Say ‘thanks Mom’ with a meal (or a spa date)

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MOM’S COOKING is always best, but now its her turn. Here are a few treats from hotels to give your mother a day off from doing everything on Mother’s Day, May 13.

MARCO POLO ORTIGAS
Have a lunch or dinner buffet at Cucina and Mom dines on the hotel when accompanied by two full-paying adults. The restaurant features live action stations of different cuisines including Japanese, Asian, Indian, and Italian, plus there is a carving station and a dessert station. Enjoy Cantonese fare with a special set menu at the award-winning Lung Hin, available only for this day. Featured dishes are Steamed Live Garoupa with Supreme Soy Sauce, Braised Australian Abalone (six heads) with Dong Po Pork in Oyster Sauce, and Wok Fried Fresh Scallops with Squid and Broccoli. Special Longevity Peach Buns are included in the special set. Then there is the hotel’s limited edition dark chocolate raspberry moist cake with raspberry buttercream and chocolate ganache for Mother’s Day. To know more about Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Mother’s Day promotions, visit www.marcopolohotels.com.

AG NEW WORLD MANILA BAY HOTEL
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Li Li where the expert Chinese chefs will present a Yum Cha Lunch at P2,188 per person. For those with smaller appetites, choose from set menus starting at P2,688. At Market Café, a lunch and dinner buffet in honor of Mother’s Day will feature farm-to-table salads, fresh seafood on ice, sizzling Asian noodle dishes, European classics and desserts priced at P3,300 per person. Treat mom to an intimate family dinner with a four-course set menu at The Fireplace. The evening begins with candied walnut salad with mixed greens, goat cheese and raspberry vinaigrette, followed by cream of tomato soup with basil oil and gruyere croutons, and a sous vide tenderloin with chorizo potato mash and grilled asparagus with soy shallot reduction. End the night on a sweet note with Strawberry panna cotta for dessert and a glass of bubbly sorbet float at a price of P2,500 per person. Dining moms receive a limited-edition Marimekko for Clinique six-piece skincare and makeup gift set. This promotion exclusively available on May 13. For reservations, call 252-6888 or e-mail dining.manilabay@newworldhotels.com.

NEW WORLD MAKATI HOTEL
The hotel dedicates the whole month of May to the queen of the family. Dining choices are aplenty to celebrate Mother’s Day, with mothers receiving a special gift on that date. Visit Café 1228 as they roll out a special Sunday Brunch feast on May 13 for P2,650. Highlights include roasted marinated rib-eye, lechon, and decadent desserts, to name a few. Dim sum-loving moms are in for a treat with the Unlimited Dim Sum offer at Jasmine, starting at P1,388 per person, which includes a choice of main course, soup, and rice dish, complemented with a pot of jasmine tea. Set menus of favorites are available starting at P11,888. Call New World Makati Hotel at 811-6888 ext. 3700 for reservations.

DIAMOND HOTEL
Spoil Mom by taking her to dinner at the Corniche buffet restaurant for P3,180 nett per person. Entertainment will be provided by a trio on May 13. Meanwhile, over at Yurakuen, impress Mom with a Japanese set menu — a family set for four is P9,600 while a family set of six is P13,600. A harpist will provide entertainment that day. The Lobby Lounge will serve a Mother’s Day Set Menu for P1,980 net with a glass of wine or standard beverage. At Bar 27, avail of the Mom’s Treat Package for P3,580 net where a group of four can party with two hours’ worth of unlimited standard beverages served with a choice of nibbles as ’80s music plays. All dining moms will receive a special Mother’s Day token and a chance to pick-a-prize for every P5,000 spent at Corniche on May 13. For room or restaurant reservations call Diamond Hotel at 528-3000, or e-mail guestservices@diamondhotel.com. For details visit www.diamondhotel.com.

CITY OF DREAMS
City of Dreams Manila pays homage to moms on Mother’s Day with diverse choices, from dining specials at Crystal Dragon and Nobu Manila, to a special treat at DreamPlay, and pampering treatments at NÜWA Spa and Nobu Spa.

Crystal Dragon offers a Mother’s Day a la carte and special six- and nine-course set menus for lunch or dinner from May 2 to 14. The Mother’s Day Munificent and Virtuous set menus are at P2,380++ (minimum order for two to eight persons) and P4,380++ per person (minimum order for eight to 10 persons), respectively. Chinese tea is served with the set menus. Over at Nobu Manila, there will be a Mother’s Day Sunday brunch buffet on May 13 which will include a Mother’s Day themed dessert corner. As a special treat, all moms will be given a gift of Nobu chocolate petit fours. The Nobu Mother’s Day brunch is P3,880++ per person, with sodas, juices, mocktails, and iced tea; additional of P990++ per person to avail of the standard alcohol package and P1,990++ per person for the premium champagne drink package. Children ages six to 12 years old dine at half price while those five and below are free-of-charge.

