1. Adventure Travel
If your mom is the sort who can’t wait to tackle a new experience, then we’ve got just the thing to get her adrenaline going. Some of these are “push-the-envelope” adventures, while others are just plain fun and outdoorsy.
River Rafting: Hideaways Founder and President Mike Thiel enjoyed an exciting river-rafting journey on the Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River, and he says the trip had a number of happy moms traveling along. Maybe the ladies were so satisfied because the outfitter, Far & Away Adventures, is known for its luxurious style, gourmet meals, and fun and friendly staff. Read Mike’s entire report and see if this adventure might be right for your mom.
Riding, Roping, and Fishing: Release your mom’s inner cowgirl with a Montana ranch getaway that will introduce her to trout fishing, cattle roundups, and a sweet-faced steed named Sundance. She’ll be immersed in the beauty of Big Sky Country while enjoying trail rides, spa treatments, and dining under the stars—and she’ll come home having found her smile (a la Billy Crystal in City Slickers). Hideaways recommends: The Resort at Paws Up, Triple Creek Ranch, and The Ranch at Rock Creek. Read Mike Thiel’s report on his Montana ranch adventures.
Equestrian Fun: If a dog is man’s best friend, then a horse may just be your mom’s best buddy. Treat her to all the horseback riding she wants—English or Western—with an equestrian-focused vacation that will hone her skills in the saddle. Hideaways recommends: Rancho de los Caballeros in Wickenburg, Arizona, for 20,000 acres worth of Western-saddle fun for greenhorns and experienced wranglers alike; and Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic which, in addition to golf, beaches, gourmet dining, and a full spa, has a fabulous Equestrian Center offering lessons in English- or Western-style riding, plus regular polo matches and training in polo techniques.
Water-Based Adventures: Is your mom part fish? Then give her the gift of swimming, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and playing mermaid at a beachfront resort with ocean views and water sports galore. Hideaways recommends: Tamarind Beach Resort & Yacht Club on Canouan Island in The Grenadines, and Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands. Read a Hideaways member’s account of his honeymoon stay at Tamarind Beach Resort.
Extreme Adventure: Give Mom the gift of bragging rights! After all, she may have a few over-the-top travel experiences on her bucket list, and you could be just the person to help her cross one off. Hideaways recommends: Canadian Mountain Holidays, which offers heli-skiing in winter, heli-hiking in summer, and “Bodacious Women-Only Trips”; and Quark Expeditions, offering adventure travel to the Polar Regions that includes hot-air ballooning at the North Pole and camping out under the stars in Antarctica.
2. Nature-Lover Retreats
If your mom is eco-conscious and a fan of the great outdoors, she’ll appreciate the back-to-nature beauty of a lush, secluded hideaway where green initiatives and sustainable tourism are part of the package.
Green and Gorgeous: Lush rain forest and outdoor adventures that focus on leaving nothing but footprints are the order of the day at eco-resorts that put the environment first. Hideaways recommends: Lapa Rios Ecolodge in Costa Rica, with its rich rain forest setting and full schedule of eco-adventures; and Blancaneaux Lodge, where a waterfall hike will leave Mom breathless in a good way.
Private Island Bliss: What could be more relaxing than arriving by boat at a private island retreat where there are no interruptions from television, computers, or cell phones? Hideaways recommends: Guana Island in the British Virgin Islands, where it could be just your mom, a few other savvy guests, and some geckos and ghost crabs. Read all about private-island retreats in “A Slow Boat to Solitude.”
3. Spa-and-Wellness Getaways
Ahhhh, spaaa. It's a classic Mom retreat, and she will thank you with every masterful massage and fantastic facial she receives.
On the High Seas: Hideaways recommends: Luxurious Regent Seven Seas Cruises, which has the distinction of offering Mom the world-famous Canyon Ranch SpaClub® as she sails the globe. She can indulge in therapeutic bodywork, aromatherapy, and an array of signature treatments that will put the “ahhh” back in her life as she cruises from port to port.
