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15 Ideas for an Unforgettable Babymoon

Babymoons are extremely special. They’re a fun, exciting and romantic way for soon to be mummies and daddies to spend some quality time together before the new arrival. Because before you know it, you’ll be drowning in a crazy but wonderful world of nappies, formula and midnight baby monitor wakeup calls. So a babymoon break can be just the ticket to help you relax, wind down and embrace those precious alone moments with your partner before the pitter-patter of little feet infiltrate your peaceful life. If you want to plan an unforgettable babymoon getaway with your loved one, here are 17 amazing ideas for the perfect romantic babymoon.

1. Bed and Breakfast in Cornwall

Sometimes, there’s just nothing better than a classic UK bed and breakfast getaway. Find somewhere with a quaint setting and lovely walks nearby and a B&B break is so romantic. One of our favourite places for a B&B holiday is definitely Cornwall because it’s got everything for couples. From walks and nature trails to beaches and castles, it’s truly a magical place. Some of the most romantic spots you have to check out include St Nectans Glen Waterfall in Tintagel, Lusty Glaze Beach in Newquay and St Michaels Mount in Marazion.

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2. Brecon Beacons Babymoon

We’re blessed to have amazing national parks in Great Britain, and the beautiful Brecon Beacons is always being cited as one of the best outdoor destinations in the UK. Stretching over 500 square miles of the Welsh landscape, this vast natural zone takes you all the way from Llandeilo in the west to Abergavenny in the east, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to location. We particularly love staying in Hay-on-Wye, which sits right on the north eastern tip of the Brecon Beacons National Park (near Cusop) and boasts an olde worlde feel to make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time. Westbrook Court B&B is a fab place to lay your hat for the weekend and you’ll find so much to do nearby, including bookshops and antique shops, the Black Mountains, walks around the Golden Valley, and riding the steam trains of the Brecon Mountain Railway.

What we love best though about this national park is the stargazing. Brecon Beacons is known for its lack of light pollution so you can hunt for stars in the night sky.

3. Relaxing Spa Hotel

Being heavily pregnant means that mobility can be a problem. So whilst a short scenic walk may seem like a great idea, sometimes it’s just better to stay put and put your feet up instead. The best way to enjoy your babymoon is to wind down in a luxury spa hotel, like Sands Resort Hotel and Spa, and take advantage of the indoor and outdoor pools, the babysitting service for parents, and the 9 hole golf course which will keep him out of trouble whilst you’re getting your treatments done. The spa features a number of treatment rooms offering organic skincare from Spiezia, and the suites are available in family-sized rooms too if you want to bring the little ones along.

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4. Northern Lights in Scotland

You don’t have to go to Lapland to see the Northern Lights. If you find a good spot where light pollution is at a minimum as far up as Scotland, you just might be lucky enough to catch the Aurora Borealis. It’s a mind-blowing sight and oh-so romantic. A Northern Lights hunt is the sort of thing that requires patience though – so book a week to be sure – and you’ll have to persevere when it comes to staying outside (so wrap up!) because catching sight of them isn’t always easy. Use an official Aurora Borealis forecast to plan your trip and find yourself a remote cottage in Noss Head, Wick, Nairn or the Moray Coast, the Isle of Skye, or places in the far northwest such as Applecross, Lochinver and Ullapool. You can also see the lights from Galloway Forest Park, which is the only Dark Sky Park in Scotland.

5. Chocolate Box Village Break in The Cotswolds

If you want relaxing, quaint and peaceful (things that you won’t get once your new arrival is here), we recommend taking a romantic trip to one of the beautiful chocolate box villages of the Cotswolds. These cute little market towns and villages are named “chocolate box villages” due to their olde worlde nature and their picturesque streets and old fashioned architecture – which make them look like photographs or paintings from a vintage chocolate box (that’s how they got their name). Some of the most famous towns include Blockley, Bibury, Lower Slaughter, Kingham and Mickleton and some of our favourite places to stay (which are also family friendly) include A Windfall Cottage in Beckford and Cotswold Lake House near Cirencester.

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6. Mongolian Yurt Weekend

Sometimes, you don’t need much to have a bit of romance. Just you, your loved one, the great outdoors and a cosy campfire is all you need for a fun weekend of rest and relaxation. Staying in a Mongolian yurt, like this one in Cornwall, gives you a chance to try out glamping (a glamorous kind of camping) to reconnect with nature but not without your creature comforts. We think this is a fantastic and cost effective way of enjoying a pre-baby holiday in the UK.

7. Exclusive Beach Resort in the Algarve

Some airlines will allow pregnant women to fly up to 36 weeks so your dreams of going abroad may not be thwarted just yet. With a new baby on the way, this may be your last and final chance to enjoy a romantic getaway completely undisturbed and we would recommend going somewhere totally luxurious like the Martinhal Resort in Portugal, with exclusive beach front villas and set in the charming town of Sagres on the Algarve’s westernmost tip. This place is divine and it’s ideal for a babymoon because it’s the sort of place you come to do absolutely nothing at all. Stroll along the beach, sunbathe, take a dip in the hotel pool or order room service and just enjoy the glorious views from your balcony.

