Skip the breakfasts in bed and supermarket flowers – give your mum something she’ll truly appreciate this Mother’s Day. We’ve rounded up the most luxurious ways to spoil her, from high teas to on-site spa treatments and even sleepovers at the best hotels around Australia. Trust us, your mum needs a night alone.
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Capella Sydney, NSW1/11
Bar and dining space, Aperture, at Sydney’s newly opened Capella will feature a Mother’s Day afternoon tea, held over two sittings at 12.30pm and 3pm, that’s elevated by a stunning, floral-inspired installation titled Meadow, created by Amsterdam-based art duo Studio Drift to reflect the wildflowers of the Australian bush. The high tea-inspired menu includes salmon roe tartlet, lemon burrata, spanner crab brioche and truffled free-range chicken mousse sandwich as well as salted caramel and wattleseed mascarpone eclair, and pavlova with passionfruit curd, strawberry and finger lime. $105 per person. Reservations can be made online through the ‘Dining’ section of the Capella Sydney website capellahotels.com/sydney or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aurora Spa & Bathhouse, Vic2/11
Treat Mum, or a mother figure to a restorative spa treatment or a 10-step bathing ritual at the award-winning Aurora Spa & Bathhouse in Sorrento. To make the weekend even more special, the expansive mineral pools will turn pink in celebration of love and Mum will also go home with a personalised salt scrub from the apothecary station – available only on 13 to 14 May. If you can't decide what to book, there are online or hard-copy gift cards for purchase.
Crown Sydney, NSW3/11
It’s the ultimate Mother’s Day pamper package. Start with a decadent high tea where you’ll find a range of sweet and savoury treats (with some including succulent pearl meat) and a frothy glass of champagne waiting at the waterfront The Waiting Room. Afterwards, take mum to the spa for an indulgent facial, where she’ll emerge glowing after 90 minutes of being immersed in Swiss beauty house La Prairie’s signature caviar treatments. The Mother’s Day Paspaley High Tea is available until Sunday, 14 May between 2pm and 5pm. The La Prairie Luxury Facial is available only in May from Monday to Thursday. Bookings are essential.
COMO the Treasury, WA4/11
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea is held in the Cape Arid Rooms at COMO The Treasury in Perth. Enjoy your choice of Teassential tea or Mano a Mano filtered coffee, along with a glass of Sittella Sparkling Chenin Blanc or non-alcoholic special beverage. You also receive a take-home gift bag for each person which includes an exclusive Cape Arid Breakfast tea blend, a special treat from their pastry chef Richard Dormers, and a box of Sue Lewis chocolates. $110 per person.
Eléme Day Spa, Qld5/11
Set inside the Crystalbrook Riley, Eléme Day Spa is personalised so you won’t find a one-size-fits all spa menu. On arrival you’ll meet with a therapist to outline a treatment that best suits you. The spa menu features all the classics – facials, massage, body scrubs and peels. Using Australian-owned, natural, vegan and cruelty-free Sodashi products, expect to be transported at this newcomer to Cairns’ wellness scene.
Novotel Sydney Parramatta, NSW6/11
You can treat the entire family to a Mother’s Day brunch at Novotel Sydney Parramatta where a range of delicious sandwiches, bagels, scones and an irresistible dessert selection await. There will also be a special menu for kids with a make-your-own pancake station and a Willy Wonka-esque Nutella fountain. This brunch is available from 11am to 1pm. Prices start at $68 per adult, $49 per child (aged 12 and under) and $12 per person for the sparkling wine upgrade. Includes free parking.
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The Continental Sorrento, Vic7/11
High Tea returns this Mother's Day in the Continental Sorrento’s Grand Ballroom with a live string quartet to mark the occasion. Indulge in a selection of sweet and savoury delights prepared by chef Scott Pickett and his talented team including traditional scones with house-made jams and cream, finger sandwiches and delectable pastries served with speciality teas by Yugen Tea at 11am and 2pm for $110 per person. Every other High Tea will be available on Sundays in the Coppins Lounge from 2pm to 5pm on individual tables. Bookings are essential.
Pullman & Mercure Brisbane King George Square, Qld8/11
Treat mum and yourself to high tea at Goldfinch Restaurant and Street Cafe on Mother’s Day, with a variety of savoury and sweet delicacies including buttermilk scones, macaroons, Mooloolaba king prawn sliders and warm savoury pies. Beginning at 11.30am and concluding at 3.30pm, prices start at $65 per adult, $33 for kids aged six to 12, and free for kids up to five years.
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Sofitel Darling Harbour, NSW9/11
The newly renovated spa at the Sofitel has a Mother and Moi package until 31 May. It includes a 60-minute Bespoke Biologique Recherche Facial for mum, 60-minute Waterlily Phyto-Therapy Facial for daughter (or son), with a complimentary glass of Louis Roederer champagne*. Available Wednesday to Thursday, $600; Friday to Sunday, $640. Complimentary valet car parking at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour. *Champagne is available for guests 18 years and older; those aged 16 to 17 years will receive a glass of juice or tea.
Pullman & Mercure Melbourne Albert Park, Vic10/11
Indulge in an exquisite high-tea spread at the Pullman on 14 May, including live stations for fresh pasta, finger sandwiches, scones and pastries. All mums will also receive a Mother’s Day delight bag filled with goodies to take home. From 12.30pm to 3.30pm. $135 per adult and $54 per child (five to 12 years). Includes free parking.