It's become something of a trend for mums-to-be to head off on holiday in the months before having their first baby. It's a time to relax and enjoy the company of your partner, friend or relative before the imminent joy and chaos that a new arrival brings. The calm before the storm, if you will.
From chilled coastal spas to urban oasis breaks, romantic cottage retreats and foodie weekends in the country, here's our pick of the best babymoon escapes around.
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Prices quoted per room, per night unless stated otherwise. Words: Anna Brech
Mediterranean picnics in Sicily
Grab a picnic and explore the grounds of Monaci delle Terre Nere, a Sicilian boutique hotel with beautiful views over the Mediterranean Sea on one side and Mount Etna on the other. For a real treat, book into the Suite Amabile, which comes with its own candlelit Jacuzzi.
Rooms from £154 welcomebeyond.com
Hot tub heaven in Cornwall
Luxury eco-resort The Scarlet Hotel is for adults only so it's a great place to enjoy kids-free solace while you can. Relaxation is guaranteed in the sauna, hamman, rhassoul and steam room and the locally sourced cuisine is delicious. Best of all are the log-fired hot tubs, where you can relax en deux overlooking the sea.
Rooms from £200 scarlethotel.com
Secret gardens in Marrakech
If you fancy venturing further afield pre-baby, Mosaic Palais Aziza & Spa is definitely worth a visit. Blending traditional Moroccan architecture with an elegant oasis of palm trees, pools and walkways, it's luxury and simplicity at its best.
Rooms from £251 mosaicpalaisaziza.com
Forest escapism in Estonia
Leave the stresses of everyday life behind with a trip to the remote and beautiful Muhu Island off the coast of Estonia. Padaste Manor Hotel can only be accessed by ferry and is surrounded by idyllic parkland, forests and meadows. Enjoy the rooms' traditional Estonian design touches, such as thick woven rugs and rustic fireplaces, or hire a boat to explore the nearby nature trails.
Four nights from £520 per person originaltravel.co.uk
Peace and pampering in the Lake District
The award-winning Gilpin Hotel & Lake House in Windermere has all you need for a romantic country break. After you're done exploring the beautiful lakes and fells, you can wind down in the hotel's cedar wood hot tub, read a book in front of the open log fire or book an in-room spa treatment.
Rooms from £320 including dinner and B&B, thegilpin.co.uk
Dolphin spotting in Portugal
CasasNaAreia is a serene countryside retreat surrounded by rice paddies and umbrella pine forest in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The coverted masonry buildings look onto the Sado Estuary, where you can wallow in stunning sunsets views and wildlife including flamingos and pods of dolphins.
Rooms from £170 welcomebeyond.com
Highlands wilderness by train
The UK's only luxury sleeper train whisks guests off to the heart of the Highlands, with stunning forest and mountain scenery. The observation car offers wild and romantic views of the Scottish landscape with sumptuous meals served each evening on this so-called "country house on rails."
Rooms from £2,350 for two nights royalscotsman.com
Curry and curiosities in Brittany
Villa Kerasy Hôtel & Spa in the Brittany town of Vannes is brimming with unique and beautiful features, from cherry trees to a miniature Japanese garden and elephant statues. Rooms come with Indonesian carved headboards and there's a weekly curry night. The spa offers a special Ayurvedic massage for pregnant women.
Rooms from £113 sawdays.co.uk
Minimalist beauty in Greece
With sugar cubed houses tiered across the hillside and splashes of deep fuchsia and cobalt blue here and there, the Oia region is an impossibly photogenic area of the Greek archipelago. Head to the Oia Villa for a fusion of Santorinian and Scandinavian design and breath-taking sea views.
Rooms from £151 welcomebeyond.com
Food-lovers' paradise at Le Manoir
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Raymond Blanc's two Michelin star restaurant set in a 15th century Oxfordshire manor, is a sanctuary for foodies. At £1700, the weekend package isn't cheap but it does deliver gastronomic indulgence in a serious way - from a nine-course dinner to a tour of Le Manoir's kitchens and welcome fruit and Madeira wine.
From £1725 for two nights manoir.com
Eco luxury in Lincolnshire
The welcome gifts are a highlight of a stay at The Manor House Stables in Lincolnshire, where you're inundated with goodies from homemade jams and plum loaves to apple wine and chutneys. The wicker chairs and wood-burners create a cosy ambiance and the stable restoration comes with impressive eco credentials, from solar panels to sheep's wool mattresses.
From £385 for a week’s self-catering sawdays.co.uk
Day bed decadence in Mallorca
Make the most of your baby-free time at the Barceló Illetas Albatros, an adults-only hotel in Palma, Mallorca. The urban sky terrace is a great spot to soak in city views but if it's pure relaxation you're after, bag a spot on the pool-side Balinese day beds.
Rooms from £80 barcelo.com
Remote beauty in Rye
The Gallivant Hotel, a chic coastal hideaway overlooking the Camber, is a top place to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Explore the remote beauty of the surrounding sand dunes and Romney salt marshes before re-fuelling on steak frite at the hotel's New England style Beach Bistro.
Rooms from £115 thegallivanthotel.com
Seaside serenity in Tenerife
Lavish pampering awaits at The Royal Garden Villas & Spa in Tenerife, an exotic paradise boasting waterbeds, a Turkish bath and hydro massage showers. Bored of the spa? Each of the hotel's 28 villas come with their own private pools.
