Sep 07 2011
Fluff alert! Yes, this is just about getting your nails or your toes done while you’re on holiday in Seminyak. For something more highbrow, please see here, or here, or here. Still with me? Okay, if you’re preparing to bare your feet for the first time in a while — at say a nearby Seminyak beach bar — you’ll want a proper pedicure. As for manicures, I rarely get them in real life as they last not 60 seconds once I’m out the salon’s door, but if you’re on holidays you won’t be cooking or cleaning right? A nice nail job might last a day or two…
You can basically go street or salon standard in Bali. Around Seminyak, a street-level joint will set you back about 50,000 rupiah for a manicure, a little more for a pedicure. You’ll double this to head to a salon or spa with Western standards — it’s quite a jump, but with it you do get a better quality job and better experience, which isn’t to say some street level spots aren’t perfectly adequate.
Here are three of the better spots in Seminyak — certainly, there are others, but these three have good reputations — where what you’ll pay is still cheap compared to the West, even if on the pricey side for Bali (of course, still favourably priced compared to what you’ll pay at a five-star hotel or resort.)
This Bodyworks is completely unrelated to the one in Ubud. It’s been around for more than 15 years though and is certainly something of an institution among the Seminyak set — they do a range of massage, facials, waxing and, unusually, have an infrared sauna (cheapest per person if you go with a few friends).
A manicure or pedicure here takes place in the room below, which looks out into a leafy courtyard on one side and the quiet side road it’s located on on the other. Price is 111,000 rupiah, tax inclusive, and do tip if you’re happy.
I had a very decent mani here without colour (see above about chipping — I’m not on holidays!) and the price was knocked down to 96,000 rupiah. Friendly, efficient and competent staff made ducking in here a pleasure. Do book ahead as they get very busy, particularly in high season.
Glo Day Spa
Australian-run Glo Day Spa has been such a hit in Seminyak they’ve now got a second branch in Sanur. It really is about pampering here, with free WiFi, a drinks menu, foreign magazines and little optional extras like, say, a 15-minute foot massage added on to your treatment if you like. They offer the full gamut of salon services — waxing, spray tanning, lash extensions, microdermabrasion and a range of facials are among the vast choice.
I had a pedicure here — I confess to being a regular at Sanur — and it was top notch. Chairs are placed so you get maximum privacy in a communal space, and there’s no cutting corners on the quality of products used — their colour always lasts for weeks on end. It will cost you: 175,000 rupiah for a 45-minute pedicure, inclusive of tax but not service, which is at your discretion. (Disclosure: A Mum friend owns Glo.)
Run by a former New York-born model (disclosure: another Mum friend), Amo Spa is the newest kid on the block mentioned here and offers a briefer menu than the others, but still covers all the basics, such as scrubs, massages and facials.
It oozes tasteful style, a blend of Bali meets New York, really, with good design touches such as sinks right at your feet for pedicures. I had a competent manicure here, which included a choice of scented oils for an arm/hand massage — nice touch. A 45-minute manicure is priced at 90,000 rupiah, plus 10% tax and 5% service, the cheapest of this selection of Seminyak’s higher-end places, but without any sacrifice on the service front.
Bodyworks: Jalan Kayu Jati No. 2, Petitenget, Seminyak. T: (0361) 733 317.
Glo Day Spa: Kunti Plaza, Jalan Kunti #119, Seminyak. T: (0361) 738 689.
Amo Spa: Jalan Petitenget 100x, Seminyak. T: (0361) 275 3337.
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