The clock is ticking and there’s a bead of sweat dripping down your forehead, and it’s definitely not from the sweltering heat as you lounge poolside. It’s because Mother’s Day is almost here and you still don’t know what to get for your special person, and no matter how many deals you click on or shopping sites you search, you just can’t decide on a gift that’ll express your gratitude and love.
We’ve already explored the idea of a Caribbean “momcation,” but it’s not easy to pack a bag and board a plane these days, at least not within a week of travel. Fortunately, we have a decent alternative—a Florida getaway that puts mom in the spotlight while also allowing the family to tag along. Pack a cocktail basket and bring extra towels and face masks, because these hotels and resorts are offering safe, socially distanced, and outstanding experiences that won’t break the bank but will create unforgettable moments.
It’s Baller O’Clock
Let’s be clear about something—mom is a rock star. She’s the most important woman in the room at all times, so choose a celebration that reflects this truth. The private aviation company evoJets is offering the, um, mother of all experiences by whisking your leading lady away on a private jet for what will most definitely be the weekend of the year. Actually, there are two experiences to choose from, so it’s basically a gold coin flip.
First up, mom and company will be whisked to Miami on a Light Jet with evoJets, and upon landing they’ll be taken to The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour and enter through the private entrance of their own two-bedroom room with a gourmet kitchen and expansive balcony. A professional stylist will lead shopping excursions at Bal Harbour Shops, and other activities include a three-flight wine tasting journey for two in Lalique 100 Points Universal Glass, a pair of 60-minute massages, and relaxing in an exclusive luxury cabana.
The other experience takes place at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, where mom’s squad will arrive following a private Light Jet with evoJets flight. Guests will enjoy butler service throughout the entire stay, in addition to the aforementioned shopping trip, wine tasting, and massages, as well as an oceanfront cabana.
The staycation has risen in popularity over the last year thanks to a combination of hesitancy to travel and an overwhelming urge to do… something. Convenient and safe, these getaways were conceived to promote physical distancing while maintaining the fun, and what makes the idea so particularly appealing for Mother’s Day is these places can be booked for last-second escapes.
That’s what has made Orlando World Center Marriott an appealing choice for Floridians, as it is close to almost everything and everyone, and while it may not have beaches, it does have one of the best golf courses in the state and pools that will make you glad you don’t have to deal with sand. For Mother’s Day, this hotel is hosting a special brunch at the Latitude and Longitude restaurant, and families will have a little extra to be excited for as Boy Band Review will be performing 90s hits all weekend long as part of the “Music in Our World” experience.
There’s a Beach for That
If mom prefers the sand before and after her brunch, then it’s time to head to the panhandle for Mother’s Day brunch at the award-winning Havana Beach Bar and Grill in South Walton. This annual celebration takes place at The Pearl, a stylish and super cool 55-room hotel that looks like it was stolen from Old Europe by time travelers.
What makes this an especially divine choice is the extensive menu of services offered at Spa Pearl. Pamper away.
Speaking of Spas
Already one of our favorite spots for a workation, the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel proves that it’s a fantastic property for almost anything by offering a Mother’s Day weekend brunch and dinner, in addition to some other special perks. The epitome of South Beach swagger and vibes, there’s no wonder why the on-site Social Club is a popular option for locals, and that’s why it’s a perfect setting for moms who deserve to be spoiled.
After brunch or prior to dinner, send your matriarch to the Daydream Spa Cabana to enjoy a variety of beachside treatments, but the real treat is ending the evening with the Twilight Escapes experience, which is a nighttime couple’s massage that puts as much of an emphasis on intimacy as it does on relaxation.
The Only One Who Matters
Bottom line: mom deserves the world. Therefore, West Palm Beach’s Rosemary Square is the destination for delivering a truly personal experience. While on-site at the Hilton West Palm Beach, she’ll be spoiled with a poolside treatment in the Anushka Spa & Salon cabana and dinner at Galley.
Off-site, the focused fun continues with shopping in the Rosemary Square boutiques, a private class with Palm Beach Yogi, a succulent making class with The Garden Shoppe, private cooking class at Sur La Table and taco-making demo with Bonita’s Taqueria. Had enough? Not quite. There’s also a one-hour photo shoot to help everyone remember who the real star is.