Over at DreamPlay, each mom is treated on Mother’s Day to a complimentary DreamPlay ticket when accompanied by at least two DreamPlay ticketholders. DreamPlay tickets on Mother’s Day are P880 net per person. To honor moms and provide them a respite from their busy schedules, the NÜWA Spa and Nobu Spa offer curated Mother’s Day spa packages from May 1 to 31. While gift vouchers are available, bookings can be made directly at the two spas. In celebration of Mother’s Day, NÜWA Spa has hand-picked a few of the its holistic spa treatments for an indulgent experience for moms: The 2-hour One Mom-ent in Time package consists of a bespoke body polish, gold hydration intensive facial and head, neck and shoulder massage at P5,800; the hour-and 30 minute Mother’s Day Out comprises Heal-ot massage with Dagdagay foot massage and NÜWA Radiance facial at P6,800 net; the 2 hour-and-30 minute Mum Me-Time includes Shirodhara treatment, Abyanga massage and OM facial express at P7,800 net. All packages come with a long-stemmed American rose and a signature chocolate bar. The Nobu Spa at the Nobu Hotel Manila offers the 1 hour-and-30 minute Super Woman Retreat which consists of chocolate body glow treatment and Juan Hilot’s Pride massage at P3,800 net; the 2-hour Flawless Mom package which includes pink salt body polish and collagen skin booster facial at P4,200 net; the 2 hour-and-30 minute Ageless Beauty package which comes with a renewal massage, Dr. Babor BTX lifting facial and For Your Eyes Only treatment at P4,600 net. All packages come with a special Ikebana flower token and a signature chocolate bar. For inquiries and reservations, call 800-8080 or e-mail guestservices@cod-manila.com or visit www.cityofdreams.com.ph.

THE PENINSULA MANILA
Elevate your Mother’s Day celebrations with a unique shopping experience in partnership with Mara Pardo de Tavera and her MoM (Mara’s Original Market) at The Pen Market. Situated at the third floor Gallery, guests at The Peninsula during Mother’s Day Weekend can browse through the carefully curated traditional, organic, natural, and artisanal wares sourced from the Organic Producers Trade Association (OPTA) of the Philippines. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 12 and 13. Admission is free. Meanwhile, there are many dining options at The Pen on Mother’s Day Weekend, with Afternoon Tea in The Lobby, a Champagne brunch buffet in Old Manila, a brunch buffet in Escolta with free-flowing bubbly, and an Asian-inflected à la carte lunch menu in Spices prepared by visiting Indian guest chef Radhey Shayan. The Lobby’s Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea is available from May 11 to 13, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with the option of adding a flute of champagne (Afternoon Tea Set, P1,250; Filipino Merienda Buffet, P2,050). Old Manila will have a Brunch Prix Fixe Menu on May 13, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The prix fixe menu comes with a buffet featuring carving stations, fine cheeses, and French pastries (prix fixe menu, P2,900; with free-flowing Champagne, P3,900). Escolta will have a Seafood Dinner Buffet from May 11 to 13, 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (P2,800 for adults; P1,400 for children under 13), and will also have a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet on May 13 from noon to 3 p.m. (P3,400 for adults; with free-flowing Champagne, P4,400; for children under 13, P1,700). The Peninsula Fitness Center & Spa has launched special spa packages for all moms on Mother’s Day Weekend, from experiencing a luxurious oil-based massage to a rejuvenating facial just for her, and other exciting mother-daughter packages as well. For inquiries or reservations, call 887-2888, locals 6691 or 6694 (Restaurant Reservations) or e-mail diningpmn@peninsula.com.

MARRIOTT HOTEL MANILA
Marriott stages a Mother’s Day celebration at the Marriott Café on May 13, with a special brunch at P2,900 and dinner at P2,700. Marriott is also staging a Price is Right-inspired game called “Mom is Right” — all dining moms will get a chance to make their best guess on the value of the items from Doña Elena olive oil, with its premium products up for grabs. For inquiries, call 988-9999 or visit manilamarriott.com.

CONRAD MANILA
Conrad Manila pays tribute to all mothers with well-curated gastronomic offerings and revitalizing spa treatments on May 12-13. At Brasserie on 3, there will be a lavish and rich lunch and dinner selection specially prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Patterson. All dining moms will receive exclusive treats and tokens. The Mother’s Day weekend buffet is priced at P2,800 net per person. China Blue by Jereme Leung curates palate-pleasing set menus for the occasion which start at P2,800 net per person for a minimum of 10 persons/ table. Mother’s Day themed cakes and confections add a touch of sweetness to the month of May at Bru Coffee Bar, including macarons, available for pre-order and pick-up. Gift mom with a Mother’s Day Bliss treat at Conrad Spa Manila which includes Hilot followed by a purifying facial and eye lift session, and a voucher from Brasserie on 3. Mother’s Day Bliss is priced at P4,400 net. Moms who dine at Brasserie on 3 and China Blue by Jereme Leung will get the chance to receive special tokens from Conrad Manila’s All For Mom’s sponsors: Shiseido, Elizabeth Arden, Denovo Diamonds, Guerlain and Peter Thomas Roth. For “All For Mom” reservations and inquiries, call 833-9999 or e-mail conradmanila@conradhotels.com