Having a baby on the way is a wonderful time. Though, let’s be honest, it can be a tiring one too. So, amidst all the planning and excitement, it’s good to factor in a holiday too. If you and your partner are looking for enchanting and relaxing baby moon ideas, you’ll find them right here, in Northern Ireland. 

Your baby moon starts here 

It’s a time to spoil yourselves and Northern Ireland’s spas are calling. At the 163-acre Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort (4*), the Thermal Village and Serenity Garden make relaxation effortless, just the way it should be. While the River Room is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner for two.  

Slieve Donard Resort and Spa (4*), at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, has golden beaches on one side and Royal County Down Golf Links on the other. Inside, exquisite cloud beds make every night a dream and, in the award-winning spa, the views from the infinity pool go on forever. And that’s probably how long you’ll want to stay. 

Just 10 minutes from Belfast, the palatial Culloden Hotel and Spa (5*) seems a world away. A former Bishop’s Palace, it sits in 12 acres of stunning gardens and woodland. Super-luxurious bedrooms and a beautifully appointed Spa area make it a wonderful place to unwind. A pamper – before the pampers come along. 

A cottage or two (for a soon-to-be-three) 

There’s nothing more romantic than a cottage hideaway and Hillsborough’s Arthur Street Guest Cottage (4*) is one of the cutest, in its village of chiming church bells. Original wooden floors, beams and open fireplaces give Larchfield Estate Cottages in County Down their unique character. And, with a 600-acre garden of silent forests and peaceful riverbanks, it’s luxury indoors and out here. 

Cycling is big around Berwick Hall Cottage in Moira. Though so is chilling – perhaps a better option right now. Inside, the cottage retains all the charm of its original 18th barn, with some newer and very welcome home comforts.  

Not too far away, Bay Tree Boutique B&B cleverly blends New England style and stonewall cottage. Calm, refreshing and supremely comfortable, bedrooms are light and 

airy, with breakfasts lovingly cooked by owner Susan. And if you’re craving lunch, the Yellow House at nearby Hillsborough Castle serves up deliciously seasonal local produce. 

Holiday romance in the city 

Historic Derry-Londonderry is home to some fantastic escapes. Go for all out penthouse glamour on the 7th Floor of City Hotel Derry (4*), five minutes’ walk from the city walls. There’s urban chic at Da Vinci’s (4*), on the banks of the River Foyle. Beech Hill Hotel (4*) has played host to everyone from Presidents to Elves in its original Manor House and Garden Rooms. And the elegant Bishop’s Gate Hotel, within the city walls, takes opulent luxury to the next level. Well, if you can’t indulge yourself now, when can you? 

Of course, every romantic getaway needs a romantic dinner. So book yourself in to The Wig and Gown Champagne Bar and Restaurant or foodie-favourite, Browns in Town. And, as this is a city made for walking, take a stroll around or join a city walking tour. There’s lots to see (yes, shops too) and great opportunities for romantic hand-holding. 

Castles in the air 

The enchanting Ballygally Castle Hotel (4*), at the tip of the Causeway Coastal Route, has views all the way across the Irish Sea and is a great base for exploring the Giant’s Causeway. Try to get there for sunset – one of the most beautiful and romantic sights you’ll ever see. A definite memory-making moment. 

Though we’ll bet you can’t help falling in love with the stunning Killeavy Castle Estate (4*) at Slieve Gullion either. It’s got it all - a Grade A listed castle, the modern comfort of a converted mill and coach house, a self-catering Gate Lodge. And a spa.  

A baby break in Belfast 

No trip to Belfast is complete without taking in the superb Titanic Belfast attraction. Have afternoon tea here and get your photograph taken at a replica of the ship’s iconic staircase. The Titanic Hotel is right beside you and there are plenty of other options too. The luxurious Merchant Hotel (5*), with its roof-top hot tub and stunning views is close by. As are the imaginatively appointed Fitzwilliam Hotel (5*) and the bold and quirky Malmaison (4*). You’ve shopping centres on your doorstep and the nearby Lisburn Road for independent designers. JoJo Maman Bébé is just one. Just saying. 

For dinner, make it very special at the riverside Michelin-starred OX restaurant. Or go bistro, with a New York vibe, at local favourite James St. 

Seeing stars. And a baby moon. 

Lough Erne Resort (5*) has everything you could wish for in a lakeside setting – stunning views and places to explore, the championship Faldo Golf Course and an inviting Thai Spa for when your day is done. The Catalina restaurant is known for its exceptionally fine dining, transforming seasonal local produce into show-stopping classic and contemporary dishes. (Though, you should know, Lough Erne’s Blissful Babymoon package includes a special ‘Cravings’ room service menu too.) 

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary to mark your baby moon, you’ll certainly find it at Finn Lough. A Forest Bubble Dome - made for two. All the essentials, and quite a few luxuries, are here – a four poster bed, Nespresso machine and transparent walls. Perfect for wishing upon the stars. 

A special time in a special place. That’s what Northern Ireland promises. Not only for baby-mooners, but for every one of you who comes to visit. Hope to see you soon.