Whether you’re expecting your first baby or your third, there’s no better way to prepare for the incoming chaos than a relaxing babymoon at one of these beautiful SoCal destinations. Things are going to get busy soon enough, so take advantage of some alone time and serious pampering while you can.
Mt. Ada, Catalina
Hop on a boat and escape the mainland with your honey to this island retreat on Catalina. The former vacation home of William Wrigley Jr. and his wife Ada, is the perfect home base to explore the island’s beaches, restaurants, shopping and unspoiled beauty. With only six unique ocean or bay view rooms, you’ll have the staff’s full and undivided attention. Your stay also includes access to your own golf cart, so you two can take off on a romantic adventure whenever you want.
398 Wrigley Rd.
Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes
Take your staycation to the next level in this luxury eco-resort perched right above the Pacific Ocean (and just a quick 31 miles from DTLA). It’s a dream destination on 102 spectacular acres of natural beauty, wildlife and unparalleled views. Kick back and enjoy the panoramic ocean vistas from one of their four pools or join a daily guided coastal nature walk and learn all about the local flora and fauna. After you’ve worked up an appetite, there are nine restaurants to satisfy your every culinary craving. Just make sure you leave time to book their "Mommy-To-Be" Massage.
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach
Walk away refreshed and ready after a stay at this resort situated on 15 acres overlooking Newport Bay. There are various ways to take it easy, whether it's chilling at a private poolside cabana or indulging in their "Baby on Board" massage at their spa. If you're feeling up to it, explore the iconic Balboa Island, book a private cruise around the bay, and go shopping at the famous Fashion Island where you can pick up something new for the baby—or even better—yourself!
1221 West Coast Hwy.
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside
Old world charm and ambiance surround you at this historic one-of-a-kind hotel (even the accommodations are one-of-a-kind, with each of their 238 luxurious rooms and suites decorated in a completely unique way). Don’t forget to schedule a blissful treatment in Kelly’s Spa, ranked as one of the top hotel spas in the United States and is an oasis of serenity with hand-painted frescoes and marble mosaic flooring. Visit during the holidays and experience the wonder of their Festival of Lights, a decades-long tradition and one of the nation’s largest holiday light celebrations.
3649 Mission Inn Ave.
Westlake Village Inn & Spa, Westlake Village
Thanks to their charming cobblestone paths that meander through lush, green landscapes, an enchanting lake, gardens and a working vineyard, Westlake Village Inn & Spa is an ideal spot to focus on yourself and your partner. Between enjoying a pampering at Spa Relais, dining at their gourmet restaurants and lounging by the dip-worthy pool, this Mediterranean-inspired hotel is everything you look for in a European experience, just a few miles from home.
31943 Agoura Rd.
Ventana Big Sur, Big Sur
While it’s a bigger trek to this romantic, adults-only Central Coast hideaway, it’s well worth the extra miles. Tucked among 160 acres of forests and rugged cliffs overlooking the breathtaking coastline is Ventana Big Sur. For something different, try their Redwood Canyon glamp-sites, which offer safari-style canvas tents and an outdoorsy feel without skimping on lavish amenities: think private fire pit and gourmet s’mores kit. Or step it up with a secluded suite featuring a private deck and ocean, forest or meadow views. Let the pampering continue with a Maternal Balancing Massage that will leave you feeling calm and nurtured.
48123 Highway One
Hotel Californian, Santa Barbara
If you’re looking for some glamour and luxury, the Hotel Californian delivers. Just steps from the ocean, it’s located in the heart of the food, wine and shopping centric Funk Zone and walking distance to some of the best that Santa Barbara has to offer, including the picturesque beachfront and famous pier. And when you’re done seeing and doing, indulge your senses in their serene Moroccan-inspired spa. They can customize a massage or facial to your individual needs, and also provide a variety of specialty wellness services, like private yoga, private meditation, reflexology and aromatherapy.
36 State St.
Holiday House, Palm Springs
Recharge and reconnect with your partner at this cozy boutique hotel located in the heart of Palm Springs. This midcentury property is a design-lover’s paradise, with each room uniquely outfitted in vibrant Mark D. Sikes textiles and Malin+Goetz amenities and walls dotted with works by artists ranging from Lichtenstein to Hockney. All the rooms in this adult-only hotel are free of TVs and phones, so you and your partner can completely unplug and just focus on each other.
Pro tip: Visit in the fall or spring to avoid the uncomfortably sweltering desert heat and book one of their “Best” rooms that come equipped with an outdoor shower for a tropical touch.
200 W Arenas Rd.
Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai
You’ll find the pre-baby zen you’re craving at the award winning Ojai Valley Inn. Named one of the Top 100 hotels in the world, you’ll understand why the minute you enter this 220 acre oak-studded sanctuary. Nourish your body and soul at their serene Spa Village, featuring an array of pampering choices including their special Expectant Mother’s Massage. Then venture into town where you’ll find art galleries, eateries, boutiques and more of the good vibes that make this valley so special.
905 Country Club Rd.
The Pendry, San Diego
For a sand-meets-city getaway, The Pendry offers it all. Located in the heart of downtown’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, you’ll find a posh sanctuary that features six restaurants and lounges, a tranquil holistic spa plus a rooftop pool that overlooks 5th Avenue. Venture out and you’re only blocks from eateries, great shopping and pristine beaches. Home to attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, Sea World, museums and nature reserves, you’ll never run out of fun things to do and see here.
550 J St.
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