Whether you’re already travelling during Mother’s Day this year or planning next year’s special escape, take note of these unique seven treats to share with the woman who means the world.
1. LEARN THE SECRETS OF FRENCH COOKING FROM A LOCAL CHEF
The French say that there is nothing better than ‘la cuisine’. With classics like coq au vin and family favourites like croque monsieur, they make a strong argument. What better way for Mum to pick up new culinary skills than from a local Parisian chef in the heart of Paris? She’ll learn the tricks of the trade from a master, before creating a local dish to enjoy for lunch (with a well-earned glass of wine!). She may already be the world’s best cook in your eyes, but Mum could return home with a new ‘signature dish’ to add to her dinner party repertoire.
Treat Mum on the: Paris Explorer
2. SIP CHIANTI WINES IN A FAMILY-RUN VINEYARD UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN
It’s hard to picture a more iconic Italian scene than sipping a glass of red wine in a vineyard set against the rolling Tuscan hills. After exploring the historic town of San Gimignano, treat Mum to an authentic Italian wine-tasting and lunch, hosted by a local wine-making family at Fattoria di Petroio. Learn how the wines are made on location and taste a selection of homemade bread, olive oil and famous Chianti wines.
Treat Mum on the: Wonders of Italy
3. SHOP FOR DIAMONDS AT A TRADITIONAL DIAMOND-POLISHING FACTORY IN AMSTERDAM
The ultimate Mother’s Day treat – visiting a diamond polishing factory in Amsterdam, what’s not to love?! Learn about Dutch diamond heritage and the business of diamond cutting from a Local Specialist, before perusing the shimmering displays in the diamond museum. And if you’re feeling extra generous? Gift Mum a giant sparkler to commemorate your trip together.
Treat Mum on the: European Supreme
4. JOIN A PIANIST FOR AN EVENING OF SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY IN THE DEEP SOUTH
A true bucket list experience for any mum that love’s music is a trip to America’s Deep South. The USA’s musical heartland is full of unique experiences to suit all music tastes. Treat your musical mothers to an evening of entertainment and enjoy a selection of classical pieces, played on a Steinway grand piano, in the ornate surroundings of the pianist’s fascinating 1850s home.
Treat Mum on the: Tastes and Sounds of The South
5. EXPERIENCE THE FARM-TO-TABLE DINING CONCEPT IN MONTEREY
Farm-to-table restaurants have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, no less so than in California. Sustainable dining is bang on trend, with greater importance put on restaurants sourcing their ingredients from local producers. Monterey is farm-to-table stronghold; ideally located with its agricultural surroundings, bearing fruits from both land and sea, it is famed for its local produce. Give your foodie mum a Mother’s Day meal made from the freshest local ingredients.
Treat Mum on the: Northern California
6. LEARN THE ART OF TEA PICKING AT A TEA FACTORY IN SRI LANKA
The production of tea is essential to Sri Lanka’s economy, with Ceylon tea being exported worldwide. Teach your mum for Mother’s Day the art of tea picking in the Sri Lankan tea country, Gampola. On a tour of a local tea factory, Mum can learn the skill of ‘plucking’ the tea shoots that produce the world-famous brew and become a tea-tasting expert.
7. RELAX WITH A CHINESE FOOT MASSAGE AT THE BEIJING FOOT REFLEXOLOGY CENTRE
A fabulous Mother’s Day treat. You can’t go wrong with a spa day, upgrade the experience and book a Chinese foot massage in the heart of Beijing! Foot reflexology has been practiced in China since the 4th Century BC, with a belief that all vital points of the body are connected to specific nerves in your feet. Treat Mum’s feet to an expert foot rub, at the Foot Reflexology Centre, giving her the ultimate R&R experience.
Treat Mum on the: Classic China
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