A south of France road trip holiday whilst pregnant
Taking a holiday whilst pregnant for me was a really positive experience! I decided to head off with my hubby after the 5 month scan as this felt like a key milestone for me in terms of knowing the baby was doing ok. For me personally, it was also a time where I had overcome morning sickness and didn’t yet feel too big or uncomfortable to travel and enjoy some sunshine.
It took us quite some time to plan our one week trip – we wanted to stay within Europe and sought an adventure that would still be relaxing as well as allow us to do some exploring. Our trip to the South of France was hugely successful – we loved the mix of destinations and the fact that there was just the right amount of sight seeing and relaxation . I hope the below itinerary helps as some inspiration for your trip, whether as a babymoon or as a couple!
Day 1 – We flew to Montpellier, arriving around midday. This gave us time to pick up our hire car and get to our hotel. We chose to stay in central Montpellier as we only had that afternoon and evening to explore the city sights. We stayed at the Ibis Styles Montpellier Centre Comedie hotel. This was perfect for our one night stay – it was clean, modern and right in the hub of the city.
The city was really picturesque to walk around and lit by beautiful ornate street lamps at night. We grabbed a quick bite in a creperie for dinner and turned in early as the bump felt pretty tired from the travelling!
Day 2-3 – The next morning we set off after breakfast to our second destination – Provence. On route we stopped at the lovely town of Nimes and had lunch followed by some coffee and pastel coloured macaroons…yum!
In Provence, we stayed at the beautiful Crillion Le Brave hotel – with its pristine views over the French countryside, and quiet, semi-rural setting, we were blown away by this place.
Aside from the impeccable service and stunning views, other highlights included this beautiful pool!
The rooms had relaxed, chic room décor and the on site Bistro 40K restaurant was divine. We ate here in the evening – all the food was sourced from within 40 kilometres from the restaurant. Due to the sourcing, the menu is ever changing based on what’s in season – it was so nice to eat outside overlooking the hills whilst the sunset!
On our final day we took a trip up Mont Ventoux – this is a must do as the scenery was breath taking – there is also a café at the top for any emergency loo visits (I was constantly needing to pee from around four and a half months pregnant until Ethan was born).
Vence, Cannes, Antibes, Nice
Day 4-5 – On the fourth day we headed to our third destination, Vence. On route we stopped for lunch in Cannes – we had obviously heard of the city due to the famous film festival. We were glad that it was just a pit stop however- it was extremely busy with tourists and quite frankly, didn’t have that much to see – we had a swift walk along the promenade and a low key lunch; we were happy to get back into the air conditioned car after a couple of hours!
We chose to stay at the La Vague de Saint Paul hotel in Vence. The location was great as a pivotal point to take some day trips to Vence itself, Antibes and Nice. All three were worth the visit.
Vence is a very pretty small slow-pace town, as you walk through the streets you can smell the potted flowers that adorn the outside of its many cafes and ice cream parlours and see the old fountains and quaint hand painted letter boxes outside many of the stone built houses. There are lots of art shops there too which we enjoyed wandering around between looking at the views from the city walls (enjoying yet another ice cream while doing so!).
Antibes on the other hand is much busier and more touristy – on our visit here we retreated to the (equally busy) beach with it’s pretty overpriced sunbeds. This was our only visit to the beach in the trip though, so it was nice to take a walk on the sand.
Nice was by far our favourite day trip – the walk up the Colline du Chateau was a must do for the iconic views and the secret waterfall at its peak.
Day 6-7 – Our final two nights were spent at La Chevre D’or hotel in Eze. This place is unforgettable and we were so glad to have saved the best until last on our trip.
The hotel is steeped in history and is every bit of luxury you could want. We spent hours on our balcony talking about what our little boy might look like, what his laugh might sound like and how we wanted to raise him. It was so fantastic to have the time together away from the distractions of home in such a beautiful setting.
We spent the day time enjoying the grounds of the hotel and Eze itself – which is a very small medieval town. Our highlights included enjoying the jacuzzi and cocktails & canapes at the bar – both of which are set on the cliff edge with views over the bay of turquoise water which is dotted with yachts from all over the world.
Monte carlo – monaco
For our final night we added a touch of glamour with a private speed boat trip to nearby Monte Carlo, Monaco (the hotel helped us arrange this). The boat driver even stopped at a secluded bay so we could have a swim in the ocean before enjoying some chilled champagne on board (well you’ve got to have champagne in France, right?). We chose to set off in the early evening so we could enjoy the sunset over the coastline as we pulled into Monte Carlo. We ate at a burger bar in the trendy harbour area so we could appreciate the view of the super yachts docked up nearby.
As we travelled home we knew that no holiday would ever be the same again – next time we would be a family, and that would be a whole different type of adventure!
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