Room for Two: Indulging in a Babymoon
By: Pamela Brill
You couldn’t be more thrilled at the prospect of your baby’s arrival. But, looking forward to the sleep deprivation and the sudden lack of time with your hubby? Not so much.
If you’re considering a getaway for just the two of you before those nine months are up, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how you can enjoy your couples-only time without breaking the bank.
Keeping it Simple
Despite the visions of palm trees and remote beaches dancing in your heads, you and your partner don’t need to travel far from home to enjoy yourselves. “A babymoon doesn’t need to be exotic or expensive,” says Heather Howard, guidebook publisher, Lonely Planet Americas. “A few nights in a bed and breakfast can be romantic and relaxing, and something for you to remember fondly while you prepare for your new life.”
As to whether you should travel by car or by plane, Budget Travel editorial assistant Rachel Mosely lauds the merits of keeping your feet on the ground. “Air travel can be a bit of a hassle even when you’re not caring for two,” she says. “Although it’s considered safe to travel during much of a pregnancy, you might save yourself the headache by opting for a trip to a destination within driving distance. You can save dollars this way, too.”
If you’re still undecided about whether to travel by car or air, Mosely recommends BeFrugal.com’s Fly or Drive calculator: www.befrugal.com/tools/fly-or-drive-calculator.
Babymoon on a Budget
After shelling out big bucks for a crib, stroller and other baby essentials, you may not be financially prepared for the extra expense of a pre-baby getaway. Mosely estimates about $200 per night for accommodations—“but only if you’re getting perks such as meals and spa treatments with that price.” For transportation, expect to spend about $375 for a domestic round-trip plane ticket.
For those watching their pennies, staying close to home has its virtues. Howard’s own babymoon to California’s Central Coast is just two hours from her home. “We’ll be staying and dining at a quiet inn in Cayucos, exploring Hearst Castle and getting to know part of the state that we haven’t explored,” she shares. “It feels adventurous because it’s new to us.”
Even if you’re stepping over state lines, look into booking a hotel package for extra perks. “Most hotels offer discounts on spa services, nearby attractions and gourmet meals and/or room service if you book a package with your room,” notes Mosley. She advises checking out the hotel’s Web site and even calling the reservations line to customize your package. “Consider booking a weekday stay to save on your room rates,” she adds. Sites like Groupon, LivingSocial and Lifebooker offer additional savings.
Where It’s At
To give you a jumpstart on your planning, here’s a sampling of some current babymoon packages at destinations across the country:
Easton, PA The Lafayette Inn: his/her massage; in-room treats, $50 restaurant gift certificate; spa products; full breakfast. $499, lafayetteinn.com.
Scottsdale, AZ The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s Bundle of Joy: couple’s massage; in-room treats, including make your own sundae; $25 shopping gift certificate; organic skincare set. Rates from $564, kierlandresort.com.
West Townshend, VT Windham Hill Inn: chocolate truffles upon arrival; prenatal massage; two nights lodging; dinner for two; gourmet breakfast; afternoon tea and sweets; evening savories. Rates start at $739.50, windhamhill.com.
San Francisco, CA Hotel Vitale: two nights waterfront lodging; two spa treatments; gourmet picnic lunch; late night in-room snacks. $999, hotelvitale.com.
“It’s worth it to splurge a bit on a babymoon,” says Mosely. “These trips are all about pampering, after all.” Wherever you decide to roam, you’re bound to make last memories—ones that you’ll someday be able to share with the newest member of your family.