What is a babymoon? It is the perfect excuse to sneak away with your partner and relax before your family expands and your life completely changes. Some of your childless friends might think that pregnancy means kissing excitement goodbye, but a babymoon doesn’t have to be dull. Rather than the standard spa or bed-and-breakfast babymoon destinations, consider heading off to one of these unique places instead.
Sicily in an island that sits close to the Italian mainland, but it might as well be on the other side of the Mediterranean. The island doesn’t always receive the most attention from tourists, but it is filled with good food, ancient sites and a rich natural appeal. Conquered by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Spanish, Sicily boasts an intriguing and unusual mix of cultures. The island is ideal for a babymoon if you want to get away from the rest of the world, see some ancient ruins, take a dip in turquoise waters and feast on fine food.
Where do you want to stay for a babymoon on Sicily? You might want to consider Monaci delle Terre Nere. The 19th century estate sits on the slopes of Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. This timeless resort has a number of suites scattered around garden-covered grounds. Babymooning couples can enjoy a wealth of activities right at Monaci. The estate features cooking classes and complimentary breakfasts. There is an organic farm right on the property, so most of the ingredients that are used in the meals are grown onsite. Guests can also appreciate nature trails, yoga and Pilates classes, and a pool area. Monaci is the perfect place to truly unplug. The rooms do not have televisions.
Austin is ideal for a year-round babymoon. The weather is pleasant for most of the year in the capital of Texas. Austin has big city attractions and a small town feel. You can eat some ice cream while you watch of the city's strangest happening: the thousands of bats that take off nightly from the Congress Avenue Bridge. Then, there are the shops around South Congress, the wealth of music venues, and some of the most creative restaurants in Texas.
If you want to do some nursery shopping at the boutiques on South Congress, you can base yourself at Hotel Saint Cecilia. Within walking distance of the downtown district, this hotel effortlessly blends Victorian style with 1960s cool. Once owned by the descendants of Davy Crockett, Hotel Saint Cecilia doesn’t just provide history, it is an ideal place to relax as well. The pool deck is great for lounging or taking a dip (in the 50-foot pool).
About 60 miles northwest of London, Oxford is a smart place to vacation. Would-be parents can further their babymoon education in this charming town, which has an esteemed university with over 40 Noble Prize-winning alumni. Oxford isn’t all about the books though. The city boasts medieval streets, ancient churches and fine dining restaurants.
For a bit more seclusion and privacy, you can always visit Oxford by day and hole up for the night in one of the neighboring hamlets. Great Milton is a prime example of this kind of small village. This timeless town is home to Belmond Le Manoir. At this luxury inn, each room is completely different. Belmond Le Manoir is also home to one of the country’s finest restaurants. Guests can even hone their own culinary skills at the onsite cooking school.
Most soon-to-be parents just want to relax and get some rest on a babymoon (before those sleepless nights become a reality). The Bahamas is one of the best spots to do absolutely nothing but relax. The Bahamas is known for its sandy beaches and near perfect weather. If you are thinking of a tropical babymoon, you might want to go with a private island for your accommodations. One example of such a place is Musha Cay. The epitome of a Caribbean tropical paradise, Musha Cay keeps its private island truly private. The maximum capacity is just 24 guests at a time. Here, couples can enjoy a relaxing babymoon filled with sugar white sands, turquoise water, and, best of all, peace and quiet.
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