A babymoon or final fling is the perfect way to celebrate the pending arrival of your little one, whilst getting a last chance to have a holiday on your own. But getting on a plane whilst pregnant can be a little daunting with the prospect of uncomfortable seats, increased risk of DVT or worst case scenario, you go into labour on the plane… ok the latter is very, very rare but with all the fears and anxieties pregnancy brings, a UK staycation may feel like your best option especially if you want to be in close proximity to an NHS hospital. Fortunately there are plenty of UK hotels that are just perfect for babymooning!
1. The Scarlet, Cornwall
The serenity of the Cornish coast is the perfect way to relax and enjoy each others company before the new arrival and I would highly recommend The Scarlet in Mawgan Porth as the hotel of choice. The eco-friendly hotel has gorgeous views of the coast, stunningly modern interiors and a location that is totally away from it all. Best of all, The Scarlet is adult-only so you can bask in a few final months of being totally child-free!
Another highlight of the Scarlet is the spa and the hotel offers a special babymoon break in conjunction with the spa experience. The hotel hosts pregnancy specialist therapists who create a bespoke program for guests using advice from doulas, prenatal yoga tutors and other mums. The package actually includes accommodation, breakfast everyday, plus and lunch and dinner for a romantic evening together. There’s a Pregnancy Journey treatment (massage, exfoliation, body wrap) or any other safe treatment, massage lesson, private pregnancy yoga and special sensitive products to take home.
The Scarlet is famous for the cliff top hot tubs which may seem frustrating as hot tubs are not advisable during pregnancy but at the Scarlet they’ll adjust the temperature of the tub so that you can enjoy it without worry.
2. Chewton Glen, The New Forest
I recently enjoyed a family holiday to Chewton Glen in the New Forest and I thought it would be a really perfect babymoon staycation too. The English country manor has comfortable lounges to chill out in, beautiful extensive grounds for relaxing walks and a beach in reach if that’s what you’re looking for. There are two restaurants, the fine dining for romance and The Kitchen for comfort food including wood-fired pizzas for hungry pregnant ladies! The spa at the hotel is award-winning and a babymoon is the perfect time to take advantage for a swim or pamper.
The hotel is also famous for being home to luxury treehouses and this would be the ideal time to splurge on one! Some parents might also be concerned about taking children to the rooms that are 35 feet above ground – actually they are perfectly child-friendly but if this a concern than now might be the time to check them out.
3. Soho Farmhouse
Well obviously. But seriously, it’s difficult to get a room at Soho Farmhouse at the best of times but even harder when you have a child as there are a very limited number of child-friendly rooms so make the most of it while you can! And while Soho Farmhouse is child-friendly (there’s a kids club and horse riding for children), it is still a club for adults
The spacious cabins are perfect for alone time by the fire, there are pretty grounds and a boating lake for chilling and an indoor outdoor pool for swimming. Soho Farmhouse also boasts the Electric Cinema which features new releases, perfect to get some cinema time in. I’ve been warned cinema date nights are a rarity when you have a baby.
Food-wise, there’s plenty pregnancy-friendly food served in the Main Barn in the form of either hearty comforting meals or healthy dishes and there’s no need to avoid Japanese restaurant, Pen Yen as there is much more than sushi and sashimi on the menu. Spa-wise, Cowshed always delivers for me and I actually experienced the Udderly Gorgeous Full Body Massage while I was at sister hotel, Babington House. Especially for pregnancy, there is also the option of a full half day package with Udderly Gorgeous range including Udderly Gorgeous Full Body Care, Cowshed Facial, Cowshed Pedicure and Speedy Manicure.
4. The Connaught
Rather than relaxing in the countryside, a glamorous trip to London maybe just the ticket. The Connaught is one of the most luxurious hotels in London and is perfectly located near some of London’s top restaurants for some date nights before the big day and plenty of the high-end shops to spoil yourself. Personally I’m buying shoes and handbags at the moment as nice new dresses are off the cards. You can also explore luxury baby boutiques fit for your new prince or princess that are located nearby.
(This was photo was taken as part of engagement shoot, my thighs and waist are definitely not looking like that now!)
If you can manage fine dining, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught is the hotel’s onsite two Michelin-star restaurant or there’s Jean-Georges at The Connaught offering lighter fare. The Connaught also serves one of the best afternoon tea’s in London and a great way to indulge a pregnancy craving. The hotel’s spa is by Aman and a ‘Perfect for Pregnancy’ range is offered using plant-based, organic products to help with stretching skin and aid relaxation.
5. The Pig on The Beach, Dorset
For something super low-key and more wallet-friendly (stocking up on baby stuff is expensive!) then I highly recommend The Pig on the Beach in Dorset. Here you can feel right at home and totally relaxed, no need to get dressed up in the evening (when you have about two outfits that fit, that’s a real plus) and the food is just like you might get at home but better. For accommodation, I recommend booking the Bothy, a super cute cottage for that extra privacy.
A small hotel, more a restaurant with rooms, The Pig on the Beach is the sort of place where you can chill, play board games, for walks on beach or just sit and admire the view. There’s not spa as such at the hotel but there are two cute huts overlooking Harry’s Rocks and the hotel offers a Pregnancy Massage by Bamford.
Did you go on a babymoon in the UK? Where did you stay?