Mother’s Day ideas: alternative ways to celebrate in style

Stuck for Mother's Day ideas? How ever old you, your mum or your kids are at heart, these mother's day trips are the perfect family getaway

Mother’s Day is a very special day of the year, and one that you should always celebrate with those that you call your family. This year, why not celebrate the big day in true style with some perfect Mother’s Day ideas? Or, if it’s a little late to escape on Mother’s Day itself this year, book in a holiday for later in the year that will give you a chance to truly reconnect with your mum, or your children, in an unforgettable setting.

We think we’ve found the perfect spot for you to reconnect, relax and unwind, with a break at a luxury hotel in the Andalusian countryside, La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel. After all, I think we can all agree that the very best Mother’s Day gifts pale next to the chance to spend time with the people that are most important to you.

Mother’s Day ideas: treat yourself or your mother to the ultimate escape

If you’re looking for a different way to celebrate Mother’s Day this year, or want to book in a family treat for later in the year, this could be the best Mother’s Day gift ever. A family getaway at the Royal Hideaway La Bobadilla hotel in the Loja mountain range in Andalusia is perfect mother’s day gift, not just for her but for the entire family.

Completely surrounded by nature and forests of holm oaks, almond trees and olive trees, La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, is situated in a magnificent 350-hectare olive grove that produces amazing olive oil and all the energy it uses.

In this peaceful paradise that exudes a sense of peace upon arrival, visitors can choose from a number of fun options, such as taking a stroll through the lovely gardens, going for a dip in the pool, playing tennis or paddle tennis or horseback riding.

But, if you’re after more scheduled Mother’s Day ideas for fun as a family, you can put on an apron and taking a fascinating journey through history together.

The best Mother’s Day getaways are all about bonding: play at being chef and sous chef

You definitely won’t be stuck for Mother’s Day ideas here! The Mini Foodies Retreat is a family version of the Foodies Retreat programme at La Bobadilla and it’s perfect for anyone, of any age (risk free!).

In the two-hour baking lesson, families will prepare a number of desserts such as fondant creations, muffins, cookies and cupcakes.

In addition to having fun as you knead, shape and decorate, covered in flour and chocolate chips, the best is yet to come when you get to try the finished creations (paired with wines for adults and milkshakes for kids). Doesn’t that sound like one of the best unique Mother’s Day gifts you could think of? And all in incredible surroundings.

The creative workshop includes: the two-hour baking lesson, eating the creations paired with wines and milkshakes, and a complimentary apron and hat for everyone. Awesome Mother’s Day gifts for you all to take home!

Price: €385 (two adults and one child). Price for each additional child: €15. And since you’ll receive copies of the recipes, you’ll be able to make them at home whenever you like!

Mother’s Day trips with a walk on the wild side and a dash of culture

Vacations on Mother’s Day in Europe shouldn’t keep you cooped up in the hotel, no matter how much there is on offer. There’s no better way to bond as a family than to go exploring.

Another family activity at La Bobadilla that’s perfect for spending a day with mum you won’t forget is a whole day of cultural immersion in the surrounding area and a visit to Antequera (a charming town only thirty minutes away in Malaga province).

In the past it hasn’t been that well known, and when you’re brainstorming Mother’s Day ideas for trips it might not be first on your list of destinations.

However, Antequera has become a top destination recently after its archaeological site (which includes the dolmens of Menga and Viera, Tholos de El Romeral, the Sierra del Torcal mountain range and Peña de los Enamorados  or Lovers’ Rock) was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was included in The New York Times’ list of 52 places to visit back in 2017, so if your mother has an adventurous spirit she might just love it.

The guided tour takes visitors to the ‘Spanish Stonehenge’ (as defined by the NYT), which dates back more than 6,000 years. This ideal activity for Mother’s Day trips is followed by hiking in the stunning Torcal Natural Park, which will wow you with its geological formations, as well its impressive flora and fauna.

The magical day continues with stops at local artisanal workshops and the ‘Refugio del Burrito’, a traditional Andalusian farmhouse that has been transformed into a sanctuary for approximately 100 donkeys and mules rescued throughout Europe. It’s part of the Donkey Sanctuary Association.

Kids will have fun as they learn how to care, groom and feed the animals. They can even sponsor one of them, which is a great way to instil respect for animals and nature. And a fantastic way for you all to bond.

Lastly, to teach our taste buds a thing or two as we learn more about the region’s cuisine, back at the hotel you’ll be able to try some of the best local creations such as molleteporraajoblanco and gazpachuelo.

The experience includes transfers, a guided tour of Antequera and of the dolmens and/or Torcal, and a visit to the ‘Refugio del Burrito’ (with sponsorship). Duration: Up to 5 hours. Price: €400 (2 guests) or €540 (2 adults + 2 children). *Consult prices for additional guests.

The best gift on Mother’s Day is the gift of time

Whether you opt for Mother’s Day spa deals, an adventure in a beautiful location or just afternoon tea together, the most important gift you can give on Mother’s Day is the gift of time.

Make a special plan for the big day and spend some truly quality time together, ideally in an idyllic setting, and make memories that will last forever. A good Mother’s Day gift is well thought out and means you all get to enjoy each other’s company.