As the temperatures soar, we long for the days of lounging poolside with endless possibilities of pampering. Take a dip into some of the worlds most extraordinary pools that gives a new meaning to ultimate luxury and puts the kiddie pool to shame . . . In fact I think I’m turning ours into the doggie pool after these magical marvels!

The swimming pool view at the Banyan Tree Hotel and Spa in Seychelles http://www.banyantree.com/en/seychelles/overview is nestled in Intendance Bay with spectacular views overlooking the Indian Ocean with a raised-level infinity structure complete with a narrow point jutting out above the beach. The pool looks like it's floating on the sea, with palms drooping over its sides and waves crashing on huge granite boulders below it. Banyan Tree Seychelles offers 60 villas with each having at least one private pool with an ocean view. They have recently complete Double Pool Villas which offer two pools each.
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For the worlds most expensive swimming pool you need to visit the twenty acre pool that is long as three football fields, holds 66 million gallons of saltwater and it’s deep end is 115 feet deep in Chile at the San Alfonso Del Mar Resort http://www.sanalfonso.cl/ingles/main.html. This rates as the worlds most expensive swimming pool for it cost nearly $2 billion to build and requires almost $4 million in annual maintenance.
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In Sydney, Australia, The Icebergs http://icebergs.com.au/ swimming pool is located in the famed Bondi Beach where the ocean’s waves will often break over the side of the pool. The pool is open to the public at small admittance fee.
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The infinity pool at Ali Ubud http://www.alilahotels.com/Ubud/ in Bali boasts a spectacular location perched on a terrace floating above the lush Ayung River valley. The pool spreads out to form an elongated rectangle until it seems to disappear down the terraced jungle hillside. The Ali Ubud Resort blends a contemporary design and traditional Balinese architecture with secluded courtyards, spacious terraces and private gardens which create an intimate feeling like none other. “The resort's 56 rooms and villas are housed in 14 two-storey blocks designed to resemble a Balinese village. All rooms and villas have panoramic views of the magical Ayung River and surrounding volcanoes. The Deluxe Rooms on the ground floor feature individual garden terraces and a back courtyard with an open-air bathroom and shower. The Superior Rooms on the upper floor feature a private balcony and a daybed where you can chill out, read a book or just daydream while enjoying the unobstructed views. There are also eight villas. Four superb Valley Villas offer a spacious walk-around deck and are perched over the valley affording spectacular views of the Ayung River. The four luxuriously spacious Pool Villas offer a complete retreat experience with a private pool bordered by landscaped gardens, an open-air bathtub surrounded by a lotus pond, LCD TV and entertainment system, and the exclusive privilege of personalized leisure concierge services and in-villa dining and spa treatments.”
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The Pimalai Resort and Spa http://www.pimalai.com/en/index.asp on Koh Lanta, Thailand boasts and amazing fresh-water infinity edge pool that sets about 50 meters above sea level allowing you spectacular views of the beach and the sea. This pool looks like a temple site with it’s beautiful architecture at this boutique luxury beach resort.
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Another amazing sight to see pool in Thailand a few steps from the beach, is the pool at The Library http://www.thelibrary.co.th/index1.html in Koh Samui, Thailand. This vivid red pool is created by using mosaic Italian glass tiles in red, yellow and orange where at night, the underwater lights transform this pool into a dazzling sight perfect for dinner and drinks. The pool is set on the beachfront and is surrounded by a wooden deck with red mattresses and black bean bags.
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The rooftop pool at The Standard http://www.standardhotels.com/los-angeles/ in downtown Los Angeles, CA is one of the most coveted nightlife hotspots. Situated on the rooftop of this 12-story hotel, the pool has panoramic views of the city. The turquoise heated pool stands out sharply against the red Astroturf sundeck with waterbed cabanas complete with a poolside bar.
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For that perfect ah-ha moment, be sure to visit Six Senses Hideaway http://www.sixsenses.com/SixSensesZighyBay/ in Zighy Bay, Oman located 90 minutes from Dubai. The Six Senses Hideaway is located with dramatic mountains on one side and the sandy beach of Zighy Bay, on the other.
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Hermitage Bay http://www.hermitagebay.com/ at this all-inclusive Antigua resort sits along a narrow dirt road and spleenful located between the pristine hillside and the turquoise Caribbean waters. With 25 individual cottages, you are in for a treat of tranquility and complete serenity.
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The Joule Hotel http://www.thejouledallas.com in Dallas, TX projects their pool eight feet over the sidewalk from the edge of the 10th floor including a glass window at its end, providing swimmers with the sensation of swimming off the building's edge.
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An exotic jungles surround you at Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka http://www.heritancehotels.com/kandalama/ where their infinity pool finds the green water blending into green rooftop lawns to virgin woodlands.
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At the Marina Bay Sands http://www.marinabaysands.com/ in Singapore, you will ne staying at Asia's most spectacular business and leisure destination with over 2,500 rooms and suites, state-of-the-art convention and exhibition facilities, theaters, world-class casino, entertainment and the best shopping and dining in Singapore crowned by the Sands SkyPark. With amazing views of the Singapore skyline from the 57th floor, it is longer than the Eiffel tower laid on its side, it’s length is equivalent to four-and-a-half A380 Jumbo Jets, it has one of the largest gravity-defying edges in the world which holds up to 900 people. This Singapore hotel and casino offers a most unique swim!
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For a sight to behold of an architectural marvel, visit Jade Mountain, St. Lucia http://www.jademountainstlucia.com/ where there infinity pools “are not accoutrements, but primary elements of the building's design. With sizes ranging from 400 to 900 square feet, the design of each pool is unique both in colour and shape. The infinity pools are meant to serve as organic components in each suite, as well as in the building as a whole; their sizes increase in relation to the different square footage of the different room categories: GALAXY, SUN, MOON and STAR.

