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Just a few months before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Harry and Meghan) were set to receive their royal addition, the couple set off on a babymoon to Morocco. But for the rest of us, who may not have royal coffers, what are the options for an incredibly relaxing and fun—but affordable—babymoon? A few things to keep in mind when choosing a destination are the length of flight (shorter is better), finding a destination that’s all about relaxation (a pampering spa sounds nice) and maybe even a little romance (this could be your last trip together for a while).

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Cabo, Mexico

Grownups can play in Cabo, because it’s incredibly romantic, serene and very picturesque. Mountains meet the ocean with a desert vibe, which means less humidity or worry of mosquitoes. There’s also incredible dining (lots of farm-to-table options), and it’s super low key—exactly what an expecting mama and papa want out of a babymoon. Le Blanc Spa Resort is a beautiful, all-inclusive adults-only hotel super close to Cabo’s arts district with many on-site restaurants, pools, a standard balcony or patio and much more.

San Diego, California

With 70 miles of beautiful beaches, an amazing food scene (check out Crack Shack, Kettner Exchange and Kindred) and year-round summer weather, San Diego is a great babymoon destination. At the Paradise Point Hotel in Mission Bay, expecting parents can stay in the 44-acre California bungalow-style property amidst gardens and lagoons. The hotel’s spa even has the the “Mommy to Be” massage witch aims to eliminate any discomfort from pregnancy. There is also a couple’s massage package to stir up some romance.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Vegas makes a great babymoon destination because it offers a little bit of everything. If you want a beachy getaway, there’s Mandalay Bay Beach, with its 2,700 tons of real sand, 1.6-million-gallon wave pool and a Lazy River. If you want a relaxing retreat, there’s plenty of spas around town that won’t break the bank. Park MGM even offers a Saturday yoga class (bookable through the spa) specializing in holistic healing of body and mind—free for Nevada residents; $20 for hotel guests. If you’re a mom-to-be who wants to escape through some exciting entertainment, Las Vegas is the place for that, too.

Riviera Maya, Mexico

With beautiful weather, affordable hotel rates and easy access from major US cities, Riviera Maya, Mexico is a pretty popular spot for babymoons. With options like all-inclusive services and amenities, expectant parents can have a worry-free getaway. For example, Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya offers beach access and three pools, but also low-key active fun, like a relaxing hike across one of the resort’s four nature trails or exploring a Mayan ruin on the resort’s grounds.

Sedona, Arizona

This destination is an easy drive from both Flagstaff (40 minutes) and Phoenix (2 hours). Babymooning couples will love Sedona for its beautiful red rocks, tranquil spas and plethora of outdoor activities for nature lovers. One of the best places to stay is Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, an affordable boutique hotel that feels like an Andalusian oasis. The hotel grounds are so relaxing you may never want to leave but if you do, the property is walking distance to some of the best restaurants and shopping in town. The hotel’s spa offers a rejuvenating prenatal massage customized to mother’s needs.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs boasts nearly 50 natural hot spring mineral pools located in Hot Springs National Park, just a short one-hour drive from Little Rock. Once you’ve had a chance to relax, babymooners can explore the tranquil and beautiful Garvan Woodland Gardens which unfold along more than four miles of wooded shoreline. Stay at Best Court, which has in-room balconies, perfect for a romantic sunset cuddle.

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah has something for everyone. The entire Historic District is about 2 miles wide and very walkable (i.e. flat). Most landmarks are concentrated in one area, which is nice for pregnant women who aren’t able to walk long distances but still want to sight see, though trolleys and pedicabs are also readily available. Tybee Beach is nearby (15-20 minutes by car), and quieter, more secluded beaches are also in close proximity. But of course, Savannah is known for its incredible food, so come hungry! It’s also a famously haunted city, so don’t miss a ghost tour. Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah Downtown/Historic District is a great affordable option with a prime location, outdoor pool and daily breakfast buffet included.

Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

For those in the mood for a city getaway without spending a ton of money, Dallas-Fort Worth combines a metropolitan atmosphere with a dose of laid-back, cowboy spirit. Fort Worth boasts activities like discovering art in the Cultural District, viewing the twice-daily cattle drive—the only one of its kind in the world—in the Stockyards, and hanging at the world’s largest honky tonk at Billy Bob’s Texas. There is an eclectic mix of cuisines to satisfy any craving along Fort Worth’s Restaurant Row at Magnolia Ave, from BBQ at Heim BBQ and Japanese at Shinjuku Station to artisan ice cream at MELT. Most hotels in the city start at under $200/night, like the Omni Fort Worth. Meanwhile, downtown Dallas touts gorgeous hotels like The Joule and The Adolphus, with world-class spas that offer a wide range of prenatal body treatments, massage, and advanced skincare. The Adolphus was specifically chosen by Buckingham Palace to host The Queen and Prince Philip back in 1991, and the hotel still serves a fantastic afternoon tea today.

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Palm Springs, California

With sun-kissed weather almost year-round, Palm Springs offers the perfect rejuvenating escape for parents-to-be. Expecting couples can visit the Palm Springs Art Museum or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in nearby Indian Wells, soak in natural hot springs at the day spas in Desert Hot Springs, or visit Joshua Tree National Park for scenic views. Holiday House is quiet, charming and walkable to downtown (perfect for expectant mothers). A solid budget option is the Caliente Tropics Resort—we love its retro vibe.

