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Honeymoons with a Baby

Baby friendly holiday in the Caribbean

By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons

Going on honeymoon with a baby may sound like a contradiction in terms, and 50 years ago it would have been frowned upon. But today, it’s not unusual to tie the knot after having a baby. After all, you don’t want to leave them for a significant amount of time when there’s breastfeeding to be done and cuddles to be had.

Couples may feel that having a baby will curtail any exotic honeymoons, but that shouldn’t be the case. Below, I pin-point resorts that are fabulous with babies and are ready to take over childcare when you want time for just the two of you.

In many countries, local people make a big fuss of babies, and you’ll all be treated like VIPs. It’s not only regions like the Mediterranean where children are adored, but the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the Far East.

You need to be extra vigilant with sun, heat and water. Don’t go to the Caribbean or the Mediterranean in high summer. Better to go in spring or autumn in the Mediterranean, or winter or spring in the Caribbean. Try to travel outside of school holidays as flights and room rates will be a lot less expensive.

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Does my baby need a passport?

If you are in the UK, whatever age your baby, he or she needs a valid, five-year passport. The irony is, of course, that if you get a passport when they are a few months old, they will be virtually unrecognisable from the picture when they are five.

Application forms are available from post office branches that offer the passport “check and send” service. You can also complete the application form online. It will be sent to you to sign and return with the supporting documents. Or you can request a form online and it will be sent to you in the post. Find more here.

When you apply, you need to supply:

• A completed application form.

• Two identical colour photographs. The best plan is to go to Snappy Snaps, a high street photographer or your local pharmacy for regulation size and quality with no toys or objects in view. One photo must be signed by a professional who has known you for at least two years. If you have a digital photo that you’ve taken at home, the website Paspic.com checks that your photo is acceptable before creating the passport pictures for you.

• Original documents to prove your baby is British, such as his or her birth certificate and British passport details for you and your partner.

• Payment of £69.

The passport should take about four weeks to come through. If you really can’t wait to travel, there’s a one-week fast track service costing £99. Full details here.

Honeymoons with baby in the UK

Ditching all the fuss of flying and being able to pile all your baby paraphernalia in a car is a boon especially when there are so many amazing places to stay in the UK these days.

Sands Resort Hotel in Porth, near Padstow and Newquay, is somewhere you could opt for as a couple for a romantic getaway – watch the sunset from your bed and chill out in the steam room after a day surfing. It really pushes the boat out for new parents, providing everything from family suites to free bottle warmers, sterilisers and a baby-listening service.

With all the expense that comes with starting a family, many new parents are understandably counting the pennies. A self-catering cottage holiday offers excellent value, particularly outside the school holidays. Classic Cottages has 50 particularly baby-friendly properties in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, while Sykes Cottages is a good bet for those parents happy to pop baby in a papoose and head for the fells of the Lake District or Yorkshire Moors, for example. Also check out Rural Retreats and Helpful Holidays.

See my full recommendations for honeymoons in the UK.

Honeymoon with baby in Europe

Sani Resort in Halkidiki, Greece, is one my favourite honeymoon spots that is genuinely baby friendly. Not only is it a gorgeous resort with fabulous beaches, suites, restaurants and swimming pools all based round a buzzing marina, but it offers new baby swimming lessons, “babe watch” service where couples can leave baby for 30 minutes with the Sani staff on the beach who will look after them while parents go off for a swim or read a book. There are oodles of posh nosh options for tots including delicious organic purees.

With new extended crèche and babysitting hours, parents can now enjoy evening meals on their own while their baby is being supervised and kept entertained – choose from one of Sani’s 16 restaurants and bars. Sani also offers three beautiful spas for parents to enjoy couples treatments. I particularly recommend Porto Sani Village because there is a children’s pool and an adult only pool there – and it’s really low rise and easy with prams.

The five-star Daios Cove on the island of Crete has a renowned Scott Dunn Explorers club where babies as young as four months can enjoy fun and games with qualified childcare professionals – not to mention a complimentary supply of swim nappies.

Slightly further afield, the Canary Islands are a great year-round destination, with a wide choice of baby-friendly accommodation. Our top picks for parent pampering and family facilities include Lanzarote’s Princesa Yaiza Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton Abama on Tenerife.