All pools feature shallow water lounging areas in addition to a large swimming area. They have been surfaced entirely in one-of-a-kind glass tiles, which have been specifically designed for JADE MOUNTAIN.

Each of the infinity pools has its own individually designed glass tile color scheme which is then carried on into the individual bathrooms, giving each suite its own unique - and rather bold - personality. The glass tile texture is complex in reflective and prismatic ways with each piece of tile unique due to their custom hand crafted fabrication.

The infinity pools are equipped with fibre optics to illuminate them at night. Guests have the option of allowing the system to cycle through a range of colours or setting it to one particular shade.

Jade Mountain was conceived as a place in which guests would be exposed to a carefully orchestrated sensory experience. The infinity pools are integral to this. As a visual element, water flowing over a vanishing edge serves to draw the view into the room, linking the view with water, and water with sky and land, sun and stars.”
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Poised on the cliff high above the Aegean, Perivolas Luxury Hotel http://www.perivolassuites.gr/about?lang=en in Santorini is a place where the rest of the world seems to disappear. With expansive views, ultimate luxury and absolute tranquil surroundings, your days by the pool are sure to leave you refreshed and never wanting to leave. Perivolas Hotel is only a short walk from Oia, the most beautiful village on Greece’s most romantic and dramatic island, Santorini.
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The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagoyo http://www.fourseasons.com/costarica/ creates am ambience of luxury in a natural setting with a resort that spills down a coastal hillside to two unspoiled beaches of golden sand. With a spa, championship golf, the tropical dry forest complete with an amazing infinity pool, this resort will leave you wanting more.
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Want to be at your own private island? Be sure to visit W Hotels on Fesdu Island http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1585 where this private island provides you with luxury, white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, and breathtaking reefs.
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Why not visit a pool for every mood at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cunjw-jw-marriott-cancun-resort-and-spa/? Indulge yourself at the adults only pool with a swim-up bar, lounge in either of the two free-form or infinity pools overlooking the Caribbean, For those who want more adventure, be sure to go diving in the 20-foot deep, PADI-certified diving pool.
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For those that enjoy the adventures of diving, be sure to go to the deepest indoor swimming pool in the world at 105 feet at Nemo 33 http://www.nemo33.com/en in Belgium. Here the water is so warm in their solar heated pool that you don’t need a wetsuit and you are able to get a variety of scuba certifications.
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One of the most popular attractions in Iceland is the Blue Lagoon http://www.bluelagoon.com/Geothermal-spa/ where you will have a unique geothermal spa experience. Renew and relax in this lagoon that holds six million liters of geothermal seawater (which is renewed every 40 hours) with a water temperature of 98-102°F all while soaking up the beautiful scenery and breathing the fresh, clean air.
