You’re on holiday! Time to relax, rejuvenate and pamper yourself to pieces. Give your hands and feet a special treat at one of these top Seminyak nail parlours.
#1 SPRING SPA
Everything at Spring Spa is chilled. White-pitched ceilings, a DJ spinning tunes from his second-level booth, super-comfy reclining chairs and a hip New York vibe. This is the go-to venue for sensational shellac.
Spring Spa is the tropical child of New Zealand mother business by the same name – and boasts the same great menu and high service standard.
Try the hot milk and almond pedicure, where your silky just-buffed feet are soaked in hot whole milk before being rubbed with mega-moistening almond oil. This hour-long treatment is so lushly gentle that it sends guests to cloud nine, so don’t be surprised if you doze off while being stroked, massaged and painted with shellac that lasts very well in the humid heat of Bali.
If time is short, drop in for a 15-minute file + paint for Rp75,000, or even just a clip + buff for Rp50,000 – very popular with the gents.
Seminyak has two Spring Spas – one in Seminyak Village and another opposite the W Retreat on Petitenget. One more coming to Canggu, Bali is in the planning stages.
#2 AMO SPA
Amo Spa in Petitenget, the brainchild of native New York supermodel/actress Navia Nguyen, never fails when it comes to consistency and quality.
Magazine racks spill over with the latest issues of Gourmet Traveller and Vogue straight from Australia, so be sure to grab a few to browse from your comfy chair. You can also charge up your phone while you’re there, but leave some room on the armrest for a tropical cocktail or a hot coffee and cookie from the cute mini café.
Then just sit back and slip your feet into a warm-water soak (dressed up with a sprinkling of pretty petals). Completely zen out while the nail experts create masterpieces on your fingers and toes, and get an amazing shoulder massage while your nails are drying.
There’s also AMO Express on Jalan Basangkasa and a mobile service if you’d prefer some in-villa pampering.
#3 THINK PINK NAILS
This is the only nail salon in Bali that has ALL 72 shades of GelColor by OPI. Not to mention premium nail polishes from Chanel, Dior, Tom Ford, Laura Mercier and Dolce & Gabbana. A whole wall of normally top-shelf options speaks volumes about the quality and range of treatments on offer at Think Pink.
Now it’s a full-on beauty salon with a hair parlour and massage room, but manicures and pedicures will always be their bread and butter. Nails is in the name. French tips. Paraffin dips. Repairs.
Not sold yet? The spa chairs have rolling massage features, manicure stations are equipped with iPads and there’s a super cute vintage pink chair for a child.
Book at least two hours ahead to take advantage of complimentary door-to-door service from your Seminyak or Canggu villa to their New York style salon on Jalan Batubelig. When it comes to customer service, Think Pink nails it!
Check the Facebook page for package deals and special discounts.
#4 SHAMPOO LOUNGE
Chilled jazz, fresh flowers, refreshing drinks, and a smiling capable staff will keep you coming back to this amazing establishment on Jalan Basangkasa at the top of Sunset Road in Seminyak. How about a honey & milk or mint & cucumber foot spa? Or perhaps a hot stone pedicure?
If you want to add on a wax, facial or blow dry – this is your one-stop shop. Or they have a mobile spa to bring girlie pampering sessions to you at your villa.
The most colourful, whacky and wonderful of all the nail salons in Bali, Charlotta is a place for the bold and the beautiful. Champagne or G&T, anybody?
Expect an excellent mani-pedi, fine extensions and outstanding nail art – including the latest ‘chrome’ finish that makes Lady Gaga looks reserved.
This brightly coloured salon is a head spinner; hard to pass without stopping for a good gawp. There are literally hundreds of varnish colours to choose from and some fun accessories including neon pink wigs and outrageous sunglasses.
The owner flits between Bali and Paris so there is a constant flow of the latest colours and nail art design. The staff is as fabulous as this high camp store and no uniform is the same – think orange and pink, checks and stripes – and they change style daily.
This all works to create a giggly and girly environment that – perhaps surprisingly – the men also enjoy, and there are plenty of treatments for them too. Cocktails, bubbles and other drinks can be ordered from The Haven, a popular restaurant and bar opposite. And for dog lovers, you can actually book a fabulous French Bulldog pup to cuddle and fuss over during the course of your treatment.
Happily Charllotta has two Seminyak salons; one on Jalan Kunti Dua and one on Jalan Raya Seminyak and nine fantastic Frenchies to share the puppy love.
COVER IMAGE BY: THINK PINK NAILS