Whether it’s your first baby or your third, before that bouncy bundle of joy arrives, head to one of these favorited SoCal baby moon destinations, all close to Los Angeles. The best part? These vacation destinations feature the pampering you’ll want (and deserve) before le bébé arrives (and things get real).

Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes

Just 37 miles from Hollywood, this luxury eco-resort takes the concept of staycation to the next level, with expansive views of the Pacific from just about every spot on the property and an understated vibe of a Mediterranean escape—no passport required. Get in touch with your inner naturalist with a myriad of Earth-loving activities, ranging from daily nature walks along the hotel’s native plant trails to whale watching tours (grey whale season spans from Dec. to May while humpback and blue whales are spotted during the summer months) to guided visits to the local tide pools, not to mention frequent dolphin, hawk, and falcon sightings.

Make sure to save time for a spa day for one of four prenatal treatments, like the classic Mommy To Be Massage or the honey and oatmeal-infused Heaven And Earth foot ritual and massage, starting at $205.

100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes
Online: terranea.com

Ventana Big Sur, Big Sur

While it’s a bigger trek to this romantic, 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. If you’re feeling slightly adventurous, try the Redwood Canyon glamp-sites, which offer safari-style canvas tents and an outdoorsy feel without skimping on lavish amenities (think private fire pit, nightly turndown service, gourmet s’mores kit…). Or step it up with a secluded suite featuring a private deck and ocean, forest or meadow views (as an added bonus, CA residents receive 20% off the best available rate).

The onsite spa features a Balancing Massage designed for both moms-to-be and postnatal care and uses only locally crafted, pregnancy-safe oil blends in the muscle-melting treatment, starting at $185.

48123 Highway One
Big Sur
Online: ventanabigsur.com

Hotel Californian, Santa Barbara

There are plenty of enticing reasons to visit the coastal city of Santa Barbara, and this thoughtfully designed Hotel Californian, just steps from the beach, provide yet another convincing one. While you’re there, indulge your sweets cravings with a scoop (or three) of McConnell’s finest ice cream at their original State St. location. Stroll through exotic flora at the botanical gardens, or better yet, indulge in a pregnancy pillow-equipped Funk Zone massage at the hotel’s serene Turkish-inspired spa, starting at $190.

36 State St.
Santa Barbara
Online: thehotelcalifornian.com

Holiday House, Palm Springs

Recharge and reconnect with your partner at this cozy boutique hotel located in the heart of Palm Springs. The 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 the adult-only hotel are free of TVs and phones, so you can really soak up that pre-baby serenity and fully unplug without having to travel to a remote destination.

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. Rooms start at $475.

200 W Arenas Rd.
Palm Springs
Online: holidayhouseps.com

Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, Ojai

Tour the art galleries, eateries, and boutiques of boho-chic downtown Ojai, and when you’re ready to put your feet up, retreat to this historic inn via the vintage-inspired trolley service. Rooms start at $359.

905 Country Club Rd.
Online: ojairesort.com

The Pendry, San Diego

For a sand-meets-city vacation, San Diego is an activity-filled no-brainer. Check out the local sea-themed museums, eat your way through Little Italy, or hike through Instagram-worthy local nature reserves and coves.

Located in the heart of downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter, the Pendry hotel provides a posh sanctuary that features six restaurants and lounges, a tranquil spa plus a rooftop pool that overlooks 5th Avenue. Prices start at $435 per night.

550 J St.
San Diego
Online: pendryhotels.com

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