The ultimate Mother’s Day gift guide

Picture; iStock

Picture; iStock

Celebrate the day with a choice of treats for that special woman in your life.

The bad news is you have just five days left to prepare for Mother’s Day.

The good news is that there are so many ways to spoil your mom in 2018, planning this year’s celebration is easier than ever.

Here’s some of the best ways to thank mom.

Go spa with ma

A spa-day has been a go-to through the years, but one of the joys of finally being an adult is treating mom (and yourself) to a little pampering.

If you want a country escape, close to the city, look no further than Silverstar Casino. There’s no better way to pamper mom.

Take a look at these luxurious Soulstice voucher specials, valid for the month of May. Option 1 is a 30 min back, neck and shoulder massage and 60 min classic facial with complimentary use of spa facilities for R750 per person.

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Alternatively, get a 30 min body exfoliation and 60 min luxurious soy candle massage with complimentary use of spa facilities and R950. These offers are valid until May 31. Just remember to take your cozzie.

For more information visit Soulstice Day Spa.

Harvest your efforts

With a pretty stunning courtyard, enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch this Mother’s Day (coupled with a glass of Veuve Cliquot for R150) and have a celebration.

Join Arbour Cafe on Mother’s Day from 7am for a Harvest Table style banquet. Prices are R195 per person for breakfast and R265 per person for lunch.

Children under the age of four eat for free.

For more information visit Arbour Cafe to book.

On the hill, not over it

On May 13 Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff will host Swinging Classics with the Charl du Plessis trio.

The show starts at 5pm and tickets cost R795 per person which includes a gourmet buffet dinner.

The Charl du Plessis trio has been hailed as the most unique trio of their generation. They regularly perform in Europe and China and will be performing a new programme, featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and many more in their signature jazz trio style.

For more information visit Four Seasons Events.

Super drink

In an unprecedented move, Coco Safar unveiled the world’s first alcohol-free botanical micro-brewery featuring four house-brewed drinks at the Sea Point flagship store.

These drinks are made from natural botanical ingredients and the home-grown antioxidant superfood – Rooibos.

Coco Safar. Picture: Supplied

For founders Wilhelm Liebenberg and Caroline Sirois the new micro-brewery became a reality in March 2018.

Coco Safar’s signature Botanical Couture Collection of beverages consists of a rich and refreshing Red Rooibos Cold Brew, a subtle and herbaceous Green Rooibos Cold Brew, an elegant and invigorating Coffee-Citrus Cold Brew and a complex and timeless Rooibos-Infused Tonic Water.

All these beverages are available on-tap and for purchase in beautifully designed copper-foiled Coco Safar bottles.

For more information visit Coco Safar.

Potter about

Why not take mom to see some art? An unsung gem is the Association of Arts Pretoria, which this month is featuring the work of Karen van der Riet.

Her fascination with clay began in 1976 when she attended pottery classes. She soon set up her own studio in KwaZulu-Natal.

She’s worked in stoneware, in the Leach tradition, and made functional pieces which were fired in a gas kiln.

Art work by Karen van der Riet, Picture: Supplied

Van der Riet is now creating objects of beauty in porcelain. Forms are classic, simple and glazing is a continuous experiment.

She’s a member of Ceramics SA and has received several regional and national awards.

Her exhibition opens tomorrow and runs until May 30.

For more information visit Pretoria Arts Association.

Muppets for mom

Want to see your mom laugh at something naughty? Why not take a trip to Avenue Q at Montecasino?

This hilarious musical is the 2004 winner of Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book at the Tony Awards.

Avenue Q at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre. Picture: Supplied

Described as “part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart”, this laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a Princeton university graduate who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q and faces life’s realities head-on.

To book tickets visit Events at Monte Casino.

Take her on a spin

If you happen to be in the Mother City (a fitting spot) for Mother’s Day why not celebrate at The Ritz Hotel in Sea Point?

With a seven-course gala lunch at Top of The Ritz, the Cape’s only revolving restaurant, you can enjoy the “A Journey of Flavours Through Cape Town” culinary experience on the 23rd floor.

The Ritz Hotel in Sea Point. Picture: Supplied

The menu will include entrées such as Knysna Oysters and The Ritz, an eye-catching reinvention of a classic avocado ritz.

The main meal is a choice between grilled beef sirloin, served with free range quail egg, fondant potato, Prego jus and Morongo purée, or a fresh line fish that comes with salt and vinegar potato cigars, kelp chips and a homemade tartare, or a Karoo rack of lamb served with mint pea, spinach farce, truffle celeriac purée and fynbos croquette.

View from inside The Ritz’ revolving restaurant. Picture: iStock

Dessert includes a smoked chocolate mousse, tea, coffee and petit fours. Mother’s Day at Top of The Ritz is available at R850 per person and includes a glass of Méthode Cap Classique on arrival.

To book, e-mail, call 021 4396010 or click here.

Something Italian

Moms aren’t all MCC and glitter – women like a good cold brew, too.

Independent drinks company Truman & Orange is developing a reputation for sourcing drinks from parts of the world renowned for their long history of crafting premium products.

Hot on the heels of their perfectly-timed Italian import, Malfy Gin, and the more recently-launched world’s number 1 Prosecco, Mionetto, the company has recently introduced a premium Italian beer: Mazzatti Birra Superiore.

Mazzatti Birra Superiore. Picture: Supplied

Mazzatti Birra Superiore is a Birra Tradizione made at a 160-year-old brewery. Brewed using traditional Italian techniques and only the highest quality ingredients, Mazzatti beers are crisp and clean with a fuller, more satisfying body (gusto rotundo) than mass-produced beers.

Mazzatti Birra Superiore retails for approximately R26.

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