Planning a last fling before baby comes? Taking a babymoon is all the rage these days, however, picking the right spot can be daunting. You want to go somewhere romantic and rejuvenating, but also with the right adventure or chill factors depending on your holiday style. You’ll also want somewhere that the focus isn’t on drinking and partying all night, as who wants to watch other people overindulging when the mama to be can’t? As such, we give you three very different boutique destination resorts in North America to consider for a babymoon.
Villa Buena Onda
We love this luxury property in Guanacaste, Costa Rica for a number of reasons. Located atop a hill overlooking Playas del Coco, it is a romantic and private adults only hotel with just 8 rooms (there are more staff than guests, and service is a priority here), making it perfect for romance and privacy on a babymoon. The location just 20 minutes from Liberia International Airport, which has direct flights form a number of American hubs, is another plus for a quick weekend getaway. And perhaps our favorite perk — especially for budgeting about to be parents — is you’ll know pretty much exactly how much you are spending as three a la carte meals are included in the nightly room rate. The food is delicious, using locally sourced ingredients that highlight the unique flavors of Costa Rica. While it’s all to easy to just spend the days being lazy by the two-tier, swimming pool, Villa Buena Onda also is perfect for active couples as the area is home to all sorts of excursions from sailing to sport fishing, hiking to horseback riding. If you want to explore further afield after experiencing Villa Buena Onda, sister travel agency Namu Travel can design custom adventures around the region. Note, Zika virus is always a concern with travel to certain regions these days, although Costa Rica is taking many precautions and the number of cases in Guanacaste remains very low.
Garden of the Gods Collection, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Perched atop a mesa in Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods Collection is a private club and luxury resort that showcases expansive vistas of the Rocky Mountains, snow-capped Pikes Peak and the awe-inspiring Garden of the Gods Park. Boasting a legendary history, the Collection has played host to some of America’s most beloved characters from Walt Disney to Gene Autry and John Wayne, and today, the same beautiful setting makes an ideal babymoon location. You can golf the 27-hole championship Kissing camels course, play a game of tennis inside or out or just relax at the just opened International Health & Wellness Center, which also includes a fantastic spa. Here, guests will discover treatments not found elsewhere in the state that integrate Eastern and Western medicine with a focus on proactive health and wellbeing. Colorado Springs has its own airport, that is very easy to access. If you can’t find a direct flight from your city, however, try flying into Denver International Airport, which is located just about an hour’s drive north, and has more flights.
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
Another favorite babymoon location is the elegant luxe Post Ranch Inn, which is perched on a cliff some 1,200 feet above the Big Sur coastline. The adults-only property is in a stunning, romantic location where ancient forest meets craggy shoreline in a landscape that has long inspired writers and artists. Accommodation is in one of 39 serene redwood guesthouses that blend rustic elegance and modern luxuries with either ocean or mountain views. There are no TVs in the rooms, as the focus is on romance and re-connecting. Complimentary on-site activities include daily yoga, guided nature hikes and stargazing, and there are also options for helicopter tours. The award-winning Big Sur spa is another reason to love this property, and couples treatments can be arranged in your room.