Honeymoons and babymoons are probably in the top 5 of the most exciting types of holidays that many look forward to. A honeymoon offers you the opportunity to get away with your significant other after months of planning that wonderful yet stressful wedding. You’ve worried about the dress, your shoes, your hair and makeup, the venue, your bridal shower, and of course, the inevitable family drama of who can’t sit next to who…Even with the help of a planner, a wedding can crack the toughest people so it is no wonder why many can’t wait for that honeymoon.
The term “babymoon” has only recently become a trend. It is when an expecting couple decides to go away together on holiday, a few weeks or months before their bundle of joy arrives. Any mom will tell you that this is most certainly a much-needed break as when that baby arrives, it will be a long time before you are able to get any sort of relaxation. It also offers you the opportunity to reconnect with your partner before the little one rocks both your worlds. So, we know that honeymoons and babymoons are important but the big question is – Where Do You Go? With so many options on the internet, it is understandable to be a little confused. Well, look any further. From beaches, to islands, to colorful and cultural destinations, we’ve got a list down for any type of holiday you’re in the mood for.
20 Honeymoon - Bora Bora
Bora Bora has long been considered a tropical paradise for a couple looking for the ultimate luxurious honeymoon. There is no wonder why. Have you seen the pics of the place? It is not only easily reachable if you’re coming from North America, Australia, New Zealand and some areas of South America, but it also has warm weather for most of the year. It is nestled in the French Polynesian islands and many of the resorts there offer activities such as water sports, swimming with sharks and mountain adventures…or you could just relax and enjoy the tranquil water of the Pacific Ocean and be blissful in your newlywed bubble.
19 Babymoon - Coconut Bay, St.Lucia
St. Lucia is an island located in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Now, the fact that it is in the Caribbean, already tells you that this is one place you want to visit since the islands offer tourists the best combination of beaches and culture. St. Lucia in particular, offers genuine Creole culture and some of the best fresh fish and cuisine. The island has hidden waterfalls, some of the best mountain views and a Botanical Garden that is the epitome of beauty. Since you’ll be getting much-needed rest before that little one arrives, you might also want to take advantage of the spas as the island has endless resorts and spas to offer.
18 Honeymoon - Buenos Aires, Argentina
If you’re tired of just the typical beach holiday and want some fun and culture for your time away with your new spouse, then Buenos Aires might just be the place for you. This South American city is nicknamed “The Paris of South America”. This nickname alone tells you that you are in for the best romantic time with your partner. Buenos Aires is the perfect combination of urban city, Latin passion and cultural sophistication. Optional activities include exploring the city’s vibrant nightlife, the museums, and you could also take tango lessons and learn how to ignite the fire in your relationship through dance.
17 Babymoon - Miami, Florida
You don’t have to go very far if budget is a little tight and you just don’t feel like a long flight to an overseas country or island. Miami, Florida is the perfect getaway for a couple looking to connect and spend their last few moments together before baby arrives. Although, yes, there is a very lively nightlife, Miami is a popular tourist destination because of its incredible beaches which offer white sands and turquoise waters and you’ll also be spoilt for choice with hotels as there are a number of world-class hotels to stay in. Just a few days of relaxation in Miami will have you well-rested and ready for that bundle of joy.
16 Honeymoon - Florence, Italy
Italy is one of the most loved honeymoon destinations around the world. The country offers culture, beautiful music, delicious cuisine and the ultimate romantic setting for newlyweds. Florence, in particular, is one of the more favored cities of this European country. If you’re more into art, then why not stop by Accademia and have a look at Michelangelo's David or perhaps by Uffizi and appreciate Botticelli’s, Venus Rising. The city also offers loads of luxury hotels so you’ll be spoilt for choice regarding where to stay. Florence is one of the best honeymoon destinations so don’t be surprised if you bump into plenty of other newlyweds.
