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Babymoon Destinations: Places to Visit Before the Baby Arrives

Posted: 05/10/2013 5:29 pm

Motherhood is a special time in a woman's life and we all know the important role Mom plays in her family. At Travelocity.ca, we believe Mom should be celebrated on Mother's Day and every day.

For future and expectant moms and their significant other, babymoons are a great idea for couples on the cusp of parenthood. Whether you're celebrating a last hurrah before getting pregnant, or having some quiet alone time before baby arrives, we're confident that there's a babymoon for any couple.

If you're eager to start planning your babymoon getaway, Traveylocity.ca has you covered, with deals in all types of destinations, just in time for Mother's Day.

Pre-pregnancy: Many parents-to-be will plan their babymoon pre-pregnancy as a getaway before becoming pregnant. This style of babymoon usually means the trip is heavy on the fun and romance, to serve as one last getaway before thoughts turn to starting a family.

  • Las Vegas: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Need we say more? Everyone knows Las Vegas is the ultimate destination for adult play, so whether you're basking in the sun at one of The Strip's legendary pool parties or dancing the night away at one of the best nightclubs in the world, this pre-pregnancy bash won't soon be forgotten!
  • Cancun: Craving a beach? Cancun is the Caribbean's go-to party destination. Enjoy the epic clubbing complexes by night and then recover and chill by the pool together by day. Or better yet, book a relaxing couples massage on the beach.

Expecting escape : Baby is on the way, so savour these last moments with your partner on a vacation that stimulates the senses while offering peace and tranquility for the parents-to-be.

  • Costa Rica: Channel your zen and get back to nature with a trip to lush Costa Rica, an area of the world that has emerged as one of the best spots for eco tourism and yoga retreats. You will enjoy paradise, sandy beaches and fabulous food in the quiet calm of the rainforest.
  • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: Rolling green hills, bright red soil, Mi'kmaq culture, and Acadian music: Prince Edward Island is an awakening for the senses in the summer months. PEI is a relaxed oasis for a couple looking for a change of pace and scenery without straying too far from home. Take one of their scenic drives and be sure to take in Anne of Green Gables The Musical, a Charlottetown summer staple for almost 50 years.

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  • Stay in an Overwater Bungalow in Bora Bora

    You’ll probably never want to leave (ever) when you set foot in your villa at <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/bucket-list-honeymoon-destinations-overwater-bungalow-tahiti-bora-bora?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort</a>. Personal butlers will deliver whatever your heart desires and swimming is as easy as diving off the swim platform into the clear, bathlike waters below. If you do emerge, the resort’s sprawling grounds, made smaller with beach-cruiser bikes, are lush and fringed with palm trees and beaches. The spa is tucked away on an island in the middle of its own lagoon, where tropical fish and corals were raised in a protected environment, making it an ideal snorkel spot. <em>Photo by Zach Stovall</em> <strong>Related: <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/article/Overwater-Bungalow-Honeymoons-Bora-Bora-Tahiti?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">More overwater bungalows in Tahiti</a></strong>

  • Dive the South Pacific in Fiji

    Described as a diver’s paradise, Fiji’s reefs are teeming with an underwater parade of hammerheads, turtles, mantas ... you name it. But you don’t have to be certified to get in on the action: shallow depths mean snorkelers can also take in the same amazing sights, like coral in every color of the rainbow. For an ultra-romantic topside escapade, stay at in a beachfront bure (bungalow) at private-island resort <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/bucket-list-honeymoon-destinations-fiji-resort-fiji-honeymoon?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">The Wakaya Club & Spa</a>. <em>Photo by Chris Mclennan</em> <strong>Related: <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/articles/south-pacific-honeymoons-guide-to-fiji-tahiti-and-the-cook-islands?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">South Pacific Honeymoon Guide</a></strong>

  • Make Like Royalty in Ireland

    Even if you’re not Will and Kate, you can still act like royals on your honeymoon and the Emerald Isle offers just the place: <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/bucket-list-honeymoon-destinations-ireland?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">Dromoland Castle</a> in County Clare. Cozy up in the Honeymoon Suite's drawing room, with a couch, daybed, dining table, flat-screen TV and chandelier. The upstairs bedroom (yes, upstairs) is perched in a turret overlooking the ivy-covered castle below, while the adjoining bath has a blissfully oversize tub, perfect for two. <em>Photo by Shutterstock</em> <strong>Related: <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/7-venues-for-a-castle-wedding?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">7 Venues for a Castle Wedding</a></strong>

  • Bike Down a Volcano in Hawaii

    Riding a bike in Maui might not seem extraordinary — until you consider the route is an adrenalin-pumping, 6,000-foot plunge down the outside of Haleakala volcano. (And you don’t have to be in Tour de France shape to make the ride.) Of the nine companies that offer volcano bike trips, <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/bucket-list-honeymoon-destinations-maui-hawaii?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">Haleakala Bike Co.</a> offers the freedom to ride the route at your own pace rather than with a tightly packed guided group. Even with the 1:30 AM call-time, all it takes is one amazing Haleakala sunrise from the 10,000-foot summit to see why the ancient Hawaiians called this mountain “House of the Sun.” Stay at luxe <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/bucket-list-honeymoon-destinations-maui-hawaii?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua</a>, and post-ride you can soothe your muscles with a massage at the spa. <em>Photo by Joe Yogerst</em> <strong>Related: <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/10-romantic-beach-honeymoon-destinations?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations</a></strong>

