Looking to relax before your bundle of joy arrives? These UK babymoon breaks are sure to hit the spot.
We all know things can get a little hectic when a new baby arrives on the scene – why is why many couples dash off for a last baby-free retreat! Babymoon breaks are growing in popularity, but there’s no need to jet halfway across the world. From country escapes to luxury spa hotels, the UK has some amazing locations for a pre-baby getaway. Here’s our pick of some of the best.
On the outskirts of London, just a stone’s throw from historic Hampton Court Palace, The Mitre Hampton Court sits regally on the banks of the River Thames. After undergoing a complete renovation this summer, The Mitre officially reopened in September 2020 with a brand-new look and extensive menu of little luxuries (and we’re not just talking about the two fabulous restaurants: The Coppernose and The 1665 Riverside). A homage to its own history, The Mitre is a quirky blend of quintessentially British decor and urban luxury. Each bedroom is uniquely designed, and for those lucky enough to bag a night in the opulent Henry VIII Suite you can soak up views of the River Thames and Hampton Court from the comfort of an indulgent copper roll top bath (be careful, though, you and bump may never want to leave!). And if you’re visiting with the little ones in-tow, your childcare is covered; The Mitre is offering a free babysitter over the half term period. Now, there really is no excuse for missing out on a glass or three at the world’s first Whispering Angel bar.
As soon as you arrive at Four Seasons Hampshire, you know you’re in for a real treat. Rolling up the vast driveway, you’re hit with a view of the spectacular manor house overlooking sprawling acres of the Hampshire countryside. It’s hard not to feel as though you’re in the opening scene for an episode of Downtown Abbey. While the hotel oozes luxury, it also boasts a family-friendly feel. If you’re enjoying a babymoon break en famille before the newest addition arrives, there’s an array of children’s activities to keep little ones entertained. For the grownups, the spa facilities certainly do not disappoint and with their vast menu of tailored treatments, you’ll be feeling refreshed and recharged in no time. Make sure you check which treatments and facilities are suitable during pregnancy. After a day of unwinding and exploring the magnificent grounds, sample a menu of seasonal, locally sourced cuisine at the Wild Carrot restaurant.
‘Hidden gem’ may be a bit of an industry cliché when it comes to London’s plethora of top boutique hotels, but there’s really no other way to describe this five-star Westminster nook. The three palatial townhouses that make up Taj 51 are concealed being sister residence St James’s Court and a secret haven of luxury in the capital. If you’re after country calm in a city setting, you’ve come to the right place. Alongside access the Jiva Spa – with its host of pregnancy treatments – expectant parents can also enjoy welcome mocktails and an afternoon tea.
The babymoon package at Chewton Glen in the New Forest has been specially created with parents-to-be in mind. Take advantage of the award-winning spa and leisure facilities, from the aromatherapy saunas and crystal steam rooms to the 17m indoor pool, and enjoy overnight accommodation in a room or suite of your choice. Don’t forget to indulge in a full English breakfast too.
Luxury Family Hotels Group: New Park Manor, Hampshire
Slot in a few days at this cosy hideaway and you’ll recharge faster than those batteries (not included) in your child’s new toys. Luxury Family Hotel Group’s New Park Manor hotel is surrounded by acres of enchanting forest, but those who’d rather stay tucked up indoors than brave the elements won’t miss out. The onsite Elemis spa has luxe facilities for ultimate R&R, including a steam room, sauna, sanarium and healthy menu of aromatherapy treatments. If you’re travelling with babies in tow, baby bottles, food and equipment, plus access to a crèche are provided, leaving you free to relax in the outdoor hot tub.
Luxury Family Hotels Group: Moonfleet Manor, Dorset
Retreat to the wild Jurassic Coast to really get away from it all on your babymoon break. Moonfleet, part of the Luxury Family Hotels group, is just as magical as its name would suggest, with gorgeously luxurious bedrooms that look out onto Dorset’s famous Chesil Beach – perfect for brisk (or gentle!) walks before baby arrives. The spa is a highlight, with saunas, massages, facials and body wraps on offer – the perfect prelude to fabulous food overlooking the ocean. If you’re heading off on a babymoon with your other children, Moonfleet also offer a fabulous break that includes childcare, candlelit dinners (with use of baby listening service) and a spa treatment.
