What is a babymoon? To us it can mean a couple different things: a final getaway for expecting couples or a last big hurrah for hopefully-soon-to-be-expecting couples. While the idea behind both of these trips is similar, the actual trips themselves can be quite different.
For those with a baby on the way, it's important to focus on her comfort and health. Choose a destination that's conducive to relaxation and also has a reputable healthcare system. Pick romantic accommodations that offer options for pampering. Minimize flight time.
For those still in the planning stages, the sky's the limit. Think big. This could be your last opportunity to explore more distant and exotic lands for quite some time. Of course, if you've been working tirelessly and simply want to "check out" on a gorgeous stretch of sand, this can work too!
At MoonRings, we understand the differing needs of both types of babymooners. Our planning process is designed to ensure that your custom-tailored itinerary is the perfect fit, so that you can make this last or second-to-last trip really count.
Thank you so much for planning such a fantastic babymoon! It was the ideal way for us to de-stress and enjoy a little romance before we're knee deep in diapers.
-- Kate and Aaron, Palo Alto, CA
A moment on your
It's a serene, misty morning in beautiful Big Sur, California. Knock-knock, your therapists are here for a much needed couple's massage. He's getting his favorite, a Thai massage, while you've been eagerly awaiting a prenatal massage for two weeks. Aching back be gone! On your private deck, magical fingers begin their work as you quickly fall into a dreamlike state. As your session comes to an end, the mist begins to rise as if on cue to reveal a gorgeous stretch of coastline.
A major concern for travelers with less flexible dates (e.g. if a baby is on the ), is the weather. The beach isn't quite as much fun when it's pouring rain! If you pay attention to weather from the onset, you will decrease the odds of "weather disappointment." A good approach is to start with your desired travel dates and choose your destination based on where the weather is good. If the baby is still in the planning stages, you should have more leeway in selecting your location.
To give you a better feel for global weather patterns, let's take a quick look at where to go when, which will hopefully spark some ideas for you (note to our Aussie, Kiwi and South African friends: we've referenced the seasons found north of the equator – thanks for understanding!).
For those taking a winter babymoon, there are many solid possibilities. If you are in the market for a beach experience, the Caribbean (particularly the north and central islands) and coastal Mexico are wonderful from December through April. Because this time of the year is considered "high season", hotel rates are near their peak (but so are your odds of great weather). Other possibilities include southern Florida and southern California. For a more exotic beach setting, check out the Maldives!
If the beach is not your thing (or you'd like something to do in addition to the beach), wintertime presents a number of alternatives. The weather in Thailand is as good as it gets (only slightly hot and humid). It's also a great time of year to visit New Zealand (remember, it's summer down under). For a diverse jungle-beach adventure, January through April is ideal for a babymoon to either Costa Rica or Panama. And farther south, our winter is the perfect time to explore Argentina, Chile and Peru. If you are skiers or boarders, this is the time of year to check into a cozy lodge in the Rockies or the Alps. Of course, if you're already pregnant, some of these more exotic (or physical) spots mentioned above (and below) may not be appropriate.
Spring has Sprung
Early spring can be a challenging time to plan a babymoon since it's often considered a weather transition period in many locales (i.e., from the rainy to dry season, or vice versa). Late spring, however, is often a great time to travel due to the wide variety of destinations with appealing weather. Those in search of a pristine beach will find just what the doctor ordered in Hawaii, French Polynesia, Fiji and the Caribbean (particularly the central and southern islands).
European countries become an option as late spring weather brings warmer temperatures, more sunshine and blossoming foliage. Italy, France, England, Spain and Greece are outstanding choices for those desiring a bit of Old World charm.
Which exotic locations are worth considering in the spring? Bali, Egypt, Turkey and Morocco all hit their stride during these months. If your dream is track wild game, late spring is an excellent time to take a safari in much of Eastern and Southern Africa.
As the summer heats up, your babymoon options change a little. For starters, the Caribbean "hurricane season" really kicks in mid-July, so it's best to avoid the region from then until early November. However, if the Caribbean is your top choice, head to Aruba which falls outside of the hurricane belt. Fortunately, there are many other fine summer beach choices, including Hawaii, French Polynesia, Fiji, and the remote Seychelles
Europe can work in the summer if you select your destinations and dates carefully. In general, it's best to avoid the month of August, which is not only very hot but also quite crowded as many Europeans take their summer holidays.
For those in search of something different, summer is a fine time to visit Australia, Bali, Japan, East Africa and South Africa.
Fall babymoon options change as the season progresses. In early fall, the best beach weather tends to be found in French Polynesia and Hawaii. The Caribbean, Mexico and Florida start to come back into play around mid-November after the hurricane season passes.
If you are planning a fall trip and have your eye on Europe, it's best to go in September or October. In general, temperatures are still pleasant with average amounts of precipitation. The further you get into the season, the more winter-like it gets.
Finally, the fall is a fantastic time to visit Australia since it's spring down under—temps are perfect and the air is fresh! The weather is wonderful in nearby New Zealand as the calendar approaches November and December. Other fantastic fall destinations include Bali, Turkey, Morocco, East Africa and South Africa.
There is only one thing that is certain about the weather - there are no guarantees, so try to plan your trip based on when the odds are in your favor.
Having planned many, many babymoons, we intimately understand the subtle needs of those desiring this special getaway.
Our team travels the world in search of the best babymoon destinations, gathering first-hand knowledge, and allowing us to provide more insightful recommendations. We know the hotels and resorts that "get" this time of life and offer the kinds of amenities you'll want.
Our holistic planning process ensures that all trip elements are seamlessly coordinated so there's nothing to worry about after departure.
Strong industry relationships
Our reputation within the industry as a luxury travel specialist translates into caring treatment for our babymoon clients.
Travel insurance knowledge
Expectant couples typically prefer to travel with some form of travel insurance. We'll help you select the plan that's best for you.
Are we a good fit for you? If so, please contact us to discuss your babymoon interests and learn more about the next steps to becoming a client.