On this special day, mothers deserve only the very best. Mother’s Day is that time wherein we celebrate and remember the unconditional TLC (that’s “tender loving care” for those not in the know) moms provide us with every day of our lives.
This is a tall order, and it’s no question that moms need a break for a change. What better gift to give than to treat them to that perfect getaway to relax, enjoy and rejuvenate. Depending on how your mom would like to spend her time relaxing, here are some holiday gift ideas that may suit her, complete with an estimated budget breakdown.
For moms who enjoy road trips:
Approximately a 10-hour drive from the city. It is one of the places to sight-see if you like old preserved houses. The food is interestingly delicious and it is a great place to shop for furniture.
- Gas: approx. P4,000
- Hotel & Accommodations: approx. P1,000 to P2,000
- Food (per meal): approx. P200 to P300
Approx. P5,000 to P7,000 (per person, one weekend)
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Approximately 6 ½ hours from Manila. Baguio is the place known for its beautiful cold weather. It is nice to walk around and take in the cool weather, the smell of pine, shop in “ukay-ukay” places, eat fresh strawberries and known to buy the famous “walis ting-ting.”Also, Fruits and vegetables are quite cheap in the area. Best place to stay while in Baguio is at the Camp John Hay Manor.
- Gas: approx. P2,000
- Hotel & Accommodations: approx. P5,000 to P7,000
- Food (per meal): approx. P500
Approx. P10,000 to P12,000 (per person, one weekend)
For moms who enjoy nature:
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An island of the Philippines located at the northeast tip of the island of Panay. It is known to be one of the best and most popular tropical beaches. Your mom is surely going to enjoy this trip.
- Hotel & Accommodations: approx. P8,000 package including airfare
- Food (per meal): approx. P500
Approx. P12,000 to P13,000 (per person, one weekend)
Click here for a travel guide for Boracay
PUNTA FUEGO, BATANGAS
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A 3 hour drive from the city, this place usually requires you to be endorsed by a member but if not, you may book your accommodations online at www.puntafuego.com.ph
- Gas: approx. P1,000
- Hotel & Accommodations: approx. P6,000 to P7,000
- (package includes package including airfare and a P3,000 consumable budget)
*Il Jardinero – a must-try Italian restaurant just beside the lower beach
Approx. P15,000 (2 persons, one weekend)
For moms who love to jet-set, sight-see and shop:
HONG KONG & MACAU
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Aside from shopping in Hong Kong, You can always take your mom to see Disneyland. Mother’s Day weekend in Disneyland is always a prime time to visit. With special events and flower displays for the flower and garden festival in store, Disney character topiaries and free flower power concerts are just as fun to watch.
And since Macau is only a 45-minute boat ride away from Hong Kong, you can take your mom for a little gambling, see all the stunning hotels (ala Las Vegas style) and experience the old diverse culture of the Portuguese and Chinese.
- Airfare: approx. P5,000 to P8,000 depending on airline promo
- Hotel Accommodations: approx. P2,000 to P4,000 through online booking (e.g.www.agoda.com)
- Food (per meal): approx. P300 to P500
Personally one of my favorite countries to go to with my mom is Singapore. Everything is accessible, clean and everybody speaks English. The perfect place to shop if you like high-end labels, enjoy authentic Chinese food and indulge in tourist attractions.
- Airfare: approx. P10,000 to P14,000 depending on airline and promos
- Hotel Accommodations: approx. P3,000 to P4,300 through online booking (e.g.www.asiarooms.com)
- Food (per meal): approx. P200 to P400 at food courts; P400 to P600 at restaurants
Approx. P20,000 to P23,000 (per person, one weekend)
I have been to all the places mentioned above and I recommend them as great spots. I hope this information is helpful in your choice for that perfect holiday treat for your mom.
For the entire mom’s out there, Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for the unconditional TLC you give us. You truly are extraordinary women.