Whether you want to stay local or are prepared to hop on a plane in search of sunshine, Kate Freud cherrypicks the best babymoons
Lime Wood Hotel, New Forest
Close to home – 1hr 30min drive from London
Just a short drive from the capital, Lime Wood proves the perfect country retreat for some last-minute relaxation before baby arrives. Set in a neo-classical stately home in the New Forest, pop your Hunter wellies on and head out to meet the resident wild ponies, or settle in for the day at the luxurious Herb House spa, which offers plenty of pregnancy-friendly treatments, a heated pool and gym facilities for those wanting gentle exercise. Get your five-a-day at the Hartnett Holder & Co restaurant, before heading back to your room for a blissful bubble bath. We’re there already!
From £255 per night, including breakfast, limewoodhotel.co.uk
Anassa Hotel, Cyprus
Short haul – flight time 4hrs 30min
Nestled in a secluded hillside, Anassa sits in an unspoilt area to the north of Cyprus which spills down onto the beautiful beach at Latchi Bay. The perfect spot for a little romance before baby arrives, you’ll find lush gardens to wander, sunset views to savour and an award-winning spa in which to relax. You’ll also find an irresistible selection of pregnancy-friendly treatments on offer. And when mum-to-be gets a craving, there are four gourmet restaurants to choose from. What more could you want?
Seven nights from £1,197 per person, including breakfast. i-escape offers 15% off stays booked before 31 March 2018, i-escape.com/anassa
Lux Le Morne, Mauritius
Long haul – flight time 12hrs
If you imagine an island paradise, Lux Le Morne ticks every box. Set on a white beach surrounding a turquoise lagoon, together you can enjoy snorkeling, hiking and yoga, or if you’re really just looking to chill, lounge in the spa, by one of the resort’s five pools or grab a beanbag for a sunset movie screening on the beach. And with restaurants boasting everything from Creole to Thai cuisine, there’s no need to set foot outside the resort. The icing on the cake, however, has to be the local dolphins, which swim into the lagoon to play and feed – now that’s an experience you can’t put a price on.
From £229 per person, per night, including breakfast, luxresorts.com