How to celebrate Mother’s Day on Koh Samui? First, choose a date! For reasons we’ll never understand, Mother’s Day is a different date depending 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.
2017 Mother’s Day dates
- UK: Sunday, March 26
- U.S., Canada, Australia: Sunday, May 14
- Thailand: Saturday, August 12 (observed Friday, August 11)
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.
[How about Mother’s Day breakfast in bed, at SALA Samui]
How to spend Mother’s Day on Koh Samui
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.
Mother’s Day brunch on Koh Samui?
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!
[Fresh fruit or Mother’s Day afternoon tea? Or both?]
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.
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, present ideas and non-tourist-trap activity suggestions, The Koh Samui Guide will be extremely helpful to successful Mother’s Day planning.
[Get some present ideas from our long list of 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? Her day will then stand out best amongst hazy days of beach and pool R&R.
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.
Spa and yoga options
If you’re a family with daughters (or sons!) 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).
Families of any age might consider booking a special photo shoot with an island photographer.
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!