Before heading off to the florist or jeweler for Mother's Day in Detroit this year, take heed of what moms really want: a little R&R.
For some moms, relaxation just means a little break from daily life. For Mother's Day, that might be brunch, a walk around the Cranbrook gardens or a hands-on ceramics class at Pewabic Pottery.
But many mothers would just love the professional pampering of a spa. According to a survey from Ebates, a day at the spa is the number one gift mothers desire, though men often mistakenly believe women most want flowers.
"Everyone's lives are so hectic and stressful," explained Lois Lombardo, owner of Olympia Salon and Spa in Mt. Clemens. "Sometimes it's nicer to get someone this kind of gift so they can rewind and regenerate -- especially moms -- because they're giving out so much of themselves."
Olympia Salon and Spa is one of the many, many spas in the Detroit area with specialities including saunas, holistic health treatments, and upscale luxury. If you're looking for a Mother's Day gift, check out the below gallery for some of the choice spas for relaxation as well as under-the-radar, offbeat destinations in and around Detroit.
The IMMERSE spa at the MGM Grand Hotel will make moms feel like they've escaped far from metro Detroit -- especially with one of the three to five hour "spa journeys."
For some historic rejuvenation, the <a href="http://www.olympiasalon-spa.com/" target="_hplink">Olympia Salon and Spa</a> in Mt. Clemens capitalizes on the city's lesser known past as "<a href="http://apps.detnews.com/apps/history/index.php?id=79">Bath City of USA</a>." Starting in the late 1800s, the mineral springs' holistic healing powers drew tourists from all over, including Mae West and Babe Ruth. According to local lore, the springs' health effects were discovered when an unusual patient was cured of rheumatism: a horse. Today, Olympia Salon and Spa, located in the historic Martha Washington Sanitarium, offers mineral baths and other relaxing treatments. <em>Wikimedia photo <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MtClemensBathHouse.jpg" target="_hplink">unknown postcard circa 1910</a>.</em>
What <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Southfield-Family-Sauna-Tub/106295152753685" target="_hplink">Southfield Family Sauna and Tub</a> lacks in swanky exterior appearance, in makes up for in ultimate relaxation and a unique experience. The <a href="http://www.folkstreams.net/context,90" target="_hplink">cultural tradition of the Finnish sauna</a>, popular in the Upper Peninsula, is brought to the masses, or the small set of metro Detroiters who know about this hidden gem. Private saunas for groups or individuals are available on a walk-in basis. Though for some the sauna is a daily ritual, for many it is a steamy change of pace. As they say, it's a place to "unplug from your daily life."
For the green-conscious moms, the <a href="http://www.consherskincare.com/" target="_hplink">Consher Skin Care Organic Spa</a> in Birmingham is the place to get an organic facial, sea wrap or several other treatments. They also have rooms available for small groups, if a spa party is more your mom's idea of relaxation.
<a href="http://www.margots.com" target="_hplink">Margot European Day Spa</a> in Birmingham was given the award of "best spa" by <a href="http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/June-2011/Best-of-Detroit-2011/index.php?cparticle=5&siarticle=4" target="_hplink">Hour Detroit</a> and is offering <a href="http://www.margots.com/shop/Specials.aspx " target="_hplink">special packages for moms</a>. The Mother's Day Escape brings relaxation to an art with a foot bath, champagne lunch, facial and rose massage.
A day trip to Ann Arbor for shopping and dining makes a great Mother's Day activity, and for a novel relaxation experience, the <a href="http://www.oasishottubs.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44&Itemid=63" target="_hplink">Oasis Hot Tubs</a> can't be beat. Rentable by the hour, the hot tubs are set in environments decorated to evoke a variety of faraway places, from Madagascar to Vancouver.
From moms less interested in an indoor treatment and more excited about outdoor adventure, there are plenty of natural spots in the state worth a Sunday visit. Several hours away, the stunning views of the <a href="http://www.us23heritageroute.org/iosco.asp?ait=av&aid=28" target="_hplink">natural Iargo Springs in Oscoda</a> are sure to inspire some serenity. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22748341@N00/2931534840/" target="_hplink">by Linda N.</a>.</em>
Open every day, <a href="http://www.detroit.woodhousespas.com/" target="_hplink">Woodhouse Day Spa</a> in downtown Detroit is a perfect spot to indulge in some exotic-sounding treatments, like an agave nectar pedicure or volcanic stone massage. The spa also makes it easy for gift-givers, offering a variety of Mother's Day packages.
Krystyna's European Spa in Beverly Hills takes a serious approach to relaxation. Here's <a href="http://www.krystynaseuropeanspa.com/" target="_hplink">how they put it on their website</a>: <blockquote>Krystyna's European Spa is the product of a culture where food is considered a pleasure rather than a necessity, wine as food rather than a vice, and the spa and sauna a fixture of daily existence rather than a periodic indulgence.</blockquote>
While yoga may call for a little more movement than a facial does, its restorative and calming benefits can last. The <a href="http://www.sattva-yoga-center.com/" target="_hplink">Sattva Yoga Center</a> in Dearborn, a local favorite, offers a range of classes.
The <a href="http://www.omdayspa.com/" target="_hplink">Om Day Spa</a> in Dearborn has a luxurious interior and offers many services, including "Dutch Chocolate Indulgence" scrubs, hand and foot treatments.