As a person, I just need a reason to travel. Of late, I’ve noticed that there is a lot of talk about people going on a babymoon. That had me scratching my head and I thought about covering the different babymoon destinations in Asia. So I reached out to some fellow travel bloggers to see which places they think would make the perfect destination. Now one thing that I want to emphasize is that every pregnancy and every person is different so what works for one person may not always work for another. There are a couple of things that you should definitely keep in mind before choosing a destination. I however am not going to get into that at the moment as I would rather cover that in a different post.
NAVIGATING THROUGH THE GUIDE
Since there are so many locations on the list, I’ve organized them according to the countries that they are in for better ease. You can click on the links below to read about the different babymoon locations in each country.
A lot of people all over the world will think off Indonesia when it comes to narrowing their babymoon destinations in Asia. Bali seems to be high up on that list and it doesn’t come as a surprise. Indonesia certainly has a lot to offer, from gorgeous islands to luxurious resorts where one can pamper yourself. What more could you want? Good food? Indonesia has you covered!
When asked about the best babymoon destinations in Asia, Katie and Ben chose to talk about Ubud in Indonesia.
LOCATION: Ubud, Bali
WHERE TO STAY: Ubud has an incredible assortment of romantic and luxurious hotels that are quite affordable, so you’ll have plenty to choose from. We enjoyed our stay at Komaneka at Bisma, where we laid by an infinity pool, listened to the jungle sounds and soaked up quality time together.
HOW TO GET THERE: Getting to Ubud couldn’t be easier. Hiring a driver is super affordable and easy, so you won’t have to worry about transportation. From the international airport in Denpasar, the drive should take about an hour, depending on traffic Your hotel should be able to arrange this for you.
Being a hub of all things culture and wellness, there are few destinations better suited to a babymoon getaway than Ubud. Spend your days filling up on healthy green smoothie bowls and take a Balinese cooking class. Practice yoga and explore nearby waterfalls.
If you and your hunny are keen on learning more about Balinese culture and want to have an active day, book a tour with our friend Ring who takes you on a countryside bicycle ride through his village and introduces you to his family. It will surely be one of your favorite things to do in Bali! Don’t worry, the ride is almost entirely flat and there are plenty of breaks!
And if you’re just in the mood to relax and get pampered, Ubud is perfect for that too! Book a luxurious couples spa day and enjoy treatments like an aromatherapy massage, flower bath, body scrub and a facial.
You’ll come away from your time in Ubud refreshed, closer than ever, and ready to welcome a new life into this world.
Sara says that the Gili islands in Indonesia should be one of the top contenders for babymoon destinations in Asia.
LOCATION: Gili Air
GETTING THERE: By boat from Bali
WHERE TO STAY: Villa Karang Hotel & Spa
If you’re looking for relaxing, tropical vibes for your babymoon, you’ll want to check out Gili Air. The Gili Islands are a group of islands off the coast of Bali Indonesia. It just takes a quick boat ride from Bali to arrive in the Gili Islands. We found Gili Air to be the most relaxed of the 3 Gili Islands, but definitely not dull.
There are no cars on the island, so all transportation is by horse-drawn carriage or walking. It’s really a small island, so a walk around the entire thing will take van hour or two. There’s a cute little market street with several vendors for you to do a bit of shopping. At night, the island comes alive with lots of live music and dancing right on the beach, under the stars. They’ll serve you food right at the beach as you lounge and enjoy the breeze and island music. There are several locations along the beach so you can take a quick walk and hit them all.
They even show movies on the beach on the weekends as well, so be sure to be on the lookout for the announcements on what is playing. You can find lots of great food and even an all you can eat BBQ at some places. There are also lots of hotel choices along the water, with spas to relax as well. You can book boat tours to go out snorkelling, or head on over to another island for the day. Gili Air is very relaxing, but still lively at the same time. Perfect for a babymoon in Asia!
The Bawah reserve in Indonesia is a gorgeous spot you should consider on your babymoon destinations in Asia list.
LOCATION: Bawah Reserve
GETTING THERE: By Seaplane
WHERE TO STAY: Overwater or Beach Villa
Tucked away in Indonesia’s Anambas archipelago, just far away enough from the southern tip of Malaysia and West Borneo – Bawah Island is the perfect place to unwind, reconnect with nature, and have a digital detox. The owner wanted to build the whole resort in an eco-friendly way, so it took five whole years to finish with the end result being the perfect combination of nature and human architecture.
