Looking for just the right way to spend your 80th Birthday?

Well *clearing throat*; I’m going to introduce you all to Joyce Shepherd; the intrepid travelling mum of Stephanie Shepherd (CEO & Founder of Stephanies Luxury Spas).


Joyce’s journeys have been far from fluffy white robes and grand marble entrances. For those who know her closely, they are currently waiting on a call to hear her tell them she has arrived safely home having just travelled from an isolated East Asian country. She’s travelled the world in places before the Lonely Planet guide was even thought of.

So last month while meeting with her regular coffee group, without further ado, she invited all five of them to her 80th Birthday party. The celebration to be held at her daughter’s luxury five star Spa Retreat. All friends swiftly RSVPed with the intent on enjoying Joyce’s grandiose spa birthday party. A completely new experience for all of her invited friends.


Spa RetreatWith a Wednesday booking at the spa organised, the ladies logistically set out from Northen NSW and drove themselves to the Robina Train Station. They promptly rode the 9 am train all the way into Brisbane’s Central Station and took the escalators direct to Level 3, Poolside Terrace, Sofitel Brisbane Central.


Stephanies Spa Retreat Manager Liz welcomes all her guests warmly and today was no different only that this was Stephanie’s Mum (whom Stephanie holds in high regard). No problem for Liz and her team of therapists; all ladies were gracefully shown their lockers, fluffy robes and souls thongs and greeted in the tranquillity lounge with a Stephanies Herbal Tea Infusion to relax into their spa journey.  

Spa Retreat Tranquillity

The ladies group were then ushered into the Sensory Spa and Manicure lounge to enjoy an Exotic Sole Ritual together. The lounge was a buzz with tales and laughter and the humorous deliberation on which Jessica colour polish to choose.  Joyce’s words;“I’m choosing red, happy feet.”

Sole Lounge

The final part of the ladies journey included sipping French Champagne and Sofitel’s famous French Style High Tea including, cheese boards, ribbon sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, French pastries exquisitely prepped and presented by the hotel’s top Chefs. Joyce was so proud to not only showcase Stephanies® beautiful Spa Retreat and to share this experience with her coffee ladies who had never seen her spa before but enjoyed treasured time with Stephanie too. Joyce proudly announced that “This is the best present I could have ever been given.”

High Tea

“You’re never too old to enjoy a spa celebration with friends,” says Stephanie.  Reservations for groups are personal and special occasions can be made memorable at Stephanie’s Day Spas.

F O R  B O O K I N G S / E N Q U I R I E S
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stephanies.com.au or email reservations@stephanies.com.au

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