Moms everywhere deserve a special day, and the chance to reward moms for all their hard work is right around the corner! Celebrate moms on May 12 (in the U.S.) by rewarding your mom with a Mother’s Day 2019 getaway that includes all her favorite things to do. Take advantage of all-inclusive resort and spa packages in Bali or tours in London that end at a Quiet Hotel Room. Go BIG this year, and who knows? Maybe mom will reward your pre-planning with an invitation to join!
History of Mother’s Day in the United States
Cultures across the globe have been celebrating mothers and motherhood in special ways for centuries, but it was Ann Reeves’ early 20th-century initiative in the United States that led many countries to adopt official Mother’s Day dates of their own. Most countries opted to follow suit with the U.S. and honor moms on the second Sunday of May. However, if you can’t give mom a dream vacation for Mother’s Day in May, you can make it up to her later in the year. Send mom in June for Mother’s Day in Luxembourg or wait until August to honor mom in Thailand or Costa Rica!
1. Send mom to France with a map to Paris flea markets for Mother’s Day 2019
Most moms love a good bargain, and if your mom is no different, make her dreams come true in Paris! Design a DIY tour of the best Paris flea markets and let mom shop fuss-free for hours!
Paris Flea Market (Les Puces de Saint-Ouen/Clignancourt)
The weekend is the best time to go to Paris Flea Market, the largest antique market in the world. The market is a conglomerate of several flea markets, each famed for their own kinds of unique treasures and individual mystiques. Give mom a map of flea market sections, and be sure to include directions to Clignancourt Flea Market Malik, Marche Paul Bert, Biron Market and Marche Malassis – Marche au Puces St-Ouen. Want to make life really easy for mom? Hire a flea market guide to lead her to secret boutiques with the best bargains.
Paris Saint-Ouen Flea Market hours
Saturday and Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Monday (some vendors closed) – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday (select vendors) – mornings for visitors and afternoons for professional traders
Vanves Flea Market
The second largest flea market in Paris features nearly 400 merchants selling everything from silver and glassware to vintage jewelry and coins. Hook mom up for Mother’s Day 2019 and send her off on a hunt for artwork, antique linens and copper cookware. Located on the outskirts of Paris in the 14th Arrondissment, Vanves Flea Market is near Montsouris Park, in case mom needs a respite from the crowds. The park features a lake, several historic landmarks and an occasional puppet show at Marionnettes du Parc Montsouris.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
How to get to Vanves Flea Market: take the metro to Porte de Vanves. The market is a 7-minute walk from the station.
Old and Used Book Market George Brassens
Located at the entrance to gorgeous Parc Georges-Brassens, this weekly book market draws more than 100 vendors selling a plethora of old and rare books. The market is open on weekends and also features scores of vintage magazines, posters and prints and sometimes phonograph records. Inside the park, mom can explore a small vineyard and several gardens, and she might even catch a puppet show at Monfort Theatre or see children riding horses at Promenade en poneys. Treat mom to a picnic in the park or a Parisian brunch along Rue Brancion or Rue des Morillons.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
How to get to Parc George Brassens weekly book market: take the metro to Porte de Vanves or Convention Station. The park is a 15-minute walk from both stations.
Aligre Market (Puces d’Aligre)
Mom will appreciate the one-stop shopping, dining and sightseeing experience of Aligre Market. Set next to scenic Seine River, Puces d’Aligre is mainly an open-air market that is open every day except Monday. Not only will mom find a hoard or antiques and collectibles at Aligre Market, she’ll also be set for all the gourmet French food she can devour! Budget extra for mom for this Mother’s Day experience because Aligre Market is filled with rows and rows of cheeses, pates, meats and French pastries.
Hours: Daily (except Mondays) from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Check In to Kyriad Paris Nord – St Ouen, Step Out to Les Puces de Saint-Ouen/Clignancourt
2. Schedule a spa and hot springs (onsen) weekend for Mother’s Day 2019 in Beppu, Japan
Give mom the ultimate Mother’s Day getaway with a spa weekend in legendary Beppu, Japan. This small village nestled inside Beppu Bay in southern Japan produces more hot spring water than any resort in the country. The city contains eight hot springs and onsens, and each feature public baths as well as ryokan accommodations. Beppu is not a large city, so trying all eight hot springs during one vacation is totally doable. Mom may even have time to tour the 7 “Hells” of Beppu, famed for quirky-themed pools and onsens hot enough to boil eggs!
