Can’t think of a good idea for a Mother’s Day gift? Why not go all-out this year and book your mum a luxury spa retreat in an exotic location? And the good news is she will want a travel companion, so you can experience star treatment too! Here are our Top 5 handpicked spa hotels for pure pampering in 2012.

1) Shanti Maurice, Mauritius

5 star luxury awaits you at this breathtakingly beautiful resort, which boasts the largest Ayurvedic Spa in the Indian Ocean. Voted “Most Heavenly Hideaway” in the Tatler Travel Guide, Shanti Maurice is a true sanctuary of serenity and calm. This Mother’s Day you and your mum could experience the award-winning Sega Ritual, the resort’s signature massage. The treatment takes place right on the beach and involves deeply invigorating techniques using sugar cane and coconut butter, pure heaven! If you are interested in detox or weight loss, Shanti Maurice’s Nira Spa offers a range of packages that fuse elements of vedanta, yoga, holistic therapy and organic diet. A short stay at this beautiful island oasis will leave you looking and feeling fabulous!

2) Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa, Miami

If you think your mum would enjoy a soothing deep-tissue massage whilst listening to the gentle sound of the sea then why not whisk her away for a spa retreat at the Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa. This stunning resort boasts a world-famous Wellness Spa and truly idyllic location, right on the beach. The largest in Florida, the spa features a state of the art Aquavana thermal complex, with scented saunas and a herbal laconium where you can enjoy innovative therapies such as the award-winning ayurvedic rejuvenation treatment.

3) Kamalaya, Koh Samui         

Kamalaya is an exquisite resort, renowned for its unique approach to health and well being. With tailor made packages promising effective weight loss, detox or stress relief, Kamalaya is ideal for mums in need of body and soul pampering. The Yoga Synergy Retreat allows guests to master the art of yoga and meditation by taking part in daily sessions tailored to suit your individual needs and experience. Complimentary ayurvedic treatments and daily holistic fitness classes are included in the package.

4) LaSource, Grenada

Grenada is a true Caribbean gem and this award-winning resort could be the setting for an unforgettable luxury trip this mother’s day. Guests at LaSource enjoy a daily complimentary treatment at the award-winning Oasis Spa and there is an impressive list to choose from. From acupuncture to pedicures, Swedish massages to detoxifying wraps, expert therapists at LaSource promise to soothe a myriad of ailments and leave clients feeling blissfully energised. The Oasis duo spa treatments are ideal for mother and daughter to enjoy together.

5) Evason Ma’In Hot Springs, Jordan

Our final recommendation is Jordan’s multiple award-winning Evason Ma’In Hot Springs resort, renowned for being the most exclusive Spa in the Middle East. Your mum will receive the royal treatment at the luxurious Six Senses Spa. Start your beauty retreat with a Cleopatra milk bath, followed by a heavenly Thai Silk Facial and rounded off with the legendary Bukhoor Balance Massage which involves holistic practices and a traditional Arabic cleansing ritual – a truly special experience this Mother’s Day. Be sure to book her the Spa Suite so she can enjoy detoxifying massages in total privacy, whilst looking out over the stunning mountainous valley.

One thing is for certain, your mum will be overwhelmed with happiness if she is presented with a luxury spa retreat this year! However, if your budget can’t quite stretch to it, remember to at least get her some flowers, or better yet a large box of chocolates – she deserves it!

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