Shoreditch, London

Celebrate your babymoon in the artsy London neighborhood of Shoreditch. The Curtain Hotel & Members Club has beautiful suites with steam showers, as well as the London outpost of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster, an underground club named LP, a members-only private screening room, and a pop-up tattoo studio to kick off parenthood with a bang. Squeeze wellness into your babymoon with a treatment at the underground spa, take a spin on the in-room Peloton bike and eat healthy at LIDO, the Moroccan-inspired rooftop restaurant and pool.

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Riu Cancun All Inclusive

Stay at the Riu Cancun All Inclusive, a luxurous and budget-friendly resort.

By Nina Gass

When planning a cheap Mexico vacation for our family, I often find that packages provide the greatest value. For the beach vacations we love –how could you go wrong with a Cancun vacation–we opt for a flight plus hotel package that mmight also include excursions or tours.

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If a cheap Mexico vacation is on your holiday wish list, maybe this is the year all your wishes will come true. With travel deals of up to 50% off on select Mexico all-inclusive hotels, a sunny getaway is more affordable than you think. All-inclusive resorts offer the ultimate relaxation, with food and drinks paid in advance and all the services and amenities you could
want. These featured deals could have you relaxing on the beach in no time:

Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa All Inclusive: Save 50% on your Mexico vacation when you book by January 31 for travel through February 7. Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort is on the Riviera Maya just south of Cancun, an area known for it’s white sand beaches and clear Caribbean waters. Dreams Puerto Aventuras features seven restaurants plus two swim-up bars, two pools including a separate adults-only pool and live nightly entertainment. The resort has a spa for adults and its Explorers’ Club offers supervised activities for kids.

Crowne Plaza Los Cabos Grand Faro All Inclusive: If you prefer your Mexico vacation on the Pacific coast, you may want to try the Crowne Plaza Los Cabos Grand Faro. This all-inclusive resort in quaint San Jose del Cabo if offering more than 30% off when you travel by February 25, 2009. The Crowne Plaza Los Cabos has five restaurants and a sushi bar, spa services, and plenty activities. Guests rate this hotel a 4.4 out of 5, giving it high marks for its quality food and helpful staff.

Make a New Year’s resolution to relax and save money — with a cheap Mexico vacation.

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The holiday travel season is fast approaching, and if you’re planning to head out of town for Thanksgiving or take a Christmas vacation, take note: CheapTickets has identified the top 10 holiday travel destinations for 2008.

The list includes a mix of big cities and beach vacation destinations, with Florida and Mexico cities grabbing the most spots. According to CheapTickets’ data, Las Vegas hotels are the most popular for holiday travel, while travelers also have booked plenty of rooms in New York hotels and Cancun hotels.

Travel deal alert: Average rates are less than $100 at Las Vegas hotels, Orlando hotels and Fort Lauderdale hotels.

Check out these popular travel spots and average daily hotel rates.

CheapTickets’ 10 Most Popular Holiday Getaways
1. Las Vegas / $97.74 6. Riviera Maya, Mexico / $284.21
2. New York City / $273.95 7. Miami, Fla. / $134.49
3. Cancun, Mexico / $194.62 8. Chicago, Ill. / $135.52
4. Orlando, Fla. / $83.80 9. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / $87.02
5. Oahu, Hi. / $151.08 10. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico / $155.18

The data is based on the average price for all hotel bookings on CheapTickets compared to the listed destinations for arrivals November 24 – December 31, 2008.

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By Heather Leisman

This week’s Deal of the Day is in Playa Del Carmen, a popular travel destination along Mexico’s Riviera Maya south of Cancun.

One of the Playa Del Carmen hotels we’re highlighting is the three-star Magic Express Hotel. Right now the hotel is offering 25% off its regular rates. I found discounted rates of just $50 a night October 1-3.

Plus, with the CheapTickets Fall Beach Sale, you can save an extra $100 off flight + hotel vacation packages of four nights or more. Just book your vacation by November 23, 2008 and travel through March 31, 2009.

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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising at CheapTickets.

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Finding cheap hotels just got easier. CheapTickets has identified ten beach vacation destinations where you can get great rates on hotels this fall.

CheapTickets’ Fall 2008 Off-Season Deals include top vacation spots in Florida, Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean . You could take the family to Orlando, explore historic downtown Puerto Rico or enjoy the beautiful beaches and lush landscape of Maui. So if the fall chill starts to make you miss summer weather, just check out the low rates at hotels in these hot spots.

The top ten off-season destinations and average daily hotel rates in the table below are based on hotel bookings on CheapTickets for travel from August 18 through December 17, 2008.

Top Fall 2008 Off-Season Travel Destinations
1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / $77.91 6. Riviera Maya, Mexico / $219.25
2. Miami, Fla. / $110.10 7. Maui, Hi / $177.46
3. Puerto Rico / $143.27 8. San Diego, Calif. / $111.32
4. Cancun, Mexico / $166.13 9. Jamaica / $172.44
5. Orlando, Fla. / $69.03 10. Oahu, Hawaii / $129.10

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