For a babymoon with a difference, why not give luxury glamping at StarBed Hideaways a go? These oak-clad cabins offer absolute privacy, stunning interiors (complete with curved-glass skylights for bedtime stargazing) and easy access to some of Dartmoor’s best country walks. Each hideaway also includes a king-sized bed draped in luxurious linen, an up-lit bath and a glowing wood-burning stove. And if that isn’t enough, maybe the thought of taking in the surrounding views from your seat on the radial deck will sway you.
If the promise of fresh sea air, beautiful beaches and tantalising cuisine wasn’t enough to draw you to Cornwall, the seaside retreat of Bedruthan Hotel in Mawgan Porth, Newquay will certainly do the trick. The beachfront location at Bedruthan Hotel gifts sea views all around, even from inside the spa, where you’ll find a mind-blowing whirlpool overlooking the ocean. Enjoy a range of blissful pregnancy treatments, too.
In the market for some old-school glitz and glamour? The Balmoral in Edinburgh offers interesting history, lavish bedrooms, an award-winning spa and an exquisite Michelin-starred restaurant. Its central position in the heart of the city puts attractions like the Scottish National Gallery and the Old Town within easy walking distance, but if you’d rather a quiet afternoon away from the crowds, enjoy a cup of tea in the hotel’s Palm Court or retreat to the spa for some “me” time.
The Lake District is another babymoon fave, and the Gilpin Hotel is stunning option, set in beautiful Windermere. Its gorgeous suites look out onto mountain views, with many offering hot tubs and ensuite spas with saunas. To really treat yourself on your babymoon, book one of the spa suites or lodges with their own stone-built hot tubs, plunge ponds and private bedroom that ‘floats’, as well as a steam room and sauna. After walks around Windermere, return to Michelin-starred HRiSHi for modern British cuisine or Gilpin Spice for tapas-style pan-Asian dishes. For even more privacy, there’s also the Gilpin Lake House, where just 12 guests enjoy 100 acres of private grounds, with its own lake, boat house, hot tubs, saunas, swimming pool and Swedish-style spa treatment room raised 3 metres into the tree canopy.
Part of the beautiful Alexander hotels collection, escape to the great British countryside with a stay at Alexander House for your babymoon, with relaxing spa experiences, afternoon tea and more. Most impressive is its Utopia Spa, well worth spending a whole day at with its outdoor hot tub and sauna. Then, afternoon tea and tasting menus in the 3-rosette restaurant await, while nearby Tulley’s Farm, Nymans and the Wakehurst Place all provide a gorgeous setting to explore.
Coworth Park, tucked away on 240 acres of parkland, has everything you need for an indulgent babymoon. Stay in either a gorgeous suite or private cottage, overlooking the park and its forest surrounds. Then, spend your days strolling around the lake, enjoying picnics in the grounds and relaxing at the spa, which offers everything from massages to facials and body treatments, including several pregnancy options. The Restaurant Coworth Park, home to a Michelin star of excellence and 4 AA Rosettes, is a highlight, alongside the many other dining options like the laid-back barn for al fresco evenings.
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Ranked: The Top Destinations in UK for a Babymoon
If you’re not quite sold on a particular hotel or babymoon retreat just yet, Flowercard has done some research into the most popular regions in the UK for a pre-baby getaway. Based on the factors such as the number of romantic hotels, restaurants, and couple’s activities, to create a ranked babymoon index and reveal the UK’s best babymoon destinations.
- Lake District
- Peak District
- North York Moors
- Yorkshire Dales
- Brecon Beacons
Overall, the top UK destination for couples to enjoy a babymoon getaway is the Lake District, scoring 7.75 out of 10 in the index. Famous for its glacial ribbon lakes and rugged fell mountains, the Lakes also has the highest proportion of things to do as a couple (62.72 per 100,000), and romantic restaurants galore (46.85 per 100,000 people).
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