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Abbey Alexander

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There’s one time of the year, though really every day of the year, when Moms all over the world should be celebrated. It’s no secret that anyone who’s been through childbirth, or 9 months of pregnancy before that, knows that Mom  is a living, breathing, superhero. She’s always had our backs and now it’s time to pay her back. At the very least, you have to come up with something thoughtful since Mom rarely wants us to go out of our way. But really, we should go the extra mile for Mom everyday, and travel is always a good idea. So, while Mom is healthy as can be, we have the top trips to take with Mom, both near and far, to thank her for all that she does.

 

Paris
Paris is always a good idea– especially for Mother’s Day

 

Mom deserves a next-level getaway, whether you take her  for a vacation full of adventure or a weekend of rest & relaxation. Here are our top six picks for the top trips to take with Mom.

Destination: Paris

Why She’ll Love It

Paris is always a good idea. For the food, the culture, the shopping, the museums, and the luxury hotels. And there’s no better place to repay your Mom for all the shopping sprees she’s given you. If you can score fashion week seats– it’s a Mother’s Day no-brainer. But if not, there’s no shortage of mother-daughter or son traipsing to be done in Paris. For example, the newly-renovated Dior flagship is not to be missed. It’s an immersive high fashion experience, complete with a gallery, three gardens, and two restaurants. And for a ultra-glam dinner with a view of the Eiffel Tower, head to Gigi.

Where to Stay

There’s only one luxury hotel in Paris with direct views of the Seine, and it’s The Cheval Blanc. Blending contemporary and unapologetically opulent design, this property is one of Paris’ true gems. You can read our full review here

Siena
Siena, Italy

The Destination: Siena

Why She’ll Love It

If Paris is where you repay Mom for the shopping, Siena is where you repay her for all those meals she cooked. This city– considered Italy’s hidden gem with a population of 50,000– is a foodie’s heaven. Be sure not to miss Osteria La Sosta Di Violante, a local favorite serving traditional dishes like wild boar ragu.

It’s also a highly walkable city, so you’ll find some of Siena’s best restaurants just by roaming the charming cobblestone streets. And even better, it’s a getaway that won’t break the bank. For example, a $16 Opa Si Pass gives you access to all of the Duomo complex– Siena’s main attraction. Here you can spend Mother’s Day viewing some of history’s most influential artists, from Michaelangelo to Donatello. 

Belmond
Belmond Siena

Where to Stay

Belmond knows a thing or two about luxury hospitality, and their Siena location is no exception. Housed in a secluded, medieval castle, this is a countryside retreat at its finest. Belmond Castello di Casole checks all the boxes, with gorgeous rooms, traditional Tuscan dining, and explicit attention to detail around every corner of the property. There’s also no shortage of ways to spend your Mother’s Day here, with horseback riding, truffle hunting, and events held in the resort’s ancient amphitheater. Oh, and the property is surrounded by 25 acres of organic vineyards, producing private-label wines, olive oil and honey. 

Sedona
Sedona’s iconic Red Rock formations

The Destination: Sedona 

Why She’ll Love It

A tiny town a few hours north of Phoenix, Sedona might bring to mind pink jeeps, long hikes and crackly red mountains. But trust us when we say this sunny spot is not to be overlooked for a perfect Mother’s Day getaway.  Why? It’s one of the world’s twenty certified Dark Sky Communities. This means it’s one of the last places on earth that offers unadulterated stargazing. And no matter how many pictures you’ve seen of the Red Rocks, there’s nothing quite like seeing them in person.

The best way to do a getaway in Sedona is to lean into all its fun, kooky charm. Surprise Mom with a tarot reading at Sedona Crystal Vortex, hop into a pink jeep for a bumpy tour of the Red Rocks, or head down to Oak Creek Canyon for a river-side cup of fresh apple cider. 

