The best thing you can do for a quarantine-trapped mom for Mother’s Day is to send her on a peaceful getaway after travel restrictions ease up. Whether you want to gift someone struggling in isolation or juggling homeschooling and work, a future hotel escape will give her something to look forward to.
Forbes Travel Guide found spa sanctuaries, golf getaways, epicurean excursions and more to help mom let loose after lockdown. Bonus: These gift cards are all available online, so they are ideal if you need a last-minute present.
Nestled among the vineyards and lavender fields of Provence, this idyllic boutique hotel provides an unforgettable stay. A gift card lets oenophiles taste the village’s own wines or bliss seekers unwind in the sprawling spa and vineyard-fronting whirlpool.
Mom will find much-needed recuperation and rejuvenation at this Arizona mountain oasis. She can visit its Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Sanctuary Spa and use the gift card on everything from acupuncture to Zen shiatsu massage.
This secluded Puerto Rico paradise begs for exploration. Its 483 acres allow mom to bask in its pristine beach, embark on birding tours with a marine biologist or indulge in a massage using local rum at the spa. Get a gift card here.
After being cooped up inside for so long, a journey into the great outdoors is in order. Buy her access to the all-suite, Adirondack-style lodge, where she can hit the lake and go fishing, stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking.
The jaw-dropping Marina Bay views (especially from the alfresco pool surrounded by gardens) undoubtedly will garner attention, but your hard-to-please mother will be more impressed by the superb service at this Five-Star hotel. Buy a gift card and let the staff take care of her for once.
Montage Hotels & Resorts
While the American economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus, the travel industry’s losses far exceed that of any other sector, according to Oxford Economics. To help its employees during the closure of its hotels, Montage is selling certificates, with all money going to a relief fund.
A $500 Montage Cares Certificate entitles you to a one-night stay in a standard king room at any Montage hotel or resort (try the clifftop Montage Laguna Beach) and a $250 Pendry Cares Certificate provides a one-night stay in a standard king room at any Pendry property (like the harbor-front Sagamore Pendry Baltimore).
Pick the gift card package at iconic hotel with the pink façade that best suits your mother: the Waterfront Escape affords two nights in a Beach Club Oceanview Guestroom or Yacht Club Junior Suite, while the Historic Escape puts her in Cloister Grand Estate View or Tower Water View King accommodations for two evenings. Both come with daily breakfast.
After weeks of staring at the same walls, mom can set her sights on Nevis Peak, blue water and endless sky from the pool at this tropical hideaway. When she needs to rest her eyes, she can duck into the Caribbean’s only Miraval Life in Balance Spa. Gift cards are available here.
Every queen should stay in a castle like this majestic former countryside home of Ireland’s Earls of Dunraven. These vouchers will add to the experience with dinner for two in the manor’s Oak Room or an afternoon tea fit for royalty.
If the special lady in your life is a golfer, give her a Pebble Beach Resorts gift card. It can be applied to green fees at the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, lodging, food and drinks and spa treatments. Plus, it’s also valid at nearby sister properties The Inn at Spanish Bay and Casa Palmero.
For the mom who needs to get away from a full and noisy household, try a gift card to this island refuge in the Maldives. She can enjoy peace and quiet while partaking in yoga therapy programs or sunning poolside in a private villa.
Tucked away in rural Northern Virginia, mom will discover the hotel’s destination Five-Star restaurant. Esteemed chef Patrick O’Connell will lead her on a farm-to-table tasting menu adventure. Purchase an Employee Relief Fund Certificate and you also will be giving a gift to the staff members — proceeds help maintaining their health insurance.
When you treat mom to a trip to Montauk’s beloved year-round beach retreat, you also give back to those in need during the pandemic. For every gift card purchased, 25 percent will go to the Food Bank For New York City. The gesture will warm mom’s heart as she swims in the hotel’s ocean-fed seawater pool.