A relaxing holiday is the perfect chance to savour some quality time with your partner before the new baby arrives. We’ve compiled a list of the top babymoon destinations in Europe to make your final holiday without the little one in tow memorable.

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 Turkey 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?

Take a look at our shortlist below and scroll down further for details as to why we love each one.

  1. Paris, France
  2. Amalfi Coast, Italy
  3. Marbella, Spain
  4. Cotswolds, UK
  5. Crete, Greece
  6. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  7. Antalya, Turkey
  8. Gstaad, Switzerland

1. France, Paris

For pampering just a Eurostar journey away, Paris tops our list of babymoon destinations. Filled with endless choices of baby boutiques, if some prenatal retail therapy is called for, Paris is the place to be. Add a romantic river cruise down the Seine to the agenda and treat yourself and your partner to some luxurious spa treats.

Where to stay:

Choose a hotel that’s super central, so everything you need is a short walk or metro ride away. It’ll be slightly more expensive but your bump and tired legs will certainly thank you for it.

  • Le Roch Hotel & Spa: close to the Louvre, Palais Garnier and Place de la Concorde, this beautifully designed boutique hotel has a menu by a Michelin-star-awarded chef, a library with roaring fire, spa and indoor pool. Find out more on here.
  • Nolinski Paris: in the heart of the Parisian shopping district, the Nolinski offers luxurious comfortable rooms and a spa with pool, sauna, hamman and massage rooms. Find out more here.

Not to miss: the Beautiful Pregnancy spa treatment at Mandarin Oriental. Indulge in a mum-to-be massage, prenatal yoga and a soothing facial. The Shangri-La Paris Mother-To-Be spa treatment is another recommended pre-natal treat.

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2. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Sleepy seaside towns, beautiful beaches and azure waters make the Amalfi Coast one of Europe’s irresistible babymoon destinations. The coastal Italian landscape is the perfect place to kick back, relax and explore before the arrival of your little one. The coast offers plenty of towns to visit, each with a different vibe. For your babymoon, it’s likely you’ll want to skip on the hustle and bustle, in which case, we recommend Conca dei Marini, Maiori and Minori for a laid-back, relaxing holiday. To avoid the crowds and settle in a peaceful spot, opt for Ravello.

Where to stay:

  • Casa Angelina: it 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. Find out more here.
  • Palazo Confalone: with sweeping panoramic views of the gulf of Salerno, Palazzo Confalone is a fantastic place to unwind. Make sure to book a room with a bath for a soak at the end of the day. Find out more here.

3. Marbella, Spain

In the heart of the Costa Del Sol, Marbella offers a taste of faraway in a babymoon destination only a three-hour flight from London. The Andalusian city is the perfect place to escape the cold with an average of 320 days of sunshine each year. Soak up the sunshine, Spanish cuisine and luxury hotel stays.

Where to stay:

  • Puente Romano Beach Resort: a Condé Nast favourite, this five-star beach-front resort home to a Six Senses spa, a health and fitness centre, three pools and so much more to keep you entertained and relaxed. Find out more here.
  • Vincci Selección Estrella del Mar: this beautiful hotel features a spa and wellness area with massage rooms, spa bath, sauna, Turkish baths and fitness centre with panoramic views to the sea — a dreamy location to unwind. Find out more here.

4. Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Not all babymoon destinations require you to get on a flight, consider a UK babymoon staycation option. A week or weekend in the Cotswolds can provide a much-needed relax and recharge before the big day. Explore charming rural villages, wander about the idyllic British country side and book into a one of the brilliant hotel and spa options the Cotswolds has to offer.

Where to stay:

  • Barnsley House: ideal for your pre-baby break, this 17th century manor house pulls out all the stops with stylish rooms, sprawling gardens, a luxurious spa and fantastic food made from local produce. Find out more here.

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For more UK babymoon destinations, visit our dedicated article here.

5. Crete, Greece

Famous for its golden sand beaches, vibrant towns and 600 miles of coastline, Crete is a dreamy babymoon destination.Take life at your own pace as you wander about sleepy seaside villages, take in the breathtaking mountainous scenery and enjoy shopping in Chania, Rethymnon, and Heraklion.

Where to stay:

  • Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas: With a private cove and breathtaking views over the Med, Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas is our top pick. The resort boasts of a private beach, atmospheric Taverna and sun-drenched terrace. Mums-to-be are welcome to join the yoga and Pilates classes the resort has to offer. Find out more here.
  • Nana Princess Suites, Villas & Spa: Indulge in a Nana Princess babymoon package which comprises of luxurious spa treatments, yoga and meditation sessions and massages for both mum and dad-to-be. It’s the perfect place for you and your parent to spend some time alone together before your new arrival in a place where you can truly unwind. Find out more here.

6. The Netherlands, Amsterdam

For a city break not too far from the UK, Amsterdam is an accessible and fantastic choice. With its luxurious shopping avenues, charming parks and quaint streets and avenues, it tops our list for striking a balance between culture, history and relaxation.

Where to stay:

  • Conservatorium Hotel: at the centre of Amsterdam’s museum district, this hotel is perfect for those looking to soak up the Holland’s history and culture but just close enough for an afternoon nap and to rest those tired feet. Don’t miss the hotel’s Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, where mum-to-be can indulge in prenatal spa treatments. Find out more here.
  • De L’Europe Amsterdam: With views over the historical centre of Amsterdam, make this Medieval fortress your home for a few nights for a memorable babymoon getaway. The hotel includes fine-dining Michelin-starred restaurant and luxurious wellness centre. Find out more here.

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7. Antalya, Turkey

Perfect for a summer holiday any month of the year, the Antalya region of Turkey offers secluded beaches, Turkish ruins and mouthwatering Anatolian cuisine. The Turkish coast is a great place to kick back and relax, as well as learn a thing or two about its 2,000 year history.

Where to stay:

  • Villa Mahal: this dreamy boutique resort overlooks the Bay of Kalkan and sits among olive groves and lime, fig and frangipani tree. Float in its infinity pool, dine at the romantic restaurant and spend days in the decadent Mahal Beach Spa. Find out more here.
  • Mardan Palace: located on the beautiful shore in the Lara region, the Mardan Palace is the ultimate resort for an unforgettable babymoon. Find out more on Lastminute.com

8. Switzerland, Gstaad

Located in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps, Gstaad is a star-studded holiday destination. Although it’s famous for its hiking and skiing, a week relaxing in one of Gstaad’s luxurious resorts is enough to pay a visit alone.

Where to stay:

  • Gstaad Palace: the majestic and legendary Gstaad Palace is the perfect place for relaxation with its Palace spa, fitness area and swimming pool. 5-star superior hotel has been practising alpine elegance and understated luxury for over 100 years. Find out more here.
  • Le Grand Bellevue: boasting one of Switzerland’s largest spas, Subterranean Le Grand Spa is the ultimate place to unwind. It features a thermal suite, steam room, hamman, hydrotherapy pool and sauna. Find out more here.

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Looking for something further afield? Check out babymoon destinations around the world here.