“Celebrate Mother’s day wherever you are in the world.” Unknown
It’s that time of year to celebrate the mothership and show your mum how much she means to you. It doesn’t have to be about expensive gifts, although us mums do love a handpicked card with a sincere message. Without a doubt the best gift is time, spending time with your mother to make memories is the most invaluable gift of all.
It can be confusing when you are an expat as internationally Mother’s Day is celebrated on different dates. UAE Mother’s Day is on Thursday 21st March and Mother’s Day in the UK is coming up at the end of the month on Sunday 31st March.
Should you wish to spoil your mum by treating her to a special gift or experience here’s my top tips of experiences in the capital to either enjoy with your mother or to gift her.
Afternoon Tea at the Crystal Lounge, St. Regis Abu Dhabi
The St Regis name has a long and well documented history with afternoon tea, first introduced in the late 19th Century by dominant New York society influencer Lady Caroline Astor, mother of St Regis founder JJ Astor IV. The Queen of Hearts afternoon tea served at the Crystal Lounge in The St. Regis Abu Dhabi celebrates this timeless ritual with sweet and savory delicacies served on the bone china with crustless sandwiches and scones accompanied by tea infusions.
Read more about the Afternoon Tea at Crystal Lounge – anexpatabroad.com/2016/04/11/review-afternoon-tea-at-the-crystal-lounge-st-regis-abu-dhabi/
V-Tox Oxygen Facial | Emirates Palace Spa
Book your mum a 75-minute bespoke Linda Meredith V-Tox Oxygen Facial at the magnificent Emirates Palace Spa. Each facial is customised to the client and uses a steady flow of oxygen that along with the V-Tox cream mimics the smoothing effects of Botox without having to inject toxins into the face.
Read more about the V-Tox Oxygen Facial at the Emirates Palace Spa – anexpatabroad.com/2018/04/16/linda-meredith-v-tox-oxygen-facial-emirates-palace-spa/
Flower Workshop from Flowers by Living Colours
Gift your mum an intimate three-hour flora workshops held by florist Gerry Mcguire of Flowers by Living Colours in her beautiful Al Zeina seaview apartment. These workshops give participants the opportunity to get creative while grasping the basics of floristry while learning about flower care including how to increase the longevity of blooms and tips on home aftercare. Alternatively get Gerry to make your mother a bespoke colourful bouquet or arrangement.
Read more about Flowers by Living colours – anexpatabroad.com/2019/02/19/flowers-by-living-colours-abu-dhabi/
Himalayan Sound Therapy at EDITION Spa
Experience the unique Himalayan Sound Therapy ritual at the EDITION Spa located at The Abu Dhabi EDITION in Al Bateen. This unique treatment, an EDITION Ritual, uses sound bowls to help balance the mind into a meditative state and offers the ultimate relaxation. Read more anexpatabroad.com/2019/03/24/himalayan-sound-therapy-the-edition-spa/
Manicure and Pedicure at Tips and Toes
Take your mum to one of the capital’s Tips and Toes salons to get pampered. Book a mani-pedi because who doesn’t like beautiful looking hands and feet with perfectly painted nails. Read more about Tips and Toes – anexpatabroad.com/2016/01/23/review-tips-and-toes-yas-mall/
ZENTS Massage at Chi Spa, Shangri-La Abu Dhabi
Book a personalised ZENTS treatment at Chi Spa at Shangri-La Abu Dhabi. This aromatic journey begins upon selection of your preferred scent from the four available at Chi Spa then relax with a fabulous massage and enjoy the five-star facilities. Read more about the Dents Massage at Chi Spa – anexpatabroad.com/2019/02/12/zents-massage-chi-spa-shangri-la-abu-dhabi/
Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Club Membership
Gift your mum a year’s pass to the Louvre Abu Dhabi with the annual Art Club membership. This pass gives unlimited access to the museum for the holder and a guest, special offers, priority reservations and exclusive exhibition previews and event invitations. Members also receive 15% off at the Museum shop and all the cafes.
Visit www.louvreabudhabi.ae/en/buy-ticket/Membership to buy an annual pass. Read more about Louvre Abu Dhabi – anexpatabroad.com/2017/11/07/louvre-abu-dhabi-saadiyat-cultural-district/
Privilee Lifestyle Membership
Privilee, the ultimate lifestyle membership, is the perfect gift to give any mum for the ultimate indulgence and relaxation. Membership includes unlimited access to some of the UAE’s most luxurious beach clubs, fitness facilities, spas and discounts off dining and experiences. Give your mum the five-style lifestyle every day of the week and the freedom to visit numerous locations to enjoy all the member benefits, maximise leisure time and make the best out of every weekend.
Various membership packages are available as monthly and annual options. Read more about Privilee Lifestyle Membership – anexpatabroad.com/2018/12/12/the-ultimate-lifestyle-membership-privilee/
Yoga classes at The Hot House
Try something new with the range of yoga classes at The Hot House. Why not treat your mum to a month’s pass to try Ashtanga, Hot Vinyasa, Hatha-Vinyasa Flow, Bikram Express, Bodega Fit Flow, Candlelit Yin and my personal favourite Warm Restorative, as well as barre, pilates and zumba sessions. Read more about at The Hot House – anexpatabroad.com/2018/06/07/the-hot-house-abu-dhabi/
Market to Kitchen Masterclass at Market Kitchen
Join your mum on a four-hour culinary adventure that starts in Abu Dhabi’s local fish and vegetable markets with Market Kitchen’s head chef and learn how to select the freshest produce. Head back to the restaurant in the chauffeur driven transport and get a front-row seat with a cheeky cocktail as the team of chefs turn your chosen produce into a delicious meal while sharing top tips and culinary advice. This masterclass is definitely a top experience in the capital.
Read more about the Market to Kitchen Culinary Masterclass – anexpatabroad.com/2015/10/17/review-market-to-kitchen-culinary-masterclass/
It’s also a time to remember those without their mother, the motherless mothers who find this day harder than most. My own mother passed away on 21st March 1993, Mother’s Day in the UK that year, and that prompted me, several years later, to get involved with the Motherless Mother’s Book project, ‘Without My Mum’ by Leigh Van Der Horst – you can read more about HERE.
The views in this post are all my own based on my own experiences. Unless otherwise stated all photos © Jo Brett. All rights reserved.