The mother of all Mother's Day lists

The perfect 12 for the perfect 12th

She gave life to you. She fed you. She probably lost loads of sleep over you. We all know it's hard to show your mum just how important and loved she is. Although we're sure she'd appreciate those plastic jasmine flowers and itchy teddy bears from 7-Eleven (you know, the ones you bought last minute last year), you might want to turn your Mother's Day game up a notch or two this time. Have a read through our list of ideas on how to make this Mother's Day really stand out for the most wonderful woman in your life.

1. Shell her how much you love her

Seafood, Lobster Mornay and buffet at Cafe@2

Make waves with a sea of love by sharing a cold seafood platter for two, a succulent Lobster Mornay, along with an amazing international buffet. What's more, The Conrad, Bangkok will treat your mum to this luxurious meal for free when she comes with at least two family members.

11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm. Cafe@2, Conrad Bangkok, 2/F, 87 Witthayu Road, 02-690-9999. B1,750+ per person.

2. Seafood and sweet food

Seafood BBQ feast or special afternoon tea at The House on Sathorn

This is a way to really spoil your mum for choice. The House on Sathorn is offering both a seafood barbeque and an afternoon tea. The barbeque will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet with desserts like Hong Kong waffles and chocolate profiteroles. Of course, we won't miss out the fact that all mums receive a complimentary cocktail, champagne or mocktail! But if you're looking for an even sweeter treat, try the afternoon tea set which is served in a beautiful garden setting in The Courtyard and includes mango scones, pandan-coconut passion fruit cakes and a jasmine garland for your mum.

Seafood BBQ: noon-4pm. Mother's Tea Time: 2.40pm-5.30pm. The House on Sathorn, Sathorn Nua Road, 02-344-4025. B1,480+ per person for barbeque, B1,350+ per person for afternoon tea.

3. A feast at feast

Free international brunch buffet and seafood dinner buffet for mums at Feast

How about a huge variety of delicious food and desserts from all over the world to impress your mum? Come with four people and mum will dine for free; so grab your family to enjoy endless seafood, European dishes and sushi at Feast, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers. If your mum's a dessert lover, make sure she doesn't miss the colourful display of sweets and the homemade gelato.

11.30am-3pm, 6pm-10pm. Feast, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Charoen Krung Soi 30, 02-266-9214. Free shuttle boat available from Saphan Taksin BTS. B2,000+ per person for brunch, B1,250+ per person for dinner.

4. The sweetest garland in Bangkok

Mother's Day Festival at The Mandarin Oriental Shop

Your mum is elegant, sweet, beautiful, and so is this special cake by The Mandarin Oriental Shop. This special Raspberry, lychee and jasmine tart is a combination of raspberry and almond frangipane, aromatic jasmine Chantilly, lychee jelly and fresh raspberries. Its design is inspired by the Thai flower garland, so it's a perfect way to give your mum a treat that is both delicious and traditional.

Available until Aug 31 at all four Mandarin Oriental Shops at Siam Paragon, Gaysorn Village, Central Chidlom and The Emporium. Opening hours: 10am-9.00pm. 02-659-9000. B130 per cake.


Buffet of crabs, oysters and more plus a spa offer

Cuisine Unplugged presents "The Best Mother's Day Buffet 2017" with a huge selection of freshly imported seafood, dim sum, sushi, oysters and an enticing array of desserts. The real highlight of the buffet will be the offer of eight types of succulent crabs from oceans all over the world such as French Tourteaux crabs, Indonesian tiger crabs and African mud crabs. But your mum can never be too spoilt, so on top of all this Pullman Bangkok are giving her a box of two jasmine macaroons and a spa coupon for Le Spa worth B500. She also dines for free for both lunch and dinner!

Pullman Bangkok King Power Hotel, Rangnam Road, 02-680-9999. B875 per person for online bookings (30% off from B1,250) for lunch, B1,190 for online bookings (30% off from B1,700) for dinner.


Two days of festivities with Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

It's probably a universally known fact that what mums want most is to relax. So why not take her to enjoy the sweeping views of rice paddies of the picturesque Mae Rim Valley. Staying at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai will surely be a luxurious retreat but to make the stay extra special, the hotel is also offering a traditional Thai set menu for dinner including Phraram long song and Bua loi sam see. There'll also be a Family Sunday brunch full of international food the next day so she can enjoy a nice long lie-in.

