There’s no better excuse to kick back and enjoy a holiday before your little bundle of joy arrives. Babymoons are the new big trend for expectant parents, who are looking to have one last-minute break before the sleepless nights begin. To help you decide where to go for a babymoon in 2020 My Baggage has put together the top ten babymoon destinations and don’t worry, they’re all Zika free for your peace of mind.
The Azores are an archipelago of nine Portuguese islands in the Atlantic Ocean that are often referred to as the European version of Hawaii. Famous for their spectacular volcanic landscapes, outdoor activities and tranquil black sandy beaches, they make the perfect babymoon destination for someone who wants to do more than just sit back. If you want to enjoy a mix of activities and relaxation, then these islands have everything to offer. Spend an afternoon whale watching, watch the geysers in Furnas Valley and soothe those aching muscles in one of the many hot springs on San Miguel island.
Located off the west coast of Africa, Cape Verde is made of ten islands all boasting picturesque beaches and guaranteed relaxation. Often an underrated destination, these islands aren’t packed with tourists and expensive resorts. There is a real chance to just get off the beaten path, rent an Airbnb and spend your days lounging by the beach. Overall costs are low, and you will find good value for money when it comes to eating out or taking in an activity or tour. The islands are famous for turtle spotting, scuba diving and sailing.
Often a favourite spot for honeymooners, it’s also up there with the best babymoon destinations. This paradise island in the Indian Ocean is known for spectacular beaches, exotic palm trees and most importantly rest and relaxation. The island is home to many luxury resorts where you can enjoy massages, fine dining and your own private beach. Many resorts also offer a water taxi to take you to unknown coves and deserted beaches so you can really escape the crowds and have your own personal pregnancy photoshoot with the mesmerizing turquoise waters as your background.
The Canary Islands
If you are looking for a budget destination that boasts good beaches and guaranteed sunshine, then head to The Canary Islands. It’s not all package holidays and resorts, these islands each have their own distinct vibe and destinations. From the starlight reserves of La Palma to the golden sand beaches of Fuerteventura, each will have something to offer you no matter what style of babymoon you are looking for. All easily accessible from the UK, with good value accommodation and great prices on eating out, this is the perfect last-minute place for your babymoon, the hard part will be deciding which island to visit! But don’t worry if you can’t make your mind up, there are ferry services between many of the islands, so you don’t have to commit to just one.
Another firm favourite for weddings or honeymoons, why not head to Santorini, in Greece, for your babymoon? There is plenty to see in Santorini from the picturesque whitewashed churches and villages to archaeological sites such as Akrotiri for anyone wanting to look back at the history. Stay in a spectacular cave room, equipped with its very own plunge pool and the stunning backdrop of the village of Oria. Opt for a yacht tour and explore nearby coves and uninhabited islands and take a dip in the clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The island is a popular tourist destination, so it is recommended that if you are travelling whilst expecting to visit in the shoulder season from April to June. Summer can be crowded, and the hot temperatures would be incredibly draining.
Menorca is the laidback Balearic Island. There is no party reputation here, just sun, sea and relaxation. Often looked over for its rowdier counterparts, the pace of life is slower here, catering more to couples, families and retirees. The island is rural, boasting many former farmhouses and country estates now turned guesthouses. This is somewhere you can spend your week getting back to nature, forgetting the hustle and bustle and just sitting back on the golden sandy beaches and enjoying some tapas.
If you are wanting to enjoy a city break but still want to chill at the beach, then Lisbon offers the best of both worlds. Spend your days wandering the cobles in the old quarter and taking in the architecture of Belem Tower and Castelo de S. Jorge. Remember to tuck into plenty of patas de Natas and while away your evenings watching the sunset at Praia de Carcavelos. With low-cost accommodation, food and transport, Lisbon is the perfect last-minute city break destination for your babymoon.
Bermuda is one of the only islands in the Caribbean that remained Zika free, making it an ideal option for any expectant parents looking to head to the Caribbean with peace of mind. The island boasts secluded beaches and coves, a laidback lifestyle and plenty of resorts offering you rest and relaxation. Enjoy plenty of fine dining and satisfy your cravings with plenty of options in island cuisine, from jerk chicken to Asian fusion. Bermuda also has plenty of shopping centres where you can indulge in some retail therapy for less.
Seychelles is a luxury island known for its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and out of the world resorts, many of which offer packages which are perfect for those seeking babymoon destinations! The islands are so popular with expectant parents that you can find holidays tailored to your bump. From spa retreats and beauty treatments to private villas with plunge pools and relaxing jacuzzi baths, you have plenty to choose from! A standard one-week itinerary includes a couple’s massage, candlelit dinner on the beach, snorkelling and kayaking excursions, day trips to secluded beaches and shopping at the resort’s boutiques. Seychelles is not for anyone looking for a babymoon on a budget.
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