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Babymoon destinations all recommendations gratefully received!

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Victoriasushi Tue 08-May-12 20:12:21

My husband and I are expecting our first child later this summer and I wondered if anybody had some good Babymoon destinations for perhaps a week or 10 days before I get too big. I would like somewhere relaxing pref. adults only but obviously not a long flight. We are hoping to keep an adults-only time even when the baby is here as I think it's incredibly important to a relationship. We have a budget of around £4,000 all in so any suggestions would be great. Thanks!

bbface Tue 08-May-12 20:20:17

We are hoping to keep an adults-only time even when the baby is here as I think it's incredibly important to a relationship

grin

Yes, indeed it is. I don't think you are alone in thinking that!

We went to the Maldives. Bit cliched, but you know what? It was absolutely wonderful. Our most special holiday hands down. Issue is that at this time of year you may not have perfect weather. And you don't want anything to ruin this special holiday. Might need a bit more than £4k too.

The US? California. SOme beach time, some driving. Wonderful adn memorable holiday.

Whatever you decide, choose something that isn't baby friendly! Enjoy

Victoriasushi Tue 08-May-12 21:12:05

Thank you very much bb for the suggestions. I don't know whether to do the whole Maldives laying on the beach thing or more interesting memorable road trip perhaps. I really enjoy swimming and the beach so might go for a chilled option!

bbface Tue 08-May-12 21:54:13

I was 5 months pregnant at the time, so suited me down to the ground. DH did some diving. He was concerned before we left about having nothing to do. As it turned out, he wanted to stay for the next 3 months! Seriously, it really was that special and wonderful. Huvafen Fushi is where we stayed. You may get a good deal as going out of season.

We can't imagine taking children to Maldives. But we could imagine taking them to Cali on a road trip, in fact that is what we hope to do in a couple of years. So with that in mind, I think you are right to head for the beach option!

StrawberrytallCAKE Tue 08-May-12 21:59:53

We went to galley bay in Antigua (adults only) and it was lovely. They made a real fuss of me when I was pregnant and cut me down a fresh coconut to drink every morning. We went at this exact time in 2008 and the weather was lovely every day, the rooms have big terraces and open out onto the beach so we had our morning de-caf coffee watching the sea. The food is all inclusive but table service not buffet and it was fantastic.

I've heard Huvafen Fushi is lovely, for our honeymoon we took dd to island hideaway in the Maldives (beautiful and with kids club!) we went in June and it was quite rainy so check the weather!

Labradorlover Tue 08-May-12 22:24:48

Maldives here too. Went when 5 months. DH dived and I spent the whole time snorkling. I wanted warm water and no getting bothered on the beach when I was on my own. Went to a "cheap" dive island. Found flying Emirates with a change in Dubai was okay. Although make sure you have a letter from your Doc saying you are fit to fly and your dates. DH thought this was unnecessary until the man at Mali check-in tried to say I was too big to fly....
Also depending on what island, you can be some distance from proper medical care.
If I didn't love reading and snorkling ( frustrated pregnant diver ) I would have been bored out my tits in the Maldives.

Victoriasushi Tue 08-May-12 22:33:52

Thank you for all the great suggestions and pointers. Yes a doctors letter is probably a must. We went to a spa resort in st Lucia for our honeymoon so Maldives might be perfect. I'm happy to snorkel swim and read even if dh wants to dive so not a prob.

LeBOF Tue 08-May-12 22:49:15

I think a "babymoon" is the time after birth that you spend bonding, feeding and generally getting to know your newborn. The phrase you are looking for is "a stonkingly expensive holiday with my husband", and I'm unable to help you with that, sorry grin

But bon voyage, it sounds lovely.

Dozer Tue 08-May-12 22:50:35

Adult-only time in the first year is hard to get unless you don't breastfeed and have family help on-tap!

(b-feeder with no help close by here!)

Depending on your situation you may wish to save at least some of the £4k for fabulous childcare!

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Tue 08-May-12 22:53:27

Sounds lovely, but it's not what 'babymoon' means. Babymoon is snuggling in with your newborn - destination, your bed!

Have fun on your fab holiday!

LossDePlott Tue 08-May-12 23:01:43

Crying laughing here.

Hey OP- post more in Chat - they'd love to help with ideas on how to make 24 meals out of a single chicken carcass.

PS The Maldives is shite this time of year

OracleInaCoracle Tue 08-May-12 23:13:51

Bless

Victoriasushi Tue 08-May-12 23:31:35

Crying with laughter? Chicken carcasses? I don't follow. I really hope this isn't the dreaded mn cynicism. I am a genuine poster. Yes I know the maldives weather can be a little dicey this time of year but better deals. I'm sorry if you thought I had posted in the wrong thread but there doesn't seem to be a better section. And a holiday before your child is born is called a Babymoon. You spend it with your husband not a baby.

LeBOF Tue 08-May-12 23:36:40

babymoon n. a planned period of calm spent together by a just-born baby and its parents; occasionally, time spent by parents without their baby; (hence) a vacation or holiday taken by a pregnant woman and her partner. Subjects: English
Editorial Note: The latter meaning is on the rise in the travel industry. Etymological Note: Sheila Kitzinger claims to have coined the word.

Victoriasushi Tue 08-May-12 23:37:52

Crying with laughter? Chicken carcasses? I don't follow. I really hope this isn't the dreaded mn cynicism. I am a genuine poster. Yes I know the maldives weather can be a little dicey this time of year but better deals. I'm sorry if you thought I had posted in the wrong thread but there doesn't seem to be a better section. And a holiday before your child is born is called a Babymoon. You spend it with your husband not a baby.

Portofino Tue 08-May-12 23:38:53

No, a babymoon is the time you spend in bed, in your pyjamas with a squawking thing, that you want to murder, but can't quite bring yourself to....What you are needing in the short term is...Sardinia.

Victoriasushi Tue 08-May-12 23:40:33

Sardinia is lovely been there twice. Great for a week end of June while it's relatively quiet! Portifino is beautiful too :-)

LeBOF Tue 08-May-12 23:42:11

There's a Travel section for holiday advice on mumsnet, if you click the topic list.

5318008 Tue 08-May-12 23:43:16

um babymoon to some is the time immediately after the baby is born, where the parents and baby have peace and quiet to establish bf, to recover from the birth

so your babymoon is someone else's pre-push pressie, whereas my babymoon would be your post-birth chaos

<pats OP on the heid, kindly>

LossDePlott Tue 08-May-12 23:43:45

grin

I think you're taking the piss

Quite funny though

AnyFucker Tue 08-May-12 23:44:26

Perhaps a better place to have placed this smug and boastful post would be in Travel:Long Haul ?

Am not sure how a support board for people undergoing difficulties in their relationships could be seen as the most appropriate place for this, unless done by someone with a shocking lack of empathy and feeling for people not quite so fortunate as oneself

TheSecondComing Tue 08-May-12 23:49:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Victoriasushi Tue 08-May-12 23:50:05

I couldn't find the section about holidays but a lot of people go on holidays as part of their relationship. I'm sorry if I've upset anybody but this really isn't a "joke" as you put it. Most of the mothers I know have all done the same. It's like a honeymoon but you're preggers I don't see there's any call for aggressive language. Thank you to the earlier posters who helped with suggestions. Crikey!

Victoriasushi Tue 08-May-12 23:56:05

Boastful and smug? Why are some mumsnetter so nasty. It's so unnecessary.

TheSecondComing Tue 08-May-12 23:59:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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