Whether you’re pregnant with your first child or your last, a “babymoon” — one last vacation with your hubby before the little one arrives — is essential.
If you’re looking to go all out or if you’re on a tight budget, don’t worry. We found the hottest destinations of 2013 to meet your specific needs.
Many years ago, a babymoon was described as parents spending time bonding with their newborn baby. Nowadays, it’s a final vacation before the baby is born (we like that much better!). Though babies definitely enhance your life both individually and as a couple, they change it, too. Sleepless nights, lack of freedom and tighter budgets typically top the list of the biggest changes parenthood brings. If you’re expecting a baby in 2013, now’s the time to start planning the babymoon of your dreams (and don’t worry, we covered all budgets).
For those looking to go all out
Peter Island, British Virgin Islands
The Virgin Islands is the perfect babymoon destination for those looking to go big! Peter Island, in particular, is known as the most romantic and secluded of the islands. Situated on a 1,800-acre resort, Peter Island offers romance and elegance at its finest. You can get a prenatal massage while your husband gets treated to a de-stressing massage. Soak up the sun on one of five fabulous beaches or partake in more adventurous activities, such as snorkeling, tennis and more.
Turks and Caicos Islands, Caribbean
Anywhere in the Caribbean is going to be relaxing and romantic, but if you’re looking for something extra special we suggest Parrot Cay, a luxury resort on its own island. Walk the mile-long white sand beach, have your own private dinner on a secluded beach, partake in yoga or get a prenatal massage — the options are endless. There are even family-friendly rooms if you’re planning to take older kids with you on this trip.
For those on a budget
San Diego, California
If you’re looking to relax on a beach but don’t have the means of going to the Caribbean, head west to San Diego, California! The weather is mild year-round, so whether you’re expecting a spring baby or a winter baby, San Diego will provide sun, relaxation and warmth. The Holiday House Bed and Breakfast surrounds you with panoramic views and is close to all of San Diego’s finest attractions, including La Jolla and the San Diego Zoo.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
How does snuggling your man by a warm fire with breathtaking views sound? Incredible? We thought so! Colorado Springs offers hiking, guided tours through canyons, hot air balloon rides, beautiful gardens and more. Stay at Colorado Springs best resort, The Broadmoor, for an experience unlike any other. Surrounded by natural beauty and picturesque mountains, this is the perfect getaway for couples looking to soak in some alone time before having their baby.
Whether you have other kids or going out of town just isn’t in your budget this year, if all else fails, plan a staycation. Consider letting the kids stay over at a friends’ house for the night or putting them to bed a little earlier than usual so you and your husband can enjoy a romantic evening in peace. Make sure to plan and schedule the evening in advance to make it feel more special. Cook your favorite meal together, make chocolate-dipped strawberries for dessert and pop open a bottle of sparkling cider.
Whether planning an all-out trip to the Virgin Islands or just a simple night at home, cherish those special moments together as a couple. Remember, a happy family starts with a happy relationship.