Last-minute Mother's day

2012-05-07 07:23

You never really understand what it means to be a mom until you yourself become a parent. Nobody's perfect or can get things right all the time, but moms come pretty close, each in their own unique way. That's the reason why it's so important to take some time out to nurture that all important relationship with her - and it needn't be on a specific day of the year either.

However, here are some ideas running for May that you can take advantage of...

Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards - Franschhoek, Cape Town
Treat mom to a special overnight stay - valid throughout the month of May, at a promotional rate of only R1500 per room per night. The Mother's Day offer includes a welcome drink on arrival, fresh fruit and beautiful flowers in the room, and a romantic turndown with complimentary Belgium chocolates, as well as a back, neck and shoulder massage for two people, and a leisurely full English breakfast at Mange Tout restaurant. Complete your five-star Winelands experience with Cellar tours and wine tasting of the award-winning Mont Rochelle and Miko vintages.

The De Hoek Country Hotel - Gauteng
A short drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria is where you will find this boutique hotel, tucked away amidst ancient trees, along a meandering stream. The De Hoek team ensure that every guest feels pampered, whether they are staying for a week or just a meal. This Mother's day take a leisurely drive to lunch for just R360 per head enjoy a sumptuous day out it the country. Prawns, duck, lamb and sea bass are just some of the ingredients that the culinary team will be using.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa - Sandton, Johannesburg
Why not take mom on a food journey at this charming and exclusive hotel and spa. Along with their Soup an Sherry Festival, there is talk of introducing Fondue Evenings to delight the foodie traveller within.

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Trees Restaurant at the Townhouse Hotel - Cape Town
Overlooking a leafy avenue adjacent to the famed Dutch East India Company Gardens, the experience emulates that of being in a tree house thanks to hotel's large glass windows on the first floor. From the menu you can expect a mouth-watering lunch from Michelin-trained executive chef Stefan Schmidt. The three-course Mother's Day lunch (including buffet main) menu costs R165 per person. email or call 021 465 7050.

Roberto's signature restaurant, Long Street Cape Town
Offering three unique and varied buffets - cold, hot and dessert at R179.00 per person - children under 10 eat for free. Your mom could also be in line for the luck draw for two Jacques Bruére and Belgian chocolate hampers.

Vineyard Hotel & Spa - Claremont, Cape Town
Spoil yourself at the delectable three-course Mother's Day menu at its popular in-house restaurant, The Square under the creative flare of executive chef Alex Docherty. Each mom will also receive a complimentary surprise goodie bag from the Vineyard Hotel & Spa. The price of the three-course Mother's Day lunch is R255 per person. Guests are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment by calling 021 657 4500 or emailing

Let mom enjoy a relaxing atmosphere at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa

Dave Van Vuuren Mother's Special - Botanical Gardens, Pretoria
Idols winner Dave van Vuuren will be paying tribute to all the rocksta mamas out there in this Old Mutual Music in the Gardens event. Gates open: 11:00; opening act 13:00; main act 15:00 and tickets are priced at R80 online at or R100 on the day at Gardens.
Children under 13 are free. Facilities include restaurant and Tea Garden as well as a Kids Zone available from 13:30 to 16:30

Mount Grace Spa, Magaliesberg

With its idyllic location at the acclaimed five-star Mount Grace Country House, picture perfect surrounds of manicured lawns, numerous pools and endless views out across a valley, this world-class spa is a true escape for mom this Mother's Day. The beauty of it all is that getting here is so easy - just 60 minutes from Johannesburg and 45 minutes from Pretoria. From specialised facials to all over detoxing, relaxing and refining body treatments, luxury pedicures and manicures and the spa's famed extended signature treatments, there is a seemingly endless array of choices to ensure guests feel utterly pampered. For Mount Grace Spa and accommodation enquiries call the Mount Grace Country House & Spa direct on 014 577 5600, email

Hotel Izulu - Ballitos, Durban
Best loved eco-boutique Hotel, invites guests and day visitors celebrating the significance of Mother's Day starting at 12h00 on Sunday 13, May to enjoy a decadent à la carte lunch menu at Gigi's Brasserie, created by renowned Executive Chef, Guy Gorrie, at the cost of just R220 per person and R80 for children under the age of 12.

African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel, Cape Town
Take your mom to a delightful buffet lunch with bottomless sparkling at this luxury hotel in city centre of Cape Town. If you decide to make a weekend treat of it, whe will also get to enjoy her choice of either 15-minute neck back and shoulder massage or mini facial at the in-house Suntra Spa!

Bedroom at 15 on Orange, Cape Town

Kurland Hotel in the Crags, Plettenberg Bay

Let mom escape to the Garden Route with this proud Relais & Châteaux Associated hotel special Mother's Day Package. It includes either a ‘Manicure and Pedicure Combo Package' (2 hours) at R560 per person including an option from the new 'Lifestyle Choice' lunch menu or a ‘Dr Hauschka Facial with a Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage' (2 hours) for R1090 per person also including the new lunch. Enhancing these exceptional treatments Executive Chef, Leon Coetzee has designed a ‘Lifestyle Choice' menu so visitors to the Spa can enjoy a healthy lunch after their treatments which also includes a glass of house wine or juice. The Kurland Spa include a private steam room, sauna room, therapy rooms, relaxation area, gym and a refreshing plunge pool. The Kurland Spa is the ideal place to pamper your mom with an array of natural, healing products. Advanced bookings are essential. Please contact 044 534 8082 or email for further information.

The Grand Daddy Hotel - Cape Town
The Grand Daddy Hotel has devoted an entire weekend to that special woman in your life.
Friday 11 May - Catch Dave Ferguson - final performance at the Grand Daddy. Toe tapping music from 18h00 - 20h00. R30 entrance. Boerie and prego rolls will be on sale direct from the braai. Salsation follows in the Daddy Cool bar from 9pm. Entrance free
Saturday 12 May - Mamma Mia - Party the night away to classic such as Abba and old school funk. Prizes to be won for best dressed 70's enthusiasts
Sunday 13 May - Otherwise treat mom to a three-course set menu lunch in L'Apero for R180 per person or three-course buffet lunch in The Venue for R250 person. Expect welcome drinks, live music and give-aways
Monday 14 May - Mother Day Pink Flamingo screening - Mamma Mia starring Meryl Streep, Gormet Picnic R150 per person sharing. Or opt for the Ultimate Drive in Experience R 600 per person sharing (please note Trailers have double beds) Doors open at 18h30. Movie will start at 19h00....

Chobe Marina Lodge, Kasane, Botswana

Uniquely located in the North-Eastern corner of Botswana where the four African nations of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia converge, Chobe Marina Lodge is surrounded by the natural beauty of Africa. Treat your mom to the Mother of Africa's waterfalls - Victoria Falls which is just 70 kilometres away. For two-nights from R6 717, this package includes return flights, accommodation and two game viewing activities per day.

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