To take a babymoon, you first need to get pregnant! That’s the (potentially) tricky part.
The term “babymoon” was quite possibly invented by the travel industry to capitalise on a celebrity trend of taking a holiday in the months leading up to their due dates. To be fair, it’s a pretty good idea to enjoy some time away, before your life gets turned upside down and begins to revolve around a little person, rather than yourself and/or the rest of your family.
The UK has some great places to visit. Recent investment in tourism and a weakened pound have seen the number of Brits holidaying at home, hit an all time high in 2016. North Wales was even named as one of the best regions in the world to visit by Lonely Planet in 2017, coming in ranked fourth, behind Choquequirao, Peru which claimed top spot.
North Wales is a fantastic place to visit for many reasons, these include hiking and climbing, which you probably won’t be up for if you are 7 months pregnant? Fear not, North Wales has some amazing beaches to visit and relax on.
Harlech beach is located on to the west of North Wales. It is renowned for it’s clean sands and the backdrop of snow-capped mountains and of course, Harlech castle. There are also great views north to Llyn Peninsula and south to Cardigan Bay.
To the south west of Anglesey, is another fantastic beach – Newborough. It is a fantastic location for a walk, picnic, or even a spot of fishing! The beach provides stunning views across to Snowdonia. There are two light houses and an old lifeboat house. Interestingly, the Church of Saint Dwynwen is also located next to the beach. Saint Dwynwen is the Welsh equivalent of Saint Valentine. There are other religious monuments on the beach and several small coves. Very romantic!
There are a number of luxury places to stay along the North Wales coast, as recent investment has seen tourism boom in the area. Other romantic things to see include the multitude of waterfalls, including Dolgoch Falls and a meal at Signatures Restaurant near Conwy.
The Lake District
The Lake District inspired famous poets such as William Wordsworth and authors including Beatrix Potter. Yes, it’s that good!
The official tourism-website golakes.co.uk has a great section on things to do in the area. If you’re looking for relaxation rather than long walks in the scenery, then you may wish to consider visiting one of the many luxury hotels, or lodge retreats. Brand new for 2017, the Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat boasts its own luxury spa and restaurant.
So whether you like minimalism (probably not if you’re pregnant) or luxury; there is a type of accommodation to suit you and your budget. Keswick Reach has an onsite restaurant called Copper Fells, which will amend the menu to suit any dietary requirements or cravings that you may be experiencing! They also boast an amazing spa, with specific packages available for pregnant women. During the busy summer season, it’s definitely worth giving the spa a ring or email to check availability.
Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat
Derwentwater, is just a 2 minute drive from the retreat. Ranked as the number one thing to do in the Lake District by TripAdvisor, a walk around; or halfway round, is regarded as one of the most romantic and scenic things to do in the area. If you’re a bit of a geek, it may also be interested to know that a recent Star Wars movie – Force Awakens filmed several scenes at the Lake, using it as a backdrop for an aerial dogfight and a flyby for the Millennium Falcon.
Another picturesque and relaxing city to visit is Bath, in Somerset. The one thing you must do (depending on how you’re feeling) is visit the Roman baths. It’s very interesting, if you like your history and features some beautiful architecture; just be careful on the uneven floor! There are plenty of independent pubs, bars and restaurants in the city centre, where you can enjoy some fantastic food and a non-alcoholic drink! The Dark Horse Bar is well known for it’s relaxed atmosphere and attentive, knowledgeable staff.
In the city centre you’ll also find a great Lush Cosmetics shop, where you can pick up some great things to treat yourself when you get back home.
A great place to stay is the Bath Mill retreat, where you can enjoy the world class bar & bistro and enjoy the beautiful rural location.
Of course, there are dozens of other places you could visit for your babymoon! Please leave a comment if you can recommend somewhere in particular…
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