"So if you’re well into your pregnancy, you are starting to become familiar with your changing body and emotions. If you’re expecting your first child, the realization that soon you will never just be the two of you again starts to sink in. When Matt and I hit the 7-month mark, we decided to take a babymoon- our last hurrah as just a couple.
A babymoon doesn’t need to be a whole production. Frankly, I think the purpose should be to get rid of all the other distractions and just be together for a few days. Keep it simple and stress free.
Matt and I chose a destination that we felt was so random that we would probably never make the effort to go to again. After doing some research, we picked Amangiri (the name translates to ‘Peaceful Mountian’), a resort literally in the middle of nowhere, on the boarder of Southern Utah and Arizona. This is a great option for a couple who doesn’t want to leave the United States, but wants an exotic location. We flew into Las Vegas, rented a car and began the 4-hour journey. We could have flown into Page, AZ on a puddle jumper, but we hadn’t been on a road trip together yet, so we wanted to cross this off our list at the same time.
The drive was beautiful. We went straight through Zion National Park, a sight no one should miss in his or her lifetime. Once we arrived at Amangiri, we knew we had made the right decision. The resort itself looks like a stone compound, with accents of the elements of fire and water cascading around the perimeter. It made you relax just to be in the presence of this place.
The food is exquisite, however even more so for a pregnant woman. You can order from the menu or order from the chef who will make you just about anything you want. I had just found out that I was on the cusp of having gestational diabetes, so being able to have the chef prepare everything specific for my needs was such a relief. The spa treatment I would recommend was the salt pool relaxer. You float with your partner in complete darkness in a cave. Little lights peer out from the walls to resemble stars, Music pours through speakers under the water, The result is total relaxation and a moment you’ll never forget that’s just you and your partner.
The perk of this location is the hiking. Everyday we did a 2-3 hour hike from a list of recommended trails. We felt we were the only two people on earth, well at least as far as the eye could see, and that was amazing. Also, depending on your level of fitness at this point in your pregnancy, the hikes are from easy to advanced, so no need to worry that you cant keep up or that you would be bored if you are super woman.
Our weekend there was just the perfect thing for us. We had the entire weekend to just talk and really get on the same page before the birth of our baby, and I felt we came back closer than when we set out from home.
There are a few other places I would recommend for a babymoon. I’ve been to all of them and can personally say that each one possesses a level of relaxation, fitness and quiet time for just you and your partner. Have a safe trip!
-Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun, Mexico. This is an Adult only all-inclusive resort with perfect beaches and a ton of fun activities.
-Canyon Ranch, Lenox, Massachusetts. Perfect amount of fitness for all levels, healthy food and pampering to your hearts content.
-Villa del Palmar, Islands of Loreto. Total hidden gem. Beaches seem untouched. Hotel staff provides almost any service you can dream up.
-Solage Calistoga Resort, Calistoga, California. Enjoy what Calistoga is known for, their mud and mineral baths. Must invest in their signature treatment with your partner, The Mudslide.
-Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah. The resort is tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views that will take your breath away!"