Want to think outside the typical list of great gifts to give your mom this Mother's Day? Forget the traditional flower bouquet, and treat her to a memorable family trip. From a spa staycation to a stress-free cruise to a relaxing wine weekend, here are the 10 great vacations to spoil mom with this May.
If your mom is an avid spa-goer, pamper her with a trip to the Lone Star State's luxurious Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. After undergoing a $9 million dollar renovation (and upgrading their fitness and spa facilities), the resort offers plenty of opportunities to get a reboot. Start the day off right in the morning with a healthy breakfast before enjoying a yoga session or retreating to the spa for a massage. For added luxury, treat mom to an acupuncture session or a blowout. Afterward, take mom for drinks at the Agave Pool area.
Florence has long lured visitors with its seemingly endless skyline of terracotta roofs, its historic buildings like the Duomo, its enchanting sunsets and, of course, its fashion-forward shops and flourishing art scene. For a stay to remember, retreat to The St. Regis Florence located on the banks of the Arno River near the Ponte Vecchio and top attractions like the Uffizi Gallery. The property features a world-class spa, a well-stocked wine cellar, Michelin-starred dining and first-rate services, including Bentley chauffeurs and customized top attraction tours. If your mom loves history, art, fashion and authentic Italian cuisine, this charming city is not to be missed.
Sonoma Valley, California
For beautiful scenery, incomparable wine varieties and top-tier accommodations, splurge on a trip to Sonoma Valley. With hundreds of wineries to pick from in California's heralded wine region, you'll have no shortage of locations to visit. Buena Vista Winery, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Kamen Estate Wines, Landmark Vineyards and Ram's Gate Winery are a few standouts, but there are plenty of bona fide wineries and up-and-coming tasting rooms to explore. After checking out picturesque vineyards, consider retreating to the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, before heading out to enjoy some of the amazing restaurants in Sonoma. Crowd-pleasing restaurants in the area include El Dorado Kitchen, a bistro kitchen serving American fare and delicious cocktails, and Hana Japanese Restaurant, which dishes out inventive sushi creations. If Pinot and Chardonnay are more your mom's style, head to La Crema where you can indulge in their new Pinot Noir Rose varieties.
With more than 100,000 restaurants and the most Michelin-starred restaurants outside of France, Tokyo is synonymous with delicious food. Whatever you do, don't miss sampling authentic eats at Ramen Street inside the Tokyo Station, and visiting the sprawling Tsujiki Market. For a lavish retreat, stay at the Four Seasons Tokyo Marunouchi, which is located in Tokyo's buzzing business district. Wander through the Harajuku district for amazing shopping, and if your mom is into art, the Yayoi Kusama life exhibit at the National Art Center in Tokyo is worth checking out. When you need a break, stop stop by the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo for an afternoon tea and decadent spa experience.
Imagine a week away with mom spent exploring rich cultural and historical sites, touring iconic mosques and meandering through ornate palaces. A luxury-seeker's paradise, Abu Dhabi offers a wealth of is alluring attractions and experiences, from the Palace Museum to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to the Marine Mall. Plus, the brand-new Marriott al Forsan, Abu Dhabi, a sprawling 400-room property with a spacious, Olympic-size pool, a relaxing hamman and a variety of bars, offers an indulgent retreat with plenty of lavish amenities.
A Cruise to Croatia
A trendy 2017 travel destination, Croatia appeals to travelers of all kinds with its eclectic cuisine, vibrant culture and dramatic coastal scenery. Dubrovnik, Split and the capital city of Zagreb are must-sees. Enjoy the best of the entire Dalmatian Coast on an eight-day Windstar Cruise this August. Aboard the luxury cruise line, you can set sail to three cities in Italy, Montenegro and diverse destinations across Croatia, on an unforgettably sail departing from Venice on Aug. 22. What's more, mom can indulge in top-tier wine varieties and pampering spa treatments.
If your mom is a food and wine lover, take her on the trip of a lifetime to Tuscany, where you can leisurely sip Chianti and incomparable Brunello di Montalcino varieties, as you take in the verdant greenery of the region. The converted castles, weaving past with present, like Il Castelfalfi, an 800-year-old castle-turned-hotel, is a must-see with its excellent wine, authentic pizzeria, lovely spa and one of the most beautiful golf courses in Tuscany. Castello di Casole and Il Borro, which is owned by the Salvatore Ferragamo family, are other converted castles worth exploring.
With iconic museums, architectural gems and legendary attractions (read: the Louvre, Notre Dame, Musee d'Orsay and the Eiffel Tower), the City of Light is perfect for culture vultures of all ages. With the special woman in your life, you can embrace the Paris' lesser-known charms, from leisurely meals at the Ritz Paris to shopping in the Marais to decadent meals and people-watching at The Peninsula Paris' L'Oiseau Blanc, which boasts legendary Eiffel Tower views and top-rate cuisine.
The Riviera Maya, Mexico
If you're itching for a sunny escape, make your way to Mexico's beautiful Riviera Maya. Luxury properties abound, including Rosewood Maykoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya. If your mom loves spa treatments, pamper her with the traditional Mayan bath treatment at Fairmont Mayakoba, which includes a body scrub, a hot bath and a 60-minute massage. Afterward, enjoy beachside lounging or check out El Zócalo, a Mediterranean-style area offering a variety of shops and eateries located in the heart of nearby Playa del Carmen.
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