So, you’re pregnant, hooray! But first things first: planning the perfect babymoon. Relaxing, unwinding, and sleeping are the name of this game. With that in mind, we take you on a guide to planning the perfect babymoon in Noosa.
At the very top of your babymoon priority list should be sleep. That means plenty of long afternoon naps, and early nights tucked up in the comfiest bed you can find. If it also means falling asleep to the sound of the ocean lapping nearby, then all the better. You’ll find a world of excellent beach-front accommodation options in Noosa, including Seahaven, Fairshore, and Tingirana, all just a stone’s throw from the sand of Noosa Main Beach. Just up the hill, Pepper’s Noosa Resort is tucked away in peaceful rainforest surrounds promising tranquil morning sleep-ins and picturesque views over Laguna Bay. If the thought of that hill puts you off- don’t worry, you can make use of the private golf buggy that ferries guests up and down the short hill to Hastings Street. The Sofitel Noosa Resort is a perfect babymoon abode, with swim-up bar, luxury rooms overlooking the Noosa River and in-house spa offering a pregnancy pamper package. Or simple, stylish boutique rooms can be found at 10 Hastings Street, which also boasts a cute street-side restaurant offering all-day café fare and live music into the evenings.
Is it even a babymoon without a few good pamper sessions? And Noosa is full of ideal mum-to-be spa options. In the serene interiors of Sensaura Spa, you will find ayurvedic therapies, pregnancy massage, and one of Noosa’s best facials. Hastings Street’s Endota Spa is a calm oasis perched above the bustle of the street and offers pregnancy massage and excellent organic facials. The Spa at Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort is a heavenly spot to indulge in the most incredible pregnancy experience- floatation therapy. Get weightless and enter a state of deep relaxation in the magnesium floatation pool, which has a laundry list of benefits for your health and wellbeing. There is even a couple’s floatation pool, a hydro-massage spa and a full menu of spa treatments on offer.
GET (A LITTLE BIT) ACTIVE
While you need to fill your sleep quota on this trip, don’t forget to sneak in a couple of activities that might become, let’s just say trickier once you have a little person in tow. While pregnant bellies make surfing all but impossible, stand-up paddling is a bump-friendly workout that gets you out on the water. Hire a board from Noosa Beach Surf Hire, on Main Beach, or head to the Noosa River Foreshore for calm waters and more hire options. The Noosa National Park is a sanctuary of incredible trails, local wildlife and rocky coves to explore. If sleep-ins have already become a thing of the past, it’s hard to beat an early-morning hike in the Noosa National Park, where you can spot pods of dolphins off the points and watch the sun rise over the headlands.
With the impending arrival of a little person, you’re probably keen to reconnect as a family of two, before you become three (or more). For unique, romantic experiences around town, Noosa Picnics offers beautiful boho-inspired beach picnics, just choose your style (luxe tepee, soirée table, or canopy?) and let them do the rest. Gondolas of Noosa offer true Venetian-style gondolas, taking in tranquil cruises down the Noosa River. With catered and un-catered options, make it a night out on the water or watch the sunset with a drink in hand and have the gondola deliver you to the pier at Ricky’s to continue your evening. Or order a hamper of Noosa-inspired goodies from Noosa Gift Co. to enjoy any place you please.
Although clothes shopping might be far from your favourite thing right now, a leisurely wander through the boutiques of Hastings Street or the nearby villages of Sunshine Beach or Peregian Beach is relaxing enough for even the most tired mum-to-be. Chic women’s clothing, jewels and homewares can be found at HUSK, while cute kids options fill the racks of the quirky hole-in-the wall Lamington- which stocks brands like Aesop, Halcyon Nights, Happy Planet Toys, and nursery wall décor from Hark Home. Noosa Juniors stock cute clothing, swimwear and shoes from baby to tween sizing. Over the hill, Noosa Junction’s Clo Studios is so packed full of gorgeous homewares, you might just want to move in, while the tucked-away Aubrey Gems craft bespoke jewels (hello push present). In Peregian Beach, browse the treasures on offer at Antiques and Possibilities,
Take our word for this- you do not want to waste this opportunity to eat out at any time of the night that you please, at whichever fancy restaurant you want. So, make this your babymoon mantra: eat out often and eat out well. This is not the time for surf clubs and casual eats- make the most of this opportunity to grace some of Noosa’s best restaurants sans pram or screaming kid in tow.
Sails - You might be skipping the oysters and champagne, but the view will still be just as delightful from this recently refurbished beachside Noosa institution. Don’t miss the house smoked trout butter toast, and the steamed golden syrup pudding that will transport you back to your childhood.
Locale Noosa - with its dark and moody interior and open-late bar, this is the perfect grown-up spot to enjoy a long, slow lunch or late-night dinner, with incredible house-made pastas to satisfy your carb cravings and a dessert menu of Italian classics you can enjoy with a glass of wine or a mocktail in the bar after dinner.
Bang Bang - One of Noosa’s hottest new reservations, this transformed space on Hastings Street is teeming with atmosphere and delicious Asian plates. Don’t miss the whole Moreton Bay Bug, or really fill your growing belly with one of their Bang-quets.
Sum Yung Guys - with their new premises in Noosaville in full swing, the menu (thankfully) still includes old favourites like the Mooloolaba Prawn Toast, Crying Tiger Short Rib and their famed Roti. Equally good for lunch and dinner, get in early to nab a coveted reservation.
Ricky’s - A long-time Noosa favourite, Ricky’s is waterfront dining at its best. Arrive via gondola to the private pier and settle in to watch the sun set over Cooroy Mountain with uninterrupted river views with some of the best seafood and local produce in town.