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Mama, we care!

We round up some of the best Mother’s Day experiences to enjoy across Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Show mum some love or just book yourself in for a treat

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Mother’s Day is the one day of the year where mum can do as she pleases. We’d like to say that’s every day, but then we’d be ignoring lots of super-mum responsibilities, and we know mums can’t always take a break whenever they please. That’s why we’ve rounded up a whole host of treats that can be enjoyed the whole month long, not just on Wednesday March 21. So get ready to relax, be pampered and forget about nappies, feeding times and sleeping schedules – even if it’s only for a few hours at some point this month.

Read on for month-long Mother’s Day treats to be enjoyed across the UAE.

A girly affair at Saray Spa, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
As well as it being Mother’s Day on Wednesday March 21, lucky ladies also get to celebrate International Women’s Day on Thursday March 8. Since the whole month is theirs, they can start it all off with a luxurious spa treatment. For the entire month of March, you can book a 30-minute facial or back massage, followed by a 15-minute foot reflexology session and afterwards join the ladies with a sweet and savoury afternoon tea, set within the chic La Farine Café & Bakery. Sweet tooth? You’ll get to treat yourself to hot scones and jam, freshly baked pastries, cakes, delectable mini sandwiches and more, all served with endless cups of hot tea for that perfect Zen feeling.
Dhs300 per person. Daily 9am-11pm.Until Mar 31. Business Bay, Dubai (04 414 6754).

An afternoon with Rapunzel at Flow Kitchen
If you’re a little obsessed with princesses and fancy tea parties (don’t worry, we all are), then we have a must-try activity for you this month. Fairmont The Palm is inviting Rapunzel down from her tower for an afternoon tea. The Tangled Tea Party will host the golden-haired princess for some sweet and savoury treats, and you’re invited to indulge with her amid décor inspired by scenes from her movie Tangled and other classic fairy tales, themed pink and purple throughout. The little ones are encouraged to dress up in their favourite costumes for a chance to win some amazing prizes. There will be a complimentary professional photoshoot with Rapunzel and pink manicures, too.
Dhs200 (one adult and one child aged 12 and under), Dhs150 (additional adults), Dhs75 (additional kids up to aged 12). Thu Mar 22, 3pm-6pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai (04 457 3388).

Arabian nights at Sense Spa

Over on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi you’ll find the gorgeous Sense, a Rosewood Spa, which boasts neutral, calming décor, nine treatment rooms, a hammam and fully kitted-out relaxation areas. It also has cold mist showers, a sauna and a large whirlpool. It features an extensive menu of indulgent treatments and signature therapies that use traditional healing methods and local ingredients, enhanced by the latest equipment and bio-technology. But it’s the three-hour Arabian Nights package that really caught our eye. It’s a ceremony that will see you soaked in a scented milk bath and enjoy a medley of treatments of your choosing. The session can be enjoyed alone or alongside your other half (sharing’s caring, after all).
Prices vary. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5537).

Beautifying packages at Rossano Ferretti Hair Spa

For an internationally acclaimed salon fix, Rossano Ferretti Hair Spa has launched some serious pampering packages that you’ll want to look into. If it’s your locks that need looking after, the salon is offering ten blow-dries for the price of eight, with prices starting from Dhs120. Nail services are also on offer, with a package of ten manicures or pedicures for the price of eight, with prices starting from Dhs170.
Prices vary. Rossano Ferretti Hair Spa, Villa 306 Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai (04 3300 073); Villa 306, Al Karamah Street, Abu Dhabi. (02 6453 313).

Blossoming bumps massage at Tips & Toes

Mums-to-be, this one’s for you. Tips & Toes salon’s new Pregnancy Massage is the perfect prenatal treatment to relax, reduce stress and promote wellness for you and your precious one. The massage will help relieve backaches, a stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and swelling – which we all know are part of the parcel of pregnancy. This bump-safe beauty treatment is something you’ll love this month.
Dhs289 (75-minute Pregnancy Massage). Until Mar 31. Various locations including Arjaan Rotana, Dubai Media City (04 437 0874); Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi (02 681 8386).

