Travel planning may be a little more complicated these days, but that doesn’t mean deserving moms-to-be can’t indulge in a relaxing, rejuvenating babymoon. Thankfully, there are top-notch resort and hotel choices right here in our own backyard that offer everything you need for the perfect pre-baby vacation. From private suites adorned with ocean views and personal fire pits to poolside cabanas and prenatal massages, these local spots offer a slice of paradise for a San Diego babymoon—just what the doctor ordered.
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Laguna Beach: The Ranch at Laguna Beach
A quick drive north to The Ranch at Laguna Beach will make all those babymoon dreams come true. This boutique ranch resort is nestled in the majestic Aliso and Wood Canyons in the heart of Orange County. Parents-to-be will find extra privacy because all rooms are accessed via outdoor corridors and feature private patios or porches without a singe elevator or cramped hallway in sight. Relax at the pool, play 9 holes of golf, savor beachside bites at Lost Pier Cafe, or cozy up by the fire on The Porch to hear live music daily as the sun sets and moon rises over the canyon wall. It’s a romantic and restorative getaway, and a peaceful place to connect before the baby arrives.
31106 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA
Del Mar: L’Auberge Del Mar
L’Auberge Del Mar has always been known for its service and elegance but the local resort is leveling up. A multi-million-dollar transformation has been completed and guests can expect to be amazed by a fresh new experience in guest rooms, an expansive new bar and pool area, as well as waterfront dining at Adelaide—an exquisite outdoor restaurant concept with can’t miss house-made green juice and breakfast burritos for breakfast and must-order burrata with summer peaches for dinner.
1540 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA
Encinitas: Alila Marea Beach Resort
This warm, modern resort took inspiration from the coastal town’s vibe and is decorated in natural stone, warm woods and clean lines. And while there are plenty of rooms (130 coastal and garden view rooms and suites), we recommend choose one of the first floor “Fire Pit Rooms” which all have a spacious deck complete with a private fire pit and absolutely stunning garden or coastline views.
Guests will enjoy easy access to Ponto beach and your very own Beach Ambassador to reserve lounge chairs and umbrellas or help you round out a day at the beach with a picnic. If you’d rather soak up the sun at the pool instead, go for an elevated poolside experience with a cabana and lunch from The Pocket, which serves up the flavors and culture of Southern California and the Baja Peninsula (hello tacos!).
When you’re ready to bliss out, head to the spa and book the Nourish prenatal massage (60 minutes for $235), which is a Swedish-style massage that utilizes prenatal-safe massage techniques and products to nurture your skin.
2100 N. Coast Hwy.
Coronado: Glorietta Bay Inn
Winner of top 10 romantic island inns, this is an ideal spot to connect with your partner before baby arrives. Take advantage of the attentive, caring staff on hand to make every detail of your stay relaxing. Schedule an in-room prenatal massage and lounge by the pool. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the morning, relax beachside or play games in the parlor. You’ll leave feeling connected and revived. Depending on your style preference pick a contemporary room or a mansion room, either way you’ll be thrilled.
1630 Glorietta Blvd.
Carlsbad: Omni La Cost Resort & Spa
Once your little one arrives, your day trip to Carlsbad will probably include a trip to LEGOLAND. But, pre-baby, the place to visit is The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. It’s a paradise for parents-to-be. You’ll instantly feel stress drift away as you drive into this Carlsbad resort. The Spa at La Costa was named a nationwide favorite but we think taking a dip at the Edge Adult Pool before retreating to your private cabana would be relaxing enough. Cap off the evening with dinner at VUE or Bob’s Steak House.
2100 Costa Del Mar Rd.
San Juan Capistrano: The Inn at Mission San Juan Capistrano
Located in the heart of historic downtown San Juan Capistrano, just steps away from the awe-inspiring ruins of the mission, the Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano is a truly romantic, intimate destination for babymooners. Spacious, hacienda-inspired suites are beautifully appointed with high ceilings, mission-style grand armories, chandeliers, private balconies, with some offering large soaking tubs for two. Couples can enjoy an intimate olive oil tasting in the Olive Grove alongside local wines, dine on classic Spanish cuisine with a modern twist at Ysidora, and savor distinctive craft mocktails (for mom) and cocktails under the stars on the expansive restaurant patio. The Spa at the Mission also offers various rejuvenating treatments utilizing natural oils infused with on-site herbs for a relaxing experience.
31692 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA
San Diego: Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Lavish in luxury at this Mediterranean-inspired resort located in the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, close to Torrey Pines State Beach. Whether it’s a relaxing, restorative maternity massage at The Center for Wellbeing’s spa, dinner and “mom-mocktail” under the twilight at Amaya, or a quiet bubble bath in one of hotel’s deep soaker tubs, you’ll find it here. Have breakfast in your room on the terrace overlooking the beautiful views, then, take on the day or relax and revive—your choice, your day.
5300 Grand Del Mar Court
San Diego, CA
Rancho Santa Fe: Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is touted as the “perfect combination of luxury and romance for parents-to-be,” and it honestly sounds like something out of a dream. Indulge at the spa with wildcrafted, organic treatments and freshly pressed juices, book a private yoga or meditation session for two or relax by the poolside cabana with VIP wait service.
5921 Valencia Cir.
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Coronado: 1906 Lodge
Babymooners looking for a quiet hideaway will enjoy the historic 1906 Lodge tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Main Street Coronado. This intimate hotel comes with complimentary breakfast and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. You can also book a fireplace and room complete with a spa tub.
1060 Adella Ave.
Santa Barbara: Hotel Santa Barbara
Feel the freedom of a road trip to the American Riviera, aka Santa Barbara. Stay at the historic Hotel Santa Barbara in the heart of downtown and stroll to museums, the SB Public Market, shops and great dining. At the hotel, you’ll enjoy plush robes, cozy beds and gourmet, locally-made croissants at the continental breakfast before you set out for the day. Whether you hit the beach or a relaxing sunset sail, this gorgeous seaside town is sure to be just the R&R you need before the little one arrives.
533 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA