The stunning view from the rees Hotel in Queenstown.
The stunning view from the rees Hotel in Queenstown. Detours

Mum's the word in May

GUESS what Mum doesn't necessarily want this year for her big day?

That would be fluffy floral slippers, soggy toast in bed or cheap perfume.

Guess what she does want? That would be a break away from the grind, a night or longer of luxury, pampering and someone to wait on her hand and foot.

Instead of scouring the shops for an overpriced Mother's Day gift, give her something she'll really remember - a holiday.

Cairns with car

GUESTS at the stylish Hotel Cairns will have free access to drive five funky Mercedes Smart Cars or, if you like the wind in your hair, a cabriolet Smart Car.

The cars are available on a first come first served basis and

include unlimited mileage and even a full tank of petrol.

The Hotel Cairns is a 4-star resort hotel only one block from the famous Esplanade.

Take mum for a tropical spin for only $399 per night per couple, including accommodation with upgrade to Tower Room (minimum 3 night stay), full hot buffet breakfast daily, one 3-course surf and turf hot rock dinner for two; a one-day reef adventure on Ocean Freedom for two and complimentary one day use of Smart Car.

■ For more, call (07) 4051 6188 or email

Punt on a favourite

CHANCES are your finer half is not as crazy about the races as you, but you'll back a winner if you make her mother's day one to remember at the Novotel Brisbane, which just happens to coincide with part of the Brisbane Racing Carnival at Doomben.

The Punters Package includes two admission tickets to the City Pacific Doomben Turf Club as well as overnight accommodation.

And you can celebrate your winnings over a complimentary buffet breakfast. The package is priced from $189 per night for two.

■ For more, call Novotel Brisbane on (07) 3309 3309.

Spa sensation

MENTION the word spa to most women and you're pretty sure to win her heart.

Towers of Chevron Renaissance in Surfers Paradise is offering a two-night luxury accommodation package in a one bedroom apartment from $260 per night, two bedrooms from $290 per night or a three bedroom apartment from $335 per night, plus a two for one deal at Fox Hair and Day Spa.

Located in the heart of Surfers, mum will need to ensure the

credit card is looking healthy as she heads to the fashion boutiques and specialty stores within coo-ee.

That's when she can tear herself away from the hotel's lap pools, sauna, spa and gym.

■ For more, call Towers of Chevron Renaissance on (07) 5584 8100, or visit

Across the ditch

FOR a truly memorable Mother's Day, take advantage of the cheap flights available to New Zealand and give her an international surprise. The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments is situated in the ski resort of Queenstown.

The brand new 5-star hotel is perched right on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

A four night stay at The Rees is on offer for a specially reduced rate of only $99 per person, per night.

Included is a complimentary three course dinner in the True South Dining Room, with airport transfers and late check out.

Offer based on double/twin share in a Lake View Rees Room.

■ For more contact or phone +64 3 450 1100 and quote booking code: ReesTSDPR09

Stimulating deal

NOT only will mum be happy, but you're doing the country a favour by taking advantage of the Ibis King St Wharf's Ruddy Good Value package.

Designed to help you stimulate the economy, for $900 you can take an all inclusive three night stay in a Harbour King room, with full breakfast for two each day, car parking or airport shuttle, two tickets to Luna Park, two Sydney Ferry tickets, three $100 dinner vouchers, two tickets to Imax cinema, two tickets to Wildlife World or Sydney Aquarium, and a bottle of sparkly.

That's more than $1300 worth of goodies for $900 - now that's stimulating!

■ For bookings phone the Ibis Sydney King Street Wharf direct on 1300 116 771.

Art of seduction

CHANCES are your better half won't expect an outing to one of Sydney's most famous gallery events.

Sofitel Wentworth Sydney is celebrating the prestigious Archibald Prize with a chance to meet the artists at a special luncheon on Thursday, May 7.

Even though it's a couple of days early for Mother's Day, the $80pp lunch will win her heart.

The Sofitel Wentworth is also offering a special package for $279 per couple per night. The package is valid until May 24.

■ For more contact Sofitel Sydney Wentworth on 1800 676 960 or visit

Spice it up at Peppers

NESTLED in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine country and surrounded bybeautiful gardens and vineyards, Peppers Guest House is one of the Hunter's best loved retreats, where comfortable, elegant accommodationis matched with a reputation for exceptional food and wine experiences.

Pepper's Cheese and Wine Trail two-night package is $550 per room twin share midweek, or $750 per room twin share at weekends.

Peppers Guest House offers the ideal getaway from the stresses of everyday life, an easy two hour drive north of Sydney on the F3 highway.

■ For more contact Peppers Guest House on (02) 4993 8999, or visit

Merimbula magic

WITHits buzzy cafes, restaurants, boutique shops and some of the SapphireCoast's most pristine beaches on its doorstep, Merimbula on the NSWsouth coast is a perennial favourite.

The Coast Resort is offering a perfect package for a mother's day break,where visitors can lay back and relax, or enjoy the chance to swim,sail, fish, canoe, dive, dolphin and whale watch, go bushwalking orspend time exploring rainforests, rivers and lakes.

A two bedroom apartment for seven nights will cost you $945 (saving$280) while a one bedroom apartment for seven nights is $885 (saving$270).

■ For more call Coast Resort on 02 6495 4930 or go to

Back in business

THE Yarra Valley's renowned Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa survived the fierce

February bushfires and is back to business, and about to enter a new era by joining Accor's Mercure hotel network.

Theresort is less than an hour's drive from Melbourne CBD and Tullamarine Airport, and is set amongst rolling hills and Balgownie's own vines.

BalgownieEstate offers a holistic approach to holidaying with health and wellbeing playing an equally important part as food and wine.

Overnight in a one bedroom spa suite and receive a complimentary bottle of Balgownie Estate 2005 Shiraz and free Cellar Door wine tastings, plus a$50 food and beverage credit and full buffet breakfast for two in Rae's Restaurant - all from just $279 per night.

■ For more call (03) 9730 0700 or go to

Kangaroo Island hop

ALL Seasons Kangaroo Island Lodge is offering a bed and breakfast package with a difference.

Located on Kangaroo Island's secluded picturesque waterways, the lodge is the ideal place to get back to nature all year round - from baby koala season in winter, to sea lion pups in summer, this is a heart-warmingwonderland and has the added benefit of being a gourmet's paradise.

From $99 per night, mum can relax in overnight accommodation and enjoy a hearty country breakfast in The Lodge Restaurant.

■ For bookings phone 1300 65 65 65 or visit

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