Express treatments at Pastels Salon
No time to spare on endless beauty treatments? Pastels Salon has invented new mix-and-match packages just for you, so you can be in and out in no time – and have all your friends wonder how you’ve managed to look so glamorous. You can go for First Gear, which includes a blow-dry, manicure and pedicure in 30 minutes priced from Dhs370. For something a bit more comprehensive, there’s the Top Gear Perfection, which includes root colour, a blow-dry, manicure, pedicure and neck and shoulder massage in 75 minutes, all from Dhs765. Running late? We don’t think so…
Prices vary. Ongoing. Pastels Salon, Al Wasl, Jumeirah, Dubai (04 388 3534).

Free dessert at Bombay Bungalow

Did someone say free dessert? JBR restaurant Bombay Bungalow is known for its creative twist on Indian favourites, and it’s giving mums a free dessert on Sunday March 11 and Wednesday 21 – that’s both Mother’s Day dates for you. Its most famous dishes include the burrata butter chicken, which is basically the only one in the entire world. It also has vegetarian dishes including a Gruyère fondue and treats for seafood-lovers including calamari fritters. Now on to desserts… You can choose from coconut rasmalai with salted caramel, mango kulfi, and lots more.
Free dessert with any meal purchased. Mar 11 and 21. The Beach, opposite JBR, Dubai (800 692 8779).

Gold radiance facial at Emirates Palace Spa
The First Class of spas, if you will. This 1,500 sq m, award-winning wellness retreat is based in the iconic Emirates Palace hotel. So, naturally, it’s fantastic. If anywhere will fill you with a sense of stillness and serenity, it’s the Palace’s spa. It offers all the usual treatments (delivered in an extraordinary manner, mind you), such as hammams, massages, facials and body rituals. But, while you’re here, we suggest checking out the seriously special 24-Karat-gold-inspired options, particularly the five-and-a-half-hour A Day of Gold session. It includes a signature Palace massage, luxe hammam, 24-Karat gold radiance facial and a classic pedicure, plus lunch. That’s the stuff, mum.
Dhs4,395. Ongoing. West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi (02 690 7978).

Mother’s Day at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Mums are in for a real treat at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Its steakhouse 55&5th, The Grill is celebrating with a special three-course menu throughout the month. You’ll also be treated to a personalised dessert featuring your photo rendered in edible ink. Reservations for this are a must and pictures should be sent in at least 48 hours in advance, so start snapping! The menu is available daily from 7pm and is a set price of Dhs370. You also have The St. Regis Mother’s Day Brunch on Friday March 23, at which all mums will be honoured with bouquet of flowers and an aperitif. Aww! At the same price, you can give the enticing Epicurean Brunch at Olea restaurant a try, with a Mongolian barbecue, tandoori ovens, Cold Stone Creamery ice cream, and more for you to tuck into. Choices!
Brunch and buffet at Olea: From Dhs395 (adults), Dhs190 (kids aged six to 12), free kids under five. Fri 1pm-4pm; The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).

Mother’s Day special at Luban Spa
Soothing spa sessions are sort of a Mother’s Day thing. That’s why throughout the month of March, Luban Spa in Jumeirah, Dubai, has curated special packages for mums and mums-to-be with its specialised Omani Frankincense treatments. The 90-minute “Mother Glows Best” pregnancy massage will help a mum-to-be beat the pregnancy bloat and banish fatigue. It’s followed by a 30-minute superfood mini facial, which promises plumper, glowing skin. There’s also the 180-minute “Chill Out” massage, which starts with a rose body mask, followed by a 60-minute massage and ending with a 60-minute resurfacing facial.
Dhs550 (Mother Glows Best), Dhs1,100 (Chill Out). Open Sat-Sun 10am-10pm; Fri noon-9pm. Villa 100, Umm El Sheif Road, Jumeirah, Dubai (04 346 0000).

Mum’s the queen at Clinton St. Baking Company

Queen mums (and that special sister who has always stepped in to help) get to celebrate their special day at Clinton St. Baking Company with a cup of tea or coffee and a side of mixed berry scones… that’s the real way to a mum’s heart. The Mother’s Day bakery box includes lemon muffins, chocolate brownies, mixed berry scones, salted caramel biscuits and more. Boxes are available for delivery or collection and can be customised in case of allergies.
Dhs125 (18-piece box), Dhs250 (45-piece box). Various locations including Burj Views, Downtown Dubai (04 428 1331).

