Pamper Mom

April 30, 2015

Give her a Mother’s Day gift she’ll remember this year.

By Susan Peck

Skip the long waits and overcrowded restaurants this Mother’s Day and honor Mom with something she’ll really love — the gift of pampering at a relaxing day spa.

Once you’ve decided on a spa gift for your special person, the only thing left to do is to figure out the perfect pairing. It’s easy to make a spa match for every woman if you consider her individual tastes and needs.

To help make your decision effortless, check out the Mother’s Day packages from some of the areas’ most celebrated spas:

Beach House Day Spa

Beach House Day Spa is owner Lauren MacVean’s vision to create a welcoming island beach house experience with ultimate laid-back luxury and comfort.

The natural driftwood floors and lockers, Farmhouse Fresh Goods Whoopie Cream candle spreading a truly edible fragrance throughout, complimentary champagne and mimosas, and brilliant turquoise appointments, including a sign that reads, “Beach House Rules — Relax, Unwind, Enjoy,” all allow you to have a day at the beach without ever leaving Birmingham.

“When you step through our door, I want it to transport you to another world for an hour or two so you can forget all of the stress in your everyday life. It’s the ultimate stay-cation,” MacVean says.

Beach House Day Spa suggests that instead of giving your mother a box of chocolates, give her this Beach House treat — a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bliss body treatment. Sweet cream sea salt exfoliates while a warm dark chocolate softening mask is painted over the body, nourishing the skin with antioxidants. Finish with a whipped shea butter and live strawberry fruit cell massage for luscious hydration, $165.

The greatest crowd pleaser is the Day at the Beach spa package that includes a 60-minute massage, Beach House signature facial, and seasonal aromatherapy to enhance your manicure and pedicure. Choose from delectable scents like watermelon basil bellini, peppermint swirl and pumpkin latte, $250.

Sweets for the sweet: The Beach House Milk and Honey body treatment includes whipped honey fine sea salt for exfoliating and skin renewal. Then a warm honey hydrating glaze full of live papaya, pineapple fruit cell and soothing aloe is applied. Wrapped warmly, mom’s skin will drink in the nutrients. The finale is a light massage with sweet cream body milk, and sweet almond, jojoba, avocado and sesame oils, $165.

Margot’s European Day Spa

Margot’s European Day Spa, next to the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, has long been one of the most regarded spots to rejuvenate yourself both inside and out, largely due to owner Margot’s vast knowledge and expertise from her studies in France, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and Japan — in all things that bestow beauty and wellness.

This spa has the only therapeutic hydrotherapy tub of its kind that uses anatomically placed jets for maximum relaxation, muscle and lymphatic healing. It’s the closest thing you’ll find to some of the world-renowned healing waters spas like those in Baden-Baden Germany or at Evian-les Bain in France.

Margot’s Mother’s Day packages include: Mom’s Royal Spa Day — Starts with a healing aromatherapy Hydro Tub, continues with a 50-minute aromatherapy body massage and finishes with the rejuvenating Vita Brite facial treatment, $300; Mom’s Classic Spa Day — a favorite by many includes a 50-minute aromatherapy body massage, Signature facial and manicure, $210; and Mom’s Mini Spa Day — for the woman on the go, it begins with a 50-minute therapeutic body massage and finishes with a relaxing manicure, $100.

Carol Lewis Day Spa

Beautifying us for more than 30 years, Carol Lewis Day Spa, located in downtown Birmingham, has won coveted awards from Allure and InStyle magazines for best facial and massage services. Owner Carol Lewis reasons that its unpretentious elegance and simple but effective treatments are what draws her clientele year after year.

For the woman that wants a day of pampering, Carol Lewis Day Spa offers: the Ultimate Spa Day that includes the ultimate facial that will leave mom’s skin radiant and healthy, a 60-minute therapeutic massage, body sugar glow treatment, spa manicure and pedicure, and expert brow shaping, $450.

For the Spa Vacation package, mom will receive a special spa facial, 60-minute therapeutic massage, manicure and pedicure, $255.

For moms-to-be, you’ll want to pamper her with the PreNatal massage package, which includes a 60-minute prenatal massage specially designed for mothers in waiting, $95. NS

For your convenience, gift certificates for specific denominations or services of your choice are available online and at the spa locations.

Margot’s European Day Spa
101 Townsend St., Birmingham
(248) 642-3770, www.margots.com

Beach House Day Spa
34645 Woodward Ave., Birmingham (248) 220-4485

Carol Lewis Day Spa
386 E. Maple Road, Birmingham
(248) 642-1570

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