Contrary to popular belief, babymoons aren’t actually about babies. In fact, they’re the last chance for an expectant couple to get away on holiday sans baby. Forget the traditional post-wedding holiday, this one’s all about getting soon-to-be parents relaxed and ready for their new arrival. Plus, it’s the last chance – at least for a little while – for couples to switch off and spend some quality time together before becoming a family. Before you head off on your babymoon, it’s important to keep your doctor in the loop and clear your travel plans with them, especially if you’re at a higher medical risk. Make sure you check out any travel advice for your destination, so you’re in the loop about things like Zika outbreaks. And, ensure that you’re up to date with your vaccinations and have checked out the medical facilities in your resort.
Now that you’re in the know about this pre-baby travel trend, here are our top babymoon destinations…
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You don’t want to spend too much of that precious baby-free time on the plane or on the road, do you? Pick a destination that’s just a short flight away to maximise your relaxation time. Flights to Majorca take just two and a half hours, and the island’s only little, so you can minimise your travel time. Majorca’s capital, Palma, packs in historic sights, museums and a fancy cathedral that has a Blue Flag beach just behind it, so you can combine sightseeing with chilled beach days. When it comes to deciding where to stay, the Aluasoul Alcudia Bay is a solid option. This adults-only retreat features modern interiors and a stylish spa. Plus, you’ll only be a 10-minute stroll away from Alcudia’s Blue Flag sandy stretch.
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Morocco ticks a lot of babymoon boxes. First up, it boasts year-round sunshine, so whenever your due date is, it’s an option. Plus, it lines up plenty of swish hotels at wallet-friendly prices, it’s famous for food so it’s easy to satisfy your cravings, and it’s in the same time zone as the UK so you can say goodbye to sleepless nights – until your baby arrives, anyway. Head to Agadir to make the most of its sweeping golden-sand coastline and souvenir-filled souks. Hotel-wise, we’re fans of the Riu Palace Tikida Agadir ,which has its own private beach area, plus two à la carte restaurants and a huge pool surrounded by plush daybeds. There’s also a spa and wellness centre where you can book beauty treatments – just the thing to get you relaxed before your bundle of joy arrives.
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The largest of the Canary Islands is a top pick for babymoon breaks, thanks to its always-sunny weather, pindrop-peaceful resorts and decent choice of All Inclusive hotels. Pick Puerto de Santiago on the west coast of the island if you’re after a secluded spot. This place lines up footprint-free black-sand beaches, natural cliffside pools and laidback fishing villages, where you can take in some local culture. Pick the clifftop Hotel Barcelo Santiago as your base for top-drawer views over Tenerife – you can even see the island of La Gomera from here.
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This island sits off the toe of Italy’s mainland and offers a winning mix of cultural sights and chilled beaches. Plus, of course, there’s the Sicilian food – you can have your fill of as much pizza, pasta, arancini and ice–cream as your pregnancy cravings demand. Hotel-wise, the Athenee Palace, in Cefalu, is parked in a peaceful spot and has its own stretch of pebble beach and three pools. And, the Hotel Caesar Palace is in a prime spot next to Mount Etna – so you’ll have some amazing views – and boasts its own private beach, plus a huge pool.
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