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Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and kids of all ages are trying to come up with the perfect gift for Mom that shows how important she is to them. Rather than the usual flowers or box of chocolate, Hideaways International™ suggests giving Mom a well-deserved vacation that will appeal to her particular travel style—from adventurous to beach bum—and will send her packing with love.

(TRAVPR.COM) UNITED STATES - April 30th, 2013 - Portsmouth, New Hampshire — (April 2013) —“Admit it: You and your siblings probably caused your mom some sleepless nights and more than a little grief over the years,” says Mike Thiel, Founder and President of Hideaways International™ Inc. “So this year, reward her patience and love with a well-deserved vacation getaway she’ll remember the rest of her life. She’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness, and you’ll come out smelling like a rose!”

Since mothers these days hardly fit the mold of the June Cleavers and Donna Reeds of yesteryear, here’s an innovative list of “Top 5 Ways to Send Mom Packing” that will appeal to the most modern of moms among us.

1. Adventure Travel

If your mom is the sort who can’t wait to tackle a new experience, then we’ve got just the thing to get her adrenaline going. Some of these are “push-the-envelope” adventures, while others are just plain fun and outdoorsy.

River Rafting: Hideaways’ Mike Thiel enjoyed a six-day wilderness river-rafting journey on the Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River, and he says the trip had a number of happy moms traveling along. Maybe the ladies were so satisfied because the outfitter, Far & Away Adventures, is known for its luxurious style, gourmet meals, and fun and friendly staff.

Riding, Roping, and Fishing: Release your mom’s inner cowgirl with a Montana ranch getaway that will introduce her to trout fishing, cattle roundups, and maybe a sweet-faced steed named Sundance. She’ll be immersed in the beauty of Big Sky Country while enjoying trail rides, spa treatments, and dining under the stars—and she’ll come home having found her smile (a la Billy Crystal in City Slickers). Hideaways recommends: The Resort at Paws Up,Triple Creek Ranch, and The Ranch at Rock Creek.

Equestrian Fun: If a dog is man’s best friend, then a horse may just be your mom’s best buddy. Treat her to all the horseback riding she wants—English or Western—with an equestrian-focused vacation that will hone her skills in the saddle. Hideaways recommends: Rancho de los Caballeros in Wickenburg, Arizona, for its 20,000 acres worth of Western-saddle fun for greenhorns and experienced wranglers alike; and Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic which, in addition to golf, beaches, gourmet dining, and a full spa, has a fabulous Equestrian Center offering lessons in English- or Western-style riding, plus regular polo matches.

Water-Borne Adventures: Is your mom part fish? Then give her the gift of swimming, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and playing mermaid at a beachfront resort with ocean views and water sports galore. Hideaways recommends: Tamarind Beach Resort & Yacht Club on Canouan Island in The Grenadines, and Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands.

Extreme Adventure: Give Mom the gift of bragging rights! After all, she may have a few over-the-top travel experiences on her bucket list, and you could be just the person to help her cross one off. Hideaways recommends: Canadian Mountain Holidays, which offers heli-skiing in winter, heli-hiking in summer, and “Bodacious Women-Only Trips”; and Quark Expeditions, offering adventure travel to the Polar Regions that includes hot-air ballooning at the North Pole and camping out under the stars in Antarctica.

2. Nature-Lover Retreats

If your mom is eco-conscious and a fan of the great outdoors, she’ll appreciate the back-to-nature beauty of a lush, secluded hideaway where green initiatives and sustainable tourism are part of the package.

Green and Gorgeous: Lush rain forest and outdoor activities that focus on leaving nothing but footprints are the order of the day at eco-resorts that put the environment a close second after their guests. Hideaways recommends: Lapa Rios Ecolodge in Costa Rica, with its rich rain forest setting and full schedule of eco-adventures; Blancaneaux Lodge, where a waterfall hike will leave Mom breathless in a good way; and Aqua Expeditions, for an eco-friendly Amazon River cruise.

Private Island Bliss: What could be more relaxing than arriving by boat at a private island retreat where there are no interruptions from television, computers, or cell phones? Hideaways recommends: Guana Island in the British Virgin Islands, where it could be just your mom, a few other savvy guests, and some geckos and ghost crabs.

3. Spa-and-Wellness Getaways

Ahhhh, spaaa. It’s a classic Mom retreat, and she will thank you in her heart with every masterful massage and fantastic facial she receives.

On the High Seas: Hideaways recommends:Luxurious Regent Seven Seas Cruises, which has the distinction of offering Mom the world-famous Canyon Ranch SpaClub® as she sails the globe. She can indulge in therapeutic bodywork, aromatherapy, and an array of signature treatments that will put the “ahhh” back in her life as she cruises from port to port.

