Awaiting a new bundle of joy — as joyful as it is — can also be exhausting. In addition to the physical demands of pregnancy, there are baby showers to attend, numerous doctor’s visits and one-million-and-one preparations to consider. For all these reasons (and more), many moms-to-be and couples plan a “babymoon.” Unlike a honeymoon, which takes place after “the big day,” a babymoon invites an opportunity for relaxation in the form of a mini-getaway before a bundle of joy arrives. And what better place to do so, than one of the premier staycation destinations in the nation? Arizona is all too happy to provide expectant parents for a relaxing, picturesque and perfect pre-baby stay. 

Hotel Valley Ho: Sunny in Scottsdale Babymoon Package

Say hello to sunshine and good times before it’s time to say “hello, baby,” with this new package from Hotel Valley Ho, launching Nov. 1. Capture your favorite babymoon moments with a Kodak Printomatic camera (yours to keep) that instantly prints mini photos you can frame or turn into holographic stickers.

Guests also receive a Nopalera Flora de Mayo Cactus Soap with relaxing jasmine and moisturizing rose clay, Mother Mother Face + Belly Oil with marula and baobab oils to leave skin hydrated and nourished and a cute cactus rattle as the perfect keepsake. The babymoon package includes a 60-minute Mom-to-Be Massage at the VH Spa for Vitality + Health designed to reduce back pain, relieve muscle aches and improve overall mood. This package can be added to any room reservation for $375, plus tax. 

Mountain Shadows: Mountain Baby(Moon) Package

An expectant mother relaxes with a Mom-to-Be Sound Healing Session (Photo courtesy of Mountain Shadows Resort).

Launching Nov. 1., nesting moms and dads can take advantage of Mountain Shadows “Mountain Baby(Moon) Package,” kicking off the stay with a $100 food-and-drink credit. The package also comes with a mountain mama tote bag complete with a Harney & Sons African Autumn herbal tea tin for relaxation, URB Apothecary Belly Balm, and Star Dust Pillow Mist to encourage a good night’s sleep. 

The relaxation continues with a 45-minute Mom-to-Be Sound Healing Session, inviting tranquility as the tones and vibrations of the crystal bowls relax mom’s thoughts, enhance lymph flow and increase blood circulation. The session also incorporates mindful meditation and breath control, encouraging a deep state of relaxation. This session takes place in your guest room (or in the movement studio or on the resort lawn, pending availability). This package can be added to any room reservation for $375, plus tax. 

The Boulders: ReTreat Yourself Package

This property is about as peaceful as they come — which any parent, either new or seasoned, is sure to appreciate. The property’s individual casitas include wood-burning fireplaces, luxurious baths and a private patio, making them perfect for relaxing, cuddling and stargazing. During the day, moms-to-be can indulge in nature’s beauty with a Nature and Wildlife Tour, or show off “baby bumps” on the Desert Photo Tour. The property also has a spa, three outdoor meditation areas and four onsite restaurants. The ReTreat Yourself package includes nightly accommodations in a private Casita, a $50/night credit, unlimited access to the spa facility and complimentary parking.

The Scottsdale Princess: Celebration Concierge Package

Whether expectant parents feel weary, wonderstruck or somewhere in between, they will love the laid back and beautiful atmosphere found within the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. And, to help make the visit as special and memorable as possible, couples can opt for the Celebration Concierge package to customize their stay. If the partner of mom wants to arrange a special activity, food package, reserve a poolside cabana or take advantage of other celebratory offerings, they can do so, catered to their schedule and pace. Guests can get their Celebration Vacation started with the Sip, Savor and Celebrate package, which features a daily $150 resort credit toward their celebration.

Royal Palms Resort Spa: Royal Palms’ Arizona Resident Rate

Parents-to-be will enjoy a secluded, romantic babymoon at Royal Palms Resort and Spa
(Architectural Photography by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC)

The Mediterranean-villa vibe of Royal Palms Resort and Spa, combined with the property’s intimate and private setting, make it the perfect secluded retreat for a babymoon. This romantic resort offers parents-to-be an all-encompassing getaway, inclusive of luxurious rooms, delicious meals at its signature restaurant T. Cook’s and plush cabana rentals for a day of poolside relaxation — not to mention its stunning property grounds

The award-winning Alvadora Spa also offers a luxurious 50-minute prenatal massage for mothers in the second and third trimester, along with other signature treatments like facials and manicures. Couples can also celebrate with an intimate Via Cappello dining experience set on a private patio or one of the property’s intimate gardens. Locals looking to celebrate this new chapter can receive 20% off their stay with Royal Palms’ Arizona Resident Rate offer.