More people than ever are opting for one last holiday – usually in the second trimester of a pregnancy – before the baby arrives. But where to go when you’re in need of some rest and relaxation and just the thought of navigating a new city makes you want to take a ten hour nap? Well we’ve rounded up three kinds of holiday that require minimum effort and deliver maximum relaxation.
The view of Padar island, Indonesia
If you or your partner are having a difficult pregnancy then the benefits of a yoga retreat are self-explanatory, but it’s also a great choice for a group holiday. Most retreats offer classes specifically-designed for pregnant people, or private classes for mixed groups.
A yoga class, surrounded by Indonesia's rainforests
Travellers hoping to do a group yoga retreat in a warm climate are recommended to visit one on Indonesia’s luxury wellness resorts like Alaya Resort Jembawan and The Amala. The country has a long yoga tradition, with a wide variety of classes available and the rainforests and beautiful beaches help to create a soothing atmosphere.
The South Pacific with Bora Bora in the distance
Holidays by the water are a great way to cater for different energy levels. Swimming, diving, sailing and snorkelling are fun ways to burn off energy, meanwhile people battling pregnancy fatigue can rejuvenate while relaxing on the beach or stake out a spot in a local café.
Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort in Maharepa, French Polynesia
Many places like Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort in Maharepa, French Polynesia, have entire resorts on the water. And there are plenty of islands in East Asia that have all the relaxation of a beach holiday without large crowds. Or, if you are using your pregnancy to explore hydrotherapy then relaxing thermal baths in Italy provide plenty of relaxation and options for daytrips.
The Greek villages of Imerovigli and Firstefani
There’s a rumour going around that babies actually need quite a lot of time and attention. So a ‘babymoon’ is the ideal (or last) opportunity to spend some quality time with your partner and a romantic mini-break will help you leave those endless pre-baby to-do lists behind.
Combine idyllic scenery with some of the best food in the world
We’ve already discussed the joys of a beach holiday, but some beaches are more suited to romantic breaks than others. For specific destinations, the Greek islands manage to combine idyllic scenery with cultural diversions and some of the best food in the world. The village of Imerovigli on Santorini regularly tops lists of laid-back locations and has plenty of romantic places to stay like La Maltese and Above Blue Suites.