15 Babymoon - Ireland
If you’re up for a long plane ride that is further than Miami or the Caribbean islands, then perhaps you should consider Ireland. The country is well-known for having magnificent castles and cathedrals and if you’re up for it, some of their castles even offer accommodation. If you’re the type that likes to mix and mingle with the locals, then you’re in luck because Dublin, Cork and Galway, three of Ireland’s cities, were all voted into the top four friendliest cities in 2015. The best part of Ireland is probably the fact that the country is small enough for you to experience the different cities, rural areas, mountain views, and greenery in one trip.
14 Honeymoon - Santorini, Greece
If you’re looking for some of the best scenery that Mother Nature has to offer, then without a doubt, Santorini is for you. Couples can marvel over the exquisite sunsets and sunrises that are literally breathtaking. Santorini is widely viewed as the gem of the Greek Isles and from the whitewashed houses overlooking the crystal blue waters, we can certainly understand why. Although there are a few things you can get up to such as going ATV riding, visiting the active volcano on a tour of the Caldera, or visiting the farmlands and wineries of the countryside, Santorini is ultimately that R&R type of a honeymoon destination where all you’ll actually need is your partner, a drink and overlook the ocean waters.
13 Babymoon - Amelia Island, Florida
Every babymoon needs to offer the expecting mother and father some much-needed rest and relaxation. Lucky for you, this does not necessarily mean that you have to travel far. I have already covered how amazing Miami is for a Babymoon and well, Amelia Island is yet another part of Florida that you may just want to consider if you’re heading east for your babymoon. The island has numerous sandy beaches with the perfect weather for any couple and you could also explore Centre Street as it offers antique markets, or tour the Victorian-era architecture that the island has to offer.
12 Honeymoon - Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is one of the most visited cities in Africa and there is no wonder why. This beautiful South African city offers everything from culture, to beautiful beaches, an exciting nightlife and of course, a tour of one of the 7 Wonders Of The World on Table Mountain, the flat-topped mountain that resembles a table. The couple that honeymoons in Cape Town is a couple that wants adventure, thrill, and relaxation all at the same time. In addition to Table Mountain, you can enjoy the many beaches that the city has to offer, a tour to Robben Island and a short taxi ride will land you in Stellenbosch for some wine tasting.
11 Babymoon - Antigua, West Indies
Antigua is yet another Caribbean Island gem that any expecting couple needs to seriously consider. Just like many other Caribbean islands, you would visit Antigua if you’re looking for a relaxed time away from the big city. The Island offers amazing beach bars with incredible oceanic views and is a great place to go to if you’re not too crazy about going to the other more popular previously mentioned places that may have lots of tourists when you visit. Antigua is quite honestly a Caribbean gem. The many resorts and spas on the island will also leave you well rested and recharged.
10 Honeymoon - Paris, France
Of course, Paris had to be on this list. The City of Lights offers lovers art, sophisticated wine and cuisine, and charming hotels. Since it’s such a popular tourist attraction, it’s a good idea to book your hotel as soon as you can to avoid disappointment and lucky for you, you’ll be spoilt for choice as there are plenty of hotels in the city. Besides booking a hotel, you may also want to reserve in advance a Paris Louvre Guided tour, a Versailles Palace and Garden Tour, and of course, an Eiffel Tower Dinner which looks spectacular at night, giving you and your partner the ultimate romantic setting.
9 Babymoon - Muai, Hawaii
Right in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean, lies an incredible gem like no other. Hawaii has long been getting incredible reviews from visitors and one look at the beautiful imagery from Maui and you won’t wonder why. You want to visit the island in April through May, or September through November as you will get that perfect tropical island weather that many seek when heading there. Most island places offer little much more than their beaches but Maui is ideal if you would like more than just sandy beaches. You can head to the Haleakala National Park, go on a Helicopter tour and take all the scenery in or head to the Maui Ocean Center if you encounter bad weather on any day.
8 Honeymoon - Kyoto, Japan
If you’re not too crazy about the beach honeymoon in tropical places or the European city honeymoon options that one can find in the already mentioned Paris and Florence, perhaps a honeymoon in Japan’s Kyoto will be just the right thing for you. Kyoto is the ideal spot for a couple that doesn’t mind a bit of a culture shock and is into exotic cuisine. If you’re looking for the ultimate spiritual experience, then visiting their shrines and temples are a must-do in this tranquil city. Although the weather allows you to visit pretty much anytime of the year, the ideal times to visit are in the fall in October/November as well as in the spring time in the months of March/April/May.
