How to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Cape Town


She may say she’s happy with just a phone call or a card, but you know she’d love to be treated – even just a little. If you haven’t yet made any plans to show your mother just how much you appreciate her, fear not. Benn van der Westhuizen has put together a guide to treat and pamper your mom this Mother’s Day.

Gingko Spa

Ginkgo Spa & Wellness Group

Many will be familiar with Ginkgo Spa & Wellness Group’s unique aim to encourage an intimate spa experience where relaxation and wellness are paramount. The Ginkgo Luxury Spa’s standard comprehensive menu offers spa treatments ranging from single treatments of 30 minutes to spa packages of a few hours. If you’re considering a spa treat for your mum, the wellness experts have tailored a special pampering package to unwind from the everyday humdrum and renew your sense of holistic wellness. Their invigorating 80-Minute BABOR Classic Facial comes complete with an Executive Anti-Stress Back Massage, and a free BABOR gift. This promo is available for the entire month of May and can be redeemed at any of the three spas, each boasting a unique atmosphere and identity.

Ginkgo Express Spa at The Winchester Mansions Hotel in Sea Point is probably the most well-known day spa in Cape Town — and with good reason. The proximity allows guests a quick escape from their daily routine with express treatments while marveling at the scenic view over the Atlantic coastline.  The award-winning Ginkgo Petite Spa is based in the leafy and serene grounds of the 5-Star Andros Deluxe Boutique Hotel in Claremont and boasts a 3-roomed sanctuary offering deluxe treatments.

And for a day break with a difference, The Ginkgo Luxury Spa at the Arniston Spa Hotel in Arniston is famous for its panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and Arniston beach. This spa outpost comes with a wider variety of facilities and treatments.

Booking for the promo and other treatments are essential, and online vouchers are also available.

Cost: R715

Tel:  021 430 0218
Facebook: Ginkgo Spa Wellness Group | @ginkgospaarniston | @ginkgospaclaremont@ginkgospaseapoint

Happy Works

Happy Works hosts two workshops to celebrate Mother’s Day, giving mothers all the extra health tips they need to do what they do best – taking care of the family.

The Healing Cape Herbs workshop focuses on the best natural remedies to heal scrapes, bruises, minor cuts and bites. The workshop teaches guests how to create useful local wound remedies and how to cultivate, store, harvest, prepare and blend herbs.

Happy Works also hosts a Cape Herbs for Winter Wellbeing workshop to equip guests with tools and tricks to prevent coughs, colds and the flu this winter. The workshop provides recipes for homemade remedies to help strengthen the immune system. Guests are taught to create take-home, homemade throat gargle and cough syrup. It’s never too late to learn something new.

Address: Happy Space, 83 Kloof Nek Road, Gardens, Cape Town
Date: 12 May 2019 Healing Cape Herbs Workshop | 19 May 2019 Cape Herbs for Winter Wellbeing Workshop
Time: 9am to 1pm
Cost: R550

Tel: 021 422 0485
Instagram: @Happy Works

 Mont Rochelle Spa

Mont Rochelle

There is no doubt that mothers deserve a little rest and relaxation. With a short drive to the small, picturesque town of Franschoek, mothers can revel in a well-deserved, refreshing 60-minute massage at Mont Rochelle’s Spa.

Mont Rochelle Spa uses the eco-friendly Africology ‘Authentic’ range, products made of 100% essential oils and natural plant extracts. After the treatment, guests can enjoy a glass of champagne or sparkling wine and a two-course lunch at the Miko Restaurant. Just the peace any mother needs.

Great food and wine is the perfect pairing to a spa pamper session. Resident winemaker Dustin Osborne hosts and opulent wine-and-dine experience at Mont Rochelle. The Winemaker’s Dinner offers a variety of fine wines, delicious food pairings, and wine tasting notes.

