This Mother’s Day, it’s your turn treat mom to the pampering she deserves.
By Sonia Esther Soltani
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa (Courtesy Disney)
Many children would concur with Abraham Lincoln’s famous tribute to his mother, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Of course motherly love and devotion should be celebrated year-round, but having a holiday dedicated to moms helps kids show their gratitude and affection during this special day. And if dads decide to take the family on a vacation for the occasion, mothers will feel even more appreciated!
Velas Resorts, Mexico
Velas Vallarta (Courtesy Grand Velas)
For families looking for beach adventures under the sun, the all-inclusive Velas Resorts are an attractive destination. In May, the different properties are offering Mother’s Day packages and moms can treat themselves guilt-free at the resorts’ spas with a special menu of treatments under the $100 mark. After a day spent swimming with dolphins, scuba diving or exploring the local kid-friendly attractions, families can enjoy evening shows showcasing Mexican music and folkloric arts and crafts. The resorts make sure kids are well looked after with a dedicated Baby Concierge, kids’ club programs and much more.
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Jamaica
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Jamaica (Courtesy Hyatt)
Besides its special discount running through May, the Montego Bay resort features everything a mother in need of unwinding could wish for: all-inclusive accommodation, free airport transfers, a stunning location by the sea, complimentary Pilates and yoga classes and an adult-only pool area. The beachfront spa, stylish restaurants and nightly entertainment complement this Caribbean getaway’s relaxation program. And mothers can relax in the knowledge their little ones are having a blast at the great Kids Club (for children ages four-12).
Hotel del Coronado, San Diego
Hotel del Coronado (Photo: Monica Garske)
For mothers that want to enjoy staying in a home from home, this Southern California resort features Octopus Family Suites comprising a master king bedroom, sitting parlor and a kids’ bedroom displaying an ocean-inspired decor complete with toys, tv and X-Box system. More fun packed options can be found at Kidtopia (for kids ages four to 12) from sandcastle contests to hi-tech entertainment. Moms can share some indulgent spa-time with their teens at the Spa at The Del, which has a dedicated menu (ages 13 to 17) and sporty families can partake in many activities such as surfing, playing volleyball and kayaking. At night, the family-friendly resort invites its guests to enjoy sweet treats by the fire under the stars.
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Hawaii
How do you say “Thank you Mom!” in Hawaiian? “Mahalo Mama!” is what kids can tell their mothers while staying at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, which is offering a special Mother’s Day package, located in idyllic Hawaii. Moms can take advantage of the Makuwahine (“Mothers”) spa menu at Laniwai – A Disney Spa for a session of pampering and relaxation. The kids’ club Aunty’s Beach House (for children ages 3 to 12) offers young ones many workshops and fun activities and the family can make the most of the resort’s fabulous activities including themed pools, swimming with fish in a private snorkeling and lagoons and Hawaiian-style music and dance evening shows.
Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa, Dominican Republic
Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa (Courtesy Dreams Resorts)
Mothers will be spoiled at this luxury Caribbean resort where they can lounge by the poolside, sunbathe on the private beach, play a game of golf, or join one of the excursions to the local attractions. Meanwhile kids are kept entertained at the great Explorer’s Club and Core Zone Teens Club. With a beautiful spa, gourmet restaurants serving up French and Italian cuisines as well as an adult-only eaterie for a more romantic atmosphere, and a casino to tempt Lady Luck, what’s not to like?