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
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
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
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
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?
Sonia Esther Soltani contributed this to MiniTime. She's traveled to over 30 countries and specializes in food, wellbeing and culture.