Health & Wellness: Hideaways recommends: A high-level spa and wellness experience in the tradition of a European health retreat, like that at Grand Hotel Lienz in southern Austria. The benefits of the hotel's complete Medical Center are at your mother’s fingertips here, including medical check-ups, targeted therapies, and traditional Chinese medicine; and the Leg School and Wellness Center of Italy's Capri Palace, famous for treating celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow (she even has a suite named for her).
City-Center Spa: Hideaways recommends: An urban spa location that offers your mom all the big-city fun of shopping, dining, and sightseeing along with her rejuvenating treatments. Corinthia Hotel London is home to that city's largest spa, a marble-lined enclave bathed in natural light and spread out over four floors. She’ll enjoy the ESPA Life with its vitality pool, glass sauna, spa lounge, and personalized massage and holistic treatments.
4. Beach Bumming
Sometimes all it takes to make Mom happy is a good book, a comfy chaise, and an endless stretch of powder-soft sand. Treat her to a guilt-free, feel-good, beach-slug vacation on one of these paradise Caribbean islands.
Anguilla: With more than 30 white-sand beaches to choose from, your mom will be in beach-bum heaven. Hideaways recommends: Covecastles, with its own gorgeous crescent beach on a deserted stretch of Caribbean waterfront.
The Dominican Republic: Tell mom to bring her sunglasses, because she could be blinded by the dazzling white beaches of this popular water-based vacation destination. Hideaways recommends: Sivory Punta Cana, where your mom can walk for miles on deserted beach in either direction with the sound of the waves to keep her company. Read all about Sivory Punta Cana in “The Dominican Republic’s ‘Other’ Side.”
Grenada: Known as the “Spice Island” for its heady scents of nutmeg and clove coming from roadside trees, Grenada also has about 45 beautiful, often-empty beaches to explore. Hideaways recommends: Spice Island Beach Resort, with its toes-in-the-sand suites that open right onto a stretch of exquisite white sand.
Turks & Caicos: Could there be a more turquoise sea rolling onto a more powder-white beach? Mom will love having a beach-slug holiday here! Hideaways recommends: The Meridian Club, where a two-mile-long talcum-soft beach is just a precursor to the barefoot elegance of the rest of the resort; and Point Grace, overlooking what is continually ranked as one of the world’s ten best beaches. Read Hideaways V.P. Gail Richard’s complete report on the Turks & Caicos.
5. Gardening Delights
If your mom has two green thumbs and a love for all things that grow (except weeds), she'll enjoy traveling to one of these outstanding urban botanical gardens. The bonus for her is that she'll also be able to enjoy each city's great shopping and dining spots—when she isn't stopping to smell the roses.
Jardin Botanique de Montréal: Located in the bustling city of Montréal, this is the largest urban botanical garden in all of Canada. Its 190 acres have themed gardens (Japanese, Chinese, Alpine), ten exhibition greenhouses that are open all year, and a fascinating Insectarium that’s home to more than 160,000 specimens of living and naturalized insects—including an active anthill and honeybee hive! Hideaways recommends: Hotel Gault, for a luxury boutique experience in the heart of Old Montréal.
San Francisco Botanical Garden: This 55-acre urban oasis is located inside San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It showcases more than 5,000 unique varieties of plants from around the world, and houses a series of quiet ponds and winding walking paths. Its annual May plant sale is legendary. Hideaways recommends: The Argonaut, a chic boutique Kimpton hotel with a nautical theme, located at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens: Located ten miles from central London and adjacent to the River Thames, this 300-acre botanical garden is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mom will love the glass conservatory Waterlily House, the expansive Queen’s Garden, and the new Tropical Carnivorous Zone in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Hideaways recommends: The Athenaeum, a Hideaways favorite for its fashionable Mayfair location and home-away-from-home comforts.
Le Jardin des Plantes: Spread along Paris’ delightful Left Bank, this is the largest botanical garden in France, with Mexican and Australian hothouses, a massive rose garden, and the Art Deco-style winter garden housed in a magnificent glasshouse. Hideaways recommends: Hotel Lutetia, a stylish and playful retreat with true Parisian personality and flamboyance.
Treat Mom to her best ever Mother's Day trip now by calling a Hideaways Travel Specialist (800-843-4433). Each expert agent offers exceptional, detailed, and thoughtful travel planning like you'll never get online or when you go it alone.