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8. Enjoy a Nostalgic Farm Stay

With a baby of your own on the way, you’ll be hard pressed to ever find a chance to act like a kid again. But that’s why we love farm stays. Before your final step into parenthood, enjoy a nostalgic getaway with your loved one and have the unique opportunity to revisit one of your favourite childhood pastimes and spend time on a farm feeding all the animals. North Bradbury Farm has been named one of the “best UK farm stays” by The Guardian; you can relax in the beautiful cottage (complete with homemade meals, takeaways or campfire nights), go swimming in the heated pool outside, or just take it easy and enjoy the fun farm surroundings. And if you already have children – that’s your perfect excuse to book!

9. Shopping Weekend in London

The loud and bustling capital may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a relaxing babymoon, but if you’ve got a penchant for luxury, shopping and fine dining, a weekend for two in London could be your last chance of freedom before the pitter-patter of baby feet. For shopaholics, a weekend in the capital city is ideal – this could be the last opportunity that you get to shop alone as adults, and could also be the last time you get to shop for yourself for a very long time. Make sure you book a table for afternoon tea, do some sightseeing, and don’t forget there are so many things you can get up to at night including Michelin Star dining, views from The Shard, or theatres and shows.

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10. Quiet Cottage in Normandy  

Normandy is a great region to explore during your babymoon. This northern zone is quite often the forgotten region when it comes to holidays in France. Sun-worshippers beeline for Nice and the Côte d’Azur, foodies and winos make tracks for Burgundy or the wine region of Bordeaux, and city break lovers spend their time checking out all the neighbourhoods of Paris. But Normandy has a quaint kind of charm and more seaside towns than Devon and Cornwall. For heavily pregnant women who don’t feel up to hiking trails, there are plenty of parks and gardens which offer a light stroll and exercise without the risks. One of our best rated cottages is this Rue De La Dive 18th Century stone cottage, located in the small commune of Trun. Just 20 minutes away from the town of Falaise, you’ll have access to miles and miles of golden beaches and you can spend your babymoon days relaxing in the local cafes. Life is slow-paced here, making it perfect for a quiet break before the baby arrives.

11. Seaside Cottage in Devon

There are fewer things in the world more relaxing and calming than the ocean. The sounds of the sea are extremely soothing so if you’re looking for a way to find tranquillity before your new arrival comes and turns your world upside down, book a few nights at a seaside cottage with gorgeous sea views. Some believe that a calm pregnancy can deliver a calm baby; but whether you think it’s just speculation or you believe that there are psychological substantiations behind the idea, getting a chance to wind down before birth is still very much welcomed for any couple! Granary Cottage in Devon, located with Plymouth to the west and Torbay to the east – so you’ll have endless coastline on your doorstep.

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12. Cosy Cabin in Yarmouth

Yarmouth in the Isle of Wight is one of those sleepy destinations that is just perfect for babymooning couples in search of some peace and quiet. This stylish Tapnell Farm cabin has all the creature comforts you need to enjoy some cosy evenings in, plus panoramic views of the stunning countryside. The farm also boasts the “best sunsets in the south” so this gorgeous location is perfect for a little pre-baby romance.

13. Sunshine Villa in Florida

If you’re after guaranteed sun, book a week or two at our featured Florida villa in the resort neighbourhood of Calabay Parc, located just outside of Orlando. This beautiful community has been attractively landscaped and boasts a quiet neighbourhood feel with easy access to shops, supermarkets and restaurants nearby. The city of Orlando is famed for its theme parks and family attractions but there are plenty of other things you can get up to. The next time you’re back here, you’ll most likely be spending your days at Disney World with the kids, so be sure to embrace all the grown-up activities before your first baby arrives!

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14. Domes of Elounda Resort

The famous Domes of Elounda Resort is renowned as one of the most stylish, exclusive resorts on the island of Crete. If you want unadulterated luxury and 5 star treatment from the moment you arrive, we really couldn’t recommend anything more magical than this place. This boutique hotel features beautiful interiors in every suite with four poster beds and lavishly appointed bathrooms, panoramic views from your window or balcony, an infinity pool overlooking the ocean, exclusive poolside dining, a luxury spa centre, and a choice of bars (with alcohol free cocktails for mums to be).

15. A Whitby Weekend

A weekend in Whitby at our featured Sneaton Hall is all about embracing the simple pleasures in life. Enjoy coastal walks and seaside strolls, the best fish and chip takeaways in England, exploring the abbey ruins, or just browsing the cool, quirky shops of the tourist-friendly town centre. Be sure to check out the old fashioned sweet shops and the various jewellery boutiques. A great place to enjoy an easy, affordable babymoon that doesn’t require a huge deal of planning. Sneaton Hall prides itself on being a romantic, cosy bolthole with plenty of kid-friendly facilities so you’ll be able to come back once the baby is born too.

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