Address: Mont Rochelle, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek
Date: Lunch & Spa offer until 20 September 2019 | Winemaker’s Dinner 30 May 2019
Winemaker’s Dinner 7pm
Cost: Lunch & Spa offer R1 120 | Winemaker’s Dinner R750 per person

Tel: 021 876 2770
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Facebook: @Mont Rochelle
Instagram: @Virgin Limited Edition

Coco Safar

Coco Safar

Nestled in the heart of Seapoint, Coco Safar is one of Cape Town’s top luxury craft chocolate destinations. Lovers of sweet treats know they’ll find some of the best artisanal chocolate at this boutique. Famed for their concept espresso bar, specialty coffee and tea library, the hotspot naturally specialises in everything chocolate.

To add a unique edge Coco Safar presents its range of hand-crafted creations with a touch of fine art and French finesse. Think hand-made truffles, gluten-free alfajores cookies, chocolate caramel buttons, macaroons and couture patisseries. Don’t leave without trying their Chocolate Bonbons in easy-to-eat white and milk varieties, while their dark version will rule the roost for even the most discerning connoisseur.

The artisan team at Coco Safar thrives on delivering decadent signature chocolates using classic techniques, made right in front of your eyes. Spoil your mom with a multi-sensory experience at the chocolaterie. The atmosphere is cosy and attentive, with an intimate feel paired with retro-chic design accents. If you’re pressed for time, the chocolaterie team of dedicated and professional experts will gladly assist in picking out a selection as a gifting option.

Address: Artem Centre (Previously Adelphi Center), 277 Main Road, Seapoint
Sunday to Monday, 7:30am to 6:30pm; Tuesday to Saturday, 7am to 10:30pm
Cost: Various

Tel: 021 433 1336
Facebook: @cocosafarsa
Instagram: @cocosafar

Leeu Estate The Dining Room

Leeu Collection

This Mother’s Day mothers, enjoy a three-course meal and time with family in the breathtaking Franschoek Valley, at The Dining Room & Conservatory at Leeu Estate. A á la carté menu is available for the children under 12 years old, making it a great outing for the entire family.

The Leeu Estate Spa also provides a truly deserved relief and relaxation with expert therapists. The spa offers holistic treatments and relaxing massages and has tailor-made treatments inspired by Africa’s rich heritage and traditional rituals. A range of treatments are available for children aged 6-12 years old, should they join in on the experience.

Address: Leeu Estate, Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek
Date: Mother’s Day Lunch 12 May 2019 | Leeu Spa Mondays to Sundays
Mother’s Day Lunch from 12pm | Leeu Spa 10am to 7pm
Cost: Mother’s Day Lunch R495 per person | Leeu Spa from R140

Tel: 021 492 2475| 021 492 2223
Facebook: @Leeu Collection
Instagram: @leeucollection

Petal and Post


Why not surprise mom with a rare and special floral surprise?  Petal&Post gathers the freshest seasonal blooms in the city’s flower markets and wholesalers and creates a unique arrangement that will be available for one day only. A picture of the arrangement of the day is posted at 8.30am each morning on their social media and website.

This innovative flower delivery service in Cape Town covers the entire city and surrounding suburbs for a flat rate, thereby making it an ideal and hassle-free gift that is sure to put a smile on any mother’s face.

This year the Petal&Post team is thinking pink for their Mother’s Day Posy with Proteas, champagne roses, chrysanthemums and penny gum. The gift set comes with a box of three macaroons in salted caramel and milk tart flavours, as well as delivery within the Free Delivery Zones. All deliveries will be made on Sunday 12 May, with Petal&Post taking orders until Friday 10 May.

Address: 100 Voortrekker Rd, Salt River, Cape Town
Date: Deliveries for Mother’s Day 12 May
Orders taken until 1pm
Cost: R365 for Mother’s Day Posy (additions to order costs extra)

Tel: 072 405 8657
Facebook: @petalandpostcapetown
Instagram: @petalandpostcapetown



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