In the final weeks of pregnancy, there is nothing many women would like to do more than relax, and perhaps get a little pampering. After all, your body has pretty much been taken over and life is about to change dramatically.
This is exactly what babies are for – taken just before the baby is born. It is similar to the honeymoon because it is for the parents only. Instead of spending time with your partner after marriage, you both enjoy quality time together before the baby is born.
However, if you are pregnant, there are travel limits. For example, cruise lines won’t let you board after the second trimester, or 24 weeks. Although airlines will allow you to travel up to 36 weeks, there are still some restrictions imposed. In addition, planning for international travel can be challenging towards the end of pregnancy.
This is where these easy-to-reach local destinations come in. Whether you’re looking for poolside relaxation, spas, gourmet dining, or city culture, we’ve got you covered with these 7 US destinations.
Scottsdale, Arizona’s Sonoran Desert vistas, outdoor adventures, and luxury spa resorts make it an excellent vacation spot when you’re expecting.
There are plenty of hotels where you can enjoy the allure of the Scottsdale desert. However, not all of them offer pregnancy perks such as a comfortable maternity pillow to use during your stay or a pillow for your baby. These are things you can only find at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North.
The resort’s “Hello Baby” package comes with a $100 resort credit for dining or spa services during your stay, and a welcome gift of chocolate and a free dessert when you dine at the on-site Proof Restaurant.
Casitas and suites start at about $1,200 per night (plus taxes and fees), and are decorated in neutral colors that allow the natural beauty to shine through from your patio or balcony. Some rooms feature large outdoor living areas with a private plunge pool, a seating area with a fireplace and TV, and an outdoor shower.
Cardmembers with a Platinum or Centurion-branded American Express Card can book through the Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts program for additional benefits such as daily breakfast for two, room upgrades (when available), and a $100 resort credit to use during your stay.
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In Mendocino, you can spend your last days as a party of two at a secluded resort atop a pine-covered cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Hear the waves gently crashing against the cliffside, walk Pacific coast trails and gaze at giant sequoias.
The Brewery Gulch Inn in Mendocino is a small 10-room inn that celebrates nature with salvaged redwood construction, farm-to-table food, and a rugged setting to match frequent appearances of birds, deer, and other wildlife.
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The resort’s Babyymoon package includes massages tailored to parents’ needs and gifts from local businesses. The package price is $395 plus the room rate at an accommodation of your choice; Room rates start at around $425 per night, plus taxes and fees.
We recommend the Pine Room, with its cozy fireplace, hot tub for two, and private deck.
Charleston, South Carolina
If you’re looking for a kiddie destination on the East Coast with elegant historic architecture, delicious dining, tranquil saltwater marshes, sandy beaches, and a dash of Southern hospitality, look no further than Charleston, South Carolina.
Located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, the Planters Inn has offered luxury and convenience since 1844. With meticulous gardens, four-poster beds, and custom décor in every room, this 64-room boutique hotel exudes upscale Southern charm inside and out.
Speaking of magic, when you book the Planters Inn kids’ package, you’ll receive candy and sparkling apple juice delivered to your room, breakfast for two and a basket full of homemade bath products to enhance your soak in your room’s oversized bathtub. The package also comes with a baby book and a doll to bring home for your new addition.
Rates for the Planters Inn babymoon package start at $399 per night (plus taxes and fees) and include accommodations.
Cosy, remote, romantic: Nantucket is what a child’s dreams are made of. The pristine Nantucket beachfront is lined with sea oats and sand dunes. Combined with the sounds of the ocean, you’ll instantly feel your pre-baby stresses melt away.
Parents can book a two-night birth-conquering package at White Elephant in Nantucket, where the pregnant woman will receive a prenatal massage and the other parent will receive a ribbon-rolled cigar. This is on top of staying in a room overlooking the picturesque harbor.
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The entire property feels secluded yet is walking distance to city favorites, like the Brant Point Lighthouse, the Juice Bar for those ice cream cravings, and the Whaling Museum. At night, snuggle under the blankets and read a book by the in-room fireplace. Or sip mocktails at Brant’s Point Grill.
Babymoon package rates at White Elephant start at around $475 per night.
Hawaii has always been the perfect place for honeymooners and childbirthers—and it’s pretty obvious to see why. Temperatures remain reasonably comfortable year-round, and there are plenty of spas, delicious food, and opportunities for outdoor exploration.
Maui’s Wailea Beach Resort offers a taste of all that Hawaii has to offer, and you’ll probably want to come back again and again after the kiddos. The hotel caters to couples and new parents with packages that allow you to relax and enjoy before and after childbirth.
Expecting parents can book the “Awaken in Wailea” experience, which includes a relaxing morning of wellness activities including a prenatal massage with meditative sound wave therapy, a fresh breakfast made with seasonal and local ingredients, and homemade juices.
After breakfast, retreat to the adults-only infinity pool and book a romantic dinner in a private floating cabana.
The resort also offers the “Ohana New Parents Package” with the upgraded Premium Sundeck Collection suite and use of a bassinet, baby carrier, nappies and wipes during your stay; It also provides a 45-minute photo session to capture precious memories of your growing family. The package includes accommodations and costs about $2,259 per night (plus taxes and fees).
Wailea Beach Resort is just steps from the beach, and guest rooms and suites overlook the resort’s tropical gardens or the Pacific Ocean. Room rates start at around $680, or 88,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points, per night.
Some credit cards, including The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, and some co-branded Marriott Bonvoy credit cards, automatically grant Marriott Gold Elite status (registration may be required). This can get you enhanced internet access, 25% bonus points on stays, 2pm late check-out (subject to availability), room upgrades (also based on availability) and a welcome gift of points every time you stay.
Key West, Florida
For a passport-free getaway with a Caribbean feel, the Florida Keys make the perfect vacation baby getaway. This laid-back island city is home to outdoor activities, historic sites, beautiful beaches, and a food scene that highlights Florida favorites like fresh seafood and key lime pie.
Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton boasts the largest private beach on the island, making it a natural choice for your baby. Moms and dads can enjoy outdoor couples massages at beachfront cabanas (prenatal massage included), and relax by the pool or beach; They can also explore the art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants of nearby Duval Street.
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Rooms at Casa Marina Key West start at about $350, or 95,000 Hilton Honors Points, per night.
Ojai is close to Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, but it’s more relaxed and secluded. Its name means “nest” in the indigenous Chumash language, and it’s the perfect place for parents to “nest” before their little one arrives.
Tranquil Ojai is located 15 miles off the California coast and offers a getaway from the nearby hustle and bustle. It is a natural enclave surrounded by rolling mountains that reflect the setting sun to create a ‘pink moment’ at the end of the day.
The mission-themed Ojai Valley Inn offers dads relaxing treatments at the 30,000-square-foot Ojai Spa, including an expectant mother massage for mom.
Other activities include backcountry California picnic and pedal packages, beekeeping, canoeing, relaxing in the pool, and even bluegrass brunch.
Room rates start at around $650 per night (plus taxes and fees).
Whether you prefer to spend your day relaxing on the beach, strolling the cobblestone streets or exploring nature’s many wonders, one of these seven US kids’ vacation destinations should have what you’re looking for.
Once you’ve cleared your destination, mode of transportation, and planned activities with your healthcare provider, it’s time to treat yourself to the peace and relaxation that every destination strives to provide for parents.