There are a million ways to treat your mother on Mother’s Day, but few are quite so unforgettable as a trip to Guernsey. Dotted with beautiful harbours, subtropical plants and fresh seafood, there’s an incredible array of activities to enjoy. Whether you want to relax, wander among the bluebells, or pamper yourselves at the spa, these are some of the best indulgent experiences to take advantage of while staying at the Duke of Richmond or the Old Government House Hotel
The Bluebell Woods
The Bluebell Woods are just a short hop, skip and jump from St Peter Port. An enjoyable place to walk at any time of the year, it’s a wonderful carpet of blue in the spring. Taking walkers through budding canopies and past towering cliffs, if you feel like making a morning or afternoon out of it, why not walk all the way to Fermain, where a beach and homely café make for a welcome resting point.
Charming St Peter Port
For stylish boutiques, bohemian antique stores and quirky coffee shops, head to St Peter Port’s cobbled streets. A little maze of great finds, many will delight in its mix of boutiques and jewellery shops and it’s also peppered with lovely spots for a light lunch or liquid refreshment – including Dix Neuf. Grasp great views of the picturesque harbour between the 150+ year old buildings as you amble up and down the car-free main High Street.
There are few more dramatic ways to celebrate Mother’s Day than darting around the skies in a plane. And that is exactly what the Guernsey Aero Club offers in its trial flying lessons. Pick up the basics of working a light aircraft while flying over the stunning Bailiwick for a Mother’s Day few could forget.
Ice Cream Break
Don’t let anybody tell you that spring’s too early for ice cream. When you have the photogenic brown-cows of Guernsey chomping the green grass, producing a thick, creamy world-famous milk, it’d be a crime not to treat your mother to a Guernsey ice cream.
Lihou Island or Fort Grey
Spring tides make the perfect opportunity to take a Mother’s Day walk to Lihou Island or Fort Grey (known as “The Cup and Saucer” thanks to its distinctive shape). The latter can be reached at most times, but Lihou (and its idyllic priory ruins) can only be accessed by a causeway at low tide. Remember to check the tide timetables to ensure you don’t get stuck.
Old Government House Spa
Sometimes all mum really needs is some down-time. And where better to treat her to some well-deserved indulgence than the secluded sanctuary of the Old Government House Spa? Unwind, purify and detox, then slowly re-enter the world revitalised and glowing. The Spa offers luxurious oils, botanical aromas, and the finest treatments, including hot stone therapy, reflexology and Reiki.
Few people would turn down the offer of an afternoon tea. Often just the thought of warm scones, thick clotted creams, home-made preserves and delicate tartlets is enough to make one daydream. It may, therefore, be a good idea to introduce your mother to an Old Government House afternoon tea. Lounge in the opulence of the Sir John Coward Lounge, or, if the sun’s out, The Olive Grove and gardens – whichever you choose, it’ll soon be regarded as the mother of all mother’s days. Its only real competition in town is the Duke of Richmond, which serves a sumptuous menu in the Residents’ Lounge, the Conservatory or, weather permitting, on the Terrace.