Photos courtesy of the Stillwater Spa.As a beauty writer, I'm lucky enough to test out and write about the latest products and treatments like it's my job (which, funny enough, it is). But one of the most rewarding parts of the gig is getting to share the heap of advice bestowed on me with occasionally inquiring friends and family (because friends don't let friends go without lip liner). But what's even better is the chance to share experiences with loved ones, mainly the shameless promoter of all my write-ups: my dear mom. My mom and I were invited to test out the Bestie & Me treatment at the Stillwater Spa, as part of its Mother's Day spa packages. Always the obliging source - ask her about the countless times she agreed to be interviewed by my classmates in journalism school, - my mom packed up her bags for a relaxing night together at the luxe Park Hyatt Toronto, followed by side-by-side pedicures the next morning. Click here to read on about the luxe side-by-side pedicure treatments Stillwater Spa! The vibe: The soothing sound of the cascading waters as you enter the spa tells me I'm home. Guests quietly shuffle through the spa in slippers and fluffy white robes, congregating in the tea lounge before their appointments, sipping on coffee and tea and indulging in the table of cookies and fruit. You must spend some quality time in the soothing dry sauna before heading into your treatment to be truly pampered in one of the 17 treatment rooms. For your mani or pedi, grab a glass of cucumber-infused water to keep by your side at the tranquil pedicure station.
Pedicure station at the Stillwater Spa.The treatment: As someone who rarely takes any self-indulgent me-time, my mom lavishly soaked up 60 minutes of well, me time, from selecting nail polish colours together (a lush crimson for mom and coral for me) to waiting for our toes to dry back at the lounge while sipping on mint green tea. For the treatment, feet are treated to a steamy bath, followed by an exfoliation and calf massage with body lotion, before toes are shaped and lacquered to a shiny, luxe finish. The beauty of a side-by-side mani, pedi or massage treatment? Being able to spend a spa day with your mom or BFF and actually enjoy each other's company, rather than being whisked away into separate treatment rooms only to be rejoined at the end. Tailor your Mother's Day spa day to your mom's beauty and relaxation needs: The Stillwater Spa also offers The Perfect Day treatment (Essential facial or Swedish massage plus manicure and pedicure, $278 + $25 spa gift card), C'est La Vie (Bora Bora body experience and Pearl Perfection facial, $665, + $75 spa gift card); Lavish Me (Vital Awakening Facial and European Milk & Honey wrap, $525), and Baby & Me (traditional or water massage for moms to be, $145). Take your pick. Price: Prices vary depending on treatment (either manicure, pedicure or massage) for the Bestie-and-Me package. For pedicures, it's $83 each. Bliss factor: 5 out of 5 aromatherapy drops; pedicures, cupcakes and a day with my mom - the perfect Mother's Day treat, for both of us. Contact the Stillwater Spa at the Park Hyatt Toronto at 416-926-2389, to book your spa appointment.