Rooms from £220 ghotw.com
Spa with style in Bath
The spa at Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, a 17th Century manor near Bath, is a delight to behold for those in need of relaxation. Set in 500 acres of parkland, it's surrounded by manicured lawns and walled gardens with an indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy pool, five thermal cabins and a salt water plunge pool. Afterwards you can dine in Michelin-starred restaurant The Park or head out to Bath for a spot of shopping.
Rooms from £480 lucknampark.co.uk
Smoothies and massages in Washington D.C.
Heading across the pond? The Inn at Perry Cabin is a chic retreat on the coast of Maryland with its own babymoon package. This includes goodies such as a signature antioxidant smoothie, an in-room maternity body pillow, and a moon and tide pre-natal massage with manicure and pedicure.
Rooms from £334 perrycabin.com
Rustic charm in the south of France
This beautifully decorated fisherman's cottage in the southern region of Languedoc-Roussillon makes for an idyllic couple's escape. You can hear the sea from the bedroom (beautifully decked out in soft whites and creams) and you’re a five-minute stroll to nearby shops, markets and restaurants. There's even your own table and chairs in the quiet cobbled street outside for an evening aperitif.
From £350 for a week’s self-catering sawdays.co.uk
Chamomile massages in Cyprus
Mums-to-be can be refreshed and uplifted at The Londa, Cyprus' first boutique hotel located on the Mediterranean coast of Limassol. Its organic body oil massage infused with calendula and chamomile is specially designed for women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy.
Rooms from £97 ghotw.com
Culinary delights in Sweden
Opulent beachside resort Ystad Saltsjöbad on the southern Swedish coast is home to a gorgeous spa overlooking the sea and a top notch restaurant. Head chef Peter takes guests out to meet his local producers, from free range chicken farmers to herb producers, before leading an evening cookery course.
Rooms from £258 ysb.se
Ocean views in Pembrokeshire
Wales may seem like an unlikely location for an outdoor infinity pool but St. Brides Spa Hotel in the west Wales seaside resort of Saundersfoot provides all manner of luxury. The pool comes with beautiful views of Carmarthen Bay and local marine products such as seaweed, mud and clay are used in many of the bespoke spa treatments.
Rooms from £150 stbridesspahotel.com
Fortress hideaway in Mallorca
Cap Rocat is a former military fortress overlooking the Bay of Palma. When you're done gawking at the beautifully restored architecture, you can cool off in the cliff-side infinity pool. Don't miss out on the breakfasts, hand-delivered to your suite in a basket.
Suites from £383 caprocat.com
Cottage charm in Lefkada
Atokos Cottage in Lefkada, Greece is the perfect couple's hideaway with traditional Ionian island design and sweeping views of the surrounding hills and islands. After an evening's barbecue by the private pool, you'll never want to leave.
£1270 per week including car hire cvtravel.co.uk
Beach walks in Fowey
For hearty beach walks and delicious cuisine, book in at Barnacles, a beachside property in the Cornish town of Fowey. It has its own private mooring with lovely views of the river. Great local bistros and pubs are within walking distance.
£289 for a two-night break ruralretreats.co.uk
Vineyard paradise in Italy
Five-star hotel L’Albereta in the Italian wine region of Franciacorta promises scenic vistas and sensational food in equal measure. The surrounding panorama of the mountains and Lake Iseo is not to be missed and the hotel has its own winery, Bellavista. Guests can feast on Italian chef Gualtiero Marchesi's cooking or book in at the award-winning Henri Chenot spa.
Rooms from £222 albereta.it
Escape with elegance in the French Riviera
You can't do better than the French Riviera for a truly chic break. La Réserve Ramatuelle is based just outside the Provencal village of Ramatuelle and offers customised spa treatments by Crème de la Mer. And you can stock up on stylish baby gifts in nearby Saint Tropez.
Rooms from £383 lareserve-ramatuelle.com
Rural hideaway in Berkshire
Coworth Park is based in 240 acres of parkland with a spa that's partially submerged in the woodland landscape. The indoor swimming pool features underwater music and there's a bespoke series of massages on offer for during and after pregnancy.
Rooms from £306 coworthpark.com
Get flashy in Milan
For those with very extravagant taste, the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan offers a personalised babymoon package. Starting at over £1000 for a two-night stay in a suite, it's not cheap but it does include all manner of decadent experiences. Try the Prémaman spa treatment, a private yoga lesson, a test drive in a Ferrari and dinner for two in the hotel restaurant.
Rooms from £1427 hotelprincipedisavoia.com
Wellness wonder in Milan
The Ti Sana luxury retreat near Milan offers a series of designated wellbeing programmes. Or you can just take it easy in the spa with saline baths, sensory showers and mud therapy treatments.
Rooms from £247, tisanadetoxretreat.com
Coastal serenity in Crete
The Daios Cove Luxury Resort is situated on a private bay near the Crete town of Agios Nikolaos. Parents-to-be can kick back in their private villa pools or pop by the state-of-the-art spa with a Finnish sauna and a Thai massage studio.
Four-night break from £1415 per person, including return flights from London destinology.co.uk
Romantic retreat in Sicily
Feast your eyes on pine forests, picture-perfect villages and endless cobalt sea at the Atahotel Capotaormina in Taormina, Sicily. Its cliff-top perch affords panoramic views. There's a private beach with a saltwater swimming pool down by the sea.
Rooms from £152, ghotw.com