There will come a time in your life when a trip alone to the supermarket feels like a holiday, before then and for the love of your first born, travel when you’re pregnant and take that last kid free escape. Here are the best babymoon ideas for pregnancy travel, we’ve thought of it all including; ease of getting to and from, safety, clean food, medical access and fun things to do even with burgeoning belly. Check out our top babymoon destinations overseas and our pregnancy travel tips including finding the best pregnancy travel insurance.
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Babymoon ideas, our selection criteria
Our criteria for picking the babymoon destination:
Each babymoon destination is selected for its ease to get to and from. You’re either walking directly onto a ship, have direct flights and it’s affordable to get to from Australia.
Far from being off the beaten path, babymoon destinations stay close to tourist areas. Despite some third world babymoon places selected, the visitor friendly regions offer a higher level of hygiene and clean food.
Each destination on the list has access to quality doctors and medical facilities.
It’s your last pregnant hoorah, the place you spend your babymoon has to offer something special or enjoyable for pregnant travellers. It could be a luxurious drop and flop, an adventurous gallivant, shopping or food.
Best babymoon destinations for pregnancy travel
Check out our top babymoon ideas and recommended places to stay when pregnant.
Babymoon in Ubud, Bali
Affrodable non-stop flights to Bali from most capital cities in Australia and an easy 6.5-hour flight time makes Bali one of the best babymoon destinations. Ubud therefore has got to be the ultimate babymoon location.
Relax, breath and focus on the health and well being of you and your unborn child in a tranquil tropical setting. Stay in a private plunge pool villa where only the tweets of birds or the roar of the river breaks the silence.
Ubud can make you feel like you’re the only person in Bali’s central highlands, yet a short taxi ride away and you can sip on barista brewed coffee, wander the boutique shops and art galleries or enjoy fine dining at Ubud’s top restaurants.
Nearby conveniences include a supermarket, pharmacy and Ubud’s internationally recognised Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC) which has recently opened it doors offering quality medical care in the region. Note that medical emergencies may require a medevac as it is over an hours drive to where Bali’s accredited private hospital Kasih Ibu Hospital is.
Stay at Four Seasons Resort at Sayan
The Obama’s chose the award winning Four Seasons Resort at Sayan for their Bali holiday in June 2017 and it’s certainly worth the splurge. Nestled into the Sayan village hillside, hovering over the banks of the Ayung River, you enter the luxury resort by crossing a skybridge overhanging tropical forest and fragrant gardens.
Peppered across the sprawling 18-acre resort are 60 suites and villas. The spacious two tiered private pool villas offer every modern convenience; float in your private infinity pool with rice paddy views, enjoy satellite TV and speedy WIFI, soak in a deep and dreamy bath and doze off on one of the most comfortable king bed that I’ve ever had the pleasure to sleep in.
There are plenty of experiences to rejuvenate your pregnant body. A private healing session can be organised with a Balinese spiritual healer (Balians), enjoy a gentle ‘Mother-to-be’ cleansing massage with infused essential oils, at the Yoga Bale a lotus peel wooden structure by the river side, restore happiness with Laughter Yoga or take an hour long ‘Sacred Nap’ where you’re rocked to sleep by a Buddhist nun cocooned in a soft womb-like hammock.
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Babymoon in Denarau, Fiji
Arrive fresh faced in Fiji’s Nadi a tropical paradise a speedy 4 hours direct fligh from Australia’s East Coast (3 hours from Brisbane). A free shuttle bus provides a quick and convenient transfer to nearby Denarau, a man-made luxury resort enclave moments from the airport. It doesn’t take long after landing to be sipping fresh coconuts under a shady palm tree overlooking the South Sea.
A selection of five star resorts circle the small island, each trying to outshine the next with inviting lagoon pools, beachfront bars, award winning restaurants and luxury rooms.
Hop on shuttle bus to Port Denarau with access to a supermarket, bakery, shops restaurants and ATM’s. The mariner is also the starting point for day trips to Fiji’s magnificent Mamanuca Islands including floating pontoon bar Cloud 9 and the divine Yasawa Islands.
Most resorts have access to qualified doctors on call. There are also doctors in Nadi Town (25 minutes from Denarau) and Lautoka Hospital Fiji Islands is the nearest hospital, 35 minutes drive away.
