18 ways to spend Mother’s Day

Posted on 9 May 2018

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

Western Cape

1. High tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel

Mount Nelson. Image: supplied

Enjoy a Mother’s Day afternoon high tea at the grand old dame, the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town between 1-3pm on 13 May 2018.

The buffet sweet table will hold delectable items such as petit fours, raspberry and vanilla dobs, pasionfruit and chocolate squares, gluten free chocolate hazelnut cookies, mini – carrot cakes, chocolate brownies and lemon meringue tars to name a few. Savoury items include: cucumber sandwiches, roast beef on a mini roll, warm Camembert and red onion marmalade tartlets, mushroom empanadas, duck buns with hoisin and pickled cucumber and more.

Cost: The Mother’s Day tea costs R560 per person and R205 per child. Morning and evening tea, R365 per person.

Contact: [email protected] or call 0214831000


2. Spa treatment at Life Day Spa

Century City and V&A Waterfront

Life Day Spa is offering a Mother’s Day promotion for a treatment that includes a 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage, a 30 minute express facial and a 30 minute express manicure.

Cost: R750 per person

Century City
0215253883 lifedayspacenturycity.co.za

0211804772 lifedayspawaterfront.co.za


3. Lunch at the Raddison Blue Hotel Waterfront

Treat your mom to a scrumptious lunch buffet on Mother’s Day, at 12h30, at Tobago’s Restaurant and Terrace at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. This includes a specially crafted cupcake and tea pairing experience.

Included in the buffet lunch is a glass of Waterford Rose Mary wine for you mom and she will also receive a voucher for a chocolate and wine pairing at the Waterford Wine Estate and an R150 Amani Spa voucher.

Cost: R425, children under 12 years years eat half price, children under 3 years eat for free
Contact: [email protected] or call 0214413000

Also see: Win a night for two at the Cellars-Hohenhort


4. 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 13 May 2018. Enjoy a leisurely stroll with your mum 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, amuse bouche, the Cellars classic table salads, garden salad with grilled artichokes and avocado, the classic Caesar salad, poached pear salad with walnuts and gorgonzola, strawberry salad with grilled halloumi and springbok biltong.

For mains, you can choose between a pan roasted East Coast sole paired with caper and lemon beurre blanc or a free-range baby roasted chicken paired with grilled baby leeks and chicken sherry jus or a free-range beef fillet paired with bone marrow crust and red onion port wine jus.

Family table sides served with the main course are, roasted potatoes and butter baby carrots, creamy rosemary and parmesan gratin, grilled pumpkin, brassica vegetable with romesco.

Finishing off with dessert and enjoy a salted caramel tart with pear mousseline, apple crumble and butterscotch cremeux or a vanilla cheesecake with wild berry compote, coconut, stone fruit, blueberry salsa and sour cream.

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


5. Lunch at De Oude Werf Hotel

De Oude Werf Hotel in Stellenbosch is offering a special Mother’s Day lunch. The menu includes, a choice of roasts; either lamb with garlic and rosemary, served with pan gravy and a homemade mint and onion jam; gammon swathed in honey and treacle sugar with homemade mustard; and succulent free-range chicken.

There will be roast potatoes, sweet potatoes baked with caramel, as well as Jollof rice, that heart-warming North African celebration dish of fried rice spiced with nutmeg, cumin and ginger, warmed with chili peppers and stirred through with onions and tomatoes. There will be a table salad and for dessert, a warming, traditional peach pudding with homemade custard. A berry sorbet will also be served with freshly sliced fruit.

Cost: R350 per person; minimum 6 per table.
Contact: oudewerf.co.za  or call 0218874608


6. 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, enjoy a Mother’s Day indulgence with a wide array of homey dishes.

Starters range from smoked chicken and citrus salad to pickled fish, followed by hearty mains such as grilled swordfish with olives, red onion, tomato and basil, and sous-vide roast shoulder of lamb with rosemary and caramelised onion jus.

To sweeten the special occasion, guests can choose from a buffet of delicate desserts including baked cheesecake with passion fruit and traditional trifle. While sipping on the hotel’s premium wines or signature cocktails, guests and their special ladies will able to unwind, catch-up, and enjoy live entertainment.

Cost: R260 per person
Contact: [email protected] or call 0214348111


7. Lunch at Fancourt

If you are in George this Mother’s Day, give your mom the day off and spoil her at Fancourt with a delicious Mother’s Day lunch buffet at La Cantina. This includes a glass of bubbly and a gift for each mom.

