Planning a minimoon or babymoon? 5 destinations that should be on your list


Over the years, the traditional two-week-long honeymoon has found new companions in the form of breaks such as minimoon, buddymoon, and babymoons. A minimoon is a vacation you take when you have the cash but are short on time, a buddymoon is a fun trip with your friends, and a babymoon is the last official trip you would take before becoming parents.

So, if you are a couple who always finds it difficult to coincide their leaves or dread long trips, thanks to all the planning and efforts that go behind it, a four-day-long minimoon is just perfect for you. And if you guys are having a baby soon and all the morning sickness and nesting is driving you nuts, may we suggest you to be pampered and recharge your batteries for the new phase of your life by taking a babymoon to someplace divine? Here are our top picks for you and your partner to enjoy ample of ‘we’ time in the lap of nature and luxury.

  1. Koh Samui

If Thailand had a romance capital, Koh Samui would be it. And why not! Imagine enjoying a flute of luscious champagne, cuddling with your sweetheart on a sugary beach while watching a golden sunset. Just the thought of vacationing in Koh Samui can almost melt your tensions away. Surprise your soon mom-to-be spouse with a romantic sunset dinner cruise or plan a dreamy dinner for two on the beach (yes, just like that picture you saw on a travel website).

Oh, and if you want to add a dose of adventure to your romantic minimoon, book a jungle jeep safari or a kayaking tour for two. How about hiring bikes and chasing waterfalls? Or taking the best snorkeling trip ever? If you are planning a babymoon, Koh Samui’s many luxurious spas and restaurants should be on your list. And when you just need some quality time with yourself, curl up on one of the many stunning beaches of Koh Samui with your favourite book.

On your stay in Koh Samui, let one of these stunning HomeAways be your love nest:

Romantic beachfront villa

If views are your first preference while selecting an accommodation for your holiday, book this gorgeous HomeAway for two right away. Located on the pretty Maenam Beach, this well-designed villa offers sweeping ocean views from almost all corners! An open plan living area with a self-contained kitchen and a large balcony with a cosy sitting area are only add-ons. If you ever feel like stepping out of this love nest, you could try adventures such as kite boarding, sailing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and kayaking. If you are on your babymoon and cannot try your hand at these sports, don’t worry. You could try fishing, get a relaxing Thai massage, or just laze around in one of the many restaurants close to your villa.

Average price per night: SGD 359

Elegant one-bedroom condo

A perfect combination of stylish décor and modern setting, this lux, brightly lit condo promises to make you comfortable almost instantly. You can relax in the shared building pool or work out at the well-equipped gym. The icing on the cake? The stunning Choeng Mon Beach is only a 5-minute walk away.

Average price per night: SGD 88

  1. Langkawi

If you have spent way too much on your elaborate wedding or are planning to save money for the new member of your family, don’t worry. It doesn’t mean you have to skip that much-needed break. Langkawi, with its affordable but luxurious stay options, duty-free status, and abundant natural beauty fits the bill perfectly. If you ever get tired of Langkawi’s picture-perfect beaches (we highly doubt you will!), head over to its verdant and extensive paddy fields. The best beaches of Langkawi include Tanjung Rhu, Pantai Cenang, and Tenagh. If you want to make your loved one feel extra special, take them to the Langkawi Sky Bridge for a romantic walk 328ft above ground! Hold hands and wade your way through the crowds at the Ayer Hangat Friday Night Market or just laze around and treat your pregnancy cravings by nibbling on delicious seafood at one of the beachside restaurants.

If you and your sweetheart are in dire need of some generous pampering, book a couple’s massage and step into another world. When in Langkawi for a fun minimoon, make sure you take a day off, rent a boat, and spend your time exploring the over 90 islands around. And since it is a duty-free island, you could grab some ‘me’ time shopping away some of your favourite international brands at steal-worthy prices.

Add a dash of magic to your romantic getaway by booking one of these gorgeous homestays:

Tropical, scenic villa

A stunning, secluded villa, gorgeous sunrise and sunset, and views of emerald paddy fields and hills from your bedroom. Need we say more? This cosy, Malay-inspired HomeAway armed with all the modern amenities is perfect for a romantic stay in Langkawi. If you ever feel like stepping out of your paradise, the historical site of Makam Mahsuri, Cenang Beach, Tanjung Rhu peninsula and Kuah Town are all in the vicinity.

Average price per night: SGD 135

Adorable villa for two

Your search for tranquility on your holiday ends with this delightfully-located wooden villa. Located only 10 minutes away from Kuah Town, this villa is surrounded by loads of greenery and bathes in ample sunlight. The villa’s well-equipped kitchen, cosy balcony sit out, pretty upholstery and a welcoming hot tub will ensure you have a pleasant stay.

Average price per night: SGD 75

  1. Phuket

Thailand’s largest island Phuket is a romantic wonderland for couples and so, must definitely be on your bucket list. Many white sand beaches, rich diving sites, national parks, and wellness centres call Phuket home. If you want to surprise the love of your life on your minimoon, why not arrange for a special chopper ride that will woo them off with the stunning aerial views of the island? Plan an exquisite morning that starts with a lip-smacking breakfast spread at a quaint café offering sweeping ocean views, followed by a relaxing bath at the Kathu Waterfalls.