Sedona
Ambiente Sedona Villas

Where to Stay

The grandest thing you’ll see in Sedona is the natural scenery. At most resorts here, you’re more likely to find lowkey, charming odes to the landscape than any particularly opulent experiences. It’s a noble mission, but one that’s left a bit of a gap in Sedona’s luxury hospitality scene. Luckily, Ambiente has found a way to combine both of these ethos, creating a luxury resort that honors and protects Sedona’s surroundings. The newly launched concept is called a “landscape hotel”, designed with minimal impact to the environment. Guests choose from 40 individual atriums, perched atop direct views of the striking Red Rock formations. It’s an ultra-private stay, 

Bermuda
Bermuda

The Destination: Bermuda

Why She’ll Love It

Surrounded by turquoise waters and stunning reefs, a vacation to Bermuda is nothing short of magic. When you’re not basking at the beach, take Mom on a stroll through the town of St. George’s, with its charming architecture and walkable streets. If she’s into history, be sure to stop by St. Peter’s Church. Built in 1612, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is the oldest Anglican place of worship outside the British Isles. And when you’re done, order a Bermudian fish sandwich to-go from the unassuming Mama Angies, and head to Drew’s Bay. A best-kept secret among locals, the bay lies on a secluded beach tucked away from tourists.

Bermuda
Loren Hotels Bermuda

Where to Stay

If you’re going to Bermuda, you should go all out. That’s where The Loren Villas comes in. The Loren offers both one-bed and three-bed properties, outfitted with private pools and outdoor entertainment spaces. The Loren is perfect for you and Mom to spread out, relax, and take in the magic of the island. Additionally, the villa’s proximity to beach clubs and best restaurants is unmatched, though we can’t guarantee you’ll want to leave. 

Palm Springs
Palm Springs

The Destination: Palm Springs

Why She’ll Love It

When it comes to Mother’s Day trips, Palm Springs feels like an obvious choice. It’s accessible, glamorous, and practically made for moms in search of a relaxing weekend. And if you can manage to pull yourself away from the resort, Palm Springs is a shopaholic’s heaven. If you can, try scheduling your trip around the Palm Springs Vintage Market. An open-air vintage market that takes place on the first Sunday of every month, it’s retail therapy at its most fun. 

Palm Springs
The Parker Palm Springs

Where to Stay

Your mom deserves to relax, but it shouldn’t have to be boring. She’s hip, she’s fun– she can definitely hang at a resort designed by Jonathan Adler. Not only is The Parker one of Palm Springs’ largest luxury properties, it’s most certainly one of the most unique. With nautical design and bright patterns, the whole interior is a visual invitation to play, pamper, and hit pause on reality. And while the design certainly perks up the ambiance, The Parker’s biggest draw lies in their free-standing wellness emporium, the Palm Springs Yacht Club. It’s the kind of spa that greets guests with a cucumber-infused vodka shot. The party favor is of course followed by a myriad of personalized treatments, tailored to your wellness needs. And if those wellness needs happen to include champagne and chocolate, The Parker is ready to make that happen, too. 

Ireland
Ballyfin in Ireland

The Destination: Ireland

Why She’ll Love It

If you want your mom to feel like the royal that she is, head to Ireland. More specifically, Ireland’s best hotel– Ballyfin. But we’ll get to that later. Here’s what we really love about Ireland, and why Mom will love it too. Unlike many of Europe’s tourist destinations, there’s no need to overload yourself with guided tours and museum days in order to take in all that Ireland has to offer. You’ll find all the history you need on a slow walk through the emerald rolling hills, or while nursing a pint in a 1000-year-old-pub. Basically, you can save room for plenty of rest and relaxation, while still enjoying one of the world’s most beautiful countries. 

Ballyfin
Ballyfin’s historic rooms

Where to Stay

When we say your mom wants a trip to Ireland, what she really wants is a trip to Ballyfin. Set on a 614-acre estate, this 200 year-old Irish country house boasts unapologetic opulence at its best. Everything you could want from a trip to Ireland, you’ll find right on the property. We’re talking ancient forests, walled gardens, medieval towers, horse and carriage rides, and private picnic experiences. Guests here are truly treated like royalty– quite literally. You can even arrange a tour of the Ballyfin costume room, complete with period attire dress-up parties. Because nothing says “mother-daughter-bonding” like a little fashion show. 

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