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Las Ventanas al Paraiso http://www.lasventanas.com/en/index.cfm where this desert beach resort in Los Cabos captivates its guests with expansive suites, a world-class spa, inspired cuisine and an intoxicating ambiance along with a several infinity pools that spill into one another throughout this sprawling, luxury resort overlooking the Sea of Cortez off Mexico's Baja coast. Unique in-room tequila welcome, 24-hour room service, live entertainment nightly, access to The Spa at Las Ventanas & fitness center, DVD library, twice-daily housekeeping with nightly turndown service, luxury tennis, fresh fruit replenished daily, bottled water, enhanced poolside service & amenities, personal butler service for each one-bedroom and three-bedroom luxury suite ~ it’s been said that butlers reportedly bring drinks, chilled towels and wireless TVs right to your chaise ~ now that‘s what I call service in paradise!
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What a finish in Bora Bora Nui Hilton http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/PPTBNHI-Hilton-Bora-Bora-Nui-Resort-Spa/index.do suspended between turquoise waters and endless sky. Besides the endless amenities, you can enjoy even more water from your private water side balcony, canopy beds, Italian marble bathroom and better yet, watch Bora Bora’s exotic marine life float past the glass floor viewing panels in your guest room.
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“A time for warm thoughts and fond memories, for expressing
the feelings and words that often go unspoken, for letting those special people in our lives know that they are loved and
appreciated - always”

Happy Mother’s Day and yes, it is right around the corner. With Springtime quickly turning into Summer, here are some last minute
ideas from Luxury-to-Deals, that any Mom, Sister, Aunt or that special someone would be more than elated to receive such a gift. I have a
few favorites here myself in which I might just have to drop a few
hints to my family.

On a side note, I would like to thank my children for allowing me
to be their mother ~ what a beautiful gift in itself! And especially
to my own mother who has let me become who I am today.  I
thank her for all her grace, compassion, and her ever-present love
for me!!! Without the special people in my life I would not be who
I am and for that, my deepest love to all! Thank you and may
your day be just as special as you are!

Bed and Breakfast - http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/
Quaint, romantic and luxurious, a Bed and Breakfast is a wonderful way to celebrate Mom. Beautiful rooms, delicious menus and superb hospitality will set the scene for Mom’s relaxing weekend.

Camping - Plan a weekend camping trip and enjoy the nature http://www.reserveamerica.com

Casino Day - In addition to the excitement and fun of roulette wheels and slot machines, casino
vacations often provide a superb opportunity to take in live shows, museums, nightclubs, fine dining,
delicious buffets and maybe some lucky winnings!

City Getaway - What better place to entertain Mom. From extravagant shows to 4-star dining and
luxurious hotels, the city offers an exciting backdrop for a variety of activities from fun to romantic. Go on a walking tour of the city, spend the afternoon at a museum, or surprise her with a spree. On a quieter note, take her to a hip café, bookstores, art galleries, and just spend the day seeing the sights.

Outdoor Adventure - Plan a backpacking getaway, go biking, visit the beach, horseback riding, a hot air balloon ride, go up the mountain and have a scenic picnic, kayak/boating on a river, or pack up the car
and just go exploring.