For pregnant travellers bear in mind that the MIOT Pacific Hospitals in Suva is the closest internationally accredited private hospital for pregnancy emergencies and may require a medevac as it’s 3.5 hours drive on the east side of Fiji.
Stay at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa, Denarau
Offering chic Pacific Island flair and its signature French sophistication, the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa is perfect for pregnant travellers who would want for nothing. Flop on a stylish beach cabana by the mammoth free-form lagoon style and be waited on hand and foot.
The Cocoon Massage at So Spa offers expectant mothers a gentle indulgent rubdown that aims to increase circulation and tone the body. Or alternatively take a foot massage or popular Hydra Lift Facial.
The resort has an exclusive beach club on the nice side of Denarau Island with a wide long stretch of beach. Whilst the champagne bar is off limits the private pool, comfy sun lounges and healthy menu options are not.
All Oceanside rooms have free access to Waitui Beach Club and direct access to the private beach. They all come with WIFI, smart LED TV’s, pillowtop MyBed and Pure Fiji amenities.
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Babymoon in Singapore
Changi Airport in Singapore is a major airline hub with loads of direct flights available to this popular Asian destination. Pregnant travellers considering a Singapore babymoon can expect a city escape filled with days by a luxe resort pool, shopping, spa visit and dining out.
Singapore prides itself on being safe and sparkling clean. The people are so honest and trustworthy that I can leave an Apple notebook in the back of a taxi and the driver would personally return it without any form of reimbursement – unheard of in any other city.
The major commercial centre and gateway to Asia may have the tropical climate but lacks a decent beach. Fortunately there are plenty of luxury hotels and resorts that offer sensational swimming pools. The most iconic is Marina Bay Sands and it’s towering infinity pool overlooking Singapore’ sensational cityscape – provided you get a smog free day.
Peel yourself away from the pool to experience Singapore’s serious food scene. Hawker style markets dish out mouth watering Hainan chicken rice and wok tossed Singapore chilli crab served alfresco. Singaporeans love to eat and there are sensational restaurants including; Shinji by Kaneska at iconic Raffles Hotel, 2 Michelin starred Restaurant Andre, Corner House and Tippling Club.
Shopping is a Singaporean pastime and with options galore why not buy some unique baby wear at the sprawling shiny malls. The most popular of them all is ION Shopping Mall where high street brands as well as designer labels come together to form one shopping mecca.
Singapore is home to some of the best doctors and internationally recognised hospitals in the world. In the event of an emergency, pregnant travellers will receive high quality care and treated in superb modern facilities. Thompson Medical Centre is renowned for being the best private hospital in Singapore and Mount Elizabeth is the most prestigious private hospital in Singapore.
Stay at Naumi Hotel, Singapore
Google Maps: 41 Seah St, Singapore 188396 Website: Naumi Hotel
The location of this boutique hotel is superb, in the heart of Singapore and walking distance to the MRT, museums and Raffles City Shopping Centre. Landmarks including Marina Bay Sands and Bugis Shopping Mall a short taxi or train ride away.
A little less showy than Marina Bay Sands rooftop infinity pool, Naumi Hotel’s infinity pool is rather impressive with it’s own cityscape and rooftop bar.
Edgy, chic and completely on point the rooms and suites makes the most of its small footprint. Hidden hidden nooks and crannies hide room amenities including Nespresso coffee machine and ironing board. The modern styling and impressive amenities include Apple TV, streaming WIFI and a complimentary stocked mini bar.
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Babymoon in Dubai
Dubai is our furthest babymoon destination and requires a 13.5-hour direct flight. If your pregnant self feels up to the longer travel, there are frequent and discounted flights to be found – just book the aisle seat for quick toilet breaks.
The lure of the exotic combined with the promise of luxurious 6 star resorts and cosmopolitan indulgences make Dubai a fabulous city escape for pregnant travellers.
Dubai continues to build gravity-defying buildings and creates a wonderful world of steel and glass to explore. Lavish resorts offer exceptional day spas and tantalising swimming pools. There are countless chef hatted restaurants, enormous malls filled with the worlds best brands and a huge selection of high tech indoor entertainment options. All the spoils without compromising on good clean food and superior medical treatment with a selection of doctors and world class hospitals at your fingertips.
Away from the mega structures and grand displays of wealth, an adventure awaits in the ancient souks and open air markets selling traditional crafts, glittering gold and sparkling precious gems – a push present perhaps?