First, the only way to get here is by seaplane! The ride was super smooth with the most incredible views, especially when landing on the water at Bawah. You can pick from overwater villas, on beach villas, or garden villas. While they’re all simply incredible – the best ones are the overwater or the beach villas. The designers of each villa did such a fantastic job with everything – from copper tubs to tropical print wallpapers.
Make sure to go for a hike to the top of the island for some of the most unforgettable views. While you’re here, everything is included – food, excursions, massages, snorkeling, wind sailing, private picnics on remote beaches, you name it!
About the food – the chef Omar is one of the most talented and caring people I’ve met! He comes by every day to ask about what kind of food you want and then tailors your menu the rest of the day like that! I was especially impressed by the Asian Fusion dishes he cooked up for us!
This was one of the most unforgettable stays we’ve ever had and can’t recommend it enough!
Another great country to add to your list of babymoon destinations in Asia is Malaysia. While the country spans across many islands, including the attractive rainforests of Borneo, the mainland of Malaysia is well developed. Tourism is booming, there are gorgeous resorts to enjoy and the beautiful places to discover.
Marco talks about why Penang island is one of the best babymoon destinations in Asia.
LOCATION: Penang Island, Malaysia
GETTING THERE: Penang has an international airport connected to most major Southeast Asian hubs including Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Yangon and Jakarta. Additionally, you can reach Penang from anywhere in the world on Qatar Airways’ direct flight from Doha.
WHERE TO STAY: Penang has a wide variety of accommodation. If you want to stay near the beach, upscale Batu Ferringhi, on the north-eastern side of the island, has all the big hotel franchises, such as Hard Rock Cafe’ Hotel. It’s ideal for families and package tourists, but it gets a bit cramped. It is probably best to stay within the heritage zone of George Town, basking in one of its excellent boutique hotels, such as Jawi Peranakan Mansion, 7 Terraces, Muntri Mews or Penang Hotel.
Perched on the north-eastern coast of Western Malaysia, just a couple hours’ drive away from Thailand, Penang Island is a perfect babymoon destination for those who want to add some culture and arts to their tropical holiday.
Penang’s main draw is not the beaches but the UNESCO World Heritage-inscribed George Town, a jewel of colonial Sino-Portuguese shophouses refurbished into stylish boutique hotels, hip cafe’s and a wide range of nightlife. From amazing street food to high-end bistros and fine dining restaurants, Penang has something for everyone. Don’t forget that, during a babymoon, you may need to run to a hospital: be completely relaxed, for Penang is one of Asia’s leading medical tourism destinations and has several international standard hospitals.
By Marco From Penang Insider ⇒ Twitter
Have you added Langkawi to your list of babymoon destinations in Asia? Sally definitely thinks you should!
LOCATION: Langkawi is an island off the west coast of Malaysia near the border with Thailand.
GETTING THERE: The best way to get there is by air, Langkawi is a 1 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur. You can also get there by ferry from Penang.
WHERE TO STAY: There are many hotels on Langkawi, with prices to suit every budget. I recommend the Meritus Pelangi Resort however there are many top end resorts such as St Regis, Ritz Carlton and the Four Season Resort Langkawi.
Langkawi is the perfect place to have your Asian babymoon, the island is small and easy to get around. There is an abundance of options for accommodation that will suit any budget, but I recommend you spoil yourself and splash out on one of the 5 star options with an amazing day spa that you should visit at least once.
The beaches are clean and there are many food options including local markets, resort restaurants and many restaurants along the main beaches such as Cenang Beach. You can enjoy a romantic sunset cruise, a Malaysian cultural show, romantic beach walks and explore the naturally beautiful UNESCO protected areas. Langkawi’s most popular tourist attraction is the Sky Cab and Sky Bridge, perched above the Machincang Cambrian Geoforest and the gondolas provide a 360 degree view, the VIP gondola’s also have a glass bottom to view the canopy of the forest below.
In Langkawi you have the option to do as little or as much as you feel like doing, the relaxed laid back atmosphere of island life might entice you to just relax on the beach and enjoy the sun and glorious island sunsets or you might like to explore a little further and some of the experiences listed above. Its all there for you in Langkawi.
By Sally from Our3kidsvtheworld ⇒ Facebook
Maldives has made its way on to the bucket lists of so many travellers across the world. It is not surprising that the allure of luxurious sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and gorgeous resorts has brought Maldives up on the list of babymoon destinations in Asia. The pure serenity of the surroundings is perfect for an expectant couple to kickback and relax. The big bonus is that the to be mother can be pampered just as much
Haleveli is certainly one of the most gorgeous babymoon destinations in Asia according to Nicky.
