10 Best Budget-Friendly Babymoon Destinations
Couples needing some alone time before baby comes will find it at these properties, most well under $300 a night.
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Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Feel the stress evaporate the moment you check into Sea Pines, a sprawling oceanfront property on Hilton Head Island. Here you'll find a five-mile beach, forest preserve, golf courses and so much more. It’s worth noting that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests traveling during your second trimester for more active vacations. You can also take advantage of a fall and winter getaway package, which comes complete with a bunch of freebies, including one lunch and dinner, unlimited bike use, two hours of tennis a day, and even a beach photo shoot. Three nights in a deluxe two-bedroom villa — providing all the creature comforts of home — is also part of the deal.
Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans
Starting at just $209 a night, this Waldorf Astoria property provides much-needed pampering. The full-service spa offers both prenatal and in-room massage, while the rooftop pool offers plenty of chairs and cabanas for lounging. At some point, venture out for the city’s amazing food and jazz scene, but the good times don’t end there. Back at the Roosevelt, enjoy beignets from the lobby café, indulge in round-the-clock room service, grab mocktails at the famed Sazerac Bar, then unwind with live entertainment in the Fountain Lounge. Don't feel guilty about spending extra time at the hotel, since downtime is key when you’re traveling for two.
Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Oregon
Sunriver Resort’s 3,300 acres may be geared toward outdoor pursuits, but don’t overlook its tamer activities, from strolling scenic nature trails to stargazing at the Sunriver Observatory. There are also new lawn game options, including croquet and horseshoes. Oh, and let’s not forget the full-service spa for prenatal massage and treatments employing locally sourced lavender; there’s even a new treatment room for couples. Continuing with the new theme, this year couples can enjoy a babymoon package that offers a $50 resort credit, breakfast (in bed if preferred), and a goody basket filled with Honest products for baby, spa products for mom, local sea salt toffee and a baby cloth with the Sunriver logo.
The Inn at Bowman’s Hill, New Hope, Pennsylvania
Start your stay at The Inn at Boman's Hill on the right note with a proper English breakfast in bed. (Or, depending on the weather, on the dining room’s terrace or by the fireplace.) You can even gather the organic eggs beforehand from the inn’s free-range hens. Spend low-key days napping on king-size featherbeds, enjoying in-room massages or wandering the five-acre grounds. Head next store to the 100-acre Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve to truly connect to nature. While the inn doesn’t offer an official babymoon package, mentioning your pregnancy might score you extras.
The Hotel Saugatuck, Saugatuck, Michigan
The recently revamped Hotel Saugatuck is ideal for a romantic weekend getaway. Its large rooms are outfitted with king-size beds and hydrotherapy tubs, and many offer views of Lake Kalamazoo. As for breakfast, rejoice in the fact that a large gourmet spread of your choice, from blueberry pancakes to eggs benedict, is delivered to your room at whatever time you choose. But that’s not all: every night a homemade dessert is delivered to your room as well. And for those couples waiting to learn the baby’s gender, a Baby Surprise package includes four customizable mini cakes that will reveal the news once cut. Celebrate with a bottle of sparkling cider and memento flutes.
Harbor View Hotel, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachussettes
A short walk to both the beach and the charming downtown of Edgartown makes the Harbor View Hotel an ideal base. For the full Martha’s Vineyard experience, choose a room in the historic 19th-century main house with a water view and private porch. For something a bit different, the babymoon package includes not just an in-room prenatal massage and breakfast at the hotel’s Lighthouse Grill, but also a half-hour maternity shoot on the beach. As for the future arrival, there’s even a teddy bear and lighthouse onesie to remember the experience.
Old Monterey Inn, Monterey, California
Monterey is one of the most beautiful places in the U.S., and the romantic Old Monterey Inn is one of the best places to enjoy it. The inn is a short drive to Fisherman’s Wharf and its many shops and restaurants, plus the wharf is a great spot to catch a whale-watching excursion. Back on property, wander or read in the English gardens, savor breakfast in bed next to a roaring fire, or just stay in your robe as you ping pong to and from the spa. There’s even a babymoon package that provides both you and your partner with a massage, dinner at your choice of restaurant and a welcome gift.
Fleur-de-Lys Mansion, St. Louis
An upscale 19th-century mansion, proximity to St. Louis attractions and comprehensive babymoon package are what a doctor would likely order. Four guestrooms beckon with high thread-count sheets and luxe robes, while hearty breakfasts tempt with the likes of blueberry-stuffed French toast and baked eggs and brie with Black Forest ham. Tack on the babymoon package and benefit from a full body pillow, fruit and cheese tray or Bissinger’s chocolates, baby gift, and massages for both parents to be. Fleur-de-Lys can also arrange a romantic carriage ride through historic Tower Grove Park.
Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, Vermont
Ski lodges are a best-kept secret for their off-season offerings, and Stowe Mountain is no different. Besides scoring great room rates, couples can explore nature trails and play golf nearby. Meanwhile, historic Stowe Village is a great option for boutique and antique shopping. Stowe Mountain also makes a good base for day trips to the Ben & Jerry’s factory and Cabot Creamery. On the other hand, a full-service spa provides enough maternity-friendly treatments to stay put. Choices include prenatal massage, a chia seed body scrub, foot and leg massage, hair and scalp treatment or facials using natural ingredients. All treatments are geared toward women in their second and third trimesters.
Paradise Point Resort & Spa, San Diego
Enjoy a private 44-acre island without hopping on a flight at Paradise Point, near downtown San Diego. Even better, channel the tropics in Balinese-style guestrooms and on the mile-long beach. Don’t worry about being bored, thanks to an award-winning spa, miniature golf, pool-side movies and five swimming pools. Of course, it’s a good idea to touch base with your doctor before undertaking certain activities, like swimming, while pregnant. For a safe bet, the babymoon package includes a prenatal massage, mani/pedi and a bottle of sparkling cider.