Whether it’s your wife, sister, best friend or co-worker, all pregnant women in your life deserve some pampering, and luxury spas appear to think so, too. As the babymoon trend has grown, so has the list of services that spas and resorts are offering their mom-to-be guests.
With special massage pillows built to fit that bulging belly, odorless facials and comforting pedicures on spa menus these days, the time to take advantage of these treatments is now, when an expectant mother really needs a little relief from the stress of carrying a child.
Unfortunately, due to lingering fears of the Zika virus, a lot of beachside locations are still considered taboo. But never fear, these five domestic destinations have been deemed safe and are ready to indulge anyone in the throes of motherhood.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston
Book a whole day at this lavish, Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa in Mandarin Oriental, Boston. After all, it has a three-hour Mother’s Renewal itinerary already planned out for you. Start your time with a welcoming, tension-releasing foot ritual.
Next, gear up for a prenatal or post-natal massage and then perk up with an age-repair facial, perfect both for the tired pregnant woman and the mom who just had her baby.
The spa also offers a special Mother-To-Be treatment that includes gentle exfoliation, a head massage and soothing body wrap. After your services, relax with a light bite in the spa tea lounge.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Denver
This Four-Star sanctuary recently started offering a special package for soon-to-be mothers that covers all three trimesters of pregnancy. This includes a combination of the signature organic facial, 50-minute prenatal massage and a manicure and pedicure.
Just keep in mind, most spas won’t give a woman in the first 12 weeks of her pregnancy a massage — but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in other ways. At this Ritz-Carlton, for instance, you can order lunch from Elway’s. From the limited spa menu, you can treat yourself to a trio of wagyu sliders, a cheese plate and key lime pie delivered to your feet-soaking chair in the spa.
The hotel also offers a Babymoon Bliss package that includes an overnight stay, a $150 spa voucher and a bevy of crave-worthy snacks and non-alcoholic drinks ready in your room.
Guerlain Spa, New York City
When Waldorf Astoria New York shut down earlier this year for renovations, the Four-Star Guerlain Spa had to find a new home. It didn’t take long for the institution to open up in the iconic Four-Star The Plaza, A Fairmont Managed Hotel. This match makes The Plaza a destination for pregnant woman visiting the city and those who live there.
To help enhance that “new mother glow,” opt for the 80-minute signature facial, a service that includes microdermabrasion and a hydrating mask.
Then, go for the side-lying prenatal therapy massage, which helps prevent stretch marks and eases the achy lower back.
Another option is the 50-minute pampered sole foot treatment, a must to aid with circulation and to relieve swelling while hydrating your feet with a paraffin wrap.
The Sanctuary Spa, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Once you are out of your first trimester, let the dry heat of Arizona be your intro into tranquility at this Four-Star spa overlooking Paradise Valley. After that, spend the day getting pampered and lounging at the pool, the perfect vehicle for helping to relieve the weight of pregnancy.
Here try the Motherhood package, which consist of an hour-long facial, pedicure and a 60-minute prenatal massage. You can also opt to get a Watsu, the spa’s signature aqua massage that, through submersion in a private bath, alleviates pressure on the muscles and joints, something a woman in her third trimester craves.
Consider booking the citrus-lavender softening scrub, a soothing treatment to stimulate the blood, exfoliate all those spots you can’t reach and add a dose of hydrating antioxidant cream to make your skin glow even more.
Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Skaneateles, New York
Relaxation in a beautiful, art-inspired setting is what Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Upstate New York is all about, providing a great escape for pregnant women who want a bit of a break without flying somewhere far. It is, after all, located on the shore of the beautiful Skaneateles Lake, part of the region’s Finger Lakes wine country.
At the spa, take advantage of the mother-to-be massage, a 50-minute service that uses unscented Zents body oil, loaded with coconut and sunflower oils, antioxidant-enriched safflower and vitamin E. Also look into The Fields of Lavender pedicure and manicure, a luxurious treatment that involves calming, lavender-infused balms and impeccable nail care, a good thing if you can no longer reach your toes comfortably.
Once you’re done, rest in the lounge and dangle your digits in the heated pool.