With all that moms do for us, it can be hard to find a gift that adequately expresses our gratitude. Instead of generic gifts like flowers and chocolate, experiential gifts are a more thoughtful gesture. Whether mom is burnt out and in need of a break from the family or retired and ready to travel, the gift of a vacation is one that keeps giving years after memories are made on her trip. The below list offers something for whatever mom is seeking—from elephant encounters in Thailand to truffle-hunting in Tuscany to forest bathing in the California Redwoods.

For the beach-lover: Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico

With the crowds of winter dissipating come Spring, Mother’s Day is the ideal time for a quick beach getaway. Upon arriving at this lush 620-acre resort where many of the rooms are accessed by taking a boat through winding mangrove-sheltered canals, it becomes apparent this is not your typical Mexican beach resort. All 129 suites feature oversized terraces, soothing earth materials and furnishings by Mexican artisans, creating a sense of calm. Moms will want to linger at Sense, A Rosewood Spa, which has its own hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and hot-cold pool circuit, in addition to offering unique wellness experiences like a shaman-led ceremony in the temezcal (sweat lodge) and treatments inspired by the rituals of the ancient Aztecs. With eight dining concepts—each reflecting the cuisine of a different region of Mexico—and plenty of activities offered by Mayakoba—the gated community in which the Rosewood is set, like golfing, diving and hiking—mom could easily spend a week here and never get bored.

In a country where it can be hard to ethically participate in elephant tourism, moms can rest easy knowing this elephant camp supports the rehabilitation of their 20 onsite elephants. Located on the lush Mekong River at the intersection of Myanmar and Laos, an hour north of Chiang Rai, mom could easily fill her days taking in the views of the lush valley from the pool or her own balcony in one of the property’s spacious 15 suites. But with sidecar adventures, cooking classes, a jungle spa and the opportunity to sleep amidst the elephants in a luxury pod, it’ll be hard to resist partaking in all this resort has to offer.

For the five-star adventurer: Micato Safari, India

As the most populated country in the world, planning a trip to India can be a daunting task, even to the most well-travelled mom. Five-star safari outfitter Micato makes it easy with expertly crafted itineraries, a 24-hour concierge team and Indian born-and-raised travel directors who accompany guests through the entirety of their trip. From palace-hopping in Jaipur and Udaipur to witnessing royal Bengal tigers up close in Ranthambore National Park to sunset boat rides on the Ganges in Varanasi, Micato can curate a journey around whatever mom wants to see. While better known for their Africa safaris, Micato’s India safaris are their pride and joy, since the founding family lived in Goa before moving to Kenya. Their Indian ancestral roots result in bespoke itineraries that offer the chance to stay in the country’s most luxurious hotels and see a side of India inaccessible to most visitors.

For the Pacific Northwest explorer: Lotte Hotel Seattle, Washington, USA

Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, walking distance from Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market, this is the ideal hotel for a Mother’s Day spent exploring the Emerald City. Occupying 16 floors of the 44-floor F5 tower, the Philippe Starck-designed hotel offers some of the most luxurious accommodations in the city. The hotel’s 189 guest rooms and 32 suites provide sweeping views of Elliott Bay from floor-to-ceiling windows, which make the rooms feel while more spacious than they already are. Mom will feel like a queen in her marble bathroom, but guest room’s mid-century modern furniture adds some personality to the high-end luxury feel. On the 16th floor, the hotel’s signature Charlotte restaurant serves up contemporary Pacific Northwest cuisine with impressive ocean views. For the special holiday, Le Spa de l’hôtel LOTTE adds a mother’s day package to their existing selection of treatments using Biologique Recherche and Bellefontaine products. She’ll want to linger to utilize the sauna, steam room and 16-head walk-in shower.

Set high in the lush hillside of the Son Tra Peninsula nature reserve, a 30-minute drive from Da Nang airport, this other-worldly resort is one of the country’s hottest destinations for a relaxing getaway. Designed by coveted American designer Bill Bensley, the black and white color palette evokes the Chinese philosophy of yin and yang, while soaring wooden pillars and silhouettes harken to ancient temple architecture, imbuing the entire property with a sense of tranquility. Moms seeking a Zen retreat will want to book a one-bedroom spa lagoon villa. Floating on stilts above the peaceful spa lagoon, the secluded villa has its own treatment room, al fresco shower garden, two outdoor terraces, a private jacuzzi and one-of-a-kind bathtub, plus a personal butler and private chef to prepare meals in the fully equipped kitchen. For moms who like to keep busy, there are no shortage of activities on offer: from cocktail making classes to the entertainment club’s karaoke rooms to the 100-seat, banana-themed movie theatre.