LOCATION: Haleveli island
GETTING THERE: The Maldives are located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of India and Sri Lanka. Getting to the Maldives is very much part of the adventure. We flew into the capital of Malé from the UK. From here, we took a sea-plane from the sea-plane jetty. The flight to Haleveli is twenty five minutes and provides magnificent views of the other islands and reefs below.
WHERE TO STAY: There are a huge number of island resorts in the Maldives which offer the perfect place for a babymoon and the chance for some rest and relaxation. We opted for Constance Haleveli and were incredibly happy with our choice.
Haleveli is a small island, ringed by perfect white sandy beaches and crystal blue sea. Accommodation comprises of over-water bungalows and beach villas. The water bungalows comfortably sleep two, whereas some of the beach villas can sleep families of four and five. The accommodation is beautiful and spacious. Both the over-water bungalows and the beach villas have a plunge pool and private outdoor area.
Constance Haleveli offers everything needed for a perfect holiday. Hours can be spent at the beach and in the warm crystal-clear sea. There is also a swimming pool and over-water spa. There are plenty of other activities too, if you fancy being active, including water sports, tennis, beach games and amazing snorkelling just off the shore. There are three amazing restaurants at the resort as well as a beach bar and waiter service at the pool.
The Maldives are the perfect place for a babymoon. You won’t be disappointed!
If you are thinking of Maldives as one of your options for babymoon destinations in Asia, Christine suggests considering Kadooma Fushi.
LOCATION: Kandooma Fushi island
GETTING THERE: From the airport you take a speedboat to the island, arranged by the hotel. On the way over you’ll likely spot dolphins and perhaps other marine life. As you pull up to the dock you’ll notice that the color of the ocean transitions from deep blue to an electric turquoise. Once you step off the boat you’ll be greeted by some of the most welcoming hotel staff you’ll ever encounter.
WHERE TO STAY: Holiday Inn Resort
When you’re planning a babymoon in Asia there is no shortage of amazing destinations to choose from. But if we had to pick the ideal spot, we would have to choose Kandooma Island in the Maldives. This Holiday Inn resort island is absolutely perfect for couples looking for some quiet alone time before the baby comes. Kandooma may be one of over 1,000 islands in the Maldives, but that doesn’t make it any less special.
We recommend staying in a overwater bungalow, the quintessential accommodation of the Maldives. On your private deck will be an overwater hammock, perfect for lounging and watching the fish below. Couples will love how quiet the island is and how easy it is to find a strip of beach all to yourself. You can melt the days away by relaxing in the calm shallow water or just strolling across the soft, white sand. For those couples that want a bit more adventure, there are plenty of water activities.
From snorkelling with sea turtles to a going on a boat excursion to spot dolphins, there’s a ton to see and do. When you get back to the island after a day of exploring, you can relax with a beautiful dinner and (virgin) cocktail while watching the sunset over the water.
I never thought of India as much of a babymoon destination in Asia for some reason. I guess that stems from the fact that I am Indian myself. In retrospect, I can see why it would hold an appeal to travellers. There are a number of locations that can give you both luxury as well as experiences across the country.
James thinks that Rajasthan in India would make an interesting add to your list of babymoon destinations in Asia.
LOCATION: A great choice for a babymoon is Rajasthan. This area in northeastern India is home to the Raja and Ranis – princes and princesses – who each ruled their own state (and are still titled). This has given risen to beautiful colorful cities Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur.
GETTING THERE: The main international airport into India is Delhi. From there, there are direct flights to Jaipur. Travel around Rajasthan is easy – there are trains, buses and private cars to take you anywhere you like.
WHERE TO STAY: Rajasthan is famous for heritage hotels – former palaces or noble’s houses (havelis) that have been restored or maintained and turned into boutique hotels. They range from mid-range with lots of character to pure five-star luxury. Some classics are:
Jodhpur: Pal Haveli (mid-range) and Taj Umaid Bhawan Hotel (luxury – the current raja lives in part of this palace)
Jaisalmer: Narawan Niyas Palace Hotel (mid-range) and Suryagarh Haveli Hotel (luxury)
There is no shortage of fun things to do in Rajasthan to make you babymoon memorable. If you want to do some more adventurous things, and your doctor approves, try ziplining over Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur or taking a camel safari in the Thar Desert near Jaisalmer and sleep under the stars on a sand dune. Interact with the culture by taking a woodblock printing class in Jaipur, or a cooking class in Udaipur.
