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8 Babymoon Destinations in Asia to Celebrate Your Growing Family

Before the sleepless nights and nappy changes, take some time out to celebrate your relationship, before becoming mom and dad.

With a little bundle of joy on the way, there’s no better time to escape with your partner to a romantic babymoon destination in Asia. You’ll find some of the best places for a babymoon all across the continent–from southeastern shores to continental jungles–so you can slip into an intimate mini-break made just for you before you welcome your new arrival into the world.

Whether you’re drawn to a lakeside paradise in Sri Lanka, a hotel off the ancient lantern-lined streets of Vietnam’s Hoi An or a blissful beach resort on a Thai island, you’ll find luxurious options to suit you and your growing bump. Check-in hand-in-hand to take in private pools, spa treatments for two and fine dining with bird’s eye views of jaw-dropping scenery, giving you that special blend of romance and relaxation you want when you’re deciding where to go for a babymoon.

Wildlife spotting on a babymoon getaway in rural Sri Lanka

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You’ll want to escape to the Sri Lankan countryside at Jetwing Vil Uwana for a babymoon inspired by nature. In these rustic-yet-luxe eco-dwellings made of reeds and rattan, you can choose your own vista—think rice paddies, lakes, gardens or marshes teeming with birdsong.

A premium option is the two-story forest room with its own swimming pool, where you can really get off your feet and gently float in the cool water. For a chilled out afternoon, throw on your provided sarong and slippers and grab a book from the library to lounge on cushions by the water, or head to the on-site mini boutique to pick up a gift for your other half.

The main restaurant at the hotel, Apsara, has views of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka’s much-photographed rock fortress. Tuck into creamy local curries while taking in panoramas of the towering mount that once housed a palace. Between May and October, you can see more of the wildlife-rich island nation by heading to Minneriya National Park to watch elephants gather with their young. It’ll be all the more meaningful as you look forward to bringing your own new life into the world.

Jetwing Vil Uyana

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8.9 Excellent (147 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.9 / 10
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Restful days in paradise on a Thai island babymoon

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Ko Lanta is known as one of Thailand’s calmer islands, so its adults-only five-star Layana Resort & Spa is ideal for some peace and quiet before your life gets a little louder. Spend your days flitting between resting on the white sands of Long Beach and splashing in the sparkling saltwater infinity pool. For some secluded couples’ time, your multi-level, climate-controlled Ocean Deluxe Villa has an outdoor rain shower with room for two, plus views of the Andaman Sea from your plush outdoor day bed.

They say a calmer mum-to-be makes for a calmer baby, so why not try out an Active Meditation class at the award-winning spa? If you could do with even more R&R afterward, have a browse of the spa’s indulgent treatment packages for couples. Ease your tensions together with a massage and a floral bath (be sure to tell the therapists you’re expecting, so they can tailor your treatment).

When you’re squeaky clean and smelling of roses, get all those much-needed nutrients with a freshly pressed juice in The White Bar, the hotel’s health-conscious café, or bask in the glow of the setting sun as you sip a mocktail at Sundowners Bar and Lounge.

Layana Resort & Spa

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Saladan, 2.7 miles to Atlantis Diving
9.6 Excellent (853 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.6 / 10
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Ancient city romance on a babymoon in Hoi An

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Blending Japanese, French and Vietnamese elements, Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa draws influences from the UNESCO World Heritage Site town it’s set beside. Rekindle the romance in your relationship by spending time lazing on the beach behind the hotel, or you can wander hand-in-hand around the quaint houses of Ancient Town, just a 14-minute drive away.

When you return to your suite, linger together on your balcony overlooking lush gardens or the lazy Thu Bon River. If you’ve booked a Junior Suite, you’ll experience a serene atmosphere set by Colonial or ancient Japanese-inspired décor, ideal for your relaxing babymoon escape.

