15 ways to spend this Mother’s Day

Posted on 3 May 2019

Not sure how to spoil your mom this Mother’s Day? Here are some ideas, each one bound to make her feel special.


1. Grand High Tea at The Course

The Course at SLOW in the City will be hosting two ‘Grand High Teas’ on Mother’s Day.

Cost: R295 per person for the morning sitting (8.30am to 11.30am) and R205 for children aged 4 to 11.
R395 per person for the afternoon tea, which includes a live performance by female electric string quartet The Muses between 2pm and 2.45pm, R205 for Children aged 4 to 11.
Tickets can be purchased through Webticket.

2. Mother’s Day buffet lunch at Fairways Hotel

Enjoy the Mother’s Day Sunday Lunch Buffet on 12 May 2019 at the hotel’s Balata Restaurant, under the leadership of Jean-Pierre Siegenthaler. Children will be entertained with a jumping castle, face painter and babysitters.
There is also a Mother’s Day accommodation special of R990 per person sharing or R6,060 for a villa for four, and a Mother’s Day high tea spa package valid for the entire month of May: R1,200 per person, which includes a high tea, a 45-minute back, neck and shoulder massage, a deluxe pedicure, and a deluxe manicure.

Cost: Lunch buffet: R470 per person, accommodation between 10-13 May 2019: from R990 per person sharing or R 6,060 for a villa for four.
Contact: 011 478 8000 or [email protected] or central reservationson 08611 48866 | [email protected]

3. Lunch at oneNINEone

Celebrate mom with a glass of bubbly paired with freshly-shucked oysters, a cold selection of local well-matured cheeses and tacos filled with crusted linefish, whisky-glazed pulled pork and smoked beans with chorizo.

There’ll also be kataifi chicken breasts filled with basil, pine nuts and parmesan, and shiny bacon glazed with pepper, thyme and maple syrup.To round off the lunch, there’ll be an opulent dessert counter with soft flapjacks made to order and a mouthwatering selection of homemade ice creams, as well as a variety of sweet tartlets, fruit verrines and chocolate torte.

Homemade scones with jams, fruit preserves and clotted cream will be served on tea stands at the table too. View the menu online.

Cost: R550, kids under 12 pay half price
Contact: [email protected] or call 011 280 1188


4. Mother’s Day Lunch at The Devonshire Hotel

The Devonshire Hotel in Braamfontein will be hosting a special Mother’s Day lunch on Sunday, 12 May 2019 from 12pm-3pm.

The menu includes kliftikko leg of lamb, served with tzatzikki sauce, pork ossobucco served with polenta and seared Greek chicken with mushroom and artichoke sauce. There will also be salads, sides and desserts, of course.

Cost: Adults R355, children under 12 years R189, children under 6 years eat free
Contact: devonshirehotel.co.zaFacebook Event or call 0113395611


5. Mother’s Day Pamper Package at Cambedoo Day Spa

Cambedoo Day Spa, situated at the Irene Country Lodge, is offering a Mother’s Day Pamper Package that includes a rejuvenating full body massage, mediheel treatment and light lunch.

Cost: R1,100 available until 31 May 2019
Contact: irenecountrylodge.co.za or call 0126676464


Western Cape

6. Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

The 5-star Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa, situated on Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna is featuring violinist Minx for Mother’s Day on Sunday, 12 May, at the Island Café’s Sunday buffet from 12.30pm-4pm.

Cost: R205 per person, children pay half.
Contact: Reservations on 044 302 5746 or email [email protected] to book.

7. Lunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Riebeek Street

Quintessential X Radisson will be providing a spread of savoury and sweet treats such as devilled eggs with sriracha, sweet and savoury scone options, milo meringue, and banana bread with salted caramel frosting between 11am and 4pm. There will be a welcome drink upon arrival – Hendricks cocktails – and G&T specials through the event. Booking is essential.

Cost: R295 per person includes a welcome drink and access to all the food options. R250 per person includes a non-alcoholic welcome drink and access to all the food options. R200 per person for 16 year olds and younger includes a non-alcoholic welcome drink and access to all the food options.
Contact: [email protected] or on WhatsApp 0741014556

8. Spa treatment at Life Day Spa, Century City

Life Day Spa Century City is offering a number of Mother’s Day promotions.

Cost: Buy a R500 gift voucher and get a free Rasul chamber or flotation therapy worth R390; buy a R800 voucher and receive a complimentary back, neck and shoulder massage worth R430; or buy a R1,200 voucher and receive a free classic facial or full-body massage worth R690.

Century City
0215253883 lifedayspacenturycity.co.za


9. Lunch at The Cellars-Hohenort

The hotel is spread across grand restored buildings. Photo by Melanie van Zyl

Celebrate Mother’s Day at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel with a luxurious lunch at The Conservatory on 12 May. Enjoy a leisurely stroll with your mom in the historic gardens before heading back to the restaurant, where a glass of chilled bubbles await before lunch.

