Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a couple's life together. However, even nine months of planning does not prepare anyone for parenthood. A husband and wife should use some of this time to relax and enjoy each other's company before the baby comes. While a honeymoon may be all about cocktails poolside, a babymoon getaway is about a few days of stress-free relaxation and spending time together before your family of two becomes three (or more). There are quite a few things to consider when picking a babymoon venue. Staying at a family-friendly resort that is packed with kids may not be the best choice. At the same time, a bachelor-pad hotel filled with twenty-somethings won't be very pleasant either.
Here are eight boutique hotels that are absolutely perfect for a babymoon getaway:
The Post Ranch Inn sits overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the cliffs of Big Sur . This luxury boutique hotel has just 39 rooms and boasts an award-winning spa and restaurant. There are four different styles of rooms here. All the rooms have hot tubs, private decks and fireplaces. No matter what time of year you visit, be prepared for a romance-filled weekend at this Central California retreat.
Meadowood may be a winery, and while wine tasting will be out of the question, dining and massages are ideal babymoon activities. You can enjoy dinner at the chef’s table, spend the day at the spa and, if you are up for it, play a little croquet on the lawn. Or you could just order room service and enjoy an evening by your private in-suite fireplace.
Topping Rose House is a Long Island babymoon destination for foodies. The restaurant at Topping Rose is run by chef de cuisine Kyle Koenig, who was schooled by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio. Topping Rose is also home to the Naturopathica Spa, which is known for its holistic skin treatments and massages. You and your beau can spend a day at one of the Hamptons fabulous beaches, stroll around the quaint town of Bridgehampton and then return to enjoy all the amenities Topping Rose has to offer.
Stellenbosch is not just a getaway for wine tasting. With the number of fantastic restaurants and amazing views of South Africa's winelands at every turn, Stellenbosch is a wonderful option for a babymoon. Spend the day taking a stroll through charming Stellenbosch, relax poolside, and then visit Babylonstoren, a local farm and restaurant in nearby Franschhoek.
While the thought of camping may make you cringe when you are pregnant... you should think again. The Resort at Paws Up invented the word "glamping." This Montana resort has luxury tented suites that include everything you would expect from a five-star hotel. The only difference is that you will be sleeping under canvas. Soak in the most amazing landscape views of Montana and have an afternoon picnic before visiting “spa town” to enjoy a massage or skin treatment.
With just 12 private cabins nestled in the Colorado mountains, Dunton Hot Springs is as exclusive and secluded as it gets. Spend the day at the hot springs, enjoy holistic spa treatments and then just relax together in your own private cabin.
Hidden Pond offers nature, relaxation, luxury and privacy. With just 19 unique cottages nestled among fir and birch trees, you are certain to feel like you are escaping civilization for a few days. Relax with a special massage in the Tree Spa, head in to the town of Kennebunkport for lunch and window shopping and have a dinner at “Earth,” the gourmet open-air restaurant at Hidden Pond.
Twin Farms is surrounded by the beauty of Vermont. All 20 rooms at this resort are completely different from one another. Every details is customized just for you. Unlike most luxury boutique hotels, Twin Farms is all-inclusive, so you can leave your cash and credit cards at home and enjoy everything the resort has to offer without worrying about a budget.
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