10 Mother’s Day Experiences That Are Better Than A Card And Flowers

10 Mother’s Day Experiences That Are Better Than A Card And Flowers

Put down the Hallmark and get her one of these instead.

By Siobhan Taylor | 17th April 2018

We don't know about you, but often when Mother's Day rolls around we fall back on flowers and card as a way to show her how much we care. And while a bouquet of daisies and a quirky card always make her smile, sometimes it's good to put in the extra effort to get her something truly special. Afterall, she literally gave us life.

This Mother's Day, we're all about treating our mother to something special – an experience perfectly tailored to her interests. If she's a secret foodie who enjoys the finer things in life, we've pulled together a bunch of different foodie events happening around Brisbane that we know she'll enjoy – from garden parties with flowing Champagne to riverside luncheons! If she prefers to be pampered and indulged, we've also recommended a few different day spas with absolutely stellar treatments that will allow her to unwind, relax and feel like the queen she is.

Even if after all this you think you still haven't done enough for her (how could we ever repay the woman who raised us?), then it wouldn't hurt to throw in a bouquet of flowers and a card anyway – we're sure she won't say no.


Sofitel Brisbane | Brisbane CBD

Set in the awe-inspiring Ballroom Le Grand, this Mother’s Day Sofitel Brisbane is offering a memorable high tea and Queensland Ballet experience that can’t be missed. Spoil mum with a one-of-a-kind high tea complete with exquisite French desserts including, petite strawberry tartlets, red velvet cupcakes, frosted chocolate cake, lemon meringue mousse and a selection of warm scones with Chantilly cream, marmalade and jam. As well as that, each guest will be offered a selection of finger sandwiches, including cooked salmon, roast beef, creamed egg and tandoori chicken. The 2-hour high tea sessions are $73 per adult and $40 per child, and take place at your choice of 10:30 in the morning or 2:30pm in the afternoon. Guests will also be treated to an exclusive performance by the Queensland Ballet in each session. For those after something a little more luxe, the $99 Platinum Package includes preferential seating, Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne and a special complimentary gift for the leading lady in your life. If she’s a ballet fan, why not surprise her with a post-performance meet and greet with the dancers? These numbers are limited so be sure to get in quick!

Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Brisbane­ | Fortitude Valley

When your high tea offers a kid’s chill-out zone (complete with candy buffet!) to keep the little ones entertained, you know you’ve found a winner for the mother in your life. Starting at $45 per person, Oakwood’s Mother’s Day High Tea is the ultimate way to say thank you to your special lady. With soft jazz music courtesy of the Leena Salim band playing live in the background, you can indulge in a stunning array of all your favourite sweet and savoury petit fours, as well as a glass of sparkling bubbles and endless tea and coffee in the impressive No.15 Restaurant & Bar. The 3-hour high tea is the perfect way to celebrate her this Mother’s Day, but if you are after something a little extra, No. 15 Restaurant & Bar will also offer a cash bar for you to purchase additional drinks – because who could say no to a gin and tonic?

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Oakwood Hotel & Apartments

WATT Restaurant | New Farm

Inspired by the women that have given us so much, WATT Restaurant’s “Like Mum Made It” menu is a celebration of mothers everywhere. To develop the menu, the Chefs dug deep into their hearts and childhoods to create dishes that were inspired by their favourite chef and number one supporter: their mum. At $85 per person, the 3-course lunch gives diners the opportunity to treat their special lady to a truly indulgent foodie experience. Sittings are available at either 11:30am or 2:30pm, and include a full 3-course menu with a wide range of mouth-watering options. Start with a mixed charcuterie board with a selection of smoked and cured meats, cheeses and all the trimmings. From there, pick from either the Tasmanian salmon fillet, the pumpkin & ricotta gnocchi or the prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast. And then, for the icing on the cake, finish of your indulgent lunch with a decadent platter of mixed petit fours to share. Think chocolate truffles, mini brownies, lemon tarts and so much more. We promise she will love it.

