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Seven sensational Mother’s Day ideas

Haven't yet thought about how to treat the matriarch of your family? Here are our ideas for Mums, from pampering to pop-ups

Ross is a food and travel writer and editor, and contributes articles for luxury brands including British Airways, Emirates, and Mandarin Oriental.


Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. Fast-forward approximately 2,500 years, and Mother’s Day then appeared – briefly – at the end of the 19th century as an anti-war statement. It was first celebrated in its modern form in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in West Virginia. Now, Mother’s Day is observed around with the world, with many countries celebrating in May…

The gift of… a luxurious Christian Louboutin manicure, plus matching cocktail

Where? Mandarin Oriental, Paris

After the French fashion designer famous for his signature shiny, red-lacquered soles, branched out into nail lacquer, the first Christian Louboutin nail bar opened its doors inside Mandarin Oriental, Paris last December. This summer, the hugely successful pop-up returns from the 18 June to 7 July, with three new neon varnishes, which will have nails popping day and night. Plus, there are three new cocktails designed to match the new nail polishes, created by the legendary bartenders at Bar 8. or +33 (0)1 70 98 73 35.

The gift of…. a ticket to one Shanghai’s hottest pop-up foodie events

Where? Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai

After perfecting his trade at some of the world’s best restaurants – including Spain’s three-Michelin-star El Bulli, and New York’s two-Michelin-star Daniel – Canadian chef Kevin Cherkas is currently one of the hottest names in Bali. On 8 and 9 June, his award-winning Indonesian restaurant, Cuca, will be heading to Shanghai to orchestrate a foodie festival, ‘Swig & Nibble’ at Qi Bar. For three hours each evening, delicious savoury and sweet canapés will be served nonstop along with meticulously paired wines, intermittently poured at designated stations. or +86 21 20829958.

The gift of… a personalised in-suite shopper

Where? Mandarin Oriental, Miami

What if your mum didn’t have time to pack for her trip? With just a few phone calls prior to arrival, a personal shopper will have created a bespoke summer wardrobe that’s waiting in her suite. Mandarin Oriental, Miami has teamed up with the local Saks Fifth Avenue boutique to let guests stay in style with their summertime and shopping package. Once suitably attired, lounge by the hotel’s private infinity-edge pool or head to the super-chic YAKU by La Mar, for the stunning city skyline and Peruvian punch cocktails.

The gift of… a masterclass in mixology and a table with <that> view

Where? Mandarin Oriental, New York

If you’re looking for a spot of theatre at your table, head to The Aviary NYC at Mandarin Oriental, New York, where Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas take mixology to the next level. Their creative cocktail concoctions arrive with everything from plumes of smoke, to a mini-mallet. But this is not a smoke and mirrors show. The tastes, blends and mixes are the star of the show (as well as stellar views of the New York skyline). How about Boom Goes the Dynamite – a blend of rooibos, vanilla, and rum, that’s served in a light bulb?

The gift of… a little ‘me’ time

Where? Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

Everyone likes to be pampered just a little, and there's no place more relaxing than a luxury spa. Whether it's a full body massage, a soothing facial, or simply a day to chill out by the pool with something cool and refreshing in a glass next to a stack of glossy magazines. Why not make your mother one of the first to experience the soon to be relaunched Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London? The redesign, overseen by lauded New York designer Adam D. Tihany will feature a Rasul water temple, traditional Asante Chinese medicine consultations and treatments, and a Bastien Gonzalez Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio.

The gift of… a golden ticket

Really can't decide what to buy? We've all been there, and it’s one reason to be grateful for gift cards. Mandarin Oriental gift cards are available to purchase at Mandarin Oriental hotels and online in Hong Kong dollars, US dollars, pounds sterling, and euros. And they can be topped up with any amount of credit you choose. Then your Mum can decide what to spend it on: whether it’s a night's stay in a dreamy suite with views of the Eiffel Tower, an exquisitely prepared Michelin-star dinner from a Michelin-starred chef such as Carme Ruscalleda, or perhaps a personalised massage treatment to soothe skin and relieve weary limbs.

Whether they choose a revitalising spa treatment, a gourmet dining experience or even a rejuvenating getaway, gift cards are a great present, whatever the occasion.

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Whether they choose a revitalising spa treatment, a gourmet dining experience or even a rejuvenating getaway, gift cards are a great present, whatever the occasion.