We loved a baby moon when I was pregnant with the Wandermust baby! However since then zika has come along which has affected many of the traditional beach destinations for babymoons around the world! In this post, me and some of my favourite travel bloggers reveal their favourite Zika free beach destinations for babymoons around the world to give you inspiration for safe places to travel for some R&R before your little bundle of joy arrives!
Best Zika free Beach Destinations in the Caribbean
Bermuda babymoon by Travel Mad Mum
Bermuda saw a huge influx of pregnant women right in the midst of the zika epidemic a couple of years ago. Being one of the only islands in the Caribbean region with lush tropical beaches and beautiful vegetation, couples flocked in their thousands to the tiny 23 square mile island for their baby moon break. Although only a short flight for American mums-to-be, at 7hrs from the UK, and a direct flight with British Airways, it is manageable with the usual pregnancy comforts.
Many people say a long weekend is more than enough in the tiny island, however an 8 day trip was filled with relaxing but fun activities, allowing everything in Bermuda to be enjoyed at leisure. From the lazy colourful villages, to the pink sand beaches, and blue swimming hole, to the incredible caves, there are so many beautiful sites. One of the best things about Bermuda is it’s a relatively flat island, meaning long walks are possible for pregnant mums without too much strain. Bermuda is home to one of the only places in the world where you can have a massage suspended above water in an underground cave. They do an amazing pregnancy massage, an experience never to forget with the dripping stalactites and unusual sounds. If this sounds like this is for you then you must stay at Grotto Bay Hotel and Spa!
A firm favourite activity was chilling on Horseshoe Bay. The beach is world famous for its apparent pink sand, however it was the rock formations just off the shore perched in the water that were the real eye catching feature.
Antigua and Barbuda By A Taste for Travel
The World Health Organization (WHO) removed Antigua and Barbuda from its Zika virus country classification list on Oct 23, 2018 which means coupes looking for a fabulous beach destination for their babymoon can visit this beautiful Caribbean destination without worry. There hasn’t been a case of zika since 2016.
The dual island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is situated in the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, and is actually comprised of three islands: Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda ( uninhabited). But look no further than Antigua for your babymoon. This beautiful island is home to the majority of tourist attractions, luxury resorts and V.C. Bird International Airport. It’s also home to 365 beaches, one for every day of the year.
An ideal resort for expectant couples on a Babymoon is Sandals Grand Antigua Resort and Spa, located on Dickenson Bay Beach, the longest white sand beach in Antigua. This luxury all-inclusive property is set among landscaped gardens and features six fresh water pools and six whirlpools including two swim-up bars. You can even visit it on a Sandals Grand Antigua Day Pass to check it out.
The best things to do during a visit to Antigua include exploring the island’s naval heritage at Nelson’s Dockyard, soaking up the panoramic views at Shirley Heights, enjoying the watersports and turquoise waters of Dickenson Bay Beach or even taking a helicopter tour to the island of Montserrat, a modern-day Pompeii.
The CDC has declared in 2018 that the Bahamas is Zika free and open for babymooners again! The Bahamas is a perfect place for a babymoon with great hotels for relaxation but also a great place to do a more active babymoon.
Recommended hotel: The Atlantis
Zika Free Beach Destinations in the US
Kaua’i by An Adventure is Calling
Kaua’i, an amazing island in Hawaii, is an excellent babymoon destination. It is known for its beautiful waterfalls, exceptional hikes, and relaxing beaches. It is the perfect destination for lovers of the outdoors who want to experience a lot of variety during their beach babymoon. For couples who want to simply relax before welcoming their baby, Anini Beach is perfect for snorkeling with the turtles. If you prefer to go on several adventures, rent a two-person kayak and explore the Wailua River, then hike to Uluwehi Falls (also known as the Secret Falls). Rent a car and enjoy the beauty of Waimea Canyon (it is known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific). Take a catamaran tour to enjoy breathtaking views of the Na Pali Coast (but only if you’re up for several hours at sea!). If the weather permits, check out the Hanakapi’ai Falls Trail (it is 8 miles roundtrip, but even the first .5 mile is worth it). Stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa for a spacious, romantic room with a relaxing view of the Pacific. Enjoy their amazing spa services and float down their lava-rock lined lazy river.
