Mother’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Vacation Deals9 min read
The best way to relax and treat Mom this year might be with a vacation, and travelers are looking for the best hotel deals, offers and loyalty program promotions. According to Vacasa’s Spring Travel 2022 report, 53% of consumers are thinking about taking a long weekend for Mother’s Day. But, when you take that trip may make a big difference.
According to HomeToGo research, the median nightly price for a vacation home over Mother’s Day weekend (between May 6-8) is $279 per night. The most affordable weeks to rent a vacation home this spring around the country are all in mid-to-late April and early May before rates rise significantly for the summer. Whether you are considering a vacation home rental this year or a traditional hotel stay, book early to secure some of the best vacation deals. Here are some of the best options to pamper Mom this year.
Unlimited package at Miraval Arizona
This World of Hyatt-participating property in Arizona is a wellness-themed favorite. Its Unlimited Package offers everything Mom can use to pamper herself with a little “me time.” It includes receiving the fifth night free on a five-night stay and a daily resort credit of $175 to use for wellness activities and the spa. Unlimited access to daily yoga, fitness, meditation and wellness lectures are a big draw in addition to the resort’s pools, hiking trails and gym. The package includes gourmet meals, unlimited snacks, smoothies, specialty coffee and gratuity. Best of all guests can earn and redeem World of Hyatt points during their stay.
Girlfriend getaway package in Belize
Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas, Belize is introducing an active-focused package for Mother’s Day and girlfriend getaways this spring. The “Get Out There” package includes roundtrip air transfers to the nearby airstrip, five nights in a two-bedroom bungalow, snorkeling, kayaking, zip lining in the rain forest, river tubing and guided hikes. Other perks of the package is a spa treatment and all-inclusive dining package at its three restaurants and new rooftop bar. The package is available to book between now and the end of May for travel through spring 2023.
Half off in Puerto Vallarta
Score 50% off the room rate plus a 15-minute spa treatment with this special spring package from Marival Armony Punta de Mita. Valid to reserve between now and May 31, the offer also includes a beach bag, welcome bottle of wine and local snacks waiting in the room. The resort is located in the Riviera Nayarit region of Puerto Vallarta. This package is available for stays between May 25 and June 30.
Convertibles and yachts at The Wayfinder in Rhode Island
Newport’s The Wayfinder Hotel has just the lavish deal for travelers this spring. The April-June package includes the rental of a 1966 Ford Mustang convertible as well as a half-day sailing with America’s Cup Charters giving guests a unique way to explore the area from land and sea. There’s also an in-suite mixology class and dinner and drinks for six people at the hotel’s restaurant to round out the experience.
Sofitel’s “sun and city” vacation in Colombia
This dual-vacation offer from Accor’s Sofitel brand is dubbed The Alchemy of Colombia: Cartagena & Barú package. It includes two nights at Sofitel Legend Santa Clara in Cartagena followed by two nights at Sofitel’s new resort on the nearby island of Baru. Transportation between the two are part of the deal, which is available for $1,100 per person for four nights. A dinner for two people is also included at each hotel.
Mother’s Day spa escape package at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
A little pampering for Mom is easy with the Mother’s Day spa escape package available this spring at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach in Florida. It includes a 15% discount on two nights, a $200 spa credit, $50 dining credit, welcome snacks and Champagne, and discounted spa treatments. The hotel participates in the Wyndham Rewards loyalty program where members can earn and redeem points during their stay.
“Spring ahead” at Hard Rock Hotels
Travelers can save up to 50% on a vacation at various all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels, which are famous for their on-display rock and roll and Hollywood memorabilia. The spring ahead package includes discounts on area tours, early check-in and late check-out (based on availability), and other perks like complimentary 30-minute spa treatments, golf deals or airport transportation depending on the property. The offer is available for stays of at least four nights between now and Dec. 17.
Exclusive access to Queen of Nefertari’s Egypt exhibition
Between now and July 11, guests of the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans can enjoy exclusive access to the Queen of Nefertari Egypt exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art. History and art lovers can take advantage of the hotel package that includes daily breakfast for two, tickets to the exhibition, exclusive access to “member access hours” for private viewing and dessert in the cafe. On display are 230 different objects like statues, vases, jewelry, papyrus, wooden coffins and stone sarcophagi. Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans is part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts group, and guests can earn and redeem points in the I Prefer Hotel Rewards loyalty program.