Experience the magic of Jaipur shopping in the markets in the center of the city. Don’t miss visiting Amber Fort early in the morning when it glows in the sunlight. Take a boat on Lake Pichola in Udaipur and visit Jagmandir Island. Explore the incredible Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer Fort in Jaisalmer. Sitting on a rooftop restaurant, admiring the forts rising like a fantasy from the desert and city is something you will never forget.
Whether you want to spend your babymoon relaxing in luxury, having an adventure, shopping till you drop, interacting with the local culture, or all of the above, you will find it in Rajasthan.
Sharon thinks that gorgeous Singapore should be on everyone’s list of babymoon destinations in Asia.
LOCATION: Singapore is an island, right by equator under peninsular Malaysia.
GETTING THERE: Singapore is home to one of the busiest (and best) airports in the world or you can bus over here from Malaysia
WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Fort Canning, located within Fort Canning and surrounded by greenery while still being a short walk from a major metro station is a great choice.
It’s impossible to beat Singapore as a destination for a babymoon in Asia. This is because not only is it clean and easy to get around with fantastic food, many attractions and an interesting cultural mix, but it’s also a medical tourism destination with top notch hospitals – so you don’t have to worry about what would happen if things went wrong. I have visited it on babymoons with two pregnancies and I found it very easy.
There is a great air-conditioned metro which makes getting around easy or taxis are readily available. The mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay people make for some great attractions, experiences and food. There is also a big expat population in Singapore so if you are craving a certain food, most probably you can find it!
There is a lot to do with varied attractions from visiting a temple in a traditional area to relaxing on the beach at Sentosa Island to shopping up a storm on Orchard Street – you are sure to find some cute baby clothes. There are also many top rate hotels and resorts in Singapore so you can have a luxury experience – or budget hotels that are still a good standard if you are on a budget.
Because of all this, if you are thinking about a babymoon in Asia, I think you would be crazy not to consider Singapore.
When asked about babymoon destinations in Asia, Kate suggested Hong Kong.
LOCATION: Hong Kong
GETTING THERE: Fly into Hong Kong international airport. You can find direct flights from almost all major airports.
WHERE TO STAY: Stay at the Park Lane hotel in causeway bay to be close to the action and the transit system.
You might not think of Hong Kong when you think of a ‘Babymoon destination in Asia’ but it is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing vacation. From shopping, dining, sightseeing and enjoying a little R and R, Hong Kong has it all. Start out by enjoying some of the amazing shopping Hong Kong has to offer. You can see all the big-name designer brands in the Times Square mall in Causeway Bay. Or, if you’re like me, and love to snag a deal, you’ll love the excitement of the Mong Kok ladies market.
If you’re want to experience some traditional Dim Sum, you’ll want to check out the famous Michelin starred Tim Ho Wan restaurant. Arrive early and be prepared to wait!
As far as sightseeing goes, we loved the relaxing ride on the Star Ferry for a beautiful view of the city. Take a stroll along Victoria harbour for the best view of the city styling. Since a babymoon may be your last chance to relax, treating yourself to some spa treatments should definitely be on the agenda. Foot massage spas are extremely popular in Hong Kong and also very affordable. After a long day of sightseeing, you’ll love the TLC for your feet. Finally, if you’re looking to enjoy a fun night out, the Hong Kong Happy Valley racecourse is a popular place to grab a drink and enjoy a night of excitement at the races.
We could go on and on about the gorgeous destinations in the Philippines and why you should choose them as your babymoon destination. Suffice to say that this section of the article is probably going to see further updates as travel bloggers add other destinations within the country to it.
Considering Philippines as an option in your list of babymoon destinations in Asia, Bret &Mary suggest considering Coron.
LOCATION: Located in northern Palawan, about 170 miles southwest of Manila, Coron encompasses a town (located on Busuanga Island), an island (nearby Coron Island), and over 50 minor islets in the Philippines’ Calamian archipelago.
GETTING THERE: In order to get to Coron you have to take an hour-long flight from Manila to the Puerto Princessa Airport in Busuanga. From there you can take a jeepney for about one hour to reach Coron Town, which costs around P150 per person. If you want to stay on Coron Island or one of the other nearby island resorts, you’ll take a boat transfer from Coron Town, which can take up to another hour.