Los Angeles by Dotted Globe
For a relaxing vacation by the sea, I wouldn’t venture much further than Southern California and Loa Angeles in particular. La La Land is the ultimate beachy babymoon getaway for 3 main reasons: luxury pool and spa resorts that love to pamper celebrities and pregnant women, its zika virus-free status, and its beautiful beaches. For the ultimate beachy feel, we recommend staying in the Oceana Beach Club Hotel in Santa Monica. Pack in some cute maternity swimsuits and you are set for having a great time in LA. There are over a dozen beaches in close vicinity of the city. If you love people watching and want everything from fine dining to icecreams nearby, then visit Venice Beach. To catch a game of volleyball and walk on golden sand, visit the Santa Monica Beach located north of the Pier. If you like looking at luxurious mansions and want to spot some celebrities, you can’t go wrong with Zuma beach in Malibu. To watch a romantic sunset, venture out of the city to nearby Leo Carrillo State Park.
Zika free Middle East babymoon destinations
The Middle East is a great and underrated place for a babymoon in the northern hemisphere winter (the summer is too hot)! Here are some of our top picks for Middle East babymoons
Dubai & Abu Dhabi Babymoon
Dubai and Abu Dhabi have so much on offer for a baby-mooning couple or family! A brilliant blend of beach destinations, culture and city break! Depending on your holiday preferences you could spent your entire time at one or split your break between the two!
For those who love shopping and city breaks then Dubai is the place for you! For those who are looking for a bit more of a city break we recommend staying at
Conrad dubai – an oasis in the urban setting
For beach lovers: the palm fairmont
Whole Abu Dhabi offers a quieter experience, it has the better beaches in my opinion and if you want to learn more about culture then Abu Dhabi has more to offer especially with the grand mosque and Louvre!
Abu Dhabi – have a Maldivian experience at zaya nurai! This beautiful private island is just a short ten minute speed boat ride from the city and is the perfect way to have a Maldives experience but with the convenience of having a world class city a short boat ride away!
But if you don’t want to take the boat Saadiyat Island has some amazing beaches with the best hotel beach being found at the St Regis in my opinion!
If you are looking for pure relaxation then we recommend staying at The Sharq!
While for those looking for luxury, an amazing beach and a beautiful spa we recommend The Four Seasons!
Our chosen babymoon destination! Oman is a safe and beautiful country either the added bonus that it is slightly cooler than some of the other Middle Eastern countries! Muscat has some beautiful hotels, including the chedi which has the longest pool in the Middle East! On top of that, Muscat has some beautiful cultural gems for you to explore aswell as abundant outdoor activities such as dolphin watching and hiking in the mountains!
If you are traveling as a couple then for me there is only one hotel choice – the beautiful Chedi!
While if you are having a baby moon with kids in tow then we recommend The Shangri La with its fantastic kid friendly pools!
Zika free destinations in Asia
Traditionally thought of as more of a honeymoon destination, the Maldives is a great place to take a babymoon for those who want to just escape to a private island and read before the baby is due! For those feeling more adventurous you can partake in some snorkeling! For those looking for pure relaxation the Maldives has some of the best spas in the world!
Our Maldives recommended hotels are
And our final pick is the beautiful and family friendly resort Constance Haleveli
Zika free babymoon beach destinations in Europe
The Algarve by The Portugalist
The Algarve in the South of Portugal is known for its award-winning beaches, laid-back way of life, and a low cost of living. It’s also, like the rest of Europe, a Zika-free destination which is good news for people who are considering it as a babymoon destination.
It doesn’t matter what time of year your baby is due as the Algarve has good weather year round: more than 300 days of sunshine per year in fact. And, even though the region does revolve around the summer tourism trade, there are events and festivals throughout the year as well.
