Ah, the babymoon. What could be more romantic? The last chance for mum and dad to squeeze in some quality time before their impending bundle of joy arrives.
While I was cooking Arabella in my oven, Daddydaims and I spoke at length about having our last (okay, and our first) holiday together before madam arrived.
I suppose in a way we did get a bit of a babymoon. Daddydaims had to spend the December holidays down in Durban and my 6-month pregnant self was allowed to tag along. Does that count?
Should baby number two decide to grace my womb, you can bet your behind I’ll be taking the babymoon we deserve. But in any case, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and spending time with your babymaking buddy, I’ll be sharing my top babymoon destinations with you right after I dish the deets on how to make your babymoon a budget-friendly affair.
Babymooning on a Budget
If you’ve visited my little corner of the internet before, you’ll know that nothing tickles my pickle more than a good, solid, budget. Call me a cheapskate, but I love saving my hard-earned cash in whichever ways I can. If you have a baby on the way you probably feel the exact same way right about now.
Here are my top two tips to help get as much bang for your rand as possible. They may seem obvious, but hey, pregnancy brain gets to the best of us.
1. Keep it Cheap
The easiest way to keep your babymoon costs low is to keep your eyes peeled for cheap flights to your destination. Airfare can gobble up a huge amount of your babymoon budget if you aren’t careful, so it’s your responsibility to do all you can to ensure you get the best deals possible.
There are a number of ways you can save pennies here and there without much effort. Take Travelstart for instance. This online travel agency is a firm favourite in my eyes because I’m an MTN user and they offer discounts to all users of this network. #EverywhereYouGoForRealsies
2. Local is Mos Lekker
Don’t think that you need to travel overseas to celebrate your babymoon in style. South Africa is home to not only you and I but to some of the most swoon-worthy holiday spots in the world, which is why half of my babymoon destinations are proudly South African.
By spending your babymoon at a local destination, you’ll save yourself a whole load of money. On top of this you’ll completely eliminate the need to queue at home affairs for your passport–which is a holiday in itself. Plus, by opting for a local spot you won’t need to stress about things like visas.
Daydream-Worthy Babymoon Destinations
Zimbali Resort, KwaZulu Natal
Looking for a babymoon package that caters to soon-to-be parents in every way? Then pay the beautiful Zimbali Resort a visit.
Their babymoon package includes a 1-night stay in a deluxe room, both hot and cold breakfast buffets, a free dinner as well as a selection of massage and spa treatments for mom and dad to be.
Sea views, internet access, air conditioning and head-to-toe pampering–what could be better?
Four Seasons, Seychelles
With Seychelles being a mere four hour flight away, naturally the Four Seasons Seychelles found its way onto my list. Pristine white beaches and clear blue water, anyone?
From the moment you arrive your babymoon begins! A personalised babymoon kit containing coconut oil, a pregnancy float, pregnancy pillows and decaffeinated teas and coffees will be waiting for you on arrival.
In addition to an impressive standard offering, the hotel provides Mother Care Massages and couples’ pregnancy yoga sessions. Sealing the deal is a 24/7 Cravings Hotline that will satiate your midnight urge for sweet and salty or, in my case, sponges!
The Ivy Villa Hotel & Spa, Gauteng
Want to spend your babymoon close to home? This is the perfect option for those who want to experience a combination of tranquility meets urban luxury.
The Ivy Villa Hotel & Spa has an onsite spa that offers couples massages as well as those specially tailored to the mommy to be, mani-pedis and more pregnancy-friendly spa treatments and experiences.
Topping it all off is fast Wi-Fi, an in-house restaurant and even a butler service. But what I love most is that furbabies are welcome too. How sweet?
Anahita Golf & Spa Resort, Mauritius
Cotton candy clouds and crystal-clear water sounds like a dream, right? Mauritius is practically a stone’s throw away from South Africa, so of course I had to include a Mauritian babymoon destination.
If Mother and Father to Be Massages, couples yoga and signature mocktails for you and straight-up cocktails for babydaddy are your idea of a good time, the Anahita Golf & Spa Resort will give you the greatest of times. Forget Sex on the Beach, how about pregnant on the beach instead?
Book Your Babymoon Now
And there you have it: a couple of ideas of where to spend your next babymoon. As you can probably tell, I seriously regret not taking a babymoon when Daddydaims and I had the chance to do so.
From the bottom of my heart, I beg you: take one.
For every mom who couldn’t and will spend the next 18 years wishing they had.
Piling dishes and sloppy kisses