Babymoon: Choose These Epic Spots For Your ‘Last Hurrah’

By Noam Elsner

Planning your last child-free holiday is a pretty special moment. Whether you’re looking to get away from the city smoke to completely switch off, or are in search of a lengthy and adventurous ‘last hurrah’, we’ve put together the ultimate babymooners’ guide to help ensure it’s one to remember. We’ve even picked our favourite local staycation suggestions to avoid a long-haul flight with a bun in the oven.

Completely surrender in the Maldives – a top babymoon location

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If you’re at the first stage of your pregnancy and looking to splurge on one last holiday, look no further than the Maldives’ Meeru Island Resort & Spa. This remote resort comes with all the trimmings you would come to expect from a luxury stay – massages, romantic dinners, breakfast in bed and poolside reading, to name a few. Did you know the Maldives is the lowest country on earth, with its stunning archipelago of 26 atolls under threat from rising sea levels? Even more reason to visit this unique destination and learn about the environmentally conscious features present in many its Instagram-worthy villas.

Cheap Return Flights to Male, from A$600* Stay at Meeru Island Resort & Spa, from A$447**

Take your partner on a trip of a lifetime across Southeast Asia

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Before settling down and starting a family, commit to that backpacking trip you’ve been eyeing for a while by taking an extended break as a couple. Start your journey in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, and make your way to the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya or break free from the tourist route by heading to isolated Umphang, where the surrounding mountains are perfect for trekking. After exploring Chiang Mai, head to Laos where Luang Prabang’s waterfalls and Vang Vieng’s natural playground are must-sees. Continue your backpacking journey through Vietnam, ensuring you sail around the famed natural wonders of Ha Long Bay before opening your eyes to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temples.

Cheap Return Flights to Bangkok, from A$619* Stay at Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, from A$112*

Squeeze in one last holiday before welcoming your bub into the world

If you live near Brisbane

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For a local babymoon with amazing scenery, look no further than a stay in Byron Bay or its surrounding majestic hinterland. It’s the perfect place to unwind amongst beautiful scenery while you get comfy at a local cafe or bookstore and spend the whole day reading (catching up on that parenting book you’ve been meaning to finish!).

Cheap Return Flights to Ballina, from A$111* Stay at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, from A$327**

If you live near Sydney

Located less than two hours from the city, The Blue Mountains is a great destination for expecting Sydneysiders. Immerse yourself in the tranquil wilderness as you nestle away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. For the ultimate scenic route, stretch your legs on the easy Knapsack Gully Viaduct walking track or enjoy a homely, luxury stay right near the Blue Mountains National Park at Parklands Country Gardens and Lodges.

Cheap Return Flights to Sydney, from A$136* Stay at Parklands Country Gardens and Lodges, from A$211*

If you live near Melbourne

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The Mornington Peninsula is a great pick if you live in the South. Whilst exploring the region’s wineries is a must-do, it’s also the perfect destination if you feel like snugging up in front of a log fire, dropping into local galleries and filling your picnic basket at a farmgate. Be sure to slip into the Peninsula Hot Springs, surrounded by shady trees, where the natural thermal mineral waters will do wonders for your skin. Come evening, savour fine food at a Chef’s Hat restaurant – our personal favourites include Petit Tracteur and Stillwater at Crittenden.

Cheap Return Flights to Melbourne, from A$88* Stay at Ranger Run Cottages, from A$147**

*The flight prices (including taxes and fees, excluding baggage fees) for one return economy seat were found on on 22 August 2017 for travel across the month of September 2017 from Australia to the destination listed, unless specified otherwise. Prices are in AUD, may be subject to change and offers may no longer be available.

**The hotel prices (including taxes and fees) are per night per room for double occupancy for the above and were found on on 22 August 2017 for travel across the month of September 2017, for the respective hotels mentioned in this article. Prices are in AUD, may be subject to change and offers may no longer be available.

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