My husband was just as excited about the babymoon as I was, which was a huge surprise. I thought it would be more of a thing he just ‘went along with’ but then again, I suppose the allure of a weekend spent at a gorgeous hotel, eating our way around Key West, and hanging out by the pool is pretty strong!
What is a babymoon?
It’s less of a celebration of pregnancy, more of a dedicated time for a couple to just spend time together before baby madness sets in. It’s the calm before the storm, the travel before the belly gets too big to get on a plane, the sleep before the midnight cries.
We decided to head to our favourite nearby destination of Key West for our babymoon. Just last year it had been the place we had gone to party, to celebrate birthday’s by hitting all the bars. Now it would be the place we ate dessert and were in bed by 10pm. This was a Key West babymoon!
Obviously at 5 months pregnant, this was the most important part of the babymoon! We stayed at my absolute favourite landmark which I had always been curious about, The Southernmost House Hotel. From the outside it is a well known iconic Key West building, and as a hotel it promised not to disappoint.
The house is beautiful inside and out, and is a chance to experience true Key West historical charm. From the minute you enter via the stone steps, you walk back in time to a glamorous period in Key West history, and leave the fluorescent displays at the nearby tourist shops behind. The reception is a welcoming foyer with a large wooden desk in the corner and inviting leather chairs. Oil paintings hang on every wall, and the pool and sprawling ocean beyond are visible through the windows.
We were hours too early for check-in, but this wasn’t even mentioned by the lovely receptionist. We were checked in, given our key, and headed towards the poolside bar whilst they finished preparing our room.
The courtyard pool area is a continuation of red brick and period glamour. The whole area is beautiful, with the ocean on one side and the beautiful house on the other. The pool bar is actually open to the public, which I didn’t know before, and yet it was very quiet and inviting. The bar tender whipped me up a non-alcoholic frozen mojito and we watched the rolling ocean, already very relaxed.
From the high ceilings, four poster bed, and marble fireplace, our room did not disappoint. The bathroom was incredible, equipped with a 10ft high mirror, incredible power shower, and lounge chair, it even led out onto a balcony with alternative staircase.
We spent the afternoon lounging in the hotel: lying by the pool, watching TV in bed, and playing around taking bump photos by the fireplace. If they had offered room service I might still be there now.
Guest Tip: One of the perks of being so close to the Southermost Point is that it was a great chance to beat the crowds by popping out of the hotel later at night or early morning to capture that iconic snap in front of the point.
Where We Ate
We opted for Martin’s on Duval Street. A glamorous, German-infused martini bar and fine dining restaurant with a trendy dining room and romantic atmosphere. We had baked brie, lamb osso-bucco, shrimp alfredo pasta, and an incredible belgium chocolate mousse afterwards. The waiter even whipped me up a decaf espresso which I am eternally grateful for (damn American coffee). I ate far too much, but it was my babymoon, that was the point.
It was our favourite low key bar for digestifs, the Rum Bar. Uriel had a rum of some sorts, and we sat outside people watching. We always seem to make a stop here on every night out in Key West, whether entertaining guests, on our way out, or on our way home – it’s the perfect stop. We had planned to head down to Virjilios – my favourite locals hangout, but bed called.
Back at the hotel, we sat on the loungers by the ocean for a while and enjoyed a moment of calm, before heading up to bed early.
The Next Morning
The hotel provided the most wonderful breakfast which we ate outside overlooking our new favourite view, without a soul in sight. Crumbling croissants, fresh walnut bread, fresh fruit, strawberry tarts, bagels, and did I mention that view?
We had high expectations for our day, but what with the heat and the relaxed feeling in out bones, we decided to skip the activities we had planned and simply strolled Duval, did a little shopping, and went for a late lunch (yes, more food).
Charlie Mac’s has long been our favourite hangout for their incredible brisket. We ate brisket and wings, and headed back to the hotel to relax for a little bit longer before heading home.
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