Staycation, vacation, mini break, night away or day trips… Whatever you decide… Enjoy your babymoon. We’ve just done our baby no.2 staycay… See how it compared to our baby no.1 vacay!

First babymoon – Vacay!

  • location: New York, USA
  • Duration: One week
  • Travel method and time: flight, 8 hours.
Snowy Central Park

We were child free, no real big commitments and still living in the UK so we decided to do New York at the end of my second trimester.

Top of the Rock, viewing platform at the Rockefeller centre

We ate, walked, explored, drank mocktails, saw a Knicks game, took a helicopter over NYC, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty, caught up with my family who live there, brunched, lunched, rode the subway, hailed a cab and so much more!

Knicks game

Taking the trip at the end of my second trimester meant that I still had lots of energy and mobility! This would’ve been a big no for me during the third trimester.


The flight was manageable. We were in a fortunate position that allowed us to fly upper so we had the luxury of beds etc. Jon made full use of the bar whilst I got best value from the food, pyjamas, big fluffy pillows and duvet. Bliss!

Flying first class sporting my complimentary blow dry! Probably unnecessary for a night flight but it was nice to be pampered in the lounge!

Was it tiring? Yes. Did I love it? Yes. Was it worth it? 100% yes!

Second babymoon – Staycay!

  • location: Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), UAE
  • Duration: 2 days, 1 night
  • Travel method and time: 1 hour drive from Dubai.
Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Hamra Beach

Sooo a lot has changed in three years! We’re now British expats living in Dubai and have a nearly three old who takes up all our time and attention (not that we’d change that)… But we were so thankful of the two day/one night break we had during my third trimester. We had previously looked at the Maldives as it’s such a short flight from Dubai but Zika has taken over and we didn’t want to risk it!

The farmhouse restaurant. Dress: Seraphine

My mum came to visit us and had Mason whilst we escaped to a desert and beach retreat combo in RAK.

Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Hamra Beach

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah with it’s two sister resorts made it feel like two holidays… the desert full of nature and wildlife and the beach resembling Bali/Thailand with its crystal clear waters and white sandy shores! Utter bliss… Not to mention just a 1 hour drive from Dubai so if sh*t went down at home we could whizz back! Perfect!

Being well into my third trimester my mobility was somewhat sluggish so we literally chilled, switched off and relaxed in our suite with a private pool. Yes, our very own pool! There’s a speedy video of our suite above!

Our private infinity pool overlooking the desert

So dreamy! We stayed at the desert resort the first day and ate at the farmhouse steak restaurant that evening.

Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Hamra Beach. Maternity swimming costume: Seraphine

The second day we drove to the beach resort. Took a boat over to the island and relaxed poolside overlooking white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. Just amazing!

Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Hamra Beach

Was it tiring? No. Did I love it? Yes. Which did I prefer desert or beach resort? Beach resort. Was it worth it? Yes! Did I miss Mason? Always! Although, it was nice to not be his personal snack b*tch for a few days. We may still take him on a little staycation with lots of kid’s facilities… I feel like we need to take advantage of living in Dubai and the fact that everything’s on our doorstep!

ritz carlton ras al khaimah al wadi desert

The verdict

I loved them both equally for different reasons! They were both totally different babymoons; different trimesters, different climates, different continents… the list goes on!

Whatever you do, even if it’s day trips and picnics, enjoy it. Having a baby, especially the first, can be an overwhelming whirlwind so it’s super important to relax and switch off a little before your new addition arrives.

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