Prescriptive facials at Euromed Clinic Center
This is the new era of facials! Prescriptive facials are a low-cost introduction to many of the high-tech skincare treatments in the market. Euromed Clinic and renowned beauty guru Rebecca Treston introduced some of these new treatments, including the Be Bright facial. It targets the signs of ageing with milk peel exfoliating action that gives you improved skin tone and texture, leaving your face feeling incredibly hydrated and deeply nourished. You also have the Zesty Boost, a relaxing facial designed to resurface and smoothen the skin. The enzyme vitamin C facial gently exfoliates while nourishing the complexion to reveal a more youthful appearance. Perfect for sensitive or irritated skin, and to give mum’s youthful looks a boost.
Be Bright facial: Dhs600; Zesty Boost facial: Dhs550. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 1, Dubai (04 394 5422).

Royal Retreat at CHI, The Spa, Abu Dhabi

The Shangri-La brand is distinctly Asian, so it’s no wonder that CHI, The Spa has its roots firmly based in ancient natural healing methods and wellbeing practises that originate from the continent. For an expertly delivered treatment, this spa is among the elite. Whether you go for the traditional Arabic coffee scrub, or the slightly more New Age-sounding bio-energy mud wrap, CHI’s staff have got you covered. Since we’re going all out for Mother’s Day, we suggest The Ultimate Royal Retreat, which encompasses a hammam session and hour-long deep-tissue massage to restore your sense of wellbeing.
The Ultimate Royal Retreat: Dhs835. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi (02 509 8900).

The Mother of all Mother’s Days at Reform Social and Grill, Dubai

Bring the whole family together for one major celebration at Reform Social & Grill. On Saturday March 10, the British gastropub will be transformed into the ultimate family haven where mums can sit back and relax by the picturesque lake or indulge in some retail therapy at the boutique market stalls. Meanwhile the kids will be kept busy with a giant bouncy castle and face-painting. To make things all the more easy for mums, there’ll be professional babysitting services on offer, too.
Dhs130 (roast). Sat Mar 10, noon-6pm. The Lakes, Emirates Living, Dubai (04 454 2638).

Treat mum at Heavenly Spa

There’s a farm-to-table spa concept you’ve got to try. For a journey that will leave you feeling beautiful, de-stressed and positively glowing, try this Mother’s Day treatment at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi’s Heavenly Spa, which starts off with a detoxifying foot ritual soak using Himalayan, Epsom and exotic sea salts. It’s followed by an agave nectar oil massage enriched with a blend of powerful anti-ageing extracts that bring a glistening glow to the skin. You also get a pedicure in the end for happy feet and you can lounge on the beach or by the pool for free for the rest of the day.
Dhs500 (60 minutes), Dhs665 (90 minutes). Until Mar 31. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7901).

Viva la Mama at Taqado Mexican Kitchen

Mexican fast food chain Taqado is celebrating mums this Mother’s Day by offering up a free main meal when your child orders a Mini Luchadores Combo. The meal includes a kids’ main, horchata, which is a traditional sweet rice beverage and a portion of churros. The offer is valid all day on Wednesday March 21, at all Taqado outlets across Dubai and Abu Dhabi. So go out and grab yourself a meal!
Dhs30. Wed Mar 21. Various locations including iRise Tower, Barsha Heights, Dubai. (04 451 6409); The Galleria Mall, Al Falah Street, Abu Dhabi (02 677 0700).

Waffle day at Delifrance
Kiddies love waffles and so do mums. Ideally, a perfect outing would include waffles for both and we’ve found just that in Dubai. For the entire month of March, when you buy one waffle at Delifrance boulangerie, you the second completely free. Quelle surprise! It’s also a French Leige waffle served with lashings of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, and dusted with icing sugar. Legend has it that it was an 18th century delicacy served to wow a prince. Sold!
Dhs25. Delifrance, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 321 3659).


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