Spa - Treat Mom to a relaxing spa resort where she will get her much deserved pampering. You can easily shop spas by region, online at: http://www.gayot.com/lifestyle/spa/top10destinationspas/best-us-top10-destination-spas_01us.html

Wine Country Tour - A weekend wine tour can be a wonderful treat. Think about hiring a limo or
designated driver for the day so Mom can truly enjoy.


INDULGEMENTS AT LUXURY BEACH RESORTS FROM VIRGINIA TO GEORGIA


The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
- South Carolina
877-683-1234
http://www.kiawahresort.com/accommodations/the-sanctuary/
This multi-award winning resort ranks at the top of the list, having received these and many other
coveted awards since opening in August 2004. Located within a secluded complex on a pristine barrier
island about 45 minutes from Charleston, this hotel offers casual oceanfront luxury at an exceptional level. Amenities and activities include swimming, five championship golf courses, world class tennis, a garden designed spa, canoeing, kayaking, bicycling, cookouts, oyster roasts and more.

Sea Island Resorts
- Georgia
Sea Island Resorts, are located halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville, and feature three championship golf courses, state-of-the-art tennis courts, spa and fitness services, riding stables, a beach club and more.

Sea Island The Cloister & The Lodge
912-634-3903
http://www.seaisland.com/
This a 40-room property which opened in 2001 offers spacious and exquisitely appointed accommodations, Atlantic Ocean or golf course views, personal butler service and more.

The Boardwalk Inn at Wild Dunes Resort - Isle of Palms, South Carolina
843-886-6000
www.wilddunes.com
Situated on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a picturesque barrier island off the South Carolina coast, Wild Dunes Resort covers 1,600 acres of private, oceanfront property, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Less than 30 minutes from historic Charleston, Wild Dunes offers year-round golf, tennis, spa services, bike and walking paths, several dining options and more. The Boardwalk Inn features 93 luxurious rooms and suites, designed in the Low-country style with residential touches.

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff - Bluffton, South Carolina
843-706-6500
http://www.palmettobluffresort.com/
Located about 12 miles from Hilton Head and 30 miles from Savannah Airport along the picturesque May
River, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff offers a haven for relaxation in the beautiful South Carolina Low-country. Accommodations include an array of cottages & village home; many with fireplaces & scenic water views.

Hilton Head Island - South Carolina
World renowned for its pristine beaches, abundant golf courses, superb tennis facilities and picturesque
natural environment, Hilton Head attracts close to 2.5 million annual visitors. Five top rated hotels:

The Inn at Harbour Town
843-363-8100
http://www.seapines.com/accommodations/inn-at-harbour.asp
The Inn at Harbour Town offers casual elegance with Scottish flair in the style of a European boutique
hotel, featuring such luxurious amenities as imported Frette bed linens and 24-hour butler service. Located within the 5000-acre world renowned Sea Pines Resort, the guestrooms at this hotel have views of the famed Harbour Town Golf Links or the Sea Pines Racquet Club.  In addition to an array of recreational amenities, The Inn at Harbour Town is within walking distance of popular Harbour Town, where visitors enjoy dining, entertainment, shopping and great photo ops at the historic Harbour Town Lighthouse.

Crowne Plaza Beach Resort
843-842-2400
http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/hbicr
Situated within the gated Shipyard Plantation resort community, the Crowne Plaza Oceanfront Beach
Resort offers access to one of Hilton Head Island's best beaches, plus indoor and outdoor swimming pools, miles of biking and exercising trails and numerous other amenities. It is adjacent to the Van Der Meer
Tennis Center and the Shipyard Golf Course, and is close to shopping, restaurants and other Hilton Head attractions.  Each of the 338 rooms, including 9 suites, has a mini bar and high speed internet access at an extra charge. Camp Castaway offers seasonal activities for children ages 3 to 12.
 
Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort
843-686-8400
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hhhgr-hilton-head-marriott-beach-and-golf-resort/Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and offering three miles of beautiful beach, three golf courses, excellent
tennis facilities and more, this Marriott hotel is situated in the popular Palmetto Dunes resort community. Conveniently located mid-island, this year-round resort is close to shopping, attractions and an array of
dining options. The 512 guestrooms, including 36 suites, wireless high speed internet access and private balconies (many with ocean views). Other amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two year-round and two seasonal restaurants and a wide range of recreational options.

Hilton Oceanfront Resort
843-842-8000
http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/HHHHBHF-Hilton-Oceanfront-Resort-Hilton-Head-Island-South-Carolina/index.do;jsessionid=137B5AE5B8B100EB957976A2A8579ADF.etc23?ctyhocn=HHHHBHF&brand_id=HI&brand_directory=/en/hi/&xch=846528,4U2V5SR4IFGBECSGBIVM22QKIYFC
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The Hilton Oceanfront Resort is located in the Palmetto Dunes resort community and claims the widest
private beach on the Island. Winding pathways through tropical gardens surround idyllic lagoons and
swimming pools at this five-story resort hotel. All of the 324 guestrooms, including 20 oceanfront suites,
have private balconies and kitchenettes with a mini-refrigerator, sink and microwave, a very popular
feature for family vacationers. In addition to the private beach, recreational amenities, include 22 nearby tennis courts, three adjacent championship golf courses, and the Shelter Cove Marina for water sports.

Westin Resort and Spa
843-681-4000
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1050
The Westin Resort, located in the Port Royal Plantation area at the northeastern tip of Hilton Head Island, is the top rated hotel on the island. Overlooking a wide beach, the Westin Resort offers Southern hospitality and turn-of-the-century ambience with an array of recreational amenities for all ages including three championship golf courses, sixteen tennis courts, bicycle and jogging paths, several outdoor pools and a heated indoor pool. Several dining options are available including The Barony Grill.

Myrtle Beach
- South Carolina

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
843-913-1333
www.marinainngranadedunes.com
Centrally located to all of Myrtle Beach's top attractions offering 200 guest rooms and villas, naturally landscaped beach, summer family activities and a variety of activities and amenities. The AAA 4 diamond Marina Inn at Grande Dunes includes a combination of oversized guest rooms, two and three bedroom villas. Our naturally landscaped beach is a unique beach experience unlike any other in Myrtle Beach offering secluded beach space exclusive for Marina Inn guests complete with towels, chairs and umbrellas. Light dining, beer and wine are also available. Golf options are first class with two championship courses located onsite. Also enjoy water sport rentals available at the marina and a first class tennis club. First class amenities include wireless internet throughout hotel, 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness facility and indoor pool, outdoor infinity edge poolscape with 2 whirlpools. Disabled rooms available. Enjoy a variety of dining options from elegant, sustainable to outdoor casual. Hotel bar onsite. Myrtle Beach airport 15 miles

Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort at Grand Dunes
843-449-8880
www.marriott.com
The Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes provides the perfect balance of resort accommodations and business-friendly amenities, ideal for all types of travelers. If you're booking space
for an organization or company event, our Myrtle Beach resort's 45,000 square feet of meeting space will meet your needs perfectly. Our Marriott resort in Myrtle Beach offers 405 luxurious guest rooms, most with ocean views, equipped with two telephones with separate lines, data ports, and high-speed internet. As part of the Grande Dunes, an upscale 2,200-acre plantation-style residential community, we offer more amenities than most other resorts in Myrtle Beach and the Carolinas. Activities include championship golf, tennis, fitness center, large beachfront pool with a waterslide, a European spa with an indoor pool, or the simple but priceless pleasure of sitting on our pristine beach. Experience the finest of resorts in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes.

