BABYMOON + GETAWAYS
ONE LAST HURRAH...
When I started to post a few Babymoon inspo ideas on my social media, I had a number of people ask "WHAT is a Babymoon?" Well duh... it's a baby in the moon... (ha ha not even funny but who cares I got like 5 seconds of fulfillment from that terrible joke). But in all seriousness, a Babymoon is a romantic little get away for the Ma + Pa to be before their little bundle of joy arrives. WHY? Well, why not? Any excuse to get away for a bit of R + R with your loved one doesn't hurt and all your partner needs to know is that it's mandatory. By all means, it doesn't have to be an expensive get-away, you don't even have to jump on a plane or go overseas; you can plan the perfect Babymoon that suits you and your man to a tee.
And now lastly, the final question is WHEN should you go on your Babymoon? Most people decide to go on their Babymoon within the second trimester as during this stage of pregnancy if you have been suffering from any form of sickness it tends to subside during this time. Be aware that the longer you leave it, the more uncomfortable it becomes to travel as well. Most airlines within Australia allow pregnancy travel up to 28 weeks without a medical clearance certificate. The clearance cert is provided by your Doc and pretty much states that you are fit for travel. Post 28 weeks, contact your airline in regards to their pregnancy travel regulations as they all differ - it's better to be safe than sorry.
When deciding on your destination another thing to consider is the time of year you are going to be going on your Babymoon. For instance, I really wanted to go to Hayman Island, North Tropical QLD but the weather gods weren't looking to be in our favour at the time we were wanting to travel. The hubs on the other hand wanted to go to Fiji and he got his way because the weather was showing as peak season.
So for our Babymoon we decided on Fiji, travelling at 28 weeks gestation.
Our very first trip overseas together as a couple was Fiji over 4 years ago, so it was a nice destination choice as our last holiday as two before we become three. Last time we stayed on Denarau Island the whole time and we stayed at The Radisson, this time we wanted to do something a little different and venture out to one of the beautiful Islands for a few nights to mix it up. We chose Tokoriki Island which is located in the idyllic Mamanuca group of islands and easily accessed from Nadi by helicopter, seaplane, catamaran or speed boat.
Being 28 weeks pregnant I wanted to avoid any slow, bumpy boat rides, as an alternative we treated ourselves to a private Sea Plane transfer to the island which landed straight into the ocean right in front of our resort The Sheraton Resort & Spa. We stayed here for two nights in one of their stunning beachfront retreats.
There are only two resorts to choose from to stay at on the whole Island. The Sheraton staff were very lovely and offered to drop us via buggy over the hill to the other resort Tokoriki Island Resort (adults only resort). To our absolute surprise the Manager upgraded us from their standard Beachfront Bure (which is still insanely beautiful might I add) to one of their brand new Private Sunset Pool Villas. I seriously nearly cried when I walked into this sanctuary, the preggo hormones were flowing and all; it was so generous of them and we were very grateful for such a kind and thoughtful gesture.
We then opted for a helicopter transfer from Tokoriki Island to Denarau Island, this only took 10 minutes apposed to the 40 minute Sea Plane (we had a few delays) I wish we had done this on the way over. It's so much quicker, a very easy way to get to and from the islands and the helicopters are extremely spacious and comfortable too.
For our last two nights in Fiji we stayed at The Hilton Fiji Resort & Spa, it was a lot busier on the main island, given it was school holidays and this resort was a family friendly resort too so it was booked out to max capacity whilst we were there.
In conclusion, for the both of us this was the best holiday we have ever had! We literally just relaxed to the absolute max. We really weren't keen on going somewhere that we felt we had to sight see, shop or be out and about a lot, so Fiji really was the perfect Babymoon destination for us. We tanned all day, we ate all day, I drank mocktails and he drank cocktails, we swam, we got massages and this was literally on repeat all day every day. It was exactly what we needed after a stressful few months after our home getting broken into and with Darius playing State of Origin... it's always a crazy time of year with him being away and both of us travelling away from home.
I know it sounds silly, but it was a great way for us to bond with the bump!
Here are some snaps from our trip!
Below are some alternative recommendations for Babymoon destinations!