For those on a cultural trip Dubai is home to some of the most spectacular mosques money can buy. They are worthy of a closer inspection, the Jumeriah Mosque is Dubai’s largest and offers guided tours for non-believers.
There are also day tours from Dubai for a desert sand safari which includes a romantic picnic in the sand dunes and gentle camel ride.
Countless luxurious options in Dubai
Dubai offers an exhaustive list of hotels and resorts, flooded with cash they’ve spared no expense when it comes to luxury, each vying for your patronage. The Atlantis offers luxurious suites with private views onto their enormous aquarium. The Hotel Kempinski has oversized rooms that look directly onto to the giant indoor snowfield. At the opulent Burj Al Arab Jumeriah find decadent rooms gilded with gold leaf and furnished with seven types of marble.
Stay One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Google Maps: West Crescent, Palm Jumeirah – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Website: One&Only Resorts
We’ve chosen understated opulence, positioned on the iconic beach island shaped into a Palm tree, the exclusive One&Only Palm Island with its own stretch of secluded white sandy is where you will enjoy the perfect Dubai babymoon.
Escape to elegance in the Palm Beach Executive Suite with pool which features a spacious main bedroom, separate living area, spacious bathroom with sumptuous marble bath, private balcony with plunge pool and sea views. Bunker down in a lavish suite and switch on a state of the art entertainment system to enjoy your last little while of just being the two of you.
The Guerlain Spa naturally features the luxury products of its namesake. Luxurious spa services can be tailored to your pregnancy stage including a gentle Hammam Experience or pre-natal massage enjoyed in your own private villa which surrounds a tranquil turquoise hued reflection pool.
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Cruising whilst pregnant is beginning to gather momentum, simply wheel your luggage onboard without navigating long and tricky flights, stressful transits or dealing with the travel discomfort that comes with pregnancy.
You can race off to pee or take a nap at anytime and food is available 24/7 for those midnight cravings. Just make sure you’ve added cruise cover to your travel insurance policy. Check with your provider, some travel insurance policies require an additional premium to be paid for cruise holidays.
Best of all a gigantic cruise ship provides countless outlets serving food and drink always on tap. There’s free and fun entertainment, fine dining if you wish and access to all the western conveniences including emergency travel supplies and a onboard medical clinic. Soak in the pool, read a book on a sun lounge or indulge in a baby massage at the spa.
At port stops, pregnant travellers can choose to eat onboard before going into port to avoid the risk of unclean food and return to the ship at any time if feeling weary.
Cruise with Celebrity Cruises
The key to a perfect babymoon cruise is to pick the right ship and itinerary. There’s no point going on a ‘out to sea’ cruise over a weekend when the primary aim of passengers is to drink themselves into a stupor. Or did you see another cruise line recently with their drunken brawls?
For pregnant travellers Celebrity Cruises are ideal, fellow cruisers are more likely to be older couples though there’s a good mix of young and family groups. The higher-class ship offers a refined service which target the more subdued.
Itineraries on the modern luxury liner are excellent, we recommend a tropical escape to the South Pacific on a 9-day cruise onboard Celebrity Solstice from Sydney. Pregnant travellers can lounge out by pool deck or bliss out at the adults only solarium, visiting little pockets of paradise in New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
The ship offers an outdoor cinema on a half acre of fresh lawn, fabulous entertainment in its large theatre, hot glass blowing shows and seven dining outlets across the ship. There’s a spa offering pre-natal massages and award winning paid dining if the free food doesn’t suit your pregnancy palate.
Babymoon Queenstown, New Zealand
If the great outdoors is more your pregnancy style, look no further than Queenstown, New Zealand. It’s the home of snow-dusted mountains and majestic lakes. Best of all there’s no need to juggle major jet lag or stopovers.
In in 3.5 hours arrive in a land of captivating panoramas and comfortable lodgings that suits pregnant travellers to a tee. There are some stylish accommodations central to Queenstown perfect for a romantic babymoon with views over Lake Wakatipu.
Hire a car and go explore Queenstown with some spectacular road trips. Our favourite Queenstown scenic drive is from Queenstown to Glenorchy. The road hugs a narrow channel of Lake Wakatipu, the rugged scenery of mountains, valleys and creamy still blue water from your passenger window is like something out of a daydream. When you arrive at Glenorchy, you’re greeted with fresh mountain air and a picture perfect red cabin by the water.
