Thinking of “surprising” your mother with the same breakfast and bouquet of roses? Or trying to find her yet another purse or lipstick? Don’t settle for the ordinary this Mother’s Day! How about treating her to an experience fit for royalty, like a relaxing yoga retreat in Bali or a champagne brunch in Dubai? Whatever you end up choosing, a trip to one of these five destinations is sure to convey your love and appreciation in a whole new way.
Bali, Indonesia | Yoga Retreat
Gift your mother a truly relaxing experience with a yoga retreat in Bali. The island, with its historical affiliation with the Hindu culture and closeness to nature, has become one of the best destinations in the world for the ultimate yoga experience. Whether you are a newbie or a yoga junkie, there is nothing like a good stretch to reinvigorate the body.
Bali is also renowned for its scenic beaches set against deep blue oceans and the most luscious greenery. The tropical island also boasts a vibrant surf culture, mesmerizing ancient temples and delicious food, such as the authentic Nasi Ayam or Babi Guling (suckling pig). Visit Seminyak if you’re looking for a foodies’ paradise, and travel to Ubud for its stunning rice terraces and artistic museums. If you’re more the adventurous type, visit Nusa Lembongan to walk along the pristine white beaches and to snorkel with amazing marine life.
Learning a few phrases of the local lingo can go a long way. Try ‘selamat pagi’ (good morning), ‘terima kasih’ (thank you).
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Brunch
Enjoy brunch like royalty in Dubai, with only the most delectable dishes and grandest of settings. Treat yourself to silky Eggs Benedict or fluffy pancakes, while enjoying breathtaking views of the cityscape. Renowned establishments such as Karma Kafé and Marina Social boast incredible views, while Kitchen Connection and Yalumba will have you dining and dancing to the beats with a bubbly in hand.
Dubai is the world’s epicentre of lavish and luxurious experiences. The once-deserted region has transformed into a tourist’s paradise, with the best of Arabian culture, incredible beach resorts, iconic skyscrapers and enormous shopping malls. They have evidently spared no expense in creating a city fit for a King or Queen!
Check out the outdoor brunch spots as they usually showcase live grilling stations, a dance floor and a wonderful outdoor backdrop for your travel photos!
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Bangkok, Thailand | Spa Day
With wellness being the cornerstone of culture in Thailand, travellers are in for one of the best massage and spa services. In Bangkok you can experience a range of styles – from the most authentic of experiences at traditional Thai massage places to Japanese Onsens. Visit Away Spa by W Bangkok to indulge in the almost magical touch of the message therapists or, for those who need a moment of tranquility, head to Bangkok Float Centre to rest in perfect silence and isolation. With a myriad of choices available, Bangkok provides the quintessential pampering experience that would have any busy mother asking for more!
The capital of Thailand is best known for its seamless blend of the traditional Thai culture with modern architecture and its mouthwatering food scene. There is something for everyone – from extravagantly detailed temples to vibrant city-markets that sell almost anything imaginable. Bangkok is your one-stop Southeast Asian destination to geek out on culture and history, eat and shop till you drop, and when you ant to party like there’s no tomorrow.
Floating markets are unique to Thailand and are aplenty in Bangkok – but be careful, as some of them are tourist traps. Try the Klong Lad Mayom floating market for an authentic cultural experience.
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Lisbon, Portugal | Wine tasting
Visit Lisbon’s wineries and observe the vinification of port wine – a variety that has brought the state world-wide fame. Its rich red taste with notes of berry and plum is widely popular, and with a visit to the charming Douro Valley you can savour its deliciousness right from its original source. Sip on varieties of Portugal’s finest, whilst overlooking the scenic landscapes of vineyards for an unforgettable Mother’s Day weekend.
In Lisbon, you can experience the European summer at its best! With longer days, you have time aplenty to take in the glory of Renaissance-era Europe with the awe-inspiring architecture of its ancient palaces and churches, with top-notch museums to boot. However, Lisbon is not all about ancient European history – the city is in fact one of the up-and-coming modern city-states of Europe, with trendy neighbourhoods, fashion districts and modern cafes sprouting up almost everywhere.
Set up your tour of Douro Valley to include a one-hour boat trip from Pinhão, a winery tour and a lunch overlooking the vineyards for an experience in indulgence unrivalled.
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Paris, France | Cooking Class
France needs to introduction when it comes to exquisite flavours and incredible cooking techniques. It’s Capital is known as the world’s epicentre for Michelin-star-producing chef schools and courses. Anyone could do with a cooking class in Paris, whether it is to brush up on your kitchen skills or to discover the time-honoured traditions of authentic French cuisine. But, don’t expect to turn into Meryl Streep in Julie and Julia overnight! Try your hand at the difficult puff pastry or learn to cook a three-course-dinner before you start dreaming of staying-put in Paris as a chef!
Often referred to as the City of Light, Paris has created a name for itself when it comes to fashion, film and food. Iconic monuments are aplenty too, from the famed Eiffel Tower to state-of-the-art museums like the Louvre. Combine that with the smell of cheese, croissants and Crêpes Suzettes wafting through the air, and it’s hard not to love this charming metropolitan.
Finding authentic Parisian food can actually be more difficult than you would imagine! But, a simple 10-minute walk away from the tourist spots could do the trick. Sign up for newsletters like My Little Paris or follow local bloggers online to find out where the value-for-money French delicacies can be found.
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