Surprising your mum for Mother's Day? We've got you covered...
Want to get your mum something other than the usual box of Milk Tray and bunch of flowers this Sunday?
All out of ideas for something a bit different? Or maybe it's hubby hint-dropping time for some much needed mama time-out for yourself? Fear not, we've done the legwork for you and rounded up the crème de la crème of Mother's Day gift suggestions.
1. Leave the alarm clocks at home and enjoy the 'Bedtime Bliss' package at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa
A night of blissful sleep is the balm that soothes and restores us after a busy week. If only us mamas could get any, eh? Dunboyne Castle’s new 'Bedtime Bliss' package has been designed to encourage the perfect, uninterrupted sleep.
Nestled in 21 acres of lush green countryside in the historic heart of Meath, Dunboyne Castle is a stylishly restored Georgian house with contemporary wings. This sophisticated hotel with both modern and classic elements, is the ideal location to bring your mum (or yourself) for a relaxing escape.
The hotel's gorgeous Seoid Spa boasts a hydrotherapy pool, a crystal steam room, a herb sauna and laconium which you avail of before indulging in 85 minutes of pure bliss with the signature 'Restorative Sleep Ritual' treatment. The treatment is designed to evoke a state of peacefulness and includes a full body massage using Hawaiian and Balinese massage techniques, coupled with an energising facial cleanse. With meditation techniques, rose quartz crystals and organic products, restoration for exhausted mums is guaranteed.
The package is available from €175 per person and includes overnight accommodation with eye mask, lavender bath salts, and Voya chamomile tea, in a luxurious room. The Restorative Sleep Ritual treatment comes with complimentary access to the thermal suite.
2. The Swing Cats at Number Twenty Two
More in need of a night out than a day in a bathrobe? We've got just the thing. The new heart of Irish culture in Dublin can be found nestled behind the blue door of Number Twenty Two, South Anne Street. If your mum is of a certain vintage she might remember the venue, which is located just off Grafton Street, as iconic music venue McGonagles.
The magnificent theatre at Number Twenty Two now hosts eclectic performances and cultural events while offering guests the opportunity to feast and drink from a menu themed to the various shows on offer. The Library Bar serves yummy cocktails, drinks and bar bites all day.
This Mother's Day, award-winning vocalist Luke Thomas and his band The Swing Cats will perform the music of Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, The Rat Pack, Michael Buble and more. With two number one iTunes albums under their belt and a string of headline shows all across Europe including Germany, Monaco, Luxembourg and the UK, this is sure to be a performance perfect for the day that's in it. In case you need any more persuading, mamas will also receive a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival.
Dinner is at five, with the show starting at six. The dining package is available for €65 and includes a three-course meal from the a la carte menu plus the show, or €20 for show only and €15 for standing tickets.
For reservations contact the box office on 01 7079899, or go online.
3. Get a four-layer facelift at Burgundy Beauty Salon
Laura Mc Loughlin opened Burgundy Beauty in 2008, at the age of 24. Having grown her Blackrock beauty empire into one of the top salons in Dublin, Laura recently opened the doors to her second salon in Baker's Corner.
Burgundy offer an extensive selection of some of the best products on the market, including the hugely popular Image skin care range. Laura is also known as "the best sprayer" in Dublin if you fancy getting a Mother's Day tan done, and has won awards in 2009, 2015, and 2016 for her magical tanning abilities!
If you're after a facelift this Sunday to hide the stress of parenting, but don't want to fork out for a surgeon why not try the salon's 'Signature Treatment'? The revolutionary 4-layer facelift claims to change the image of your skin in just one go. Vitamin C, glycolic acid and active enzymes speed up cellular turnover and brighten, tighten and lighten your skin after one application.
For more mature skin, the 45 minute 'MAX Facial' treats the signs of ageing and hydrates the skin. This exfoliating treatment contains plant-derived stem cells, peptides, AHA’s and Vitamin C - providing nutrition to even the most neglected skin.