by SPAiry Godmother Diane
Let me spill a big secret – Ayen was inspired by Gossip Girl on her last entry because here’s where we currently are: the HAMPTONS!
Ok, ok. I think I’m still experiencing the after-effects of cold medicines since I was on house arrest for two days. I actually took the photo INSIDE the Nail-a-holics Salon and Spa.
To be honest, I have always been a bit intimated with the spa’s interiors and the fact that the service rates were not posted outside. But what the hey, this chic spa was just suitable for my new camera’s first day out.
I don’t know why, but the moment I entered the spa, I immediately felt at home. Since I haven’t pampered my legs and feet for a long time, I decided to try the Gold Coast Package (mani, pedi , foot spa + mud mask) for PhP 750.
Couches were all occupied so I was led to the nook that I have been eyeing (but was too shy to ask for). Due to limited space, I did some sort of luksong-baka to avoid hitting the spa attendants and their supplies on the way to my nook. This minor hassle was forgotten as soon as I got settled on my private nook and the spa attendant adjusted the pillows on my back.
The Gold Coast spa started with a foot soak. It’s one of the few times that a spa actually got the right temperature of water for soaking.
The attendant then proceeded with foot filing. Every now and then, she sprayed cuticle remover to the ankles and between toes to make it easier to slough off the dry skin.
To finish off the filing, my feet and legs were scrubbed with Dead Sea Salt. Whoa! I was surprised that there was no sting (hapdi) even after the salt was applied to my newly smoothened soles. My legs and feet were rinsed with clean water poured from a pitcher.
Then, a cool mud mask was applied to my lower leg and top of the feet. While my legs were enjoying the benefits of the mask, the attendant proceeded with the cleaning my toenails. I liked that she asked what my preferences were (nail shape, extent of cleaning, etc) instead of lording over my nails, haha.
The mask was wiped off with a warm towel, preceded by a 20-minute leg and foot massage which was not bitin and with the pressure just right. Applying nail polish came last.
I’d like to point out that I was a bit frustrated with the selection of nail polish that they had. The free ones were mostly pinks so I had no choice but to select from the branded ones (Opi, China Glaze, Revlon). There are more branded ones compared to the regular (free ones) and most of them belong to the same color palette.
I eventually settled for a greenish-blue polish which cost me an extra PhP40 since it is branded (China Glaze). I’m happy with it as it makes my feet look younger.
Aside from the selection of polish, here are other things worth looking at by the management. First, where has the foot spa machine gone? I was expecting the old school experience: feet submerged up to ankles, bubbles, some petals or essential oils in the soak. Second, attendants may want to introduce themselves before starting the treatments. And lastly, I wish (this is for all salons/spas) that free mineral water be offered to all customers.
Please don’t get me wrong, but I immensely enjoyed the spa. April, the spa attendant, has the lightest hands in all of my salon experiences. She also answered all my queries. She said they had in-house training and I think it paid off – while I was there, all customers left smiling AND only after giving tips. The receptionist also gets a thumbs-up for offering a 20-minute foot/leg massage since I didn’t want a manicure. She wasn’t giddy but she was accommodating and knowledgeable.
I also loved the interiors; I bet Mama would have fallen asleep if she had been there with me. The temperature, the music, the uniforms, the lighting, the comfy seats and fluffy pillows make one forget that s/he is in a bustling mall. I had doubts whether the price was worth the experience; let’s just say the ambiance made up for whatever what was lacking. Great concept!
It is also interesting to note that they had a sterilizer in full view of the customers and the staff were sanitary.
“Happily ever after” (worth going back to and recommending)
I hope the management can comment on these observations, and so should you our dear SPAiries…