20 Babymoon Destinations in Europe My Baba 11 March, 2015 Features, Living, Travel While the idea of a babymoon is long gone for me, I’ve been thinking recently that my husband and I should go away just the two of us, but we’re both so crazy about the children we hate the idea of leaving them for a single night! Having said that, I know it’s a good idea and after seeing this wonderful run of awesome hotels and escapes for couples, I’m off to book one now! What is a babymoon? A babymoon is a holiday taken by parents-to-be before the baby is born. Spending some pre-natal quality time together is healthy for your relationship, your own well-being and for the future of your baby. Away from daily distractions, expectant couples can take time for each other on their babymoon. A pre-birth holiday helps to reduce stress levels and provides the space you need to dream about your new life with your baby. Where should I book for my babymoon? Couples are grasping the moment to babymoon more and more these days. Southern European countries like Italy, Spain and Portugal are very popular babymoon destinations. If you’re thinking further afield, check out our favourite babymoon destinations around the world. You’re not even limited to staying on land these days: here are some cool sailboat babymoon options for a relaxing pre-baby trip in Europe. There are some brilliant UK options if you’re wanting to staying closer to home. Devon, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Leamington Spa have all made our list of luxurious UK babymoon destinations. What are the best babymoon destinations in Europe? 1. France, Paris Filled with endless choices of baby boutiques, Paris is the ideal prenatal shopping destination. Expecting couples can enjoy a romantic river cruise on the Seine and mum-to-be can be treated to a pre-natal spa treatment. Hotels: Choose a place that’s super central. It may be a little more expensive but your bump and tired legs will thank you for it. We recommend the Hotel Keppler that’s right by the Champs-Elysees. Spas: The Shangri-La hotel offer a divine mother-to-be spa treatment for mothers in their second trimester and those post labour. Prices start from €190. Mandarin Oriental offer a mum-to-be aromatherapy massage, using oils safety formulated for use during pregnancy. 2. Italy, Amalfi Coast Renowned for its beauty, the Amalfi Coast is a dream-like location for a babymoon. It’s a place bustling with local attractions and culture with quiet little relaxing hideaways. Hotels: Casa Angelina offers a little piece of heaven with “barefoot” luxury and babymoon amenities. For your babymoon you’ll get a complimentary upgrade to the next room category and complimentary breakfast in bed. Amenities: At Casa Angelina, there’s also the option to attend yoga and aquarium lessons tailor-made for pregnancy. 3. Italy, Rome ‘A Home in Rome’, a discreet and intimate luxury villa hotel (14 rooms and suites) in the historic center of Rome, only a few steps away from the Piazza del Quirinale, the official residence of Italy’s President, and the spectacular Trevi Fountain. At the Wellness Centre, expecting couples can be pampered by experienced therapists in surroundings of relaxation and grandeur all within the Villa. “From the moment guests arrive at the Villa they will receive preferential treatment marked by privacy and discretion”. Maria Merra, General Manager. Find out more on Baby-Moon.eu 4. Austria, Bad Gastein An unforgettable babymoon journey into the secret valley, Grüner Baum Hotel Bad Gastein in Austria is a secret hidaway for parents to be. Relax in pure nature and take a walk through the pure and fresh air at the edge of the national park Hohe Tauern, while getting pampered in the SPA. This Austrian Babymoon includes a romantic Horse Drawn carriage ride through the National Park with stop + 120 minutes of spa treatments for dad-to-be and 210 minutes of spa treatments for mom-to-be. 5. The Netherlands, Amsterdam Expecting couples will be amazed by the perfect location of Conservatorium Hotel but also when arriving at the hotel. A very unique building and design. Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s museum district (Museumplein) on Van Baerlestraat, the Conservatorium hotel in Amsterdam is close to The Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Royal Concertgebouw. Also, the luxury shopping avenues, P.C Hooftstraat and Van Baerlestraat, sit right on the hotel’s doorstep as well as the charming Vondelpark and the lanes of the Jordaan neighbourhood. The historical centre of Amsterdam is within walking distance. Conservatorium Hotel is home to Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, where mom-to-be will indulge in a prenatal spa treatment. Find out more on MrAndMrsSmith.com 6. Spain, Marbella Puente Romano Beach Resort Five-star Beachfront Resort in Marbella and home to Six Senses Spa. Their Babymoon is created with BOTH mom and dad in mind. Babymoon includes candle-light dinner for two at Sea Grill, Mother-to-be Beauty & Wellness Program with Massage with Mama Mio products, Pedicure and Manicure. Father-to-be enjoys the Sport & Wellness Program with a golf clinic or training session with personal trainer and special massage. Shopping Day for the baby-to-be, visit one of the most exclusive shopping centers in town with a personal shopper. 