Top 6 Babymoon Destinations For Sydney Mums-To-Be
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So, you’ve been seeing #babymoon splashed all over Insta and you're beginning to wonder if you should be adding it to your antenatal to-do list? The phrase babymoon originally described the family time you and your partner enjoy with your newborn in the first few weeks after giving birth. But it has now evolved into a term which covers a last-chance getaway for you and your baby daddy to enjoy each others company — not to mention one last holiday without carting a porta-cot, a pram and your bundle of joy along for the trip!
Travelling while pregnant does come with challenges and there are a few things to consider when planning your babymoon. The first is timing. With the sickness and general fatigue that accompanies the first trimester and the waddling, tired legs and swollen feet that come with the third trimester, the ideal time to travel is the second trimester. So if you're enjoying a complication-free pregnancy, here are a few destinations to tickle your babymoon fancy.
Planning Your Babymoon From Sydney
When planning a babymoon your first instinct may be to jet off to exotic far-flung destinations and partake in adventurous activities. But here are a few things to think about: should you have any (unlikely) medical issues while overseas, it might be easier to communicate with doctors if you travel to English speaking countries. If you do choose to babymoon internationally, try to choose a destination with a not-so-lengthy flight and a developed destination with quick access to medical facilities.
Babymoons can be anything from an overnight getaway to a week-long sojourn. No matter where you choose to go, the most important thing is to schedule in lots of preggo-friendly couple time. Whether you love spa days or sightseeing — here are the top six babymoon destinations for Sydney mums-to-be.
Working hard to save up for your last few nursery items? It doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some quality time with your partner. Jumping in the car and driving just an hour or two down the road for the weekend will give you the time to unwind. Sydneysiders are lucky to be within a few hours of some great weekend getaway spots that don’t have to break the bank. Jervis Bay is a three-hour drive south of the city and offers cute waterside cafes, preggo-friendly wildlife spotting, and kilometres of sandy beaches. For a budget-friendly option throw your camping gear in the car and head to the Green Patch Camp Ground in Booderee National Park. Set just back from the sand, this is the perfect location to relax and enjoy each others company. For a more luxurious glamping experience, try the spectacular Paperbark Camp - a peaceful bush retreat with safari-style tents.
For a truly luxe, adult-only experience hop on a short flight or drive the eight hours north to Elements of Byron in Byron Bay. Offering cosy villas with lagoon views, fireplaces and freestanding baths, as well as a beachfront location, fine dining and a spa which caters to mamas-to-be — this northern New South Wales resort is a great luxury option for babymoons from Sydney. The adult-only heated pool is perfect all year round and has a swim-up bar, shady cabanas and poolside food and drink service… mocktail anyone?
Road Trip Babymoon
If you love hitting the open road with no real plans and just seeing where the trip takes you, this could be your last chance to enjoy a road trip without factoring in regular stops to feed or change the baby. If you enjoy staying in a different hotel every night and seeing as much of the local area as possible do it now before packing up and checking out requires an army of helpers to wrestle your baby’s many belongings back into the car before you can set off. For incredible scenery head inland towards the Blue Mountains and see where the trip takes you one last time.
For the real foodies, a babymoon is not only a chance to spend much needed time with their partner but also the last chance to enjoy a few of their bucket-list restaurants without needing to eat one-handed while holding their new bub. For a city break that will cater to everyone's foodie desires, head to Melbourne and check in to the five-star Hotel Windsor. Offering a slice of Australian history, the opulent hotel was built in an 1880’s gold rush and has recently been renovated. Book in for the hotel’s famous Afternoon Tea, wander down to China Town or explore Melbourn’s famous Laneway dining… the options are never-ending. Need a break from all that eating? Catch a show in the theatre district or peruse the luxury boutiques of Collins Street. Of course, you will need to wait until the COVID pandemic eases and the borders are open!
Babymoon With Your Kids
If you are expecting your second or third child, your babymoon will undoubtedly have to be kid-friendly. But never fear, there are lots of great options out there which combine luxury, relaxation, and most importantly a kids’ club. The Marriott Gold Coast has a great package which includes breakfast, parking, unlimited in-room entertainment and all-day kids’ club. The recently refurbished Marriott is located at Main Beach, just a 20-minute stroll from the well-known Surfers Paradise attractions and 20 minutes in the other direction to Main Beach’s Tedder Avenue — the perfect spot for a romantic dinner and relaxing morning coffee. Offering both the kids’ club (ages 3 – 12) and in-room babysitting, staying at the Marriott means you can enjoy time as a family and some couple time as well. The outdoor area at the Marriott is one of its main selling points with a lagoon pool full of reef fish for snorkelling, a lazy river, and shady cabanas which can be hired for the day.
If you do fancy venturing a little further, we recommend checking out New Zealand or Thailand - once overseas travel reopens!
If you're looking for ultimate relaxation and palm-covered beaches, Thailand is the go. Aside from offering breathtaking vistas and the bluest blue seas you've ever seen, the level of hospitality on offer in Thailand is unbeatable. For a quieter spot outside of crazy Bangkok or Phuket, we recommend the lush island of Koh Samui. The relaxed island vibes are alive all year-round at this beachside destination and there are multiple high-class resorts to choose from.
While the area of Chaweng is a hotspot for students and backpackers, nearby Bophut offers a more relaxed and quieter atmosphere along with all necessary amenities and the always-fun Fisherman’s Village. Our top pick of resorts is the Bandara Resort And Spa. Nestled right on the beach and with 4 pools on offer and luxurious pool villas, Bandara has ‘Babymoon’ written all over it.
For somewhere even more secluded, neighbouring Choengmon is pure paradise. As one of only a handful of resorts along the small Choengmon stretch, the 5-star SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort will make you feel as though you’re on your own slice of paradise. Their luxury pool villas provide luxe amenities in droves and their 5-star restaurant is pure dining heaven. Don’t miss an opportunity to get a luxury pamper session at their unique spa before the craziness of parenting kicks in!
New Zealand's short flight, English speaking medical staff and good standard of medical care make it an ideal babymoon destination for Sydney mums-to-be. Winter or summer, New Zealand offers lots of pregnant-friendly activities to take part in. Christchurch at the top of the South Island has a real European vibe. You can go punting along the Avon River, take a drive out along the rugged coastline and visit the French village of Akaroa, or wander through the Botanical Gardens. The Britten Stables offer quirky, luxury B&B accommodation, perfect for a relaxing break.
The stunning North Island has a breathtaking coastline and beautiful inland mountains and fjords to discover, but if you are about to pop you might just want to stay in one buzzing location that has it all - and that's Auckland. The multicultural capital is bursting with cool cafes and colourful culture. The Viaduct Harbour precinct is a must to explore and take a fun ferry ride to Waiheke Island for an exotic day trip. For a luxurious place to retreat every night, splurge on the Hilton Auckland. It is a contemporary, boutique-style hotel perched right on the water on Princes Wharf.
Disclaimer: Before going on any overseas holidays while pregnant it's essential to clear it with your doctor first and to always take out comprehensive travel insurance.
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