For reasons I’ll never understand, Mother’s Day is a different date depending on where you are. The UK has a different date from Australia, and the U.S. and Canada different again from Mexico. To totally complicate the spoiling-of-your-mummy, Thailand has its own date for Mother’s Day, which coincides with Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday on August 12th.
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Mother’s Day on Koh Samui
How to celebrate Mother’s Day on Koh Samui?
First, choose your date! 2022 Mother’s Day dates, by country:
- UK: Sunday, March 27
- U.S., Canada, Australia and much of Europe: Sunday, May 8
- Thailand: Friday, August 12
Given the three calendar options, it remains to be seen whether your hotel or resort will be celebrating Mother’s Day on Koh Samui the same day as you. Let’s assume not, and help you to plan a memorable day of your own invention. Luckily, Samui stands for sunshine and relaxation so it won’t take much on your part (or dad’s part) to come up with something special. Below, find tips for how to celebrate Mother’s Day on Koh Samui, plus ideas for travel-inspired Mother’s Day gifts. Enjoy!
Where to stay for Mother’s Day
My pick: SALA Samui Choeng Mon Beach
Easy answer? Mother’s Day breakfast in bed at SALA Samui Choeng Mon Beach. A great formula for a memorable Mother’s Day on Koh Samui is much the same as anywhere: a delicious and very lazy breakfast that extends to brunch, perhaps some flowers, and a relaxing day (in the sunshine) with family.See Rates + Details
More family hotel ideas
Tip: Of the four hotel suggestions, Melia Koh Samui is the newest – it had the good fortune to open exactly 3 seconds before the pandemic. It’s the reinvention of Choeng Mon’s Imperial Boat House and a redesign of the original boat-shaped pool now makes more use of the area. Its beachfront pool 2.0 features a mini water park and lots of shallow-entry spots for lounging. There’s also a 24-hour gym and a kids’ club.
Travel gift ideas for Mother’s Day
1. For the chef
Two superb Thai cookbooks from famous restaurants in Vancouver and Portland, respectively. I bought Maenam myself and liked it so much I bought another copy for friends. Recipes are easy for novice cooks, with ‘off piste’ options for the experts, too. Gift Tip: Wrap your chosen cookbook with a starter-pack of fish sauce, coconut milk and jasmine rice.
2. Ready for anything
A tropical travel pouch for storing makeup, toiletries, pens or anything that needs a really snazzy home. (Handmade by me!). Pair this with a reusable silicone travel bottle that collapses between uses and SPF 30 lip balm in tropical flavours. Gift Tip: It’s the holy trinity of gifts – thoughtful AND useful AND colourful. The travel pouch comes wrapped in Koh Samui tissue paper – just add the others in a gift bag.
3. For empty walls
A covid coping mechanism I’m keeping: Adding bright, sunny, Thailand-y art – and lots of it – to any available wall space. Sound good? Ready the hammer and picture hooks. Gift Tip: Commemorate The Year of Sourdough/Banana Bread with a custom gold-foil recipe print.
4. Favourite colour?
Does it have to be blue – and nothing but? This combo pairs an elephant-print reusable tote bag with a gift pack of blue Thai tea. (The bright blue colour is completely natural and comes from butterfly pea flowers). Gift tip: If your mom has a sense of humour, you can share with her that the Latin for butterfly pea is Clitoria ternatea. Just passing it on.
5. For The Nicole Kidman No-Sun Club
No such thing as too much sun protection? Quality sunscreen is a great gift because it’s so useful and this ‘Unseen Sunscreen’ is my absolute favourite for daily use. The hat’s the magic second act: a totally packable, rollable UPF 50 sun hat. Finally, this sand-free beach blanket = 63 square feet of space in a packable pouch.
6. For best-ever baths
Start planning post-pandemic travels with a year’s subscription to Condé Nast Traveler … paired to perfection with a regular bath tub appointment and this coconut milk bath soak (vegan and cruelty-free).
7. For travelling in comfort
Ready to roll? If you like giving “how did I ever live without this” kind of gifts, consider a Dual-Voltage Travel Steamer or an Infinity Travel Pillow. I have this exact steamer and it fits both Thai and U.S. plugs. The pillow is fully adjustable to suit your sleeping style and location.
Tip: Looking for Thailand gift ideas? From Thai cookbooks with great cultural insight to Thai travel guides, games, puzzles, home décor and snacks – these are the gifts I’d give my own favourite humans.Shop All Gift Ideas
How to celebrate Mother’s Day on Koh Samui
Koh Samui Mother’s Day brunch
With an eagle eye and good timing, you might see mention of special Mother’s Day hotel brunches where all-you-can-eat spreads include canapés, oysters, and perhaps champagne. Nice indeed, but nothing you can’t match with a little planning of your own. The Koh Samui Guide offers great ideas for dressier brunches and lunches (if that’s your style). Or simply head to the beach for eggs, bacon, banana pancakes and a fresh coconut. Champion!
Where to buy flowers on Koh Samui?
Just because you’re in unfamiliar territory doesn’t mean you can’t completely ace a Koh Samui Mother’s Day. Rack up some points with some gorgeous tropical flowers; finding them on Koh Samui is easier than breathing. If you’d like a bouquet of some stunning tropical colour, make a discreet inquiry with your hotel or resort’s concierge a day or two prior. If the World’s Best Mummy loves orchids, stop by one of Koh Samui’s many fantastic garden centres and choose a potted orchid in her favourite colour. Even though you’ll have to leave it behind, you can be sure it will find a happy home with housekeeping or elsewhere in the resort.
Where to buy presents?
As for little presents, there’s plenty worthwhile on Koh Samui besides the offerings at your hotel gift shop. For maximum emotional impact you can, with a few days’ notice, arrange a custom-made piece of jewellery, perhaps something with your children’s names or initials, and/or a gemstone particular to Thailand? For more great shopping tips, don’t miss the best things to buy in Thailand.
Koh Samui Mother’s Day activities
While your itinerary will depend on your children’s ages and your family’s idea of a good time, why not spend Mother’s Day doing the Koh Samui activity or excursion she’s most looking forward to?
Spa and yoga options: If you’re a family with children over age 12, your lucky lady might love some extended time with them at a pre-arranged spa. Some spas do offer treatments for little kids, too. Or, consider an indulgent session of afternoon yoga.
Thai cooking class: A Thai cooking class at a Samui hotel will likely require advanced booking but would suit a foodie-mama and her kids (typically age 12+, though some hotels have options for younger children).
Family photos: Families of any age might consider booking a special photo shoot with an island photographer.
Island road trip: Use The Koh Samui Guide to plan the perfect island-style Mother’s Day. Hire a car and enjoy an unplanned day of island exploration.
Mother’s Day on Koh Samui
Whether your Koh Samui Mother’s Day is in March, May, August, or another date entirely, dreams and schemes for a relaxing, indulgent and memorable day together are easily accomplished on an island geared for all of the above. Enjoy!
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