The Tides Inn - Irvington, VA
804-438-5000
www.tidesinn.com
The intimate 106-room Tides Inn, set on its own waterfront peninsula in the charming town of Irvington on Virginia's Northern Neck, has been a Chesapeake Bay tradition for more than 60 years. A preferred mid-Atlantic getaway for couples, families and groups, this Leading Hotel of the World has become a
destination spot for romance, relaxation and corporate bonding. With dedicated state-of-the-art
conference facilities certified by IACC and a devoted, onsite Meetings & Special Events team, leading corporations have come to trust the Tides Inn to provide legendary Virginia hospitality and personalized service in one of nature’s most beautiful settings
 

GETAWAY DEALS FOR MOTHER’S DAY


Phoenix, AZ
Hospitality Suites Resort
480-949-5115
http://hospitalitysuites.com/
3 pools and a Jacuzzi
Up to 25% off from $63

Anaheim, Ca
Desert Palms Hotel and Suites
888-788-0466
http://www.desertpalmshotel.com/
Free breakfast, nest to Disneyland Resort
Save 35% off from $92

Los Angeles, CA
Radisson LA Westside Hotel
888-201-1718
http://radissonla.com/
Features pool and hot tub
Save up to 40% off from $74

San Diego, CA
The Sofia Hotel
619-234-9200
http://www.thesofiahotel.com/
Near Shopping and dining
Save 50% off from $74
San Francisco, CA

Westin St. Francis
415-397-7000
http://www.westinstfrancis.com/location-directions
Spa and kids club
From $149

Denver, CO
Warwick Denver Hotel
303-861-2000
http://www.warwickdenver.com/
Spacious, newly renovated rooms
From $102

Washington, DC
Latham Georgetown Hotel
202-726-5000
http://www.thelatham.com/
Georgetown’s only rooftop pool
From $179

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Ramada Plaza Ft. Lauderdale
877-784-6835
http://ramadaftlauderdalefl.com/description.asp?HotelID=106600
60-seat movie theater
From $56

Miami, FL
Deauville Beach Resort
305-865-8511
http://www.deauvillebeachresort.com/
Oceanfront in Miami beach
Save 25% off from $96

Orlando, FL
The Palms Hotel and Villas (Kissimmee, FL)
800-867-9996
http://www.thepalmshotelandvillas.com/
1.5 miles from Disney’s main gate
Save up to 45% off from $59

St. Pete Beach, FL
Postcard Inn
800-237-8918
http://www.postcardinn.com/

Chicago, IL
Inn of Chicago
312-787-3100
http://www.ascendcollection.com/hotel-chicago-illinois-IL383?promo=bingmap&channel=bing&camp=local
Kids under 18 stay free
From $109

New Orleans, LA
Le Pavillon
800-535-9095
http://www.lepavillon.com/
Save 40% off from $111

Northern Michigan
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
800-236-1577
grandtraverseresort.com

Resort Gift Card - Purchase $500 in Resort Gift Cards, now through May 8, 2011, and receive one (1) complimentary room night 800-236-1577 for details.

Ashleigh's (at Grand Traverse Resort) "Ears to You" Receive a free pair of earrings when you purchase a Brighton necklace and bracelet. Regular priced merchandise only. Offer valid April 22 - May 8, 2011. Call Ashleigh's at 231-534-6714.

Mother's Day Specials at Spa Grand Traverse - All moms receive $15 OFF any 50 minute spa service!* Call 888-437-2SPA or email us to schedule an appointment. Plus a Mother’s Day gift card offer as well… Purchase a $100 gift card and receive $20 towards any spa service valued at $99 or more.

Mother's Day Brunch at Aerie Restaurant

Applesauce Inn B&B in Bellaire near Shanty Creek Resort
231.533.6448
applesauceinn.blogspot.com
Join us for Friday and Saturday nights, May 5th and May 6th. Fresh flowers will greet Mom in her room. Enjoy evening Happy Hour—an hour of local wine and spirits along with dessert, both Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday morning, enjoy our Mother's Day Champagne Brunch featuring some of guests favorites, cherry cream cheese stuffed French toast, 4 stack apple cinnamon pancakes, ham and cheese omelettes, fresh baked muffins, fresh fruit, champagne mimosas and other juices. $275 per couple.