8 public hot springs & onsen in Beppu
- Beppu Onsen
- Kannawa Onsen (Hotel Yoshimi)
- Myoban Yunosato Hot Spring
- Kankaiji Onsen
- Hamawaki Hot Spring
- Kamegawa Hot Spring
- Horita Hot Spring
- Shibaseki Onsen
Check Mom In to a hot springs resort in Beppu
Let Mom Step Out to Beppu for Mother’s Day 2019
3. Book a wellness retreat at one of the best spas in Bali for Mother’s Day 2019
Bali is a tropical paradise loaded with day spas, Balinese massage parlors and hot and cold spring Jacuzzis. Treat mom to a week of pampering at a resort spa in Bali that includes luxurious mud baths, body scrubs and endless views of island magic.
- Tjampuhan Hotel and Spa, Ubud: enjoy river views while receiving healing treatments in semi-open pavilions.
- Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort, South Kuta: relax with aromatherapy oils and clay body masks while looking over clifftops at Padang Pandang Beach.
- Visesa Balinese Healing & Spa, Ubud: book mom an all-inclusive stay at Desa Visesa Ubud resort, and let her bask in natural healing treatments, including a cave treatment, unique to the spa.
Check Mom In to a holistic spa in Bali for Mother’s Day 2019
4. Plan a park tour & book mom a quiet hotel room in London
London features an impeccable selection of green spaces dotted between some of the best attractions in the city. Arrange for a Quiet Hotel Room in London that includes a pre-packed picnic lunch, and send mom out to discover people’s parks, royal parks and some of the most tranquil grassy knolls in the city.
- Victoria Park: the oldest public park in London is known as “The People’s Park” and offers rowboat rides from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
- Greenwich Park: London’s oldest royal park contains the Greenwich Planetarium and views of the Thames River from atop a quiet hill.
- Kensington Gardens: the former home of William III is now a pleasant respite for Londoners and tourists alike. One of eight royal parks in London, Kensington Gardens was once part of neighboring (and popular) Hyde Park.
- Hyde Park: mom might catch a glimpse of real royals hanging out at Hyde Park. It’s rumored that the sprawling green space is a favorite hang out for Prince Harry and Meghan (Markle), Duchess of Sussex. A popular spot to picnic in Hyde Park is near the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain next to Serpentine Lido, the park’s lake and swimming area. Mom will LOVE the many landmarks in Hyde Park … and that Buckingham Palace is just next door!
Check Mom In to a Quiet Hotel Room in London
5. Cater to mom’s tastes with a Mediterranean food tour in Valencia, Spain
Situated on the southeastern coast of Spain, Valencia has built its reputation on Mediterranean cuisine. In fact, the simple preparation of fresh fruits and vegetables mixed with local spices and nuts is rumored to be the healthiest diet on the planet. Besides a host of native citrus, berries, olives and grains, Valencia also is legendary for having a never-ending supply of freshly-caught seafood and locally-raised meats. Send mom a list of Spanish foods to try along with a lineup of the best Mediterranean restaurants in Valencia.
Paella: This fragrant rice dish is a gorgeous concoction of rice, shellfish, vegetables and meat. Traditional paella is made with chicken and rabbit or seafood, but modern versions often skip the hare. The ingredients are cooked together in a paella (for which the dish was named), which is a very large, round, almost flat pan. Although many Spanish towns claim to be the birthplace of paella, the Valencian regions of Albufera and Ribera get the official credit.
Arros a banda
Arros negre: rice with squid (cuttlefish) and squid ink cooked in a paella.
Arros a banda: rice cooked in fish stock.
Gazpacho: a cold soup made from raw, blended vegetables. This famous Spanish dish is a treat in the summer.
Best Mediterranean restaurants in Valencia
- La Pepica, Passeig de Neptú, nº 6: a favorite restaurant of Ernest Hemingway, La Pepica sits on Malvarrosa Beach and features one of the best lunchtime paellas in Valencia.
- Canalla Bistro by Ricard Camarena, Carrer del Mestre Josep Serrano, 5: reserve a seat for mom in this Michelin star fusion restaurant in the trendy Russafa (Ruzafa) district, filled with cafes, bakeries … and even tattoo shops!
- Horchateria Santa Catalina, Plaça de Santa Caterina, 6: horchata is a must-try drink in Spain, but in Valencia, this cold drink made with tiger nuts, sugar and crushed ice is best enjoyed at Horchateria Santa Catalina.