Hotels around the world share their tips for pampering mom at home this Mother's Day.

By Elizabeth Rhodes
May 02, 2020
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Mother’s Day is fast approaching, but it might look a little different this year. This May 10, you likely won't be able to go out for your yearly Mother’s Day brunch because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but you can still make the day extra special for mom. Whether you’re celebrating together at home or through your computer screen across the country (with fun Zoom backgrounds), we’ve taken inspiration from these hotels to help you create the ultimate DIY Mother’s Day celebration.

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Serve a hotel-inspired breakfast in bed.

If you’re at home for Mother’s Day this year, treat mom to a Waldorf Astoria-inspired breakfast in bed. Hilton is credited with standardizing the concept of room service after it originated at the Waldorf Astoria New York in the 1930s. This iconic hotel (currently undergoing renovations) also invented eggs Benedict, so why not start Mother’s Day with this delicious brunch dish, served on a tray with coffee or a mimosa in bed?

Whip up scones for at-home afternoon tea.

For another delicious treat, whip up some scones and enjoy afternoon tea inspired by Langham Hotels and Resorts. Afternoon tea became popular in Langham properties around the world since the hotel began serving it in 1865. Recreate the experience at home with jam, clotted cream, scones, and of course, a hot pot of tea.

Send flowers inspired by her favorite destination.

If you can’t celebrate Mother’s Day in person this year, we’ve got you covered. Transport mom to the tropical Hawaiian paradise that is Halekulani with an orchid flower delivery. According to the hotel, this beautiful flower represents love, beauty, and strength, and its rich history in Hawaii will bring the island vibes home to her.

Turn the kitchen into her favorite hotel bar with delicious cocktails.

Toast to mom with a destination-inspired cocktail or use an alcohol delivery service like Saucey to gift her a DIY cocktail kit featuring her favorite drink. Take inspiration from Bermuda’s Hamilton Princess and send her the ingredients to create a beachy beverage like the Rum Swizzle — often referred to as “Bermuda’s national drink.” For an Instagram-worthy drink, make the Lavender Aviation from the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek — you can find this recipe (along with others from the hotel) on their Instagram page.

Give her a candle that smells like her favorite resort.

Sending mom a candle that smells just like her favorite resort is the perfect way to bring back all the fun travel memories you’ve made together. The Gurney’s Resorts candle will transport her to the Montauk beachfront, with its notes of soft rose, ylang ylang, white musks, jasmine, and verdant accord, while the exotic black tea signature scent of the Edition Hotels candle will make any room in her house feel like a five-star hotel.

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Turn her bathroom into a resort-worthy spa.

Take inspiration from the peaceful Akasha spa at the Hotel Café Royal in London to create a Zen environment at home. Invest in some aromatherapy candles or diffusers as well as a plush, hotel-quality robe, so mom can have a relaxing spa day without leaving the house.