Not too long ago pregnancy was seen as a ‘delicate condition’ and women were expected to avoid anything exerting, or let’s face it, fun. However, times have changed and today you have proud moms-to-be lifting heavy weights, climbing mountains, and traveling as long into their pregnancy as they can.
In recent years the trend to head out on a babymoon has completely taken off. This excursion is great for those looking to relieve pregnancy stresses, visit a location that might not be ideal for traveling with children in tow, and of course, get in some much needed bonding time with your partner. But lately there’s been a black cloud lurking over those wanting to get away before the due date, and that’s Zika.
Unfortunately for those who dream of heading south and lounging on beaches, sipping on mocktails, and sunning your bikini-clad baby bump, this might not be your year. The CDC notes that the virus has been present in much of the Caribbean, Central America, South America, the pacific islands, and Puerto Rico.
Now Zika is by no means an end to a babymoon, however it does mean you might want to consider where you head. Here are some of Uniglobe Travel Designers’ favorite alternatives:
If you still want to stick to the sun, we recommend the west coast, especially if you’ll be heading out during the cooler months. For luxury and the beach, you can’t go wrong with checking out any of the boutique hotels and resorts that line the coasts in LA or San Diego. And if you crave the warmth, but the beach isn’t a priority, you would be remised if you ignored Arizona.
Arizona begs to be explored.
The state packs plenty to enjoy, but none may be as perfect for a babymoon as L’Auberge Sedona in Sedona, AZ. The sprawling resort is nestled in the inspiring Red Rocks region and could provide just the kind of secluded pampering you need to connect to the new baby and reconnect to each other.
With credits for their decadent meals, a $150 Spa Credit to be used towards a Maternity Spa Treatment that uses essential oils formulated just for the mom-to-be, as well as a baby journal to take home, a stay here could be just what the doctor ordered.
For those looking to get a break from the heat think about heading north, specifically to favorites like Toronto and Niagara Falls on the east coast and Vancouver on the west.
Is Ontario calling you?
A great choice is E’ Terra, which is hidden away next to Georgian Bay. Consider their “Baby, You and Me Make Three” package that includes two nights’ accommodations, gourmet meals, including a romantic picnic lunch, and massages, one tailored for pregnancy and one for your partner. And if your pregnancy has brought on special dietary concerns, including gestational diabetes, don’t worry; their chefs have been trained specifically in creating meals for such issues.
If you can get there a bit earlier in your pregnancy (think mid-second trimester), we highly recommend Europe. Travel restrictions will be easier to get around earlier (Plus easier for you to explore too!). Though there will be a fair amount of walking, public transportation tends to be abundant if fatigue kicks in. There are so many destinations perfect for embracing romance and relaxation such as Paris, France (not as relaxing, but the FOOD!), the Amalfi coast and Capri in Italy, or the ever-chic Vienna, Austria.
The hills really are alive in stunning Austria
Park Hyatt Vienna is right in the middle of the city, making it great for easy walking, shopping, and sight-seeing. The hotel offers daily breakfast for two (in bed if you’d like), a baby gift, and a 60 minute “Mum-to-Be” foot treatment at their Arany Spa. While you’re at the spa you can also take a dive into their spectacular and sanctuary-like swimming pool.
So while Zika may still be a concern, there are still plenty of amazing destinations where you can show off your baby bump! At Uniglobe Travel Designers, our leisure specialists can help plan your perfect getaway.
Also check out our Top 10 Travel Tips for Moms-To-Be!
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