The Babymoon (or The Last Hurrah)

Westin Cabo San Lucas

Hailed as the hottest trend in vacationing, The Babymoon is one of the last getaways before a baby arrives. Which means you will remember it as the last holiday where you had proper lie-ins (if your knocked-up half can still sleep, of course).

Nature has its funny ways of making things work.

For instance, alcohol apparently does not cause any serious harm to babies in the first few weeks (even if in vast quantities). Which is a great coincidence because it takes most couples a few weeks to find out that they are expecting, a time which is usually not spent refraining from the odd drink.

And with 40 weeks, homo sapiens have a fairly long gestation period which gives parents-to-be ample time to wean themselves off undeterred hedonism. More importantly, once morning sickness is out of the way and swollen ankles are not yet in the way lies an opportunity to embark on a last getaway before change abounds.

Some marketing genius has labelled this getaway The Babymoon.

There is an entire industry (and an abundance of websites) around The Babymoon, getaways to romantic locations, such as the Caribbean (The One and Only Resort in Nassau, Bahamas - as seen in Casino Royale, although Bond was not babymooning) and the Far East (The Peninsula in Bangkok). Though you'd better start checking with the airlines how long you're allowed to fly...

That British Airways recently had an ad campaign around the fact their staff is trained in delivery (of babies not baggage) could be taken as an incentive to travel while it's still only two of you. That Thai Airways offers free travel to babies born during flight could also be taken as one.

Finding myself in a similar situation, I was happy to find out that a fair few destinations on Babymoon have already been ticked off the list (including the lovely Hotel Lungarno in Florence), and that my own Babymoon destination (the Four Seasons in Hampshire) offers pre-natal treatment as well. Pre-natal massages, anyway.

But then again, since we are only at 16 weeks, there was even time to slot in a trip to Thailand, which should also provide opportunity for pampering. Maybe Zeavola offers a 'What's Kicking' package, although at four months, the appropriate answer would be "Not very much".

And since The Babymoon is by definition the last trip before family expansion, this would make the Thailand trip a mere Baby-Half-Moon.