Menu

3 beach destinations for a Zika-free babymoon

Babymoon destination criteria: easy to reach, no Zika nearby, great hotels and a side of R&R. 

3  beach destinations for a Zika-free babymoon

It seems like every travel publication has rushed to woo the expectant-couple market edged out of their Caribbean babymoon due to Zika. A lot of these recent beach vacation write-ups include destinations that, while technically Zika free, still make pregnant moms nervous due to proximity to Zika (i.e., it’s on a neighboring island) or distance from home (Seychelles sounds great, but not with cankles and heartburn).


Vacations are expensive, and your baby’s health is priceless, so we brainstormed about the recent trips we’ve been planning for clients, as well as the trips we ourselves would want to take. Criteria: easy to reach, no Zika nearby, great hotels and a side of R&R. ✔️

1. Bermuda

Bermuda lacks the endless summer temps of the Caribbean islands, but its location farther north (it’s roughly equal with South Carolina) means it’s also free of Zika-bearing mosquitoes. And even if the weather isn’t blazing hot, there are still blue skies, sunshine and miles of pink-sand beaches to explore, and you’ll probably need just a light sweater at night (at most). Bonus: quick and easy flights for East Coasters.

Where to Stay: Our favorite for a splurge is Rosewood Tucker’s Point, but we also love Elbow Beach, formerly the Mandarin Oriental, for its wide beach and great snorkeling (you can kayak out and see shipwrecks just offshore).

If you’re saving your pennies for one of those Jeremy Scott Cybex strollers, book one of the Fairmonts, both of which have undergone recent room renos. The Hamilton Princess has a slick new infinity pool and a Marcus Samuelsson restaurant, while the Fairmont Southampton overlooks the famous Horseshoe Bay Beach.

2. Hawaii

An easy hop for West Coasters, the Hawaiian islands are so gorgeous and so filled with five-star hotels (but not with Zika) that even East Coast mamas should make the trip. Oahu is home to Honolulu but also the less-developed North Shore, a surfer’s paradise.

If you want to hit the links instead of the waves, there are excellent courses on all the islands, including the exclusive Nanea course on the Big Island. If you can’t get a tee time (you’ll need a member to get you in), no sweat—the island’s huge range of ecosystems and the active volcano make the Big Island a great pick for smarty-pants couples who are interested in science as well as beach time.

Maui has the high-rise luxury brands and shopping, while Kauai, particularly its north shore, boasts some of the state’s lushest scenery and most spectacular hiking trails. Lanai is an under-the-radar island that’s become a must-visit thanks to a new hotel (see below).

Where to Stay: Four Seasons rules the Hawaii hotel scene, from its new Oahu resort to the revamped hideaway on Lanai, as well as the Four Seasons Hualalai on the Big Island, which consistently ranks as one of the top retreats in the world.

In Kauai, we love the St. Regis Princeville in the north and Koa Kea in the south.

Maui also has a great Four Seasons, or you can head off the beaten path to Hana and stay at the ecofriendly Travasaa for yoga, meditation and a more organic approach. If the busier Honolulu shores are more your style, check out the Modern.

3. Southern California

From Santa Barbara’s sunny shores to Santa Monica’s hip restaurants down to the sprawling resorts of Orange County and San Diego, Cali’s got a lock on the poolside-and-chill plan. Take light hikes, eat great meals and do a bit of wine tasting (at least for Dad) between afternoon naps and spa appointments. Pro tip: If you’ve got a business trip coming up to San Francisco or L.A., this is an easy weekend extension that lets you sneak in a babymoon without planning a separate trip.

Where to Stay: In Santa Barbara, check out Belmond El Encanto, where rooms sit in individual bungalows and the location in a leafy residential neighborhood means max peace and quiet.

In Santa Monica, Casa del Mar just emerged from a renovation and is looking fab.

Farther south, check out the Park Hyatt Aviara and the Montage Laguna Beach for the well-known luxury brands, and Auberge del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe for something more intimate.

P.S. We’re super smart (obvi), but we’re nowhere close to medical experts. Be sure to talk to your doctor and stay up-to-date on CDC recommendations and travel warnings.


A version of this article originally appeared on Passported.

Join Motherly

In This Article

    The weighted blanket you need to make it through the rest of 2020 is on sale today only

    If you want to sleep on a cloud, this is your chance.

    If I had a dollar for everything I've added to a virtual cart over the past eight months thinking, "I need this. We're in a pandemic." I, well, I'd be able to afford like 1/8 the grand total. From "stress-relieving" aroma diffusers (going to need like an ocean's worth of lavender oil here) to jetted foot spas, there's really nothing I'm not cart-curious about if it might in some small way make the monotony of work, kids, Netflix, repeat just a little more bearable.

    Occasionally, I actually pull the trigger. And most of the time, I'm so glad I did. Case in point: A weighted blanket.

    Unless you've been living on a remote island for the past few years (where do I sign up?), you've definitely heard of weighted blankets by now. If not, I'll catch you up. Harnessing the power of deep pressure stimulation, these grounding blankets can help reduce anxiety, improve sleep and bring about a deeper sense of relaxation. They're championed by parents of kiddos on the spectrum as a tool to help them calm down, by mamas of toddlers who have a hard time sleeping in their own bed, and of course, everyone who has turned to one in hopes of not staring at the ceiling at 3 am AGAIN.

    Admittedly, I wondered if they could possibly be worth the hype. But as the market flooded with dozens of options and the world became a real dumpster fire, it wasn't a question of "should I get one" so much as it was a question of "which one should I get"—because if they're selling calm, I'm buying.

    Keep reading Show less
    Shop

    It’s science: Vacations make your kids happy long after they’re over

    Whether you're planning a quick trip to the lake or flying the fam to a resort, the results are the same: A happier, more connected family.

    Whether you're looking for hotels or a rental home for a safe family getaway, or just punching in your credit card number to reserve a spot in a campground a couple of states over, the cost of vacation plans can make a mom wince. And while price is definitely something to consider when planning a family vacation, science suggests we should consider these trips—and their benefits—priceless.

    Research indicates that family vacations are essential. They make our, kids (and us) happier and build bonds and memories.

    Keep reading Show less
    News

    Cameron Diaz on having a baby at 47: 'You really have to work hard for it'

    "The only pressure for me now is I have to live to be, like, 107, you know? No pressure!"

    This is the decade that saw the face of first-time motherhood change. The number of first-time mamas under 30 is shrinking, while more and more women are becoming moms after 40.

    Cameron Diaz is one of them. The actress and businesswoman, now 48, became a mom in January at the age of 47. In a new episode of Naomi Campbell's YouTube series, No Filter, Diaz opens up about what it's like to become a mom in your fourth decade.

    "A lot of people do it the other way around ... they get married [and] have a family in their youth," says Diaz."I'm kind of doing it in the second half of my life."

    Keep reading Show less
    News