‘A mother can take place of all others, but whose place no one else can take’.
Truer words have never been spoken!
UAE Mother’s Day is celebrated every year on 21st March and is just a few days away and if you haven’t already thought of how to express gratitude to the ‘most loved’ yet most taken-for-granted person on earth – here is some help. Mother’s day gifts are passé, and we can’t really cajole her to take a day off to go for a salon-spa routine. Here’s what we suggest:
This year, 21st March, 2019 is a Thursday – perfect to take a holiday and plan a long weekend getaway with your mum OR better still, gift her a “mum-cation” (mum’s vacation) where you send her off with other mum friends! Mother’s Day 2019 is the perfect opportunity to express your love and admiration by gifting a wonderful vacation to your mother whether you tag along (or not)! We have compiled a list of awesome destinations and holidays ideas that you could gift to your mother this year. The places have been selected especially keeping in mind varied interests; from shopping, luxury, relaxation to adventure depending on what your mom’s mood is like!
Hope you have as much fun planning your trip as we’ve had in zeroing in on these destinations for you and your mother.
UAE Mother’s Day: 5 ideas for the best Mother’s Day Vacation!
1. Gift a luxury mum-cation in Johannesburg
Whisk your mom off to a well-deserved luxury holiday to Johannesburg, the South African city that is sparkling, cosmopolitan and affluent. Johannesburg or Jozi or Jo’burg, is the largest city in South Africa and the provincial capital of Gauteng, which by the way is the wealthiest province in South Africa.
It offers its visitors an alluring array of restaurants, world-class shopping centres and stylish designer boutiques – along with fresh and breezy botanical gardens and luscious parks dotted among its modern amenities. Johannesburg and South Africa are among the most rewarding Mothers Day vacation that you can gift to your mother this year.
2. Pamper your mother with a shopping spree in Milan
Remember the time when your mother used to visit countless shops hunting for your favourite clothes? Time to return the favour. Take your mom to the haute couture powerhouse, Milan, where fashion trends jump from the catwalk to clothes rails literally in weeks. Check out the Milan Street that looks like a photo shoot for Italian Vogue, if you don’t believe us! Momma is not into branded stuff or thinks it is a waste of money? Show her the local markets that are literally flooding with awesome, high-quality clothes at a much lesser price tag.
Keep room for funky shopping bags, jewellery, cosmetics and hats which are as sought after as the clothes here! Don’t forget to take her to some of the best restaurants in Milan and treat her to some delicious Italian food and desserts. Milan is the perfect holiday destination for celebrating Mother’s Day 2019 and is certainly among the best mothers day gifts.
3. Bond over delicious food with your mother in India
Mom’s food is the best food. PERIOD. No one can even argue about that. But, even the greatest chef on earth deserves a break and should be taken for a gastronomic journey. The best destination for food you ask? Well, the answer is INDIA. Indian cuisine is known for its large assortment of dishes, with cooking styles that vary from region to region – from stuffed dry fruit paranthas at Delhi, pav bhaji in Mumbai, masala dosas from Karnataka, dal makhni of Punjab, steamed idlis with sambhar in Bengaluru, rogan josh from Kashmir, appam & stew from Kerala, macher jhol from West Bengal to mutton biryani in Hyderabad and much more! You can literally follow trails of mind-blowing food all through the country.
On the way, encourage your mother to sample delicious Indian food and learn a few recipes on the way. Trust us, you will be the biggest beneficiary when you will sample your mother’s version of spicy Indian lentil soup and curries at your home. Exploring India through its food (a key interest area of mothers) is one of the best mother’s day activity ideas we can think of!
4. Indulge in some adventure with your mom in New Zealand
What is life, if not an adventure? If you are done with the typical sightseeing, shopping and relaxation all these years, treat your mommy dearest to an adventure trip where she could skydive, bungee-jump, rock-climb, go on a hike, while savouring the classic scenic beauty of New Zealand. Even if she is not keen on adventure sports, you can opt for scenic hikes and treks, overnight camping, glamping on camper vans, scenic cruises on fjords, wildlife spotting in the Pacific, etc.
If you are wondering about slightly less adventurous things to do on Mother’s day in New Zealand, we recommend you take her on a ride on the world-famous train – TranzAlpine or spend a day cruising in the Milford Sound and the Marlborough Sound. March is autumn in New Zealand, which is not only the most beautiful time to visit this beautiful country but also the quietest time of the year.
5. Gift your mum a relaxing mum-cation in Bali
To say that our mothers are over-worked is an understatement! If it is not the daily routine of feeding her kids, sending them off to school, colleges or offices, keeping up with social contacts, and then cooking again – our moms are also overthinking, over analysing, and over-worrying about something or the other. Such superwomen do deserve special pampering, and what could be better than sending them off to Bali‘s picturesque spas for a relaxing “mumcation” where you could easily craft a full itinerary around day spas for them. An oiled-up acupressure massage, followed by flower petal baths along with manicure and pedicure…sounds like bliss? It surely is!
Mandara Spa, Jamu spa at Alam KulKul Boutique Resort, The Spa at The Legian Bali, Shine Spa for Sheraton are few of the renowned names in Bali. A small tip – they are overbooked for the most part of the year, it would be wise if you could be a little quicker and make reservations right away! A relaxing holiday for your mother in the exotic setting of Bali is the best gift idea for your mother.
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