Swimsuit: Chloe Contrast Bikini Top & Bottoms | Coverup: Brooke Tasseled Swim Coverup | Sandals: Bridge Sandals, more colors here | Hat: Sun Hat, also love this one | Sunnies: Sunglasses | Rob: Swimsuit
Last weekend we spent three amazing days at the Ritz-Carlton at Amelia Island celebrating our baby moon and our three-year wedding anniversary. I’d had a bit of rough week prior to leaving and was so happy to just leave town, sit on the beach and take a much-needed break.
The flight from Chicago was super easy and quick. We landed in Jacksonville and drove a quick 35 minutes to the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island and pretty much didn’t leave again until we had to.
We left Thursday afternoon, so by the time we arrived, it was dinnertime. We sat outside with drinks (mocktails for me) and enjoyed the warm weather and just chatted. We actually started to brainstorm ideas for baby names—which is so hard by the way! We have a short list, but we’re not set on anything yet! We ate dinner in the lobby bar that night which actually has incredible sushi! Don’t worry, I didn’t eat anything raw, just crab and shrimp tempura rolls which were absolutely delicious. Rob’s tuna roll looked amazing and I cannot wait for the real deal again!
On Friday, we slept in which felt amazing. I’ve been getting more and more tired each week and a solid night’s sleep with no alarm or pup to wake us up was pretty magical. We grabbed a quick breakfast since we’d slept so late and then went straight to the beach!
We got lucky and some people were leaving the coveted front row of beach seats and snagged theirs! The sound of the ocean paired with our umbrella and chair set-up was exactly what I needed. I started reading my new book, The French Beauty Solution, and pretty much only put it down when I got hot and popped into the ocean for a dip.
We had lunch on the beach that day, which was yummy and convenient. I ended up getting a virgin strawberry daiquiri too because why not?! It’s vacation! After lunch, we spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach before heading up and getting ready for dinner.
I was super excited for our dinner that night because we had reservations at Salt, which is in the hotel and so beautiful. It overlooks the ocean and the menu was filled with steaks, seafood and other unique dishes. They bring out a salt tasting to go with the bread (hence the name of the restaurant), which was so fun! I had no idea salts could taste so different. We both had amazing salads and steaks and finished our dinner with the cutest dessert. Seriously don’t miss out on the mini soufflé trio—it was so good and neither of us are big dessert people! We lingered and chatted more about baby names while Rob finished his wine and then ventured back to the patio for a night cap.
Surprise, surprise, we slept in late again! Sometimes I feel guilty for sleeping late on vacation, but the whole point of a babymoon is to relax and do what you want, right? That’s what we did! We sat by the pool for a bit in the morning before heading to our spa appointments. As much as I love a good facial or massage, I definitely don’t make it a priority, though I think I might start! I had a organic facial which is totally safe for pregnancy and Rob had a massage. My back had been hurting me, so sitting in that warm bed having a facial done was just what the doctor ordered.
If I wasn’t relaxed enough already, that definitely got me there! That afternoon, we stayed at the spa pool—adults only—had lunch, swam and did more reading. It started raining around 4, which was just as well, we were tired and ready for a little relaxation in our room before dinner.
Before dinner, we grabbed a drink at the bar before venturing out! Amelia Island is small and quaint, but so cute! We had dinner at a sweet little Italian spot in town called Cucina South and then went back to the hotel and sat out on the patio for the rest of the evening.
Sunday was our last day in Amelia Island! My plan was to make Rob get up earlier, but when we woke up it was raining, so we slept late yet again. We ate breakfast at Coast that morning which was delicious and made us regret our quick breakfasts on the previous mornings. By the time we finished, the skies had started clearing up and the rain was gone, so we rushed upstairs and put on our swimsuits for one last stop at the beach! We only had about an hour and a half before we had to go to the airport, but we made it worth it!
First off, if you’re pregnant, make a babymoon a priority! I used to think they sounded cheesy, but hey, it’s the perfect excuse to go on vacation. I got a little sentimental during our trip thinking about how this would be the last time we traveled on our own as a family of two. We’ve been fortunate enough to travel so much together and getting to on one last mini trip was perfect! I know there will be lots of fun family trips in the future and I’m so looking forward to that too! Also, if you do have a family, Amerlia Island would be ideal! It was so family-friendly and the Ritz had a whole program of activities, Ritz Kids, that was basically like summer camp. They’re entertained and you get to relax—win win! We’ll definitely be back in the future!
Do you have any trips planned before summer ends? Where are you going?!
P.S. We made a quick little video of our trip, it’s a short one, but still a fun little memory!
Thanks to the Ritz-Carlton, a brand we love and trust, at Amelia Island for partnering with us on our babymoon–we had so much fun and can’t wait to come back!