7. Germany, Lake Tegernsee Althoff Seehotel Ãœberfahrt Let your mind be calmed and your soul be stimulated on two relaxing days at the Elegant Nature Resort Seehotel Ãœberfahrt. Experience a priceless time together, pure relaxation and culinary enjoyment in the truly beautiful nature of the surrounding Alps. Here you will find the ideal place to leave your worries behind. A Lakeside babymoon with a 3-course set menu at two evenings and three luxury spa treatments for expecting moms. 8. Austria, Vienna Celebrate your Pregnancy in romantic and chic Vienna. Park Hyatt Vienna, situated in Vienna’s new Goldenes Quartier, overlooking Am Hof Square offers a Babymoon with 60 minutes Mum-to-Be Foot Treatment at Arany Spa and a Pre-Birth Park Hyatt Baby Gift. Find out more on Hyatt.com Hotel Sans Souci With its 450 m² spa, which includes a swimming pool, it is a unique addition to Vienna’s hotel scene. Enjoy 3 nights at this boutique design hotel in the heart of romantic Vienna. Mothers to Be enjoy a Head and Neck Massage and Fathers to Be the Urban Facial. Make your babymoon extra special and take the ‘must do’ Fiakerfahrt’, board directly at Sans Souci and exit in the city centre. 40 minutes | 145 euro 9. Monaco, Monte Carlo Fairmont Monte Carlo Prestigious Monte Carlo, home to some of the world’s most celebrated events including the Formula One Grand Prix and the Monaco Yacht Show. Nestled between Italy and France, on the CÃ´te d’Azur, the Principality of Monaco offers guests more than 300 days of sunshine each year. The iconic Fairmont Monte Carlo offers a babymoon with accommodation in a Double Room, daily Buffet Breakfast and a Maternity Massage at Fairmont’s Willows Stream Spa. 10. United Kingdom, Cotswolds Barnsley House Treat yourselves to a babymoon at your very own Cotswolds countryside retreat. Escape to the luxurious 18 bedroom Barnsley House with its own restaurant, kitchen garden, cinema, village pub and secluded spa. The Midweek Babymoon Offer includes Dinner in The Potager with Pre-Dinner Mocktail for Mum-and-Dad-to-Be, a Maternity Massage, Rose Body Cream for Mum-to-Be and a 10% discount voucher for a future midweek stay at Calcot Manor. 11. Italy, Capri J.K. Place Capri The picturesque island near the Amalfi Coast, Capri, is the ideal destination for a babymoon getaway. Escape to this chic 22 bedroom white cliffside villa with its glorious pool, an expansive terrace, a spa, beach access, a bar and great cuisine. J.K. Place Capri offers babymoon amenities like car service from/to Capri Harbor and Capri Center, In-room Mini Bar with Soft Drinks, Daily J.K. Breakfast and more. 12. Switzerland, Gstaad Gstaad Palace Escape to the fresh Swiss Alps at the majestic and legendary Gstaad Palace. Babymoon includes 2 nights in a Double Room, Homemade Chocolates on arrival, a Pre-Birth Gift for the Baby and a 100.00 CHF Spa Voucher per room. 13. Italy, Lake Como CastaDiva Resort & Spa Take a pregnant pause to the famous Lake Como, at the five-star CastaDiva Resort & Spa. This luxury resort is located on the east side of Lake Como, in the lovely village of Blevio, only 5km from Como and 65km from Milano Malpensa International Airport. Babymoon includes 3 nights in a Deluxe Room with Lake View, the Ultimate Rose Pregnancy Massage by Aromatherapy Associates London or The Two of Us Ritual for the expecting couple, one light lunch at Bellini’s Bar, 3-course Dinner at the Restaurant and more. 14. Lisbon, Portugal You will be amazed by the beautiful mountains and scenery of this luxurious countryside resort and spa. Just 30 minutes from Lisbon, a peaceful haven awaits you. At Dolce CampoReal future mummies and daddies will be pampered with a Back Comfort Massage for Father to Be and a Mother to Be Massage for future mom. Find out more on Hotels.com 15. St. Andrews, Scotland Set on a 520 acre estate with a unique coastal setting in the Home of Golf, Fairmont St Andrews is the perfect location to turn your babymoon into a treasured memory. This exclusive Babymoon includes a therapeutic Maternity Treatment, Bath Butler by Candlelight, £10.00 Cravings Card for the mum to be, selection of chocolates on arrival and more. Find out more on Fairmont.com 16. London, United Kingdom The Connaught, in the heart of Mayfair Village, is the perfect London base for your babymoon. At Aman Spa, pregnant women have a selection of choices with the Nurturing New Life for Pregnancy : Nurture (Mother to Be Spa Treatment 90 minutes), Uplift (Mother to Be Spa Treatment 45 minutes ) or the Pre-Natal Reflexology of 90 minutes with 45 minutes consultations. Find out more on The-Connaught.co.uk Located in Knightsbridge on the edge of Hyde Park, Bulgari Hotel & Residences has the perfect setting for your once in a lifetime babymoon. Bulgari’s Babymoon Offer includes Complimentary Movie in Room and Maternity Massage. Find out more on BulgariHotels.com 17. Antalya, Turkey One of the most luxurious resorts in the Mediterranean, at the beautiful shore in the Lara region, Mardan Palace is the ultimate resort for an unforgettable babymoon. Find out more on Lastminute.com 18. Puglia, Italy Only 45 minutes from Bari and 30 minutes from Brindisi, the five-star Borgo Egnazia is in the heart of Puglia. Borgo Egnazia is also home to Vair Spa and San Domenico Golf Club. Find out more on MrAndMrsSmith.com 19. Madeira Island, Portugal Overlooking the bay of Funchal, The Cliff Bay Hotel is the jewel in the crown of the Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts in Portugal. The hotel spa offers pre-natal treatments suitable for during your pregnancy, including a maternity massage and a revitalising tired legs and feet massage. The resort offers many unisex treatments and also personalised men’s massage and stress-busting treatments – great for any dad-to-be. Find out more on Lastminute.com 20. Costa Blanca – Spain SHA is a wellness clinic dedicated to improving people’s health and well-being through a fusion of ancient oriental disciplines and revolutionary western techniques. SHA Wellness Clinic help you achieve both physical and mental wellbeing through a range of revitalising daily activities inclduing yoga, Pilates and cooking. Find out more on KUONI.com Looking for something further afield? Check out babymoon destinations around the world here.