As the country’s sixth largest city, Fukuoka has all the appeals of Tokyo—with its diversity of restaurants and shops—without the crowds. Rising 24 stories high above the growing skyline is the Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka, what is arguably the city’s most luxurious hotel. Decorated with woven bamboo and Hakata-ori silks, the hotel’s 147 rooms and 20 suites are a tranquil reprieve from the bustling streets below, and beginning at 538-square-feet in size, they’re some of the most spacious in the city. While Fukuoka is known as the birthplace of Tonkotsu ramen and famed for their street food stalls (known as ‘yatais’), foodies will be just as happy dining at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Genyu, which honors Japanese culinary traditions like kaiseki, sushi and teppanyaki serving Wagyu beef from Iki Island and seafood from the Genkai Sea. At the Ritz-Carlton Spa, moms can treat themselves to unique Japanese treatments like a massage that incorporates rice-filled heated pillows and local ingredients like Ume blossoms.

With the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympics, Mother’s Day is likely the last chance to experience Paris without the crowds. For mom’s seeking a quiet reprieve, the Mandarin Oriental, Paris offers a distinct kind of tranquility that only this luxury Asian hotel brand can provide. With silk bedspreads, soft rugs and pillow menus, the hotel’s 135 rooms and suites are a comfortable place to rest up after a busy day exploring the city. Mom will especially appreciate the Asian-influence at the spa, where treatments borrow from Traditional Chinese Medicine (think: massages that involve four therapists and work with the body’s meridian lines to restore energy). Foodies will want to take the hotel’s pastry- and cocktail-making classes, or join a complimentary tour of Marché St Honoré Food Market.

For the Gilmore Girls fan: Delamar West Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Fans of Gilmore Girls will want to plan a Mother’s Day getaway to this boutique hotel in Hartford, Connecticut, where the feel-good show is said to be based. Guests who book their Gilmore Girls-Inspired Package can relive the seminal show about mother-daughter relationships with special access to the art gallery at Rory’s alma matter, Yale University, or a visit to the Sterling Library. Richard Gilmore’s adoration for vintage cars and the annual Stars Hollow charity picnic basket auction are honored here with a chauffeured ride in the hotel’s 1941 Cadillac to your own private picnic curated by the hotel’s chefs in true chef Sookie-style. Sookie’s imaginative culinary wizardy is also celebrated back at the hotel’s Artisan Restaurant with a pre-fixe “Sookie” menu serving New England-inspired dishes and an afternoon tea Emily Gilmore would approve of. In addition to accommodations, the package includes a 60-minute couples massage, arrival bottle of bubbly and complimentary buffet breakfast.

You might not expect a manufacturing company to host the ideal mother’s day getaway but with 150 years of experience in plumbing, Kohler is an expert in designing for relaxation. What once were the dorms of Kohler manufacturing workers are now intimate, mahogany-rich rooms with bespoke bathroom features like chromatherapy (color light therapy) and infinity pool bathtubs. The real showcase of their manufacturing innovation is Kohler Waters Spa, which boasts hydrotherapy treatments unlike any you’ll find elsewhere in the country (think: an acoustic bath that synchronizes vibrations with the rhythms of the body). But it’s not all water wellness here, the 500-acre resort is home to two champion golf courses; river and forest terrain for hiking, fishing and hunting; as well as a spin and yoga studio, largely frequented by locals—making this the ideal Spring getaway for some R&R.

Holborn isn’t the first neighborhood to come to mind for a mother’s day getaway, but the Rosewood London—with its private courtyard giving the feel of a mini-Somerset House—is a destination in and of itself. With original Edwardian details, an impressive Grand Pavonazzo marble staircase and 262 chic guest rooms, this five-star hotel set in a Belle Époque building will make mom feel like royalty. For an extra-luxe stay, consider booking one of 44 suites or the Manor House Wing, the five-bedroom suite that is so large it has its own postal code. Downstairs, mom can treat herself to a spa treatment at Sense, A Rosewood Spa, an inventive cocktail at the coveted Scarfes Bar, or an art-themed afternoon tea, which features picturesque pastries inspired by the works of famous artists.

If mom’s ideal Mother’s Day looks like experiencing top-notch fitness classes and the latest wellness treatments, then she’s sure to be impressed with a stay here. Referring to themselves as the “fittest hotel on Earth,” everything here is meant to optimize your health—from the in-room wellness amenities featuring over 80 products (think: nourishing snacks, supplements and recovery tools) to morning and evening rituals that guide guests through stretching and breathwork. With soundproof rooms, blackout blinds and king-sized beds with temperature-regulating natural fibers and for those who need it, an Equinox Sleep Coach, a stay here will leave mom totally rejuvenated. Further restoration is found at the spa which offers innovative circuit treatments featuring the latest wellness therapies like cryotherapy, infrared saunas and NutriDrip IV drips. No visit to a hotel from a fitness brand would be complete without experiencing the fitness club, which she’ll have access to with her stay. In addition to the state-of-the-art fitness center, she can try out one of their classes, the 25-yard indoor saltwater pool or simply relax on a daybed on the outdoor pool deck overlooking the Hudson Yards’ Vessel.