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Road, 053-298-181. B2,200+ per person.


'Klin Mali' spa treatment from Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand

The jasmine flower, or dok mali, is the traditional flower for Mother's Day, so Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand are offering a two-hour spa treatment called 'Klin Mali', based on the flower's fragrance. Your mum will begin this relaxing experience with a soothing foot bath of herbs, followed by a jasmine body massage with house-blended jasmine oil, a jasmine body mask, all rounded off with a refreshing cup of herbal tea and a fresh fruit platter. The treatment is especially designed with mothers in mind so it's sure to leave her feeling properly pampered, restored and relaxed. She'll also love the complimentary jasmine massage oil and jasmine body lotion gift set!

Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld. 02-100-1234. B2,950+ per person.


Two-hour long spa journey at SPA by Le Meridien Bangkok

Celebrations can be relaxing too. That's what the "Mother and I" spa package at SPA, by Le Meridien Bangkok try to focus on with their treatment designed to limber up tight joints, relax muscles, replenish glow and revive zest. The treatment includes a warm Thai herbal compress, an aromatic oil massage, culminating with the main act: an orange milk bath with a formula rich in easily absorbed fats, proteins and micro-elements. You'll have your mum feeling like an Egyptian queen.

11am-11pm. SPA, Le Meridien Bangkok, Surawong Road, 02-232-8888. B2,800 per mother or B5,200 per mother plus one other.


An afternoon and dinner of delicious food, traditional music and special gifts

Spend an afternoon or evening dining at The Square, Novotel Bangkok as it welcomes families with Thai-style decorations and traditional Thai music. Aside from the huge buffet, mums will be delighted with a special Mother's Day cake, a jasmine hand garland and a cute family photo against a specially decorated backdrop. There's also a Kids' Corner with staff on hand so the little ones won't have to miss out on all the festivities.

noon-3pm , 6pm-10pm. Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit, Phloenchit Road. 02-305-6000. B1,499+ per person (50% discount for children under twelve).


A showcase of Thai fabrics from different regions in Thailand

Every fashionable mum will go crazy for this special exhibition of Thai textiles that features works by big Thai designers such as Vatanika and Disaya. The Magic of Thai Fabric takes place for two days on Aug 19 and 20. Take her to discover more about Thai silk Villages and enjoy a magnificent Thai silk fashion show on Aug 19 from 4-8pm. Buy Thai fabrics directly from the local weaving communities on both dates from 10am. The event is in Chiang Mai the week after Mother's Day, so it would also be a perfect peaceful escape to relax and an extra surprise just when she thought the special treatment was only for one day.

Aug 19-20. The Royal Pavilion, Royal Flora Ratchaphruek, Chiang Mai. Call 1672 for TAT call centre for more info. Free entry.


Special deals on rates and spa treatments at an award-winning lifestyle and wellness hotel

We want nothing more than to keep our beloved mums healthy. Keep her in tip-top shape with a stay at Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 while they're offering an extra 12% discount on top of current room promotions with the code LUVMOM17 when booking online. Give her some proper nourishment with your family at the Eat Well Café where you'll have 50% off as well as a mini jasmine tree for your mum. Then, you can round it all off by joining her for a soothing and therapeutic spa treatment at the Well Spa with the current Buy 1 Get 1 Free promotion. Who says over-indulgence is bad for your health?

Book now until 31 Aug and stay from now until Sep 30. Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20, 02-127-5995. Book on Rates from B2,374+ per room.


A flower exhibition in honour of HM the Queen Sirikit

Of course, it mustn't be forgotten that this Mother's Day is also HM the Queen Sirikit's 85th birthday. The Emporium offers a beautiful way to celebrate both occasions with a spectacular flower show: "The Queen of Tropical Rainforests". Fields of over 200,000 Siam Tulips are being displayed in the heart of Bangkok at the Emporium. Make sure you also visit the special exhibition of the "Royal Thai" collection. This will reveal, for the first time ever, nine Siam Tulip species that were specifically researched and developed as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne. If you want to make this Mother's Day a truly unique one, this is definitely one to try.

Aug 9-14. The Emporium. Free entry.


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