Top-to-toe pampering

What: Spa launch experience

Where: Tips & Toes, Golden Mile, Palm Jumeirah

When: Every day from 9am – 10pm

The promise: “A cross between the traditional nail haven and the full-service day spa, the luxuriously furnished 3,663 square foot sanctuary is perfectly placed to cater to the beauty conscious ladies of new Dubai.”

Did it deliver? With our hectic schedules, it’s a rare thing for Team TMN to get the time to really pamper