Health & Wellness: Hideaways recommends:A high-level spa and wellness experience in the tradition of a European health retreat, like that at Grand Hotel Lienz in southern Austria, where the benefits of the Medical Center’s check-ups, targeted therapies, and even traditional Chinese medicine are at your mother’s fingertips; and the Leg School and Wellness Center of Italy’s Capri Palace, famous for treating celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow (she even has a suite named for her).

City-Center Spa: Hideaways recommends:An urban spa location that offers your mom all the big-city fun of shopping, dining, and sightseeing along with her rejuvenating treatments.Corinthia Hotel London is home to that city’s largest spa, a marble-lined enclave bathed in natural light and spread out over four floors. She’ll enjoy the ESPA Life with its vitality pool, glass sauna, spa lounge, and personalized massage and holistic treatments.

4. Beach Bumming

Sometimes all it takes to make Mom happy is a good book, a comfy chaise, and an endless stretch of powder-soft sand. Treat her to a guilt-free, feel-good, beach-slug vacation on one of these paradise Caribbean islands.

Anguilla: With more than 30 white-sand beaches to choose from, your mom will be in beach-bum heaven. Hideaways recommends: Covecastles, with its own gorgeous crescent beach on a deserted stretch of Caribbean waterfront.

The Dominican Republic: Tell mom to bring her sunglasses, because she could be blinded by the dazzling white beaches of this popular water-based vacation destination. Hideaways recommends: Sivory Punta Cana, where your mom can walk for miles on deserted beach in either direction with just the sound of the waves to keep her company.

Grenada: Known as the “Spice Island” for its heady scents of nutmeg and clove coming from roadside trees, Grenada also has about 45 beautiful, often-empty beaches to explore. Hideaways recommends: Spice Island Beach Resort, with its toes-in-the-sand suites that open right onto a stretch of exquisite white sand.

Turks & Caicos: Could you find a more vibrant turquoise sea rolling onto a more powder-white beach? Hideaways recommends: The Meridian Club, where a two-mile-long talcum-soft beach is just a precursor to the barefoot elegance of the rest of the resort; and Point Grace, overlooking what is continually ranked as one of the world’s ten best beaches.

5. Gardening Delights

If your mom has two green thumbs and a love for all things that grow (except weeds), she’ll enjoy traveling to one of these outstanding urban botanical gardens. The bonus is that she’ll also be able to enjoy each city’s great shopping and dining spots—when she isn’t stopping to smell the roses.

Jardin Botanique de Montréal: Located in the bustling city of Montréal, this is the largest urban botanical garden in all of Canada. Its 190 acres have themed gardens (Japanese, Chinese, Alpine), ten exhibition greenhouses that are open all year, and a fascinating Insectarium that’s home to more than 160,000 specimens of living and naturalized insects—including an active anthill and honeybee hive! Hideaways recommends: Hotel Gault, for a luxury boutique experience in the heart of Old Montréal.

San Francisco Botanical Garden: This 55-acre urban oasis is located inside San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It showcases more than 5,000 unique varieties of plants from around the world, and houses a series of quiet ponds and winding walking paths. Hideaways recommends: The Argonaut, a chic boutique Kimpton hotel with a nautical theme, located at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Le Jardin des Plantes: Spread along Paris’ delightful Left Bank, this is the largest botanical garden in France, with Mexican and Australian hothouses, a massive rose garden, and the Art Deco-style winter garden housed in a magnificent glasshouse. Hideaways recommends: Hotel Lutetia, a stylish and playful retreat with true Parisian personality and flamboyance.

Hideaways has a penchant for personalized travel planning and can tailor an escape to suit your mom’s interests,” says Mike. “Get her started with a Hideaways Travel Certificate of $500 or more, good toward any travel that turns your mom on.”

About Mike Thiel
Mike Thiel founded Hideaways International™ Inc. in 1979. Over the last three decades, he has traveled the world sampling its best lodgings and travel experiences, and has become a sought-after guest on radio and television news and talk shows across the country.

To arrange an interview with Mike Thiel, contact Gail Richard at 603-430-4433, ext. 112, or

About Hideaways International™
Hideaways International™ Inc., which operates the Hideaways Aficionado® Club, has been seeking the best-of-kind and the out-of-the-ordinary for its savvy, discerning, and well-traveled members for more than three decades. Members, who hail from around the world, range from notable celebrities, musicians, publishers, authors, captains of industry, and politicians to ordinary folks with extraordinary taste. All are part of this lively community with a passion for travel away from the madding crowds.

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