Also try Club Med, which has around 20 all-inclusive resorts in Europe and beyond offering childcare for babies aged from four months. The Baby Club Med programme revolves around your child’s sleeping and feeding patterns and includes plenty of stimulating activities.

Newlyweds with baby will also appreciate self catering villas. Try Cachet Travel for villas on CreteVintage Travel for properties on Mallorca.

Brownie points for Vintage Travel, which not only has a fantastic array of villas right across the region, but also lists villas with fenced pools – an essential requirement if you’ve got a baby that’s discovered the liberating joys of crawling.

CV Villas have a good choice of family friendly luxury villas throughout the Med, many with fenced or gates pools. i-escape is well worth a look for gorgeous houses, villas and boutique hotels suitable for honeymooners with a baby. Go to its With kids pages and there’s even a section for babies.

Long-haul honeymoons with baby

The exotic destinations favoured by honeymooners such as the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean are still doable with baby, but there are pitfalls to watch out for. If you heading to the Caribbean, choose an island with direct non-stop flights from the UK and bear in mind there is a five or six hour time difference which means your baby will most likely be waking up around 4am for the first couple of days. Heading south rather than west is a better plan for avoiding time differences, such as Dubai and the honeymoon favourite of Mauritius.

For the Caribbean, I would recommend Jamaica, Barbados and St Lucia, all with direct flights. Choosing a child friendly hotel is essential, but luckily there are many in the Caribbean that combine romance with kids. Round Hill in Jamaica is perfect with amazing nannies, very gentle, protected shelving beach, stunning villas as well as rooms and all an easy 30-minute transfer from Montego Bay airport.

Other good resorts are Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada, Coral Reef Club and Windjammer Landing in St Lucia and pretty much any five-star in Grand Cayman. If you want something more boutique, Little Good Harbour in Barbados is surprisingly baby friendly.

When it comes to the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a top choice for honeymooners with a baby and there’s virtually no time difference. Beachcomber Tours’ superb line-up of family-friendly hotels are high on romance too.

For more adventurous couples, the Maldives is becoming increasingly child friendly. New all-inclusives such as Atmosphere Kanifushi are good choices as are the fabulous One & Only Maldives Reethi Rah and the swanky new Maalifushi By COMO with baby sitting services and kids menus.

Flying with your baby

Babies are not only perfectly portable (which stops being the case when they become toddlers and begin to walk) and usually travel free of charge. Make the most of this while you can. Airfares start to kick in once they are two and zoom up to adult fares aged 12.

Plan with military precision for a flight with your baby – especially long-haul. Request bulkhead seats where sky cots can be fitted and don’t forget to pack all essentials in your hand luggage. Feed your baby on takeoff and landing to reduce discomfort caused by changes in air pressure and don’t be afraid to ask flight attendants for help, warming milk and baby food, etc.

Try to travel outside the main holiday seasons when airports and flights are less busy – and try to fly direct.

British Airways has a useful section with info on family bays for airport parking, hand luggage allowances for kids and so on.

If you’re looking for a babymoon, see our tips on where to go on holiday when you’re pregnant.

Baby friendly destinations for honeymoons

There are some fabulously romantic hotels that make travelling with a young child relatively stress free. Look for hotels that have facilities for babies such as high chairs, cots in the room, toys, crèche facilities and even might arrange for various baby paraphernalia to be ready and waiting for you when you arrive. You should also enquire about baby food in the restaurants.

Self-catering has the advantage of being more like a home from home where you don’t have to order a bottle of milk on room service that inevitably arrives at the wrong temperature.

You also need to make the decision about whether you’re prepared to brave the airport with baby or whether you stick to piling everything in the car and staying in the UK or taking a ferry or the Channel Tunnel to various European destinations.

These days, ferries are surprisingly sophisticated and there’s none of the luggage restrictions of flying. Some ferry operators will also offer the option to book a day cabin – even on short crossings. This is a great option for a baby to be able to have their nap undisturbed and for parents to chill out in peace. Remember to take everything you need during the crossing separately as you won’t be able to go back to your car while you’re in transit.

Last updated: 19 December 2019

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