You know it’s your third baby when the babymoon is left to the final countdown. Hello, it’s me, touching down in Miami at eight months pregnant. Between holiday celebrations and everyday busy schedules, it was last minute or nothing. Even with the discomfort of third trimester quirks (carpal tunnel, anyone?), I’m so glad we made it happen.
Where We Stayed
Here’s a peek into my thought process in choosing a destination: As tropical as possible without actually having to break out the passports. Miami is just a two-hour flight away and checked all the boxes for an idyllic getaway before returning to newborn life.
The oceanfront Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club in Surfside has been a longtime fixture on my hotel bucket list. When I started planning for this trip the Four Seasons popped up with tons of five-star reviews. Now I can personally report back that it is easily one of the most spectacular places we’ve ever stayed. The iconic structure of the 1930’s main building is still the heart of the property, and I love how historic architecture mixes with modern dÃ©cor in the newly constructed guest rooms.
Every detail of our suite was thoughtful. Turn down service, reading lights built into the beds, motorized window treatments, high-end toiletries, an oversized bathtub, on-demand entertainment via iPad and a premium Wi-Fi situation.
But the highlight of the Four Seasons experience was sipping fresh-pressed juice on a private beach surrounded by luxurious gardens. No crowds, no seaweed, just wonderfully attentive staff, pristine white sand and turquoise water.
What We Ate
For breakfast al fresco on the terrace, my go-to was oatmeal and perfect avocado toast that I need to crack the code on to make at home.
Honestly, we could’ve just eaten every meal at the resort. The food and service were the best we had on the trip. Our favorite bites were the fish tacos, burgers and nachos from Winston’s on the Beach. Also huge fans of cocktails at the Champagne Bar, chased by oysters and the truffle pizza from Lido Restaurant.
We did make a 7 p.m. dinner reservation for Joe’s Stone Crab, a top Miami recommendation, but were not even seated until 8:30 p.m. It was total madness for starving tourists, and I tried to convince Zach to jump ship and head for the nearest Wendy’s. If you do brave the ridiculous lines, my advice is to pack a Xanax, a peanut butter sandwich and a cash bribe for the maÃ®tre d’. (Their key lime pie, however, was delicious).
Other restaurant suggestions from locals were Carpaccio, Carbone, Papi Steak, Komodo, Versailles, Mercato Della Pescheria, Sergio’s, Yardbird, Smith & Wollensky, CafÃ© Prima Pasta and Milos.
What We Did
Our plans obviously included doing a whole lot of nothing by the pool. We enjoyed both the family pool (which got better sun) and the quiet, adults-only pool. The Four Seasons let us use a cabana to change the day we got there and the day we left, so I highly recommend booking an early flight in and a late flight out to make the most of your stay.
The spa was INCREDIBLE. I got the Mom-To-Be Ritual massage, and they had a specially designed prenatal pillow with a cutout for your belly so you can safely lay face down. Truly, a pregnant woman’s dream come true. The luxury amenities featured steam, sauna, showers and locker rooms with everything you could possibly need to rejuvenate.
Since the resort offers bike rentals, we took advantage and headed out for a three-mile round trip from the Four Seasons to the Bal Harbour pier â€“ literally one end of the beach to the other. It’s an easy ride with scenic ocean and nature views along the trail.
We spent one afternoon exploring the famous open-air Bal Harbour Shops. It was the largest collection of boutiques and dining I’ve seen, all in a beautiful tropical garden setting.
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What I Packed
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That recaps our babymoon! If you have any Miami recommendations, let us know in the comments.