Mother’s Day Brunch in The Lakeview Restaurant, Shanty Creek Resort
Reservations recommended. 231.533.3070 shantycreek.com
This fabulous buffet includes cedar-smoked salmon garnished with capers and onions, iced peel and eat shrimp, omelettes, garlic pierced top round with pinot, spice roasted ham, quiche, cinnamon French toast, double smoked bacon, fresh potato hash, roasted bistro chicken with capers, olives and artichokes, herb-roasted tropical fish with lemon butter sauce, herb-tossed pasta with peas, sun dried tomatoes and Parmesan cream sauce, cheddar mashed redskin potatoes chef’s selection of fine pastries.
Adults: $22.95 • Seniors: $20.95 • Children 6-12: $11.50 • Children Under 6: Free.

Stafford's Perry Hotel, Petoskey
800-737-1899
www.staffords.com
Two nights lodging, $30 in Stafford's Dining Dollars (redeemable at any Stafford's location), our classic Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday and the treat of a late checkout (2 pm) on Sunday. Rates starting from $249 + tax, based on double occupancy

Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
grandhotel.com
Treat Mom to a truly special weekend. Includes a Friday evening Welcome Reception, Saturday evening Grand Cocktail Reception, the Grand Luncheon Buffet on Mother’s Day, a Grand Hotel History Lecture and free golf green fees (cart fee required).
Package also includes:
* Accommodations for up to 5 people
* Breakfast and dinner daily
* Friday evening Welcome Reception
* Saturday Evening Reception
* Saturday Grand Hotel History Lecture
* Mother's Day Grand Luncheon Buffet
* Free golf green fees (cart fee required, subject to course availability)
* Special discount on ferry boat tickets
* No tipping within Grand Hotel
Package Price: $659 per room
Stay Sunday, May 8, 2011 for $159 per room, per night.

The Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor 
(231) 334-5100  
thehomesteadresort.com
Complete tour package includes: tuition, two nights' lodging in a Fiddler's Pond guest room.
For more information or reservations call the Great Lakes Photo Tours: 517.230.1655 or visit http://www.markscarlson.com/
A favorite Great Lakes Photo Tour for dazzling spring wildflowers! Participants are treated to one of the most naturally beautiful areas in Michigan. The splendor of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the quaintness of the Leelanau Peninsula offer outstanding scenic views of sweeping sand dunes,
vast Lake Michigan shorelines and Wyeth-like farm scenes full of blooming cherry orchards, all fresh for the season. From flowing landscapes to artistic close-ups, this tour offers exceptional photographic subject matter and unparalleled guide service to digital 'snap shooters' and advanced amateurs alike. All participants will benefit and improve their photography skills by learning from the professional
photography team of Mark S. Carlson and Bob Grzesiak. 'Spring Dunes' is that memorable get-away weekend /eco-photo tour experience participants thoroughly enjoy!

Atlantic City, NJ
Comfort Bayside Inn
609-484-1900
http://www.comfortinnsuitesac.com/
Free breakfast and shuttle service
From $86

Las Vegas, NV
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
http://www.venetian.com/
19 Restaurants and 80 Boutiques
From $222

New York, NY
Affinia Dumont
212-481-7600
http://www.affinia.com/Default.aspx
Unwind at Oasis Day Spa
From $268

Belvedere Hotel
212-245-7000
http://www.belvederehotelnyc.com/
Near Fifth Avenue shopping
From $204 

A few more last minute ideas: Mother’s Day Festivals, a Cooking Class, visit Historic Sites, some quiet time, dinner out or dinner prepared for her (kitchen and dishes cleaned afterwards of course). Whatever you do, your thoughts will be most appreciated just by letting her know how much she means!