Discounts and a scream pillow at Club Wyndham
The “scream it out” Mother’s Day promotion with Club Wyndham offers 20% off vacation stays at numerous properties plus a welcome gift basket and a scream pillow in which Moms can voice their frustrations. Awaiting guests in the room are gourmet chocolates, a bottle of wine and popcorn. Bookable between now and May 2, the offer is available at numerous resorts including Club Wyndham Cypress Palms in Orlando, Club Wyndham Austin and Club Wyndham Grand Desert in Las Vegas.
Daily resort credit at Corazón Cabo
The newly opened, $100 million Corazón Cabo, a Noble House Resort, is offering a special package for its first hotel guests. Now through May 22, 2022, moms and daughters can enjoy the “Discover Corazón Cabo” opening offer, which includes a $300 daily resort credit. Other perks of this special vacation package includes a free room upgrade and a welcome drink and culinary gift in the room.
Breakfast, palapas and spa for two at Hilton Aruba
This Hilton Honors resort in Aruba is ready to pamper couples with a special Mother’s Day vacation package. Hilton Aruba’s Celebrate Mom package includes daily breakfast, a poolside palapa for all-day relaxation, welcome drinks and a couple’s massage. It is available for stays between May 1 and 9, but must be booked by May 5. A three-night minimum stay is required, but earning Hilton Honors points adds to the fun.
The longer you stay, the more you save
Southernmost Beach Resort in Key West offers a “Stay Longer and Save More” package this season. One night is eligible for up to 20% off a stay with this offer while two nights can earn 25% off and up to 30% off when staying three nights. The resort is known for its three pools with poolside live music, private beach, yoga sessions, cocktail tastings, and even a sip and spill painting class.
Third night free in Sonoma County
Go wine tasting for a bit of relaxation in California’s Sonoma Valley. This special deal includes the third hotel night free at select properties including the Fairmont Sonoma Mission & Spa, which participates in the Accor All Live Limitless loyalty program. There’s also the Sonoma County Tasting Pass, which offers discounts at local wineries, distilleries and craft breweries.
Shopping spree at Lotte Hotel Seattle
Lotte Hotel Seattle and Nordstrom are teaming up for a special Mother’s Day package available all month long in May. It includes a $100 gift card to Nordstrom, $50 gift card to the hotel spa, a space-available room upgrade and welcome treat in the room from the hotel’s pastry chef. Moms can also pick up a beauty gift bag from Nordstrom as part of this special deal.
Spa day at Kauai Beach Resort
Guests booking the “Relax and Renew in Paradise” package at Kauai Beach Resort can enjoy a $100 voucher to use at the property’s Hawaiian Rainforest Spa. It can be used on massage and beauty treatments or on an oceanside cabana for that perfect opportunity to relax in the islands.
In-room Peloton bikes and discounts at Sonesta Hotels
The Travel Today Your Way promotion offers Sonesta Travel Pass members a discount and dining credit for upcoming stays. The discount and credit varies by the brand with Royal Sonesta and Sonesta Hotels and Resorts properties getting as much as 15% off and a $20 dining credit. Reservations must be made by the end of June for travel any time until Sept. 5. Royal Sonesta properties also have a Peloton Package where guests receive a Peloton gift card and water bottle, and at some properties, the bike can be delivered to the guest room for a private workout.
Celebration package at Hilton Sandestin Beach
This summer, couples can enjoy the celebration package at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. It includes a welcome bottle of sparkling wine or cider, early check-in and late check-out based on availability and a buy-one-get-one-free offer in the restaurant. A free shuttle takes guests to a nearby shopping village with special discounts reserved for resort guests. Also available are bike rentals, watersport activities, nearby golf and tennis, and a popular spa.
$400 off beach vacations with BeachBound
Between now and the end of May, BeachBound.com is offering $400 off a six-night or more vacation. To take advantage, use promo code “LAUNCH400” for flight and hotel packages for travel anytime through December 22. The website covers beach destinations all around the Caribbean and Mexico plus in the Pacific including Hawaii, French Polynesia and Fiji.
Marriott Bonvoy intros new Monaco Grand Prix “moment”
Vacation deals aren’t always about cash discounts. As part of the Marriott Bonvoy Moments platform, where members can earn and redeem points for curated experiences, the brand has added a new race car-themed opportunity. Members can use their points to bid on an exclusive package that lets them enjoy the Monaco Grand Prix while aboard a yacht chartered by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team. The prize includes an overnight aboard the yacht and access to the brand’s special studio on the race’s qualifying day. Race-themed packages are available through early May, but act quickly as the auction ends even sooner.