Taking a babymoon fit for royalty

Enjoy a little weightlessness in one of three pools at Barceló Illetas Albatros
Enjoy a little weightlessness in one of three pools at Barceló Illetas Albatros

Today Kensington Palace revealed newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first baby, much to the joy of monarchists everywhere. The pair are currently visiting Australia and were delighted to receive a pair of tiny ugg boots as a gift – their ‘first baby gift’, Harry said. The official visit has now unofficially become a ‘babymoon’.

Booking.com has put together a list of the top places to enjoy for soon-to-be parents. Whether you’re looking for an adult-only beachside resort, romantic home away from home stay or a luxurious spa escape, there’s a pre-baby holiday – near or far – for all expectant parents to enjoy.

Indulge in a little pampering with a range of mum-to-be spa treatments, curb the food cravings with a la carte dining and 24 hour butler services, walk bare foot, hand-in-hand across powder soft sands or benefit from a peaceful ‘adult’s-only hotel’ for your calm before the storm.

A Nordic spa escape - Ystad, Sweden

Dine without wine at Ystad Saltsjöbad's restaurant.

Dine without wine at Ystad Saltsjöbad's restaurant.

Situated directly on the Baltic Sea is the impressive Ystad Saltsjöbad, an elegant hotel and home to an on-site spa and wellness centre. Guests can take advantage of the free access to the spa which includes swimming pools and bookable treatments including aerobics, yoga, Qigong and Tai Chi classes.

Ystad Saltsjöbad is in a gorgeous coastal spot.

Ystad Saltsjöbad is in a gorgeous coastal spot.

After a day of relaxing at the spa, indulge your food craving with a visit to the à la carte restaurant serving international specialities, or opt for the alfresco bar and grill in summer months.

A private royal stay – St John’s, Antigua  

Situated on 17 acres of tropical gardens, Blue Waters Resort and Spa is one minute walk from the beach. It features three freshwater pools, two beaches, three a la carte restaurants and four bars.

Prince Harry stayed at Blue Waters Resort in 2016.

Prince Harry stayed at Blue Waters Resort in 2016.

Walk the same halls and beaches Prince Harry did in 2016 and enjoy the private balcony or patio that each room comes with. Ideal for your babymoon escape, the resort has a full service spa and a beauty salon to pamper yourselves with facials, wraps and massages.

A peaceful adults-only retreat - Cas Catala, Spain

Relax in the tub with a view of the ocean at Barceló Illetas Albatros.

Relax in the tub with a view of the ocean at Barceló Illetas Albatros.

The stylish, adults-only Barceló Illetas Albatros hotel is the perfect getaway for soon-to-be parents looking to spend some quality time together. Just a short walk away from the beach with stunning views over Palma Bay and access to a natural cove, Barceló Illetas Albatros has the picture-perfect backdrop for making precious memories. The hotel is also home to a spa, outdoor pool, heated swimming pool and a range of massage treatments with sea views, perfect for soothing that tired body.

Home away from home – Queenstown, New Zealand

Prince William, Kate Middleton and little George stayed at Matakauri Lodge when they visited NZ.

Prince William, Kate Middleton and little George stayed at Matakauri Lodge when they visited NZ.

For those looking for a getaway closer to home, the Matakauri Lodge situated on Lake Wakatipu is the perfect escape for expecting parents. Offering luxury suites and villas, each offers the ultimate private romance, each with a private terrace featuring unspoilt mountain and lake views.

The Matakauri Lodge is a peaceful place to unwind.

The Matakauri Lodge is a peaceful place to unwind.

Facilities include a luxury day spa, outdoor heated infinity swimming pool with spa pool and a fully equipped fitness centre. For the most royal experience, stay in the four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage where Prince William and Kate Middleton stayed in with Prince George.

Relax like a royal – St Tropez, French Riviera

Feel like a million bucks in Saint Tropez, where all the celebrities holiday

Feel like a million bucks in Saint Tropez, where all the celebrities holiday

Stay at the Muse Saint Tropez for a hotel with elegant decadence. The onsite restaurant provides a delicious French breakfast, complete with traditional pastries and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Muse Saint Tropez allows you as much privacy as you need.

Muse Saint Tropez allows you as much privacy as you need.

Take a stroll around the luscious gardens and unwind with a cocktail by the swimming pool. For the royal treatment make sure to visit the spa and indulge with one of their treatments.