L’Annam, the hotel’s main restaurant, will welcome you into Indochinese style with dark wooden chests, brightly hued tiles and antique ceiling fans. You’ll get a Vietnamese set menu here, or you can pop into Hoi An and fill up on phở bo, a rich beef broth served with crusty French bread while watching candle-filled paper lanterns bob on the river. The hotel offers free transfers into town every day in a retro-inspired motorbike sidecar, so you can travel back and forth in style—just let the driver know you have precious cargo on board.

Victoria Hoi An Beach & Spa

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8.9 Excellent (1059 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
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Spiritual awakenings on a babymoon break in Luang Prabang

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Dressed in teak, silks, and cottons, Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao has a calming ambience with a heavy side of luxury. Leave the endless baby-preparation plans at the door of your room and step into your freestanding terrazzo bath for a cool-me-down, then waltz out onto your balcony to take in the hotel’s tropical gardens.

Whether you’re indulging in a treatment at the outdoor spa with lily pond views or lolling beside the freshwater infinity pool before mountain panoramas, unwinding is made easy here. Even eating is a relaxing experience—book the romantic 500 Candle Dinner to try dishes like juicy tamarind-coated tiger prawns and Mekong fish rolls from your own private table while being serenaded by local musicians under the soft glow of candlelight.

But if you want to get out and explore, the hotel can arrange tours to the traditional temples, markets and the mountain summits of Luang Prabang just two kilometers down the road. Not to be missed is the pastoral town’s nightly market, where you can find everything from hand-woven baby boots to teeny spoons made poetically from recycled bomb casings.

Experience Laotian culture

The hotel offers memorable cultural activities right on-site, such as Laotian cookery classes or a spiritual blessing ceremony for bringing your family a little extra luck for the future.

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao

Top rated
Luang Prabang, 0.6 miles to Handicraft Night Market
9.2 Excellent (216 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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A blissed-out babymoon staycation in the heart of Singapore

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If you want to treat yourself to a getaway but are too far along in your pregnancy to fly, consider a babymoon in Singapore at Parkroyal on Pickering. This eco-conscious hotel features 15,000 square meters of lush, natural greenery and waterfalls, creating a blissful haven within the metropolis.

See the city from a different perspective as you sit side by side with your partner in a birdcage-esque cabana beside the outdoor infinity pool high up in the sky. If you (and your baby!) would like a little light exercise, a 300-meter walking path snakes around the wellness floor of the hotel for easy movement.

Follow up with a trip to the on-site St Gregory spa for some pampering with a face or body treatment—be sure to let the therapists know you are pregnant so they can make sure your ‘me’ time is not only splendid but safe.

Book a guest room on one of the sky garden floors to be surrounded by flora, or go for an Orchid Club option for access to a rooftop members’ lounge where you’ll have complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea. Nature and architecture seamlessly combine in this hotel, with natural greenery complementing paneled wooden walls to draw you into your room—bathed in sunlight thanks to soaring glass windows.

When your double-tummy rumbles, the hotel is a five-minute stroll from the waterfront promenade at Clarke Quay. Here you’ll find the signature chili crab at Jumbo Seafood, or you can head to the cool, aviation-themed Wings Bar to admire the replica plane over the entrance while you chow down on some craving-mandated crispy wings.

Parkroyal On Pickering

Top rated
Singapore, 0.2 miles to Boat Quay
9.0 Excellent (3008 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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A babymoon break at a hot spring resort not far from KL

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You’ll find The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in a 22.7-acre valley surrounded by limestone hills, exotic rainforest, and natural hot springs—surely one of the best places for a babymoon in Asia. Despite being just a couple of hours by car from Kuala Lumpur and a 15-minute drive from Ipoh, it’s a serene spot where you can escape the city and focus on pure relaxation.

There’s a whole list of easy-going holistic exercises to try here, including tai chi, qi gong, and pranayama breathing, or you can simply sit by the swimming pool or geothermal hot springs and discuss baby names with your partner. If you’re in your second or third trimester, book the Ultimate Rose Pregnancy Massage, which uses oils certified safe for expectant mothers.