After you are done with all the beach activities – the exciting ones like snorkeling and scuba diving for those on their minimoon and the soothing ones such as a couple’s spa on the beach and sailing for the soon-to-be parents – it would be a great idea to visit the Phuket Art Village to tickle your partner’s creative side. Here, you will be treated with an impressive shadow puppet show and buy some interesting handicrafts and paintings. How about buying a little something for the nursery you have been designing for your bub? Oh and if you are looking to spend a whacky night with your partner, what better place than Bangla Road? From glitzy cabarets to lively pubs, this street has it all.

Skip the crowded hotels for a treasured stay at one of these cosy HomeAways:

Private Jacuzzi spa villa

If rejuvenation is at the top of your list of expectations from your Phuket holiday, book this lavish HomeAway for two right away. And we have many valid reasons to call it luxurious. Apart from all the basic modern amenities, this love nest, designed in Thai architectural-style, comes with private Jacuzzi, 2-bed spa room, and a steam room. The villa’s veranda offering lush green tropical views is the ideal place to whisper sweet nothings to your sweetheart while enjoying your morning tea.

Average price per night: SGD 127

Stylish villa with pool

This romantic HomeAway is the perfect blend of modern interiors and green exteriors. This well-maintained home boasts of a fully-functional kitchen, luxurious furniture, spacious rooms, and ample of opportunities to get cosy with your loved one. The best part? You could spend your afternoons cooking together and evenings sipping your favourite drink by the pool.

Average price per night: SGD 220

  1. Krabi

Krabi, with its crystal clear waters, fascinating limestone karsts, lush mangrove forests, and abundant bonding activities for couples, promises to act as the perfect catalyst for the two of you. Whether you are looking for an exciting and adventurous minimoon, or a tranquil and affectionate babymoon, this tropical getaway fits the bill perfectly.

Minimooners who love adrenaline-pumping activities can try kayaking, rock climbing, river rafting, scuba diving, and ziplining. If all you want from your babymoon is to recharge your batteries before starting the new phase of your life, Krabi offers hot water springs, various serene sacred spots, and romantic dinner on silvery beaches. When you are done with exploring all natural wonders, why not throw a party for your taste buds by visiting one of the many night markets or dance the night away at a vibrant nightclub.

If you want to explore the real Krabi sans all the tourist crowds, hire bikes or embark on pretty walking trails with your beloved. And when you want are done grabbing a little piece of the beautiful island for yourself, crash at one of these HomeAways:

Beachfront suite for two

Wake up to sprawling views of the stunning Andaman Sea with your beloved when you stay at this well-appointed beachfront HomeAway. The villa is stocked up with gourmet snacks, luxury amenities, quality bath products and more. Plus, you have room service too! However, if you still need anything, restaurants and supermarkets are just a stone’s throw away. So, when you are staying here, all you will have to worry about is deciding the best angle to get the most Insta-worthy photos.

Average price per night: SGD 693

Romantic house with cliff views

The host calls this house ‘spacious, relaxing, beautiful and very comfortable’ and so it looks! Set against the backdrop of magnificent limestone hills, and lush green fruit orchards and rubber trees, this beautifully decorated HomeAway is what romantic dreams are made of. Here, you can wake up to gorgeous cliff views while having your morning tea while relaxing in the expansive veranda or garden. Sounds blissful, doesn’t it?

Average price per night: SGD 92

  1. Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is Thailand’s culture capital. The city, with deep historical roots, is home to timeless temples, elephant sanctuaries, quaint countryside, and cascading waterfalls. It is an off-beat but stimulating destination for minimooners as well as babymooners. Moreover, Chaing Mai’s old-fashioned feel blended with its intimate setting offers a refreshing contrast to Singapore’s flawless glass skyscrapers and colossal malls.

If none of the restaurants seem to satisfy your pregnancy food cravings, why not take a traditional Thai cooking class and whip up something delicious yourself? If you are into beautiful flowers or intricately carved palaces, you have to visit the expansive and striking Ratchaphruek Flower Gardens. If you worry about constantly suffering from aching feet during your babymoon, fret not; this garden has an electric train for your convenience. Minimooners can steal kisses while bathing under the stunning Mae Sa Waterfall or soak in unmatchable views of Chiang Mai from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – after climbing over 300 steps or taking a cable car. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

Your stay in a lovely place like Chiang Mai deserves one of these gorgeous HomeAways and not a hotel:

Traditional-style romantic home

If you are a lover of art and history, this exquisite HomeAway will blow your mind away. Expect to be welcomed by beautifully carved outdoors, majestic furniture, plush lightings and a unique, vintage feel. Inspired by Lanna-Chinese and the Lana-Colonial buildings, this villa is located near the serene Ping River. The villa’s shared pool, hot tub, outdoor seating area, and breakfast all will make you comfortable immediately. Ready to step back in time?

Average price per night: SGD 395

Newly-decorated, value-for-money house

This stylish, modern condo will make sure you don’t miss home while vacationing in Chiang Mai. It is perfect for those looking for a tiny but elegant private place in the city. The HomeAway is clean, well decorated and has everything you will need to have a comfortable stay. Hire a bike or rent a car and you are ready to explore Chiang Mai effortlessly from this apartment.

Average price per night: SGD 40

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