There's still time to indulge in some romance and relaxation before Baby arrives. Let these four dreamy trips inspire your wander lust.
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The Ultimate Places to Unwind
Since the moment your doctor confirmed the amazing news, you've been in full-fledged motherhood prep mode—obsessing over strollers, pinning nursery ideas and poring over every bit of prenatal info you could get your hands on. We're pressing pause! With all the crazy goodness going on, you deserve a few days to recharge, connect with your partner and indulge in some serious pampering. We scouted the best bumptastic havens and got advice from experts and real moms on how to make the most of your getaway.
For Nature Lovers...
Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa Lake Arrowhead, California
The hills are alive with the sound of nada round here. (Maybe chirping birds, but that's soothing, right?) Earthy mamas can immerse themselves in easy hikes, guided nature tours, mellow fishing trips and complimentary tai chi and yoga classes. Soothe achy muscles in the heated alfresco pool or opt for a Mother-to-Be massage, which uses essences from native plants, including pine, sage and lilac. Cap off a serene day with s'mores at a Fireside Chat (less Roosevelt radio broadcast, more fascinating tales told by local guides) on the lodge's private beach. Another can't-miss treat: the baked-to-order cookies topped with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and caramel sauce, from the on-site restaurant BIN189. (From $229 per night, lakearrowheadresort.com)
For Beach Bums...
Arawak Beach Inn, Anguilla
Secluded shores give this cheery territory a far-flung feel—without a hefty price tag. At just 16 miles long and three miles wide, the petite island is a cinch to navigate via taxi or rental car, especially since everyone speaks English. Savor authentic Caribbean cuisine at the Café, and keep an ear open for cheerful reggae music. For the price of one night at some of the starstudded, probably paparazzi-flooded hotels on the island, you and your papa-to-be can relish four nights in an ocean-view suite. The Last Hurrah package features daily breakfast, a candlelit lobster dinner, a private lunch on uninhabited Scrub Island and a 50-minute couple's massage. Bonus: all-you-can-eat pickles and ice cream. ($629– $899 per couple for five days/four nights, arawakbeach.com)
Enchantment Resort Sedona, Arizona
Stress, be gone! Turn your attention to tennis, golf, cooking classes or even an organic composting demonstration. The on-site spa also caters to expectant ladies with pregnancy-tailored services that go beyond the typical prenatal massage, including a prickly-pear-butter body wrap, facials and Watsu, which combines massage, joint mobilization and stretching. You can also meet with the resident nutrition expert for pre-and postnatal advice. And for a little New Age-y relationship counseling, try an Auro-Soma Relationship Reading: Based on your choices of particular colors and oils, the session leader looks at your individual needs and wants, then uncovers ways for you to live harmoniously as a couple. (From $295 per night, enchantmentresort.com)
The Vanderbilt Grace Newport, Rhode Island
This inviting seaside town boasts top-tier culture minus big-city stress. Tour the stunning mansions along Bellevue Avenue and indulge in fine dining along Thames Street. Wind down at this 33-room Gilded Age mansion, once owned by Vanderbilt scion Alfred Gwynne and now refurbished with a spa and two pools. Before arrival, guests are encouraged to send along requests—from pillows to a loaner cellphone preloaded with useful local numbers. Book the Mommy-to-Be package, which comes with daily breakfast for two, samples of Apivita natural beauty products, gentle morning yoga, an hour-long prenatal massage, a butler-drawn bath upon request and a cute take-home gift for Baby. (From $800 per couple for two nights, gracehotels.com/vanderbilt)