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Places to Stay

7 Babymoon-Friendly Hotels That Are Relaxing, Rejuvenating, and Restorative

Quiet inns and beachfront properties to visit alone, with a partner, or with a group before baby arrives.

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In the late fall of 2018, about 20 weeks pregnant with my first daughter, my husband and I traveled to Hawaii’s Big Island with my in-laws and his siblings. We ate fish sandwiches and swam at Hapuna State Park. We explored a black sand beach and took a 24-hour jaunt to Maui, drinking mocktails (me) and cocktails (him) on the open-air deck of The Four Seasons Maui with the smaller island of Lanai in the distance. I cried because my bikini barely fit with a growing bump.

Ten weeks later, I traveled to Sedona with my best friend, where we hiked the red rocks and saw psychics, a trip I’ll always remember fondly: my last before I became a mother.

Fast forward to just a few months ago, this time pregnant with my third child. My sister and I meandered down windy rural Connecticut roads spotted with antique shops and stayed at a quiet inn. We got massages at a spa you could have stayed all day at, ate farm-fresh food in a dining room restaurant, and slept in beds without toddlers in them that you dreamed about returning back to.

All of these travels were wonderful—and none of them were conventional babymoons.

Traditionally, the “babymoon” trip has been reserved as a pre-baby trip with a partner, one final celebration of the “just-the-two-of-you” years, before sleep deprivation and baby snuggles replace quality time and leisurely romantic dinners. 

But in recent years, the babymoon has transformed into something more than that: an intentional push to break out of your usual routine, to reset, to reflect, to explore.

They can be big. They can be small. They can be local: a staycation at your favorite hotel. The best babymoons blend rest with wonder; they make you feel at home and deliver a hint of something else—awe, excitement, or novelty.

(Note that in the absence of complications, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists says that occasional air travel is safe for pregnant women, but some airlines require a note from a medical provider in the third trimester.)

These seven babymoon-friendly properties—from elegant New England inns to sprawling, take-up-part-of-a-coastline resorts—have something for every mom-to-be.

The Chatham Bars Inn is a Cape Cod classic.

Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham Bars Inn

The Cape’s grand dame, Chatham Bars Inn—right at the elbow-shaped curve of the peninsula—is a quintessential New England getaway. Dine al fresco at the main inn’s water-facing front porch and stay at the inn, one of 12 spa suites (each with its own sauna and spacious steam shower), or a standalone cottage within walking distance to strollable downtown Chatham’s boutique shops and cafes. There’s a pool and a beach, where a private launch will take you to a remote barrier shoreline, and all the good-for-the-soul stuff, too: saltwater, fresh air, and sunshine. While many Cape Cod hotels and resorts hibernate come winter, CBI stays open, welcoming guests with a roaring lobby fireplace, art and wildlife nature classes, and afternoon tea.

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1 Hotel Hanalei Bay has the lush green mountain views Kauai is famous for.


1 Hotel Hanalei Bay

Those not bothered by a bit of drizzle—Princeville is not on Kauai's sunny side—will be rewarded with one of the best views in the world: majestic Hanalei Bay and its green peaks, low clouds, rainbows, and aqua waters speckled with paddleboarders. Recently opened anew as a 1 Hotel (you may have previously known the property as a Sheraton or a St. Regis), when not in awe of your surroundings, you can snuggle up with a maternity pillow, take nearby farm tours and cooking classes, sip fresh juice elixirs from an on-site juice bar, book private prenatal fitness classes, or simply relax on the terrace (again, that view).

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Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is a long-time Bermuda favorite when it comes to babymoon hotels.

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Hamilton Princess & Beach Club

The historic British isle of Bermuda has always been a babymoon hotspot, but when it remained Zika-free, many more moms flocked to the accessible island (only about a two-hour nonstop flight from East Coast hubs) with a faraway feel (foreign roads and truly-that-blue turquoise waters). New and noteworthy properties have popped up on Bermuda over the past few years—The St. Regis Bermuda Resort, for example—but ‘the Pink Palace,’ to those who know Hamilton Princess & Beach Club well, remains our top pick. There’s an on-site exhale spa, harbor view fitness classes, walkability to downtown Hamilton, and access to the resort’s beach club on the South side of the island, just 20 minutes away by the resort jitney.

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Cal-a-Vie is a Southern California spa pick and a Readers’ Choice Awards winner.



Schlep you will not when you book a three-, four-, or seven-night package at Cal-a-Vie, the opulent wellness retreat just north of San Diego that will have you thinking you’re in the French countryside. The stay includes airport transportation, meals made from grown-on-site ingredients, unlimited fitness classes, and multiple spa treatments (six with a three-night stay). A perennial Readers' Choice Awards winner, here, prenatal massages are a given; the spa also offers services like prenatal kinesiology taping to help relieve pregnancy discomforts in sensitive areas. And ooh, the tubs: Each villa and suite comes appointed with a grand one.

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Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection is halfway between NYC and Boston.

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Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection

Essentially equidistant from New York City and Boston in Western Connecticut, you wouldn’t necessarily know Auberge’s stately yet secluded Mayflower Inn & Spa was there unless you looked for it. After a mocktail upon arrival and a nap in the four-poster bed, you may not want to leave. If you do, venture to the inn’s standalone spa; a courtesy property vehicle will take you if you don’t want to walk. The cozy waiting room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace, and comfy white armchairs is just as appealing as the services themselves (a prenatal massage, reiki, or energy work). If you’re nesting, beware: After staying somewhere this gorgeous, the inclination to beautifully wallpaper every room in your house when you return home is real.

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Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is a desert sanctuary.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

This Four Seasons's one-, two-, and three-bedroom Southwestern-inspired suites, complete with outdoor garden showers and private plunge pools, are ideal for both couples and small groups on retreat. And sure, Scottsdale is known for its spas; the city has over 50 of them, and Troon North’s, with its creative menu, including a meditative desert hike that ends with cooling aromatherapy-scented towels, is a top pick. But the pool, tucked beautifully into the Sonoran Desert’s hills—tall Saguaros and peaks in the distance—and its bookable cabanas are reason enough to venture here. Come nightfall, look up for pink and blue cotton candy colored skies.

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Visit Fairmont Banff Springs, a six-time Readers' Choice Awards winner.

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Fairmont Banff Springs

Relaxing babymoon hotels go beyond tropical destinations: In Banff’s Canadian Rockies, the altitude clocks in around 4,500 feet—about half the height of some of Colorado’s popular peaks; good news for already swollen feet. It’s hard to say where these mountains are more beautiful: standing beneath them at the “Castle in the Rockies,” as the Fairmont Banff Springs is deservedly called, or at a distance driving toward them during the 90-minute cruise from Calgary. On top of the views (private meals at the 360-degree Dome offer some of the best of the nearby national park), there’s a year-round heated outdoor pool and spa hydrotherapy tubs for soothing sore muscles. In town, Banff offers art galleries, museums, and coffee shops serving ethically-sourced beans; all the while Mount Rundle is towering over you.