The food in Queenstown is equally as impressive as the landscape. There’s iconic Fergberger, notoriously famous for it’s no fuss burgers, the best in the land. Michelin starred Rata serves up locally sourced contemporary cuisine and pull up a seat by the fireplace at The Bunker Bar and Restaurant for rustic, hearty and delicious home-grown fare.
Celebrate your embarkation into parenthood by splurging on a scenic flight to Milford Sound. Light aircraft and helicopters depart Queenstown soaring over snowy mountains and dipping between valleys. On approach to the stunning Fjiordland region, see the sound at its most magnificent with dramatic mountain peaks rising out of a sea of cobalt blue.
The fjord is best seen from the water, take a peaceful cruise through Milford Sound, soaking in the stunning alpine scenery carved out by ancient glaciers, where waterfalls tumble down towering cliffs, fur seals bask on rocks and resident dolphins ride the bow waves.
Stat at QT
Centrally located down from the mountain, carefully selected so that there’s no hiking up the hill whilst pregnant. Even with a burgeoning belly you can stay stylish and cool with a babymoon at QT.
Whilst the killer cocktails at the Reds Bar is wasted on you, there’s still good nosh at Bazaar, QT’s signature dining space with stunning views across the Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables. There’s also the option of ordering room service and chilling out in the plush modern rooms with sublime lakeside views. A ‘pleasure package’ of free WIFI, Nespresso machine and latest movies on demand tops off a pretty perfect babymoon.
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Flying when pregnant
If you’re experiencing a healthy pregnancy it is safe to travel whilst pregnant. Before you book your babymoon, gauge how you feel and consult your doctor prior to travel to get the OK.
Flying does not cause any harm to the baby, though you may feel uncomfortable sitting for long periods of time. There’s also a slightly higher risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. To reduce the risk, secure the safety belt below the belly, opt for a short direct flight, go for frequent walks when in the air, wear DVT socks and drink plenty of water.
Check out the guide Cover-More has put together about flying while pregnant and airline restrictions.
How long can you fly for whilst pregnant?
Most airlines have their own rules and guidelines for flying whilst pregnant. At 28 weeks gestation, airlines typically require a recent letter from your doctor stating that you are fit to fly.
Airlines vary the maximum weeks a woman can fly whilst pregnant, for a single pregnancy (carrying one child) Virgin allows you to travel up to your 38th week and Qantas and Jetstar stipulates 36 weeks. Check with your carrier for specific guidelines.
Travel insurance pregnancy coverage
Flying in the third trimester get’s a little tricky, even though airlines allow pregnancy travel and you may feel perfectly healthy, insurance providers may not risk it. There are also caveats including whether you conceived via IVF or carrying more than one baby.
Cover-More Travel Insurance for Pregnancy provides coverage for pregnant travellers up to 24 weeks. Carefully read through the Cover-More Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) to see if the policy suits your babymoon travel plans.
Best travel insurance for pregnancy
Cover-More provides pregnancy travel cover for serious, unexpected pregnancy complications that occur until the 24th week of pregnancy.
We spent our Babymoon in Koh Samui, which unfortunately didn’t make the list as it does not have direct flights. We purchased a Premium Cover-More Travel Insurance for the trip and felt we had the best pregnancy travel coverage if something was to happen.
Whilst we were lucky to have never made a pregnancy travel insurance claim, we’ve been with Cover-More for years and familiar with their smooth claims process and supportive staff.
Reasons to choose Cover-More Pregnancy Travel Insurance Cover
I chose the pregnancy cover for a few reasons including:
- The peace of mind of knowing there was a 24/7 emergency assistance hotline with switched on people on the other end.
- The knowledge that our cover is with a large, established and well known insurance provider
- Cover-More is underwritten by a Zurich Insurance Group, Switzerland’s largest insurer, a global insurance company which ultimately means they are backed by a big player with a large coffers to reimburse valid claims.
- Option to pay extra for a zero excess – meaning should a claim arise there is nothing else out of pocket.
It’s really important to read the PDS to see if the policy suits your needs. Mine was a normal naturally conceived pregnancy without complications. However insurance policies have caveats, conditions and exclusions including IVF conception, multiple births or pre-existing medical conditions that may require further review.
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