Are you out of ideas for what to give your mum for Mother’s Day? Do you want to make it extra special for her this year? A holiday might be just what she’s after! Here are some ideas for sending her on a well-deserved break:
Alone Time for Mum
Mums are always doing things for other people and rarely have time for themselves. So why not send mum off this Mother’s Day to have some blissful alone time? Or if she prefers, give her an opportunity to meet new friends and encounter new experiences.
For mothers in need of some fresh air and inner peace, a yoga retreat in Ubud, Bali would be the ideal gift. The Ubud Village Resort & Spa is a top-rated Balinese hotel, situated among serene rice fields and close to the centre of Ubud. It offers daily yoga classes and has an excellent day spa menu, perfect for a mum in need of some pampering and time to herself!
More adventurous, active mothers, who thrive on big city hustle and bustle, will find their heaven in Hong Kong. This busy metropolis has everything in one compact place – great shopping and dining options fringed with quaint fishing villages and beautiful walking trails on nearby Lantau Island.
Don’t forget, Hong Kong is the home of dim sum, with some of the best served at Man Wah in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
A Mother and Daughter Journey
For a mother and daughter pair, consider somewhere new that you will both enjoy, such as Taroko Gorge in Taiwan. This beautiful national park on Taiwan’s east coast is popular with trekkers and nature lovers. Silks Place Taroko is the only resort of its kind in the national park and is surrounded by the beauty of the gorge.
Silks Place Taroko Hotel Pool
From here, there are walking trails to explore or you can easily hire a driver for a full gorge tour together, visiting The Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto and Buluowan recreation area, where you can both learn about the culture and art of the Taiwanese Aborigines.
If shopping is all you are both after, then maybe a trip to Dubai and its many luxury malls will satisfy a mother and daughter’s shared shopaholic ways. This fast growing international city is home to an extended range of luxury brands – leave no handbag unturned or shoes untried!
As luxury is key for this holiday, splurge and stay at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, where its sumptuous Talise Spa can take care of your sore post-shopping feet at the end of the day.
An All-Girls Getaway
Does your mother have a group of friends who are also mums and deserve a restful long weekend together? Arranging an all-girl getaway would be a great gift that the whole crew of mums would appreciate.
A great place to start is the idyllic Malaysian island of Langkawi. Not only is it a world-class beach holiday destination, but being a duty-free island, it’s also a shopper’s paradise.There are plenty of accommodation options here, but with a spa, great pool area and fantastic views, The Andaman at Datai Bay might just be one of the best. Rooms can accommodate up to three adults, so mum can easily spend time with her girlfriends on this trip.
For mums with friends who aren’t all that fussed about going to the beach, a city break with plenty of cafes and shopping destinations could be in order. Bangkok has everything that makes city-loving mums happy: culture, shopping, great cafes and restaurants and stunning rooftop bars.
The exceptional Banyan Tree Bangkok hotel has classically designed rooms with modern touches, not to mention one of the city’s best rooftop bars. After a day of shopping and cafe hopping, the mothers can lounge with a cocktail at the bar and gossip the night away while admiring the views across the whole of Bangkok, a perfect end to any stylish city holiday.
A Trip with the Whole Family
Families who like to travel together will find their adventure on the island of Bohol in the Philippines.
Check out the deliciously named Chocolate Hills, see the cute tarsiers in a protected conservation area in Loboc or fly down a zip line at the nearby Loboc Eco-tourism Adventure Park.
Alternatively, take the family out along the beaches of Panglao Island, where you can dine on both regional and international cuisine. Stay at the Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa where childcare facilities are available so mum can get that much-deserved massage after a fun day out.
For families with older children who enjoy a bit of culture and history, the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta will delight the whole crew. Check in at the Jogjakarta Plaza Hotel, which is designed in traditional Javanese style, then begin your cultural journey with a visit to the 18th centurykraton (Sultan’s palace).
Explore a nearby kampong (village), shop for batik cloth and artworks, taste the fantastic local cuisine and don’t miss the famous Borobudur Temple Compound.