5 Luxury Destinations for a Mother-Daughter Trip
Few things in life will solidify a family bond quite like traveling together. So as Mother's Day approaches, T&C curated the destinations around the world that have all the elements of a perfect mother-daughter (or mother-son!) trip—gorgeous sights, good culture, great food, and plenty of spas. Bon voyage!
Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como
One of the most beautiful regions of Italy (just an hour drive from Milan) has really begun to soar in popularity in recent years, yet it has still managed to retain most of its local, Slim Aarons-like charm. Picture your week going something like this: taking languorous cruises from village to village, breaking for Aperol spritzes on the veranda of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, learning a little noble history at Villa del Balbianello, feasting on fresh pasta on the wisteria-covered terrace of Trattoria del Glicine. It's dolce far niente at its finest. Last month, Mandarin Oriental took over the historic 18th-century Villa Roccabruna, the former home of Italian soprano Giuditta Pasta. The opera star would frequently host the likes of Bellini (composer of Norma), Donizetti (who is said to have composed Anna Bolenaduring his stay and wrote it specifically for Pasta), and Stendhal, the 19th-century French writer. The villa is the centerpiece of Mandarin Oriental's 75-room property, which has immaculate lake views, a botanical garden home to 54 species of flora, and, the Lake Como essential—a floating pool. From $610, mandarinoriental.com
About 45 minutes outside of Austin, deep in Texas hill country, Miraval, the celebrity-adored wellness retreat in Tucson, has opened its second location (Miraval Berkshires is coming later this year). A long, winding driveway leads up to a verdant resort with wooden signs and lodge-style hotel rooms that give it all an adult summer camp vibe. There are two infinity pools overlooking Lake Travis and the surrounding hills, a vertigo-inducing obstacle challenge course, a meditation rock garden, plus Miraval's signature spiritually-minded programming. Meditate to the sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, unlock your astrology chart, interpret your dreams, and take a class in Japanese "forest-bathing." There are options for the more active, too: 13 different types of yoga, the aforementioned obstacle course, horseback riding, pilates, and HIIT classes. Unlike certain hardcore wellness retreats (six almonds and 14-mile hikes, anyone?), the food here, which comes from the hotel's own on-site farm, is unrestricted and actually tasty, and there is plenty of good wine to go around. The 30,000 square-foot-spa is a must for nursing any hangovers—and healing those sore muscles. From $529 per person, including all meals, complimentary classes, and transportation to and from airport, miravalaustin.com.
The tiny Massachusetts island is an iconic summer destination, all the more so now thanks to direct flights from New York, Boston, Charlotte, and Washington D.C. But many cases have been made for why shoulder season is a much better time to visit—it's got all of the same charms with a fraction of the crowds.
Last month, the iconic Wauwinet, a 144-year-old Relais & Chateaux property (Nantucket's only one), unveiled its first multimillion-dollar renovation in three decades. All 32 rooms and cottages, along with the lobby and library, were given a much-needed refresh, while the standalone three-bedroom Anchorage House has been redesigned by Serena & Lily (this cottage will be revealed next month). Rent a couple of bikes and cruise around town, stopping for ice cream at the Juice Bar and lobster rolls at 167 Raw. Or participate in one of the hotel's off-season offerings, like a tour of an oyster farm (tastings included), a cooking class with the executive chef of Topper's, or a visit to the charming village of Siasconset. From $225, wauwinet.com
No one does gardens quite like the British. Their green thumb is evident all over the city—and the country, really—from Kensington Palace to the Kyoto Garden to Kew Gardens, but reaches its peak in May with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show(May 21-25), the massive Instagram-worthy exhibit put on by the Royal Horticultural Society.
The Duchess of Cambridge at 2017’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
This year the Duchess of Cambridge is co-designing a garden with landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White. Called the "Back to Nature Garden," it's meant to inspire families to spend more time outdoors. "The design includes many natural elements that aim to stimulate active play, promoting the benefits of laying the foundations of physical health from a young age," Kensington Palace said. Stay with mom at the new 54-room Belmond Cadogan Hotel in Chelsea. Why? It has literary history (Oscar Wilde was arrested here, and each room has a library of books curated by John Sandoe Books), plus you'll get keys to the private 93-acre Cadogan Place Gardens, where you can picnic, settle in with a good book or board game, or even fit in a game of tennis, all like a well-heeled local. From $612, belmond.com
L’Auberge de Sedona
With its otherworldly red rock formations and #goodvibesonly vortexes, Sedona is great for girls trips. Just ask Gwyneth Paltrow. The actress and her A-list friends, including Cameron Diaz and Lake Bell, hiked, bonded, and were pampered here in 2018. The town has the best of both worlds: expansive vistas and landscapes, but also enough civilization for plenty of dining and shopping options.
Stay at L'Auberge de Sedona, which occupies a prime perch at the edge of town on the banks of Oak Creek. You can choose between the Vista Cottages, with their panoramic views of the red rocks, or opt for a Creekside option (these come with outdoor showers, by the way) and wake up to the soothing sounds of the stream. At the hotel's spa, luxuriate in massages and treatments using local ingredients, like prickly pear, juniper, sage, and cypress. For a deeper into-nature experience, channel the energy of the vortexes with a guided meditation in a treehouse. And before you ask, yes, forest-bathing is a thing here, too. From $379, lauberge.com
*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
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