  • Explore Machu Picchu in Peru

    There are two ways to get to the breathtaking Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary: by foot, via the two- to five-day Inca Trail, or for those on a tighter itinerary, by a three-hour train from Cusco. The sights will be too much to appreciate in one afternoon, so book a room at <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/bucket-list-honeymoon-destinations-machu-picchu-0?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">Orient-Express’ Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge</a>. The convenience that comes from sleeping at the top of the hill, next door to the entrance so you can come and go as you please, is priceless. <em>Photo by Susan Moynihan</em> Related: <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/article/adventure-honeymoons?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">9 Honeymoons for Adventurers</a>

  • Never Leave the Room in St. Lucia

    You don’t go to <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/bucket-list-honeymoon-destinations-st-lucia-0?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">Jade Mountain</a> resort for its beaches, even though the volcanic sand sparkles in the sun and there’s fantastic snorkeling right off the shore. You don’t go for the activities, even though they range from hiking to sunset sailing. You don’t even go for the food, created by a James Beard Award-winning chef. You go for the rooms, so divine they’re called “sanctuaries.” Each comes with a private butler who will deliver that amazing food (passion-fruit waffles for breakfast, couscous-crusted mahi for dinner) along with anything else you might desire. Need a massage? Therapists bring portable tables to perform their services en suite. The only thing missing from your sanctuary is the fourth wall, offering a stunning view of the iconic Pitons. <em>Photo by Jade Mountain</em> <strong>Related: <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/8-romantic-hotels-with-ultimate-honeymoon-suites?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">8 Ultimate Honeymoon Suites</a></strong>

  • Go on Safari in South Africa

    Your bucket list will receive a gigantic check mark when you spy all of the Big Five animals — elephants, rhinos, Cape buffaloes, leopards and lions. But this is no ordinary safari: <em>This</em> honeymoon-worthy adventure is <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/bucket-list-honeymoon-destinations-south-africa?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">&Beyond’s Five-Day Ngala Experience</a>, a luxurious safari crafted to guests’ interests. A helicopter tour is included, plus you certainly won’t be roughing it with a personal butler, private dinners and pre-heated beds. <em>Photo by Thinkstock</em> <strong>Related: <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/best-honeymoon-destinations-2013?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2013</a></strong>

  • Get Star Treatment in Mexico

    Sure, celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Bethenny Frankel have relaxed around the adults-only pool, and George Clooney and Brangelina are known to frequent the resort’s three restaurants. But the best part about <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/bucket-list-honeymoon-destinations-cabo-san-lucas-mexico?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">One&Only Palmilla</a> in Cabo is the staff will make you feel just as famous when you check in. Your personal butler will greet you with a welcome carafe of tequila. Ask him to book a snorkeling trip on the resort’s private yacht to Lover’s Beach — a great spot for couples who want to pack a lunch and spend the afternoon on a quiet sandy cove. Ramble down to the beach and relax on a floating bed and keep an eye out at the swim-up bar — you never know who you might see. Photo by One&Only Palmilla <strong>Related: <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/romantic-hotels-and-resorts-with-private-plunge-pools?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">8 Suites with Private Plunge Pools</a></strong>

  • Ride an Elephant in Thailand

    Trekking through the jungle in Thailand is pretty cool; trekking through the jungle in Thailand on the back of an elephant is even cooler. <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/bucket-list-honeymoon-destinations-thailand?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve</a>, offers the experience, ending with a panoramic view from the top of Naga Mountain. After your adventure, head back to your luxury digs with soaking tubs (yes, tubs — one in the bathroom and one outside in a stone garden) and a lavishly oversize bed, comprised of two California king mattresses linked together and covered with the softest linens imaginable. If the property seems a bit familiar, it's probably because it was featured in <em>The Hangover 2</em>. <em>Photo by Shutterstock</em> <strong>Related: <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/13-affordable-honeymoon-destinations?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">Best Affordable Honeymoon Destinations</a></strong>

  • Cruise the Galapagos Islands

    Couples fascinated by nature should head to the Galapagos for a once-in-a-lifetime excursion. For centuries, the wildlife here has evolved away from humans — aside from Mr. Darwin and his lot. A good way to explore the islands: a cruise on 32-passenger <em>M/V Evolution</em>, arranged by <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/bucket-list-honeymoon-destinations-galapagos-islands-cruise-animals-ecuador?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">International Expeditions</a>. By day, spot Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions, penguins, lizards, giant tortoises and birds. Once dusk settles in, return to your floating hotel for cocktail hour and dinner, followed by the most amazing star display you’ve ever seen. <em>Photo by Hilary R. Brown</em> <strong>Related: <a href="http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/gallery/12-best-cruises-for-honeymoons?src=SYN&dom=huffpo" target="_hplink">12 Best Cruises for Honeymoons</a></strong>


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