The menu will consist of Artisan breads and spreads, garden salad, avocado, artichokes, fennel, sunflower seeds, strawberry, biltong, grilled halloumi cheese, aged balsamic, poached pear, roasted pecan nuts, blue cheese, honey mustard, mushroom risotto balls, mini fish cakes, and bitterballen.

For mains, you can choose between grilled free-range beef fillet with stemmed broccoli, salt-baked celeriac, pickled red onion and bordelaise sauce; roast baby chicken with grilled leeks, baby corn and chicken sherry jus; or Cape hand-caught linefish with basil risotto, blushed tomato, crumbed prawn, capers, and spring onion beurre blanc.

Finish off with a dessert of zesty lemon tart with almond crunch, chantilly crème and dehydrated yogi crispie or mom’s delicious cheesecake made up of layers of creamy madagascan vanilla cheesecake and berry compote.

Cost: R450 per person
Contact: [email protected] or call 0217942137

10. Lunch at the President Hotel

The President Hotel. Image: supplied

Set in Bantry Bay, with serene views of the Atlantic Ocean and Lion’s Head, the President Hotel is an ideal spot to enjoy some Mother’s Day indulgence with a wide array of homely dishes.

Lunch will be from 12.30pm to 3pm and includes a free glass of bubbly on arrival.

The meal spread will be a harvest table, which will offer a variety of salads, roasted shoulder of lamb with a rosemary jus, a honey-roasted gammon with apple sauce, grilled kingklip, and a range of side dishes. There will be live music and spread of cakes and pastries to finish off the meal.

Cost: R395 per person, R195 for children under 12, and children under 6 eat for free when accompanied by a paying adult. All beverages are at an additional cost, excluding a welcome drink on arrival.
Contact: [email protected] or WhatsApp +27 (0)60 664 9490

11. Lunch at Montagu Country Hotel

The Mother’s Day buffet includes roast garlic and potato soup; sundried tomato and feta quiche; Cape Malay curried fish; various salads, including smoked chicken and roasted garlic Aioli noodle salad; prune-stuffed pork neck; chicken, olive and bacon pie; red wine braised oxtail; and sticky toffee pudding and a cheese platter with biscuits and preserves to finish off. Booking is essential.

Take advantage of the charming 4-star Montagu Country Hotel’s winter specials valid from 1 May to 30 September 2019 (excludes Wacky Wine 7-9 June 2019). The Classic: Bed and Breakfast rates per person sharing range from R600 (1 night) to R1,950 (5 nights); The Luxury: Bed and Breakfast – R770 to R, 500 (single supplements available).

Contact: [email protected] www.capecountryroutes.com



12. High tea at the Oyster Box Hotel

Ocean Terrace at the Oyster Box Hotel. Image: supplied.

Make the most of the beautiful weather this Mother’s Day with high tea at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga between 2:30- 5pm. The high tea will be served in the Palm Court and in the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, The Grill Room.

Cost: R590 per person and R290 per children 12 and under
Contact: [email protected] or call 0315145000

13. Free surf lessons for moms

Learn to surf with Umzumbe Surf Camp. Image: Debora Cardenas

Book a weekend away to Umzumbe Surf House, hit the (still very warm) water and let mom have some fun for once. All moms get free surf lessons over the Mother’s Day weekend and free breakfast all weekend when you book for your mom or with your mom. Situated one hour’s drive south from Durban International Airport, Umzumbe Surf House provides beachfront lodge accommodation and surf lessons and surf camps on Umzumbe Beach.

Valid Mother’s Day weekend, 10-12 May 2019.
Contact: [email protected] or call 0396845019

14. Lunch at Moyo, UShaka

Moyo at UShaka will be celebrating Mother’s Day with a lunch buffet that will be served from 12pm to 4pm.

The menu includes smoked paprika- and pesto-rubbed brisket roast, pomegranate molasses chicken, beef dombolo, chicken, sweet potato and peanut curry, chermoula grilled line fish, zucchini, brinjal and mushroom smoor, and lots of breads, starters, salads, and desserts.

Cost: R289 per adult, R149 for children age 6-11 years, free for children 5 years and under.

Contact: 031 332 0606 or visit

Eastern Cape

15. Zuurberg Mountain Village

A 150-year-old hotel situated high up on the Zuurberg Pass in malaria-free Addo will be celebrating Mother’s Day with a traditional 5-course Sunday lunch of soup, a buffet of salads and seafood, three meats from the carvery, fresh seasonal veggies and a variety of delicious desserts.

Lunch begins at 12.30pm for 1pm. A deposit will be required to secure your booking.

Cost: R210 per adult; R100 per child 3-12 years (no charge for children under 3 years for both lunches).

Contact: [email protected] www.capecountryroutes.com


All Provinces

If you’re in the unfortunate position of not being close enough to your mom to treat her on Mother’s Day, then why not organise for a surprise bouquet to be delivered to her door? Netflorist has many bouquets to choose from, in different styles and sizes, as well as chocolates and other gifts that you can send straight to her.
Contact: netflorist.co.za or call 0861300600

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