The Best Experiential Travel Gifts [For The Whole Family]


Sometimes moms are happiest when they can celebrate with their whole family. A gift that involves everyone together in a new and exciting place might be perfect after so many months at home. Many hotels, cruise lines and other travel brands are launching vacation deals to celebrate a safe return to travel this summer. Hotels know that if they can please the whole family, Mom will be satisfied.

If you can’t fit everyone’s school and work schedules, don’t worry, there are other gift ideas for the mom who travels frequently. But if a vacation is in your future, these are some of the best experiential travel gifts for the whole family.

Spring Activities at Gaylord Hotels

Like the other seasons of the year, Gaylord Hotels activates its family spring activities throughout the country. The five properties will feature the colorful interactive show “Paint Me A Fairy Tale” featuring Mother Goose bringing popular stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Jack & The Beanstalk and The Princess and the Pea to life. An art studio, spring-themed scavenger hunt and cookie decorating station will also keep young guests entertained.

Visitors to Gaylord Palms can interact with Florida wildlife at the resort while those staying at Gaylord National and Gaylord Opryland can participate in a virtual reality wildlife experience where they track down endangered species and learn how to protect them. At the Gaylord Rockies, there are movie nights, live animal encounters and campfire s’mores. All resorts offer pools or water parks, including the new Paradise Springs in Gaylord Texan with a lazy river, slides and private rental cabanas. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Gaylord Palms is offering the “Ultimate Upgrade Package” which includes an in-room chef experience, private use of a water park attraction, limo rides to Disney, tickets to theme parks and a pool cabana. If you’re planning a visit to Orlando, Dallas, Nashville, Denver, or Washington, DC, the Gaylord brand (part of Marriott Bonvoy) offers plenty for families.

Broadway-Themed Mother’s Day Getaway

For a unique gift for mother’s day, the Tony Awards Terrace Suite at Sofitel New York is exactly what you need. Packed with Tony Awards memorabilia like show scripts, a Tony Awards songbook, invitations, 1960 Playbills and opening night invites, it’s a comedian’s dream. Sofitel is part of Accor’s All Live Limitless loyalty program where members can earn and redeem points during their stay.

Urban camp at the Logan Philadelphia

Families can experience the hotel urban camping package, which is a kid-friendly bedroom camping adventure. It includes treats for parents and children in a panoramic suite. Entertain the little ones with an indoor s’more making kit, a pre-assembled teepee tent with sleeping bags for kids, a star machine that lights up the ceiling, “Rocky” style dresses as a tribute to Philadelphia, a stuffed animal, coloring books and crayons. Even better, parents can relax with a bottle of wine. A One Month Mother’s Day Package includes signature spa treatments for a little extra pampering. The Logan is a Curio Collection by Hilton property, which means guests can earn and redeem points during their stay while elite members can also enjoy special perks.

America’s Summer Place opens in time for Mother’s Day

This special package at The Grand Hotel, a National Historic Landmark on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, is fun for the whole family. It includes breakfast and dinner each day of your stay, nightly entertainment, admission to a local art museum, and a presentation by the hotel’s resident historian. The big highlight is the large Mother’s Day buffet lunch with champagne toast, which is also part of the offer.

Hyatt Maui Mother’s Day Package

Treat Mom or the whole family to a special three-night vacation in Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in one of the resort’s most desirable suites. While the eye-popping $20,000 price tag may surprise you, it covers a lot, including a stay for six people. Mom enjoys a full spa day at Kamaha’o, a Marilyn Monroe spa with massage, pedicure and facial. The whole family is treated to brunch at the Swan Court and a private VIP table at the Drums of the Pacific Luau, plus a private “fireknife” lesson for the kids. Once the sun has set, the family can enjoy an astronomy tour led by a NASA astronomer to see 80 of the 88 constellations. Also included are a private tent with lawn games, Mai Tai making lessons, a snorkeling catamaran ride, and a family photo shoot to commemorate this special weekend. And yes, you will earn World of Hyatt points for the stay.

Adopt a kid at Gilbertsville Farmhouse

New York’s first goat yoga farm, Gilbertsville Farm, organizes several all-inclusive retreats. They include “Baby Goat and Me” where guests adopt a goat to feed, love and cuddle. There are bedtime stories and walks with the baby goats as well as goat yoga sessions with the young animals. It’s a unique Mother’s Day gift for a girlfriends getaway or a weekend getaway for moms with their daughters. You can choose between a glamping tent, a farmhouse suite or a duplex safari tent with private bathroom.

Kayaking in the land of 1000 lakes

The spring kayaking package at Hyatt Centric Downtown Minneapolis (just five minutes from the Mississippi River) is a winner for families. In addition to the complimentary breakfast, guests can enjoy a day of guided water activities like kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding, all coordinated by the hotel concierge based on your personal interests. It also includes a welcome basket of goodies to set you up for a day outdoors with sunglasses, sunscreen, protein bars and hydration packets. World of Hyatt fans will be especially happy as they can earn and redeem points with any stay.

Chic Picnics at Kimpton Palomar San Diego

A special package, perfect for Mother’s Day, includes a chic picnic and overnight stay at the hotel. Guests can choose from a variety of locations including Ocean Beach, Mission Bay, La Jolla or Balboa and Presidio Parks for their picnic. The hotel will prepare an all-inclusive picnic basket with blankets, cushions, a folding table and pasture trays. Like other Kimpton properties, this hotel is one of many IHG Rewards brands where guests can earn and redeem points for their stay.

Luxury getaway to the Caribbean at Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf

The ultimate Mother’s Day getaway in St. Barths doesn’t come cheap, but it offers space for the whole family. The $11,000 4-night Mother’s Day package is only available by reservation during the month of May. Guests at Hotel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf can enjoy a junior suite, a private catamaran ride with a personalized lunch menu chosen by mum, dinner at Fouquet’s restaurant (with the possibility of babysitter service) and a family photo shoot for a keepsake keepsake. Relaxation is easy with room service, private meditation classes, and massages and facials at the spa.

A second bedroom at half price at Villa La Massa in Florence

In the hills above Florence (a convenient, free shuttle runs into town), Villa La Massa offers a family package for guests who book a suite. The second bedroom will be 50% off as long as a child under 12 stays, making it the perfect family getaway. The package also includes breakfast each morning and access to the relaxation facilities of the hotel’s spa. Part of The Leading Hotels of the World, guests can earn and redeem Leaders Club points during their stay.


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