Looking for a quick and relaxing getaway before your bundle of joy arrives? Doctors generally agree flying is okay, especially in the second trimester, so pack a long weekend bag before reassembling it for your hospital bag at some great couples spots.
Just about a two-hour flight from Boston (BOS) and New York (JFK), Bermuda’s downtown is easily walkable and safe. Lots of couples trekked to this beachy paradise recently to escape any worries of the Zika virus, and discovered secluded sands and secret coves. Spa treatments abound at hotels like Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa, the Loren at Pink Beach and Fairmont Southampton.
Of course Venice is always great for a romantic couples getaway, but pizza and pasta can also satisfy some special pregnancy cravings. Afterwards, take a gondola ride while enjoying Luna Hotel Baglioni’s babymoon package with breakfast, a deluxe room, a discount at the hotel restaurant and boutique, gift for expectant mothers, a mocktail and a cooking class with meal recommendations for young kids.
Indulge in the Mommyhood Menu of spa treatments at the Mayflower Grace in Washington, Connecticut. Acupuncture, reflexology, prenatal Pilates and more are organized by trimester, and you can also do a bump photo shoot here. Take a relaxing stroll at this 30-room hotel at the nearby nature preserves or go antique shopping for the nursery.
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Peter Island Resort even focuses on the dads with pregnancy spa treatments like massages and private picnics on the island’s five beaches, along with a baby album at turndown. But the hotel one-ups the package with Baby Week, when three or more couples sign up for the same time period. Charlene L. Stokamer, MPH, MS, teaches the course “How to Relax and Have Your Baby,” with five two-hour classes on topics including breastfeeding prep, along with his-and-hers massages.
The Lavender Inn & Spa in Ojai is about much more than deep-tissue (although that’s an option, too) — private classes with lactation counselors or with doulas on birth planning, breast feeding and newborn care are popular here. Enjoy a discount at the inn’s kids clothing store, Cowboy Babies, with every stay, and prenatal massages for pregnancy partners.
The Bundle of Joy package at Westin Keirland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale includes a partnership with SpOILed Mama skincare for some extra pampering. Enjoy a gift care set, in-room movies with ice cream sundaes, sparkling cider and chocolate-covered strawberries, a couples massage and breakfast in bed. Those ready to shop for the baby’s room also get a discount at nearby Kierland Commons shopping center.
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Northwest Florida is a haven for beachgoers seeking the waters of Panama City Beach, Pensacola and Destin. But this region of Florida also has some extensive history, offering family travelers a great way to introduce young ones to Florida’s Spanish and indigenous past.
More than 1,000 miles from Spain’s capital city of Madrid, the seven Canary Islands are also part of Spain. They are the tallest peaks of ancient volcanoes rising out of the Atlantic, not far from the coast of North Africa. Two of these volcanoes, both still active, offer exciting adventures for families traveling to the islands.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
If you think you have to head into the wilderness just to get some hiking time in on your next vacation, rest assured. Cities across the country pride themselves on being great all-around family destinations, and that often includes fun urban hiking opportunities. These cities prove you don’t have to hike to a mountaintop to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. They are home to great parks and walking trails designed for easy walks that let you enjoy the fresh air, and get to know the personality, culture and history of the city you are visiting.