centers conducive to healing and meditation.

Beyond the spiritual elements, Sedona is simply a gorgeous spot to relax with your loved one and treat yourself to a weekend at a spa resort like L'Auberge de Sedona. This luxury property is set right on babbling Oak Creek in the charming downtown and features elegantly decorated rooms and cottages. Book one of the cottages with a whirlpool tub for two for your babymoon.

Also book a few treatments at the full service L'Apothecary Spa on-site. It features treatments that make use of local botanical products, from relaxing massages to regenerating facials.

6. Paris, France

Silhouette of a couple in front of the Eiffel Tower

Summer or winter, shrouded in grey or sunny and blue, regardless of weather, Paris remains one of the world's most romantic cities. There is just something about Paris. The entire city feels magical.

It's hard to tire of shopping on the Champs Elysee, sharing a kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower, or marveling at the larger than life Arc de Triomphe. And that's just the beginning - you'll also want to explore the medieval Latin Quarter, check out the café culture in Saint-Germain-de-Pres, and experience the Boho ambience that is Montmartre on your babymoon. When it comes to pampering, Paris is filled with world-class resorts and spas as well.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Paris: Best Areas & Hotels

7. Santa Fe, New Mexico

New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe

Another one-of-a-kind babymoon destination, Santa Fe is in the high desert of Northern New Mexico. With a history dating back 400 years, the all-adobe city has a distinct look and is known for its art galleries, excellent restaurants, and spa resorts.

Make sure to spend some time wandering around The Plaza and the narrow streets branching off it, they are filled with eclectic shops and delicious-smelling restaurants serving authentic New Mexican fare. Canyon Road is another not-to-miss area, which is home to dozens of art galleries.

There are hotels and resorts for all budgets around Santa Fe, but one of the most unique places to stay is Ten Thousand Waves. Designed in the style of a Japanese spa resort, it sits on 20 woodsy acres and has a very zen ambience throughout. It features a spa with a range of treatments, hot tub baths facing the pinon trees, and a limited number of individually decorated rooms, as well as a Japanese restaurant. If you don't want to spend the night, the spa and soaking tubs can be booked separately.

8. Park City, Utah

Winter in Park City

Once a silver mining boom town, today Park City is a year-round mountain resort destination that works well for a babymoon. In winter, there is skiing at Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort, as well as more romance-focused activities, like a night sleigh ride under a blanket of twinkling stars. In summer, activities range from hiking to fishing to hot air balloon rides.

The cute Main Street features 19th-century buildings filled with eclectic shops and quality restaurants. There are plenty of lodging options for all types, including those looking for babymoon-on-a-budget ideas. To get spoiled, however, check out the Montage Deer Valley or the Waldorf Astoria Park City.

9. Scottsdale, Arizona

Couple mountain biking in North Scottsdale

Luxury spa resorts and championship golf courses plus warm, sunny winter days make Scottsdale another top winter babymoon pick. The Phoenix suburb is home to amazing properties, like the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa.

Set on 53 acres, the spa here is ultra relaxing, with Asian-inspired treatment options. Active couples will also like the personalized fitness class options, including SUP Yoga in the swimming pool. There are even romance packages on offer that include rose-petal turndown service and dinner at the on-site elements Restaurant.

For a golf and spa experience in one spot, check out the Boulders Resort & Spa, which has two award-winning, championship Jay Morrish-designed golf courses on-site. It is also home to the Golden Door Spa, with a full range of massage, facial, and full-body treatments.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in Scottsdale

10. Naples, Florida

Naples Beach

On the Paradise Coast in southwest Florida, Naples caters to babymooners with sugar white-sand beaches, championship golf courses, upscale shopping, and luxe spas. Naples Beach runs for seven miles along the Gulf of Mexico and is wonderful for strolling. It is especially romantic at dusk, when the setting sun puts on quite a color show over the turquoise sea.

The Naples Grande Beach Resort is a top lodging choice. It has a wonderful spa dedicated to revitalizing the mind and body.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in Naples, Florida

11. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old City, Dubrovnik

One of Europe's best preserved fortified walled cities, Dubrovnik is a dreamy babymoon destination. On the dramatic Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, it offers the best of both worlds: Adriatic Sea beaches and history and culture. Dubrovnik's old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and if it looks familiar to you and you are a Game of Thrones fan, it served as the location for King's Landing in the show.

Just walking the streets of the old city is romantic, but Dubrovnik also features a number of hotels that are perfect for expecting parents on a babymoon. Top choices include the boutique Villa Orsula, known for its top-notch service, elegant restaurant, and privacy - with just 13 rooms. Also check out Villa Dubrovnik, which is built into a cliff overlooking the Adriatic and has an excellent spa.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Places to Stay in Dubrovnik

12. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Sunset at Carmel Beach

Picture-perfect Carmel-by-the-Sea, on California's Central Coast, is a charming babymoon destination year-round. Defined by its central village, which is filled with charming cottages housing art galleries, unique boutiques, and creative restaurants, it is also right on the ocean.

Carmel Beach is a pretty place to watch the sunset and surfers. If you are including your dog on your babymoon, it is also pet-friendly, as is Carmel in general. For a lovely stroll, walk from Carmel Beach to Carmel River State Beach via the Scenic Bluff Path.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Carmel: Best Areas & Hotels

13. New York, New York

Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan at night

If you've never been to the Big Apple or live in a rural area and crave some big city entertainment before the baby comes, head to New York City for your babymoon. With three airports serving the city, it's also easy to get to, with direct flights from many major cities.

Once in NYC, the world is your oyster. You can check out a show on Broadway, eat your way around the world in its vibrant neighborhoods, share a kiss at the 102nd floor observatory atop the Empire State Building, or experience the wonderful chaos that is Times Square. You'll never run out of things to see and do in Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs, and there is also no shortage of accommodation options, from budget to five-star luxury.

14. Maui, Hawaii

Three Bears Falls along the road to Hana in Maui

Scenic drives and beautiful beaches make Maui a top babymoon destination. The Hawaiian Island is home to some truly stunning white-sand beaches backed by turquoise water. It also boasts excellent surfing; hikes through lush inland jungle; and lodging options, from budget guesthouses to hotels and luxe resorts.

To splurge, try the opulent Grand Wailea right on gorgeous Makena Beach. The spa at this five-star property is fabulous and includes a hydrotherapy circuit and an extensive massage, facial, and body care treatment menu. It also has a state-of-the-art fitness center.

15. New Orleans, Louisiana

Jackson Square in New Orleans

From horse-drawn carriage rides past grand, old antebellum mansions in the Garden District to live jazz and delicious Creole cooking in the French Quarter, New Orleans is a romantic place to take a babymoon. The one-of-a-kind city in the Louisiana bayou is most famous for its late winter Mardi Gras celebration, but the destination can be visited year-round, although summer can get really hot. While here, you can also check out a moonlit steamboat river cruise for a romantic experience.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in New Orleans

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