Cost: R295 per adult, R150 per child under 12.
Contact: [email protected] or call 0448040186



8. High tea or lunch at Maropeng

Mother’s Day cake. Image: Alexandra Gorn

Enjoy high tea or a buffet lunch in the Cradle of Humankind. Treat mum to breathtaking mountain views and a delicious buffet at Tumulus Restaurant, along with a special gift for mom. Alternatively, enjoy high tea at the newly opened Deco Lounge at Sterkfontein Caves or at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel. Both high teas include delectable snacks, along with unlimited tea, coffee and iced tea and also includes a gift for mom.

Booking one of these experiences for Mother’s Day, on 13 May 2018, gives you a chance to win one of the following prizes:

1st prize: a one-night stay for two at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel
2nd prize: Sunday buffet lunch for two and combined Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves tour
3rd prize: Combined family of four tours to Sterkfontein and Maropeng

Cost: R275 per person for lunch and R225 per person for high tea
Contact: [email protected] or call 0145779000


9. Spa treatment at Klip River Country Estate

Klip River Boutique Spa‘s Mother’s Day special, which is valid until 31 May 2018, includes a balancing facial with an Indian head massage or a pensioner facial with Indian head massage.

Cost: R380 per person and R280 for pensioners
Contact: [email protected] or call Michelle on 0795114564


10. Mother’s Day Lunch at The Devonshire Hotel

The Devonshire Hotel in Braamfontein will be hosting a special Mother’s Day lunch on Sunday 13 May 2018, from 12pm-3pm.

Cost: adults R299, pensioners R238, children under 12 years R149, children under 6 years eat free
Contact: devonshirehotel.co.za Facebook Event or call 0113395611


11. Mother’s Day Lunch at Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton

This Mother’s Day, show your mom how much you appreciate her with a delicious lunch at the Vivace Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Sandton, from 12pm – 3pm. The feast fit for the most important lady in your life, is made up of a three-course set menu. You can also pamper your mom with a relaxed day at the Aesthetic Elements Spa where she will get a 15% voucher off any treatment.

Cost: R295 per person
Contact: Sandra Mafumo on 0112458000 or email [email protected]


12. Mother’s Day Oysters and Champagne at Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel

Mother’s Day at Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel. Image: supplied

Treat her to all you can eat meze platters and oysters in the gardens of Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel. There will be a free glass of French Champagne on arrival.

Cost: R350 per person and includes meze platters, oysters and live entertainment. R175 for kids under 12

Contact: [email protected]  or call 0126549878, tickets can be booked here.


13. 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 facial, a scalp massage and a milk foot ritual.

Cost: R1175 per person Monday – Friday, R1468 Saturday and Sundays.
Contact: irenecountrylodge.co.za or call 0126676464



14. Lunch at the Oyster Box Hotel

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

With live music and amazing views, make the most of the beautiful weather this Mother’s Day with lunch on the Ocean Terrace at The Oyster Box Hotel, in Umhlanga, between 12pm – 3pm. Includes a plated starter and dessert, and a buffet main course.

Cost: R790 per person and R450 per child 12 and under
Contact: [email protected] or call 0315145000


15. Free surf lesson 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 mom’s surf for free on semi-private surf lessons or choose a private surf lesson and get R100 off with Umzumbe Surf Camp. Situated one hours drive south from Durban International Airport, Umzumbe Surf House provide beach front lodge accommodation and surf lessons and surf camps on Umzumbe Beach.

Valid Mother’s Day weekend, 11-13 May 2018.
Contact: [email protected] or call 0396845019


Eastern Cape

16. Buffet lunch at Windsor Cabanas

Celebrate your Mom at the Windsor Cabanas in East London on Sunday 13 May at 12pm with a buffet lunch with plated starter and dessert.

Cost: R149 per person
Contact: Ursula [email protected] or call 0437433433


Northern Cape

17. Braai buffet at Mattanu Private Game Reserve

Head out to Mattanu Private Game Reserve at 12pm at the Camelthorn Tree Mattanu Boma for a three-course Mother’s Day braai buffet menu prepared by Wouter Kirstein from Pro-Venison.

Cost: R350 per person, children under 12 eat for R125 and children under 6 eat free.
Helicopter rides are available at R1250 per person, massages are available for between R300-R500 per person and a game drive after lunch will cost R100 per person.
Contact: [email protected] or call 0609885555


18. Mother’s Day Spa Treatment at Blissful Beauty

Book a 30-minute aromatherapy back, neck and shoulder massage for at Blissful Beauty in Kimberley and choose one of the following add-ons: a scalp massage, foot massage, hand massage or jet bath relaxation.

Cost: R230
Contact: 0796929090


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 chocloates and other gifts to send too.
Contact: netflorist.co.za or call 0861300600

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