As a single guy with no children, I don’t mind admitting that I first heard the word “babymoon” just last weekend while visiting the St. Regis Princeville on the North Shore of Kauai.
For those unfamiliar with the expression, I’ve since learned a babymoon is generally defined as a vacation for pregnant couples, usually during a woman’s second trimester, that’s planned as a last hurrah of sorts, one often loaded with romance and well-being indulgences.
“It’s that last chance before their life is totally changed to really just enjoy each other,” said Paula Simpson Takamori, the owner of Oahu-based Travel to Paradise. “It’s a last chance to relax, to spend time alone together, to just sit on a beach and look at the sunset [before] their whole world changes.”
Takamori booked her first babymoon around five years ago and said most of the couples she arranges the vacations for here in Hawaii typically stay between five and seven days at the same property.
“Once someone is about five months pregnant, they’re really not that interested in hiking and doing a lot of adventure stuff,” she said with a laugh, adding that spa treatments and romantic dinners are often the only items on a babymoon itinerary. “Most couples are really just coming to lay low and enjoy each other.”
Babymoons are so common at the St. Regis Princeville that earlier this year, officials there created the property’s first-ever package aimed at the market, which includes a $165 spa credit, private yoga sessions, a special in-room dining menu and an oceanview room rate starting at $735 a night. The special also includes an arrival amenity featuring the popular Mama Mio body and skin care products for expectant moms.
“Babymoons are definitely a trend we see that’s growing,” said Nathan Decker, the director of sales and marketing at the St. Regis. “And we feel it’s our responsibility to accommodate those couples and make them feel special.”
Along with one of Hawaii’s most spellbinding ocean views, and a collection of some of the state’s best suite products, the St. Regis Princeville has a sandy beach ideal for handheld sunset strolls, and according to resort officials, the property’s spa completed more than 200 pregnancy massages in 2013, offering five distinct treatments for expecting mothers to choose from.
Meanwhile, Takamori recommends that all of her clients considering a babymoon first seek approval from their doctor, and she also suggests they purchase trip insurance in case a last-minute complication means a couple must postpone or cancel their vacation plans.
Agents working with potential babymooners should also be aware of the airlines’ varying rules regarding pregnant mothers, and those planning a visit to the Big Island of Hawaii should probably avoid hotel or resort properties that are frequently impacted by the hazy conditions caused by volcanic emissions from Kilauea’s active vents, otherwise known as VOG, or volcanic smog.
“They need to stay somewhere that’s not in the height of the VOG zone,” Takamori explained, “because that sulfur [dioxide gas and sulfate] is not going to be good for you.”