Villas at Banjaran are set on a peaceful canal, in a tropical garden or on the lake. Whatever your choice, you’ll be eager to shed your shoes and dip your toes in your private pool. Book a spacious Water Villa and let the soothing sounds of the canal lull you into a dreamlike state. Then, after a pre-bedtime cleanse in your outdoor rain shower, sink deeply into your plush, feather-topped king-sized bed for a heavenly sleep under crisp, cotton linen.

In the morning, on-site restaurant Pomelo will entice you with dishes using organic, locally sourced ingredients to nourish both your body and baby. Even better, the Executive Chef can personalize your dining experiences with meals that are specially catered to your (and your little one’s) desires.

Hotel The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat

8.8 Excellent (646 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.3 / 10
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An Ultra-luxe Babymoon in the Maldives

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The Maldives is one of the most romantic destinations in Asia, so where better to babymoon than on a heart-shaped island at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa? Stay in an Ocean Tree House Villa and have a slice of this paradise all to yourself—you’ll wake up in the treetops, listening to the gentle sound of the Indian Ocean lapping at the white sandy shoreline. When you eventually pull yourself from the comfort of your bed and onto your sunlit outdoor terrace, you can choose to refresh yourself with a dip in your private infinity pool or luxuriate in a deep oval bathtub with ocean views.

Stretch out and consider your first move of the day: a round on the nine-hole golf course, or a morning by the free-form pool? For adventures with a romantic slant, book a moonlight snorkeling session or dolphin-spotting cruise. Alternatively, just relax in the on-site spa, CHI, a serene space with private gardens and steam rooms, as well as a yoga pavilion and treatment rooms where you can try Indian Ayurvedic therapies or locally inspired treatments (tell they therapists you’re pregnant so they can safely tailor your session).

With the hotel’s Dine by Design experiences, you can indulge in a custom-made meal you’ll fondly remember even when your soon-to-be-newborn comes of age. Choices include dinner in the middle of the jungle, where you’ll feast on delights like Maldivian-style desserts, or lunch on the equator aboard a luxury yacht. And there’s no need to worry about your pregnancy cravings arriving in the middle of the night, the 24-hour in-villa dining will have you covered.

Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa

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8.9 Excellent (462 reviews)
Excellent Comfort 9.3 / 10
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A quiet babymoon on a peaceful stretch of Phuket

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If you’re looking for a babymoon destination in Thailand, Trisara, just off the glassy waters of Nai Thon beach, ticks all the boxes for some pre-baby indulgence. The hotel is nestled amid ficus trees and fishtail palms on a hillside leading down to sandy shores.

Healthy food’s on the menu at the on-site restaurant, PRU, concocted from ingredients grown on Trisara’s own farm. Order the six-course tasting menu to try daintily presented dishes like roasted Surat Thani river prawn and black crab sourced from the mangroves.

Take a treatment at the Jara Spa, which uses chemical-free products and organic oils, or just laze by the 45-meter saltwater pool. You’ll have your own private place to take a dip just outside your villa, too. Rooms at Trisara are tucked inside their own gardens, creating a sense of seclusion and intimacy for you and your partner to savor your special time together. Inspired by traditional Thai architecture with a modern twist, your room’s high ceilings, and soft, neutral colors will create a serene, airy atmosphere to relax in.

Reconnect with your partner with long and lazy chats on comfy sofas, and make sure to set aside time for a romantic shared soak in your bathroom’s deep tub. If you’d like to explore the sights of Phuket, the hotel can help you arrange a tour of local attractions like waterfalls and temples, a cruise with guided snorkeling or even a helicopter trip to James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay.

Hotel Trisara

Top rated
9.2 Excellent (216 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.3 / 10
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This story originally appeared in trivago Magazine Singapore

Feature image courtesy of Anthony Tran on Unsplash