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Treasury Brisbane | Brisbane CBD

This Mother’s Day, Treasury Brisbane is taking the guesswork out of gift giving. Their Veuve Clicquot Garden Party is where your special lady can be treated like a queen as together you indulge in a Parisian-style high tea. Taking place in the Treasury Hotel Courtyard in a fairy-tale setting, this is a beautiful way to surprise her. The two-hour high tea and Veuve Clicquot Champagne package includes the finest selection of sweet and savoury French delicacies, as well as bottomless champagne. Satisfy your sweet tooth with treats such as choux swans, hand rolled truffles, and sweet crêpes. For savoury bites, choose from a stunning selection including petite quiches and frittatas, salmon en croute, and more.


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SkinSpirit Day Spa | Tarragindi

The wonderful team at SkinSpirit Day Spa know that when guests walk into their spa, they want to be swept away in a truly relaxing and indulging experience. Their Hot Stone Massage gives the special lady in your life the opportunity to drift away as she is treated to a relaxing aromatherapy body massage. Expertly targeting pressure points and cultivating an environment that is soothing and calming, the massage is truly relaxing and will allow her to enjoy a deeper level of enhanced wellbeing. For the mother who needs to de-stress, this is the ultimate gift.

One Wybelena | Brookfield

If it’s an expecting-mother you want to treat this Mother’s Day, gifting her a treatment that is specifically designed with her in mind is the ultimate way to celebrate her. The team at One Wybelena have created the perfect treatment for her – their Classic Half Day Pregnancy Package. She can begin her treatment with private time in the outdoor Magna Spa & Pool before indulging in a 60-minute Pregnancy Massage that is crafted to best enhance the well-being of both mother and child. She will then be treated to a brightening Skin Rejuvenation Facial and her choice of a manicure or pedicure. With a baby on the way, she deserves to be treated like a queen.

Brisbane’s Best Day Spas

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The Skin Suite | Hawthorne

When you are focused on caring for others and putting others first, the health and wellbeing of your skin are not easily maintained. If you know a mother who deserves to put herself first for a little while, The Skin Suite will ensure she gets the opportunity to restore her skin to the healthy state it should be in. Focused on a five-phase process (restore, balance, correct, protect, maintain), they will help her feel confident and beautiful in her own skin – all while enjoying a relaxing and indulging facial. Their Bespoke Facial will allow their specialist to customise the facial to her skin and needs, no matter what they are. Plus, with the option of adding on an “extra oomph” upgrade, you know she’ll leave positively glowing.


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Waterlily | New Farm

No one understands the benefit of a relaxing spa ritual quite like the experts at Waterlily. Prioritising holistic and sensory experiences, Waterlily offers a range of luxury Spa Rituals individually crafted to deliver instantly visible results and pure relaxation. Their Youth Elixir Spa Facial is deeply rejuvenation and enriching and is a truly beautiful experience that the mother in your life will adore. Rich in omega oils, molten nut butters, anti-ageing vitamins, antioxidants and floral concentrates, it is a stunning treatment that will leave her feeling replenished, balanced, and visibly glowing.

La Spa Parisien | Wilston

Bringing traditional French beauty treatments to Brisbane, La Spa Parisien offers a truly unique spa experience that is sure to delight this Mother’s Day. From simple but perfect manicures right through to full body treatments, owner and artisan Shelley Veitch is dedicated to ensuring every guest to her salon enjoys the highest quality experience possible. This Mother’s Day, wow her with the incredible Vichy Sun Shower treatment. The treatment begins with a facial using floral water and cleansing oil and is then followed by a dry body brush that buffs, scrubs and smooths skin. It culminates with the Vichy Sun Shower, a water-massage that allows you to relax and unwind in a way that you can’t with any other treatment.

Soap & Sugar MediSpa | Camp Hill

Treat your special lady this Mother’s Day with one of the many skin and beauty treatments from Soap & Sugar. Whether it’s the innovative IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment for reducing fine lines or a purifying and relaxing facial, their extensive menu is sure to have something to tickle her fancy. Of course, sometimes there is nothing better than a pampering and relaxing massage complete with aromatherapy oils.

Brisbane’s Best Day Spas

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Article by Siobhan Taylor

Brisbane gal through and through, Siobhan is an avid cider-enthusiast and a keen believer in brunch (house deposit be damned). When she's not at the beach, she can be spotted lusting after makeup she can't afford, re-watching The Office (the US version, obviously) or annoying her friends with her insane astrology theories (she's an Aquarius, FYI).


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