Of late it seems there’s an abundance of mums-to-be jetting off for some last-minute relaxation or romance (set to diminish post-kids!) in the months before their new arrival.
Babymoons – in the UK or otherwise – are all about switching off and slowing down: that transitional period between being able to fit in an afternoon nap, and not. But which destinations can offer the relaxing break you need, whilst keeping travel in mind?
We've rounded up some of the best babymoon breaks in the UK, that would be ideal for Kate and William before the arrival of the third baby...
Just a two hour drive from London, it’s little wonder the Cotswolds are a go-to destination for parents-to-be. Quintessentially English, the rolling hills or ‘wolds’ spill over with honey-coloured medieval villages, idyllic chocolate box homes and leading farmers’ markets – perfect for a tranquil break.
2. Lake District
Swap the hectic pace of city life for the craggy hilltops and glistening lakes of the Lake District – the UK’s most popular national park. Romantic and brimming with history, visitors can take in the mountains awash with relaxing walks and explore the region’s traditional inns, galleries and picturesque villages.
3. Disneyland Paris
Ideal for the grown-up kids amongst us, Disneyland Paris is an easy Eurostar ride away from London (less than three hours!). It could be just the fun release you need before your latest addition arrives. While you may have to be cautious of using some of the rides, a trip to the French attraction will mark the start of an exciting chapter in your family.
A perfect mix, the beautiful city of Bath offers holidaymakers a plethora of things to do and see, plus plenty of sites at which to relax. Take a lazy boat ride up and down the River Avon, admire the splendour that is the Roman Baths and, best of all, take time to indulge at Thermae Bath Spa, Britain’s only natural thermal spa.
This Greek island may be slightly further afield, but once there, its picture-postcard views of multicoloured cliffs and spectacular orange glow sunsets are worth every minute of travelling. To discover the main island of Thira with its snow-white, clifftop houses, plus the traditional hilltops of Oia, you may want to book some transport!
Think fairy-tale medieval town and you’re halfway there. From idyllic cobbled streets to winding canals and whitewashed almshouses, there’s plenty to absorb in Bruges – not least the Belgian chocolate for which the region is renowned. Better still, getting there is easy. You can travel to Brussels direct on Eurostar, before one slick change to Bruges.
If you’re looking to spend your remaining baby-free days in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, then Edinburgh is a great choice. From fine food to world-renowned galleries, stunning architecture and quality shops, there’s plenty to see. Likewise, it’s a must-visit if you fancy a leisurely explore too.
The city of love, where better to celebrate the coming birth of your child than Paris? A global hub for art, fashion, food and culture, there’s plenty to experience amid the 19th century cityscape. Why not up the romance and head over to Pont des Arts, where you can pledge your devotion to one another?
Keen to avoid the airport or rail lines? Cornwall can be reached in four to six hours by car from London (depending on which part you want to get to). Once there, the rugged coastline, breathtaking beaches and culinary treats – plus plenty of fresh, Cornish air – is just the remedy you need before the big day.
Brimming with historical influences, the spa town of Harrogate is rich in intrigue, making it an ideal spot for a last-minute escape. Explore Aldborough Roman Site, abbeys, iconic castles and a historic spa before putting your feet up for a well-earned rest at one of the district’s characterful hotels.