With Mother’s Day around the corner, many are wondering what would make the perfect present for the amazing women who make daily sacrifices raising nations.
A spa day or the much-expected breakfast in bed, morning gown and pasta necklace will be (somewhat) appreciated, no doubt. But after the trauma of lockdown (read: alcohol ban and homeschooling), why not wow these special women with a Momcation getaway like no other, for sometime later in the year.
A lot of destinations are now open but here are some of our favourite destinations that you can pick from to spoil Mom!
Relax, reconnect and rejuvenate in Mauritius
Not only is Mauritius a mere 4-hour flight away but it’s the perfect destination for a sunny escape from the winter chill. Loved by holidaymakers the world over, Mauritius has the perfect climate and offers a picturesque beach landscape of turquoise waters and blue skies against a tropical backdrop, from which to enjoy lazy days in the sun with a cocktail. For the adventurous Mom, the island has a wide range of activities to enjoy. From hiking, sailing and scuba diving to golf on one of the many world-class courses available on the island. Moms looking for wellness will be energised by a session of yoga at Club Med La Plantation d’Albion, complete with a view of a century old banyan tree in front of the sunset over the ocean.
Eat, pray and explore in Indonesia
Whether one chooses Bintan or Bali, which is aptly known as The Island of the Gods, Indonesia is the go-to Asia sun location for that “Eat, Pray, Love” Momcation. Renowned for amazing beaches, temples, palaces, volcanoes, exotic jungles and archaeology, Indonesia is also loved for its amazing ancient culture, spirituality and warm hospitality. Treat the Mom in your life to an excursion where she can explore the architectural wonder that is the Gate of Heaven at Pura Lempuyang, Bali’s oldest and most highly regarded temple, discover new cuisine or take part in the popular purification and prayer ritual at the Tirta Empul Temple.
Be at one with nature in Seychelles
A 5-hour flight away, Seychelles is ideal for a luxurious break to explore and relax. Boasting some of the world’s famous beaches, Seychelles will take your breath away with its beauty and tourist-friendly tropical climate. For the environmentally-aware Mom, a holiday at the recently launched eco-chic Exclusive Collection Club Med Seychelles will tick all the boxes. Ideally located in a preserved nature reserve on a private island, the resort will treat her to a luxurious Robinson Crusoe experience like no other. Days will be spent hiking through forests and mountains learning about Seychelles fauna and flora or strolling through cocoa nut plantations before settling in for a spa treatment or complimentary glass of champagne back at the resort.
Now, who doesn’t like a spot of shopping? Spoil Mom with a trip that not only has her enjoying all things rest and relaxation but also taking in a spot of much-needed retail therapy. Known for offering luxury brands at great prices, Turkey is also home to Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar which is one of the world’s greatest and most popular shopping outlets. Here she can while away the time browsing through more than 4000 shops offering the best in carpets, exotic ceramics, spices, jewelry and fashion accessories.
Everyone is longing for a break after the last couple of years and there is no time like the present to gift Mom with a sunny break in an exotic location. Giving her a moment to escape the endless chores and school runs – a chance to put her feet up, sip on a cocktail and recharge her batteries before returning to take on her superhero duties again.
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