WHERE TO STAY: We enjoyed our time at Club Paradise– a secluded private island resort located just off the coast of Coron Island– so much that we stayed there twice (before and after the TBEX blogging conference). They offer three distinctly different types of rooms: Garden View Rooms, Garden Suites, and rustic Villas on both the east (Sunrise) and west (Sunset) sides of the island. We honestly didn’t love their buffet-style restaurant, but their Glow Spa is relaxing, shockingly affordable, and great for couples. There’s also incredible snorkeling right off the resort’s beaches, and they can arrange island-hopping, Scuba diving, and various other Coron tours for you.
A babymoon is all about celebrating romance and indulging in relaxation before your little bundle of joy turns your life (and sleep schedule) upside down. Coron, Palawan offers opportunities for both in spades. Sure, there are tons of amazing things to do in Coron, from hiking and climbing Mount Tapyas to snorkelling/Scuba diving pristine coral reef systems and island-hopping. But it’s also an incredible place to simply soak in the otherworldly beauty of the stunning karst landscapes, impossibly blue waters, and jaw-dropping sunsets. The beaches here have been consistently ranked among the best in the world, and the traditional Hilot massage will rub away any aches and pains the latter stages of your pregnancy may bring. In short, it’s a great place to unwind, reconnect, and get ready for the BIG life changes to come.
Macau was added to our list of babymoon destinations in Asia by Chris.
GETTING THERE: Although Macau does have an airport the easiest way to get there is from Hong Kong by ferry. Alternatively, there is a helicopter from Hong Kong at 10x the price of the ferry. Crossing from China into Macau is also possible but for foreigners not the most logical choice.
WHERE TO STAY: Go either for a luxurious hotel on the strip between all the casino’s or an old cozy guest house in old Portuguese Macau.
Macau it the perfect place for a Babymoon getaway. It has much to offer for adults but less for kids. You can splurge into the strip where you’ll find China’s Las Vegas but everything is bigger there. Visit the Venetian for an indoor gondola ride before spending your money in one of the may casino’s or on a 3-star Michelin dinner. Macau is THE entertainment center in Asia.
Entertainment is not the only thing Macau has to offer and walking the Macau heritage trail is also a must do. Macau was once a Portuguese colony and thus has a lot of colonial remains. Visit the various churches, temples, and squares by following the trail. Don’t forget to climb up to visit the old fort and have a look at the Macau National Museum. You’ll spend a full day walking and if you have time visit the science museum known from the movie “Now You See Me 2”.
Macau has a lot to offer from century old heritage to splurge modern entertainment. The perfect Babymoon getaway.
China is another place that I never thought of adding to the list of babymoon destinations in Asia. That I guess is the beauty of considering the views of other travel bloggers when putting together a post.
Keki added Beijing to our list of babymoon destinations in Asia.
LOCATION: Beijing, China
GETTING THERE: Beijing is very well connected to all major cities, making it easy for a babymoon. It is also an excellent layover destination
WHERE TO STAY: Manxin Beijing Qianmen Siheyuan is located in the city centre and close to all major attractions.
I have always wanted to visit the historic city of Beijing in China because of its beautiful oriental architecture and 7 UNESCO Sites. When the opportunity to visit Beijing on a layover came up, we decided to make the most of it even though I was 5 months pregnant. Turns out, Beijing was the best babymoon I could have imagined.
We started by visiting the Great Wall of China in Mutianyu which is among the 7 Wonders of the World. The Mutianyu section is one of the most well-preserved sections of the Great Wall and has beautiful watchtowers. It is also easy to reach via a cable car, making it perfect for babymooners. We strolled on the top of the Great Wall and took it the views of the surrounding mountains. Our next stop was the Forbidden City, a UNESCO Heritage Site, which was the former residence of the Emperors of China. Today the palace complex is converted into a museum and is beautiful to visit. The Forbidden City has complex architecture and beautiful wooden carvings and sculptures.
Other things to do in Beijing include visiting the Hutongs, the stunning Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the lakefront Summer Palace with its beautiful gardens, and the Ming Dynasty Tours. Besides the historic sight, Beijing has many modern attractions including a high-rise skyline and many malls. It is perfect for relaxing and spending quality time with each other before the arrival of your little one.
At the end of the day, when you look at the different babymoon destinations in Asia, you need to pick one that reflects you. What kind of vacation would you like? Where would you like to go? What would you like to do? The key if you have noticed is YOU.