Accommodation options vary from luxury resorts like the Conrad Algarve and Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort to boutique guesthouses, budget hotels, and apartments. So, regardless of whether you want to splash out before the baby arrives or just to keep things sensible, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for here on the Algarve.
Sardinia by More Life in Your Days
Sardinia is a stunningly beautiful island with crystal clear blue seas and some truly amazing beaches. Combine this with great weather, wonderful Italian cuisine and warm hospitality and you get the perfect babymoon destination.
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean and is home to some of the best beaches in Europe yet remains mercifully free from the overdevelopment that you find elsewhere on the continent.
The island boasts over 1800km of unspoilt coastline dotted with beautiful beaches, interesting rock formations and hidden coves. This means that you can find the perfect beach for you and your bump whether you are looking for one packed with activities and facilities, a remote sandy strip backed by sand dunes, or a beach set beneath stunning limestone cliffs.If you are looking for a bit of luxury on your babymoon, you can’t go far wrong with a stay at the Pitrizza (a Luxury Collection Hotel).
To read more about the beautiful beaches in Sardinia, please visit us at More Life In Your Days
Zika free destinations in Australiasia
Kiama nominated by Glorious Sunrise
Kiama is a charming coastal town about 120 kilometers south of Sydney and it makes for a super romantic train journey for the weekend. This beautiful town is a popular choice for honeymoons and babymoons for many Australian couples. It is especially perfect for a babymoon because of its serene setting. Kiama’s beaches have mesmerizing blue waters, close to bountiful greenery and surrounded with glorious blue skies.
This town has great options for your stay too. BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park is about 3 kilometers from Kiama lighthouse and is one of the best places to stay in Kiama. It was formerly a diary farm and has been converted into a gorgeous 4-star hotel with all the luxuries in place.
Kiama lighthouse, Kiama blowhole area the fist things you need to check out here. Next places to consider are Easts beach, Bombo headlands, Bombo beach, Minnamura rain-forest and Jamberoo Action Park and also try doing the coastal walk from Kiama to Minnamura. It is simply magical. If you do not have the time to do the full stretch by foot, take a cab to Cathedral Rocks before evening, the sunset here is glorious!
Babymoon in Byron Bay by 4 Around the World
Byron Bay has some of the most beautiful beachesin Australia. That’s a big call, I know, but think white sand, turquoise waters and scenic cliff faces. It is a stunning part of the world and perfect for a babymoon!
A visit to the Byron Bay Lighthouse is a must do, with some fantastic views and a great place for a bite to eat too. Byron Bay is a really trendy area for foodies these days, with loads of cafes and restaurants around for some grown up time. Otherwise you may enjoy a visit to the day spa or browsing through the markets.
There are plenty of accommodation choices in Byron Bay, to suit different budgets. If you are looking for an option that covers all different budgets in one, Discovery Park Byron Bay is a great option. They have cabins, deluxe safari tents plus caravan and camping sites too. We stayed in a deluxe safari tent and it was loads of fun, with all the modern comforts, including air conditioning!
Byron Bay is a relaxing coastal destination for babymoons and enjoying quality time as a couple.
Babymoon in New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula by Destinationless Travel
The Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand’s North Island is the perfect beach destination for relaxing and escaping. The peninsula sits on the east coast and boasts a stunning coastline as well as many small towns with only a couple hundred occupants each. Staying in one of the many sleepy beachside towns in a local Bed & Breakfast such as The Green House B&B will promise to be a getaway with no stress, no hustle and bustle, where you can fill your days sitting in local cafes or sunbathing on white sandy beaches.
Besides being a great places to relax and recharge, there is actually a lot to do and see on the Coromandel Peninsula! Hot Water Beach is a famous destination in New Zealand as on this beach you can dig a small hole in the sand, and the water that comes up through the hole is actually hot! With just a little digging you can make your own private natural hot tub! Just down the road from Hot Water Beach is Cathedral Cove, a gorgeous secluded little bay which is only reached by boat or by a short stroll. The towering cliffs at this bay give it its claim to fame as resembling a “cathedral.”
Have you been on a baby moon? Where did you go?