Moms teach us many lessons over the years… But it is the love that they show us that we cherish most. It is this love that we celebrate and try, as best we can, to return each Mother’s Day.
1. Old Edwards Inn and Spa, USA
Slip into a robe at Condé Nast's Top Hotel Spa in North America – the Old Edwards Inn and Spa on the southwest plateau of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Delight in healthy cuisine, fresh juices, smoothies and gourmet teas in The Spa Café and soak up views of the forests, rivers and waterfalls through the spa’s retractable glass walls. Enjoy skin treatments and massages with herbs and botanicals from around the world as well as the inn’s gardens and greenhouses. Try cupping and acupuncture, or special experiences such as the Indonesian bathing ritual, with wild jasmine and frangipani oils, a rice and spice exfoliation and Balinese-inspired rhythmic massage. There is a special “Mother to Be” massage for those in their second or third trimester.
2. Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, Portugal
At Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, on the beach of Praia da Rocha, in the south of Portugal, take in the ocean from poolside recliners or on the beach. Catch up over cocktails at the bar, dinner on the terrace or a massage in the hotel’s L’Occitane Spa, which has options for both private or duo massages and treatments, a sauna, a hammam, a wet relaxation area and a fitness lounge.
3. A Quinta da Auga Hotel & Spa, Spain
A river flows around the estate and between the trees of A Quinta da Auga in Santiago de Compostela in Spain, creating a tranquil escape for quality down time. Retreat to the hotel’s spa for hydrotherapy treatments, massages and therapies that combine the traditions of the East and West. Try a Flotarium-Dead Sea session to experience zero gravity, or the Shi Tou A Quinta da Auga which uses Chinese Medicine’s moxibustion. Relax in the pools, sauna, steam bath, hot tub, Turkish hammam, ice fountain or one of the shower experiences. There are also treatments for mums-to-be.
4. Castel Clara Thalasso & Spa, France
Castel Clara Thalasso & Spa, on the secluded island of Belle-Île-en-Mer, off the coast of Brittany, offers massage treatments as restorative as its coastal views. Look out at Aiguilles de Port-Coton, a series of rocky formations in the middle of the ocean, between visits to the thalassotherapy centre, spa or seawater pool. There is a list of specialised treatments, including one undertaken in hot seawater, circulatory massages, oxygen curative therapy, facials, naturopathy, yoga and hypnosis.
5. Bülow Palais, Germany
In the centre of the Baroque district of Dresden, Germany, Bülow Palais’ Palais Spa & Fitness area lies on the top floor, with cardio equipment, saunas, an ice fountain and treatment rooms – for private or couple’s massages. Enjoy beauty treatments that combine natural exotic products such as avocado, aloe vera, coconut, papaya, plumeria blossoms, melon, jasmine and camphor.
6. Lenkerhof Gourmet Spa Resort, Switzerland
A delight for winter sports enthusiasts, Lenkerhof Gourmet Spa Resort, in a valley in the Bernese Alps and with a panoramic view of Mount Wildstrubel, also has an extensive range of wellness treatments at its 7 Sources Beauty & Spa. Relax in the sauna or with treatments such as the Lenker Stone & Mountain Crystal Massage, using oils, river stones and mountain crystals. The Tibetan Bowl experience sends relaxing waves of vibration and sound through your body, while the Coffee Peeling or Coffee Bath experiences invigorate, using freshly ground coffee.
7. Castello del Sole, Switzerland
Castello del Sole lies in the heart of a park and bird reserve, on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Ticino, ideal for the drawing and watercolours lovers. Harness its sense of well-being in the spa, with its Finnish sauna, steam bath, Kneipp path, solarium, swimming pool, whirlpool, and fitness and exercise room (including a room for Pilates and yoga). Happiness also comes in the form of a hairdresser and beauty and massage treatments, like hot stone therapy and body peelings using products from the Castello’s own vineyard.
8. Château de Feuilles, Seychelles
In the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Seychelles, Château de Feuilles on Praslin Island is set above the fine sandy beach of Anse Marie-Louise. The hotel’s Cinq Mondes Spa features a selection of treatments that draw inspiration from ancestral traditions from around the world. While listening to the waves, enjoy a body scrub with rare spices or a Balinese massage, an Indian head massage with hot sesame oil, or a hot stone chakra massage. Relax in the Jacuzzi or take to the magna pool.
9. 20° Sud Boutique Hôtel, Mauritius
Set in a coconut grove at the water’s edge, in the north of Mauritius, 20°Sud’s spa has double treatment rooms (as well as private ones) so that you and mom can share in the experience together, should you wish. Along with the hammam and whirlpool bath, an array of treatments are available, such as the Oriental foot massage and Mediterranean massage with basil, lemon, mandarin and bergamot essential oils. For something unique, try the Oriental exfoliating mother of pearl powder body scrub or a massage perfumed with jasmine and followed by a flower petal bath.
10. Bettei Senjuan, Japan
The wellness escape of Bettei Senjuan in Japan looks out at Mount Tanigawa, with its snow-capped peaks and cherry blossom trees below. Wake up to forest views through your room’s floor-to-ceiling windows and sink into a natural hot spring bath in your private room or the public bath in front of the Tanigawa River. Treat Mom to spa treatments that incorporate natural snow, spa and river stones from the area or connect over a meal of traditional cuisine.