7 Babymoon - Arizona
In this list, we’ve covered many sandy beachy places, as well as tropical islands, European cities and South American and Asian must-see places. It can therefore take anyone by surprise to see this one on the list. Why Arizona? Well, like I mentioned in the beginning of the article, it all depends on what type of babymoon you’re into. As home to the Grand Canyon, the state offers plenty of enchanting landscapes that will charm any tourist. You might consider going to Scottsdale as it is in the heart of the Sonoran Desert and has some of the best resorts in the state.
6 Honeymoon - Cambodia
Cambodia is situated in Southeast Asia and has plenty of beautiful places to visit for a couple that is into culture, exploring different arts and exotic cuisines. If you’d like to get in touch with your spiritual side, you can visit the Angkor Wat, a glorious temple which has been recognized as the world’s largest religious monument. You can spend some time in the colorful Phnom Penh city and then when you’re tired of the city’s hustle and bustle, head on over to Koh Rong Samloem, the tropical island which boasts in having the best sunsets…perfect for your romantic getaway.
5 Babymoon - Little Palm Island Resort, Florida Keys
Number 5 on the list is probably one of the most charming places on this entire list. If you’re looking for a private, serene and peaceful experience on your Babymoon, then Little Palm Island Resort may just be the perfect place for you. It is located off the Florida Keys coastline and is so secluded that it can only be accessed through seaplane or boat. This means that you won’t have to deal with a lot of noise and hustle and bustle from locals and tourists because let’s face it, pregnancy can leave anyone feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. You need some peace and quiet to truly “take in” all that’s about to happen in your life.
4 Honeymoon - Bali
Bali has grown increasingly popular over the last few years and there is no wonder why. This Indonesian island is the perfect honeymoon getaway for the couple that seeks spiritual serenity. There are majestic temples and religious ceremonies that are practised daily. As a couple, you could perhaps use this getaway as a moment to not only reflect on your pasts but to also look forward to your new journey together in life. You can also take your pick at their beaches as the island has a number of beaches to choose from, and also indulge in the fresh seafood and organic produce. The picturesque rice paddies will leave you in awe of this beautiful and small island.
3 Babymoon - Oaxaca, Mexico
In the previous Babymoon spot, we spoke of Little Palm Island resort and how it’s perfectly secluded and offers you the ultimate peace and quiet. Well, if you’re a couple who needs adventure, excitement, culture, music, interesting cuisine and so much more on your babymoon, then Oaxaca, Mexico should be the perfect place for you. Oaxaca is a Mexican city that offers plenty of culture as it is the most diverse city in the country with plenty of local languages. You can also experience some of its fiestas by attending the Dia del los Muertos, The Guelaguetza or the festivities surrounding Christmas.
2 Honeymoon - Thailand
The beauty of Thailand simply cannot be experienced in a day or two so if you’re choosing this colorful Asian country, you might want to set aside a good number of days to not only enjoy yourselves but to soak up all the country has to offer. Thailand offers exotic wildlife, white sands with the most spectacular turquoise waters and Bhuddist Temples for pure serenity. The island of Phuket is one of the most popular destinations as it offers tourists some of the most high-end seaside resorts and restaurants. Probably the best part of Thailand is its affordability compared to other popular tourist destinations and after spending loads of money on your wedding, this might just be the perfect place.
1 Babymoon - Bahamas
Number 1 on the list should come as no surprise. When many people think of an island paradise with the perfect weather, sandy beaches and the best resorts and spas, many thinks of The Bahamas. It has, in fact, become a popular honeymoon spot because of all these qualities. The Bahamas can also be considered as the perfect babymoon spot because it simply has breathtaking views and one of the best places to relax and enjoy your time together as a couple before you have your little one. You can spend some time at the marketplace and get yourselves some souvenirs or just head out to one of the many luxurious resorts on Paradise Island to not do much but relax on the beach together, watch the sunset and look forward to this exciting new journey you’re about to face as a couple.