For the foodie: Castelfalfi, Tuscany, Italy

With summer being Tuscany’s busiest season, Mother’s Day is the best time to beat the rush. This 2,700-acre estate set in the rolling hills of Tuscany an hour outside Florence includes its own restored Medieval village (complete with a church and castle) that, on a quiet day, feels like a journey back in time. Olive groves, vineyards, a lake and forest surround the village, providing fertile ground for mom to experience the best culinary experiences Tuscany has to offer—from pizza-making workshops to truffle-hunting to tasting the homegrown olive oil and wine. When she’s not savoring and sipping, or partaking in one of the estate’s many activities—like horseback riding, ziplining in the adventure park or golfing the 27-hole golf course, the largest in Tuscany—she’ll be in the RAKxa spa. Here she’ll find an indoor-outdoor pool, experiential showers, several saunas and treatments featuring Thai modalities from renowned Thai wellness brand RAKxa and essential oils from the Tuscan countryside.

After receiving a makeover from Montreal architecture firm Sid Lee, Montreal’s iconic Vogue Hotel has been transformed from tired to chic. In a city known for its eclectic Quebecois culture, the Eastern influence here makes this Zen hotel a standout, with its muted color palette and minimalist décor exuding a kind of quiet luxury that’s hard to find elsewhere in the city. At the hotel’s signature restaurant Yama, mom can savor creative dishes inspired by Canadian celebrity chef Antonio Park’s South American, Canadian and Korean upbringing, and in the morning, she can enjoy authentic French pastries chef Park has made in collaboration with acclaimed pastry chef Bertrand Bazin at Café Bazin. Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, mom will be steps away from historical cathedrals and museums, as well as the most luxurious retailers such as Gucci, Prada and Holt Renfrew (which is directly across the street). While the hotel doesn’t have an onsite spa, they’ve paired up with Bota Bota Spa Sur L’Eau for a Mother’s Day package including a 3-hour water circuit experience on the St. Lawrence River.

Upon entering the lobby from Fifth Avenue, mom will immediately be wowed by this hotel’s grand entrance with its opulent staircase, flower arrangements and sparkling chandeliers. Head upstairs and she’ll be even more impressed with the accommodations—the 239 apartment-styled rooms and suites are spacious by New York standards. With king-sized beds fitted with Fili D’Oro linens from Italy and the hotel’s Wellness Program offering sleep patches and peaceful bath rituals, she’ll rest well in the city that never sleeps. She also has a 24-hour wellness concierge and in-room mental health services like access to a meditation app. Downstairs, mom can enjoy a semi-buffet brunch and champagne bar after a bouquet-making workshop with the hotel’s Champagne Brunch & Floral Experience on Mother’s Day. The package also includes a $30 gift certificate to The Peninsula Spa, where mom can experience one of their popular Biologique Recherche facials, the aromatherapy steam room or take a dip in the indoor pool.

While there are no shortage of wellness retreats across the United States, Canyon Ranch consistently remains a favorite for their unique programming and superb service. Their California property, located less than an hour outside San Francisco, is a standout for its location in the Redwoods. Rooms here look like soaring glass treehouses set high in the canopy. Nature lovers can get their fix forest bathing and hiking the many trails on property, or simply lounging on their own private balcony. Immersion in nature is the theme here as local ingredients appear in the spa and at the restaurant, which serves a daily set menu of local, vegetable-forward cuisine. Mom can take her pick of a specific expert-led retreat (think: ‘Find Your Purpose’ and ‘Journey to Empowerment’) or craft her own customized itinerary ahead of her trip with the support of Canyon Ranch’s on-staff wellness guides.

With summer being Canada’s high season, Spring is the perfect time to visit the country’s largest city. With so many neighborhoods to explore, the Shangri-La, Toronto is ideally situated in the heart of downtown, steps away from public transit. Located in the Entertainment District, mom will be close to some of the city’s best restaurants and theatre performances. The five-star hotel’s 202 spacious rooms feature wrap-around windows and Zen décor, providing a quiet reprieve from the bustling streets below. For further R&R, mom can take her pick of five ethically sourced soaks and bath bombs from the ensuite bath menu created in partnership with local bath brand Bathorium, the first hotel offering of its kind in the country. Downstairs, a Spring afternoon tea is served in the lobby lounge, one of the city’s hottest meeting spots. Inspired by the hotel’s bee apiary, the afternoon tea service is a celebration of the golden nectar harvested onsite with artful treats like beehive honey cake topped with apple compote and dulce whip ganache. Pair the afternoon tea with the hotel’s special Mother’s Day buffet brunch for the complete experience.

Home to the largest spa in Lake Como, the Grand Hotel Victoria is the ideal getaway for mom’s seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. The 12,800-square-foot spa boasts a Himalayan salt room, ice room, two wood saunas, and a series of experiential showers, jacuzzis and pools for a complete hydrotherapy circuit. The abundant natural beauty of Lake Como serves as the inspiration for both the facilities—like a silent relaxation room featuring a wall made of nutrient-rich moss—and the treatments, which incorporate local ingredients. Upstairs, the five-star hotel exudes all of its original Belle Époque grandeur with soaring ceilings, ornate columns and sparkling chandeliers. Set overlooking sparkling Lake Como against the backdrop of the majestic mountains, the Grand Hotel Victoria is a hidden gem in the quiet Northern town of Menaggio, away from the crowds of the busier towns on the lake’s southern edge.


published 2024-04-26 06:54:50