First Comes Vacation, Then Comes Baby: 8 Ideas for a Babymoon
Hit the pause button before parenthood and plan a romantic getaway before baby arrives.
Whether strolling together on a beach, exploring an art museum or embarking on an adventure, find ways to reconnect before your little one arrives.
Whether you’re gearing up for the arrival of your first bundle of joy or expanding the existing brood, take a cue from veteran parents and sneak away for a relaxing and romantic babymoon before the little one arrives.
Wondering when to break away? Aim for the second trimester, when first trimester morning sickness has subsided and before the third trimester, when your OB declares you a flight risk. Here, we list our top 8 babymoon escapes, along with pregnancy-approved activities, to ensure a vacation to remember.
Nestled in the White River National Forest, Vail is a cosy mountain town that offers year-round charm for visitors. Though some of the area’s snow sports aren’t recommended for expecting mothers, the amenities and services available through Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail are ideal for pregnant guests looking to unwind. Here, partners can get a carefree adrenaline-high while moms-to-be are pampered.
Capture the Moment with a Prenatal Photoshoot: What better way to remember your babymoon than with a maternity shoot on Vail Mountain? A Four Seasons Concierge can help arrange a session with a local photographer to help record your retreat before parenthood.
Feed the Cravings with DIY Dining
: Venture behind the scenes of Flame steakhouse
and book a chef-led course at Back of House Burger Bar. The hidden gem, tucked away in Flame’s kitchen, can be reserved for couples who want to create their own burger and, while those cocktails are on hiatus, indulge in house-spun ice cream milkshakes.
Shop at Vail Village: Whether you’re looking for a special piece of art to hang in the nursery or a dreamy push present, the shops at Vail Village are worth perusing. The boutiques bring together designer apparel, jewellery and art in the heart of town.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail
Before the baby arrives, take that romantic trip to Italy you’ve always said you would. The picturesque capital of Italy’s Tuscany region is known for its culture, architecture and fascinating history. Elevate your trip with a stay at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, a five-star urban resort minutes from the Uffizi and the Duomo.
Dine on the Arno River
: A quiet dinner for two may soon be a thing of the past. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a memorable meal on the private fourth-floor terrace of the Ponte Vecchio – Florence’s signature bridge. The Hotel enjoys exclusive access to the bridge’s only open-air terrace, where guests can indulge in a four-course meal
designed by Michelin-starred chef Vito Mollica. (Available May through October.)
Recharge with a Spa Break
: In between rounds of sightseeing, moms-to-be will want to take advantage of the Mediterranean Mix treatment at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
. The express facial and body treatment uses organic products to relieve signs of fatigue and alleviate tension.
Find a Stylish Push Present: Though Florence may not rival Milan in terms of fashion history, Florence’s contribution to the style scene cannot be overlooked. Find inspiration for a special push present at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, which houses more than 10,000 pairs of shoes, as well as Galleria del Costume and the Gucci Museum. Photography courtesy Francesco Bini (Sailko)
Nature lovers will be right at home in Maui, the second-largest of the Hawaiian islands. Minutes from Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, couples can embrace the great outdoors, exploring volcanoes, waterfalls and natural pools.
Take to the Water
: Scuba-diving might be off limits, but there are plenty of water activities
to enjoy safely while pregnant. Hit the ocean on a stand-up paddleboard, sign up for a boat tour or snorkel around Molokini Crater, an underwater volcano islet known for its vibrant marine life.
Book a Private Starlit Dinner
: Book the Serenity Pool After Hours experience
for a private multi-course, candlelit dinner under the stars and memories to last a lifetime. Be sure to drink a mocktail toast to the parenting adventure to come.
Explore the Haleakala Crater
: The most popular attraction in upcountry Maui grants visitors unbelievable sunrises and astounding views of the island. Given your condition, you’ll want to drive to the summit instead of hike, and take your time on the ascent to keep altitude sickness at bay. Photography courtesy Alamy
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Not that you intend to give birth in the South of France, but if you do, you’re in good hands. After all, Angelina delivered twins, Knox and Vivienne, in nearby Nice, where she enjoyed Mediterranean views from her hospital room. Enjoy the red-carpet treatment yourself at Four Seasons Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat. Since 1908, the legendary Cote d’Azur property has tempted guests with seaside views, award-winning cuisine and a sophisticated spa.
Admire French Art: Live amid the beauty of the French Riviera at the palatial Four Seasons Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, then take a day trip to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The former 1912 mansion of Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild feels more like a home than the world-class art museum it is, filled with exquisite furniture, art and tapestries. Take a break at the restaurant garden for a sunny bite with the ocean waves as the soundtrack.
Hike at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat: Squeeze in a little pregnancy-appropriate cardio with a stroll on the rocky seaside path that frames the main peninsula. Along the way, catch a glimpse of yachts anchored in the bay and some of the most exclusive real estate in the country. Take time to dip weary feet into the picture-perfect waters of the Cote d’Azur, then toast with a glass of nonalcoholic wine.
Dine at Le Cap
: Soon, date nights will come at a premium. Soak up this child-free time with dinner at Le Cap
, the work of Michelin-starred chef Didier Anies. If the weather allows, reserve a seat on the outdoor terrace, where shady pines and Mediterranean vistas increase the romance factor.
Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel
Nestled between Wyoming’s Teton mountains and the Gros Venture range, Jackson Hole is ideal for babymooners seeking a vacation that mixes spa and outdoor activities. For a premium alpine lodge experience, book a room at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole, where luxury rooms and mountain views will make staying in bed appealing too.
Go on a Wildlife Safari
: Join the Four Seasons naturalist team on a customized four-hour expedition
in the Grand Teton National Park, the Bridger Teton National Forest and the National Elk Refuge. Catch glimpses of bears, bison, moose and wolves from the Resort’s luxury SUV while enjoying gourmet provisions provided by the chefs.
Visit Yellowstone National Park
: Pack a picnic and make the 90-minute drive to Yellowstone
. While you’re there, take in striking views of the falls from Artist’s Point, wildlife in Lamar Valley and bubbling geysers in the upper geyser basin. Be sure to snap a prenatal photo in front of Old Faithful and snag a plush Flopsie fox for that bundle-to-be from Yellowstone’s Bear Den Gift Store. Photography courtesy Stocksy
Babymoon in the Tetons Package
: Created especially for parents-to-be, the special Four Seasons add-on package treats guests to spa services, dinner for two with mocktails, yoga, and activities like a horse-drawn sleigh ride
or stargazing with an in-house astronomer.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole
Couples looking to forgo the urban frenzy of London will be well served in Hampshire, where the tranquil countryside makes a welcome retreat for a babymoon. Embrace the history of the area with a stay at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire. Set on a 500-acre estate on England’s southern coast, the restored Georgian manor has been the home of the Dukes of Wellington since 1817.
Take a Night Cruise
: Enjoy a romantic candlelight cruise for two on the Basingstoke Canal
. The waterway passes through the Hotel’s estate and sets the scene for home-style meals offered inside the 17-metre boat. With a log-burning stove and intimate vibe, lovebirds might just forget about the chaos to come.
Follow the Path of Jane Austen
: History-loving couples won’t want to miss lecturer Phil Howe’s stories of Jane Austen’s visits to the Four Seasons property, then home to Lady Mildmay. Howe will also accompany pairs on a tour of other parts of the country, including the house in Chawton where the writer spent the last part of her life. If you’re more of a Downton Abbey
fan than a Pride and Prejudice
fan, book this experience instead
. Photography courtesy Alamy
His and Her Treatments
: Located in the Hotel’s 18th-century stable block, the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
spoils couples on the verge of parenthood with a well-equipped VIP suite. While she revels in a stress-relieving mother-to-be massage and body therapy, he can indulge in one of the Especially for Men treatments that target both face and body.
With more spas per capita than any other U.S. city, Scottsdale is a logical destination for pregnant guests seeking R&R. Between massages, pedicures and pampering, visitors can kick back at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, taking time to explore the golf course and area’s culinary scene.
Hello Baby Package
: With comforts from the luxury casita accommodations to the complimentary maternity pillow, moms-to-be are guaranteed to leave Scottsdale feeling rejuvenated. The Resort’s special babymoon package
includes a credit for poolside mocktails, maternity massage or comfort food classics at Proof restaurant
Visit the Historical Taliesin West
: Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter property stands as Scottsdale’s only National Historic Landmark. Get a glimpse into the architect’s fascinating life while touring the expansive desert masterpiece that he called home. Photography courtesy Library of Congress
Hike Pinnacle Peak Park: Given that Scottsdale’s summit tops out around 3,000 feet, pregnant visitors shouldn’t have any problem navigating the area’s wide and plush trails. Pack plenty of water and snacks while enjoying a moderate hike with beautiful views of the surrounding city.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Though the slopes are just a short drive from the Mile High City, Denver’s abundance of sports teams, museums and cosmopolitan offerings are the real draw for babymooners seeking a mix of city nightlife and relaxation. Between activities, rest up at Downtown’s Four Seasons Hotel Denver, where guests enjoy striking Rocky Mountain views from the property’s urban-chic suites.
Take a Dip
: Liberate yourself from the weight of pregnancy with a dip in the Hotel’s third-floor rooftop pool
. The best part? It’s heated, so while hot tubs must be ruled out at this exciting time, the pool remains the perfect (and safe) temperature for a relaxing float break.
Tune-in to a Colorado Concert: Treat yourselves (and maybe a little listener) to a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre – a special site for any music lover. Everyone from The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix has played the venue, which is heralded as one of the top amphitheatres in the world thanks to its acoustics and views of Denver. Photography courtesy Alamy
Treat Yourself with a Mom-to-Be Massage
: Venture to the 10,000-square-foot Spa
at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver and settle in for a relaxing, 80-minute prenatal massage. Designed for expectant moms, the service includes a special pregnancy pillow support and aims to curb stress, swelling and joint pain.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Please note: Before you consider taking a trip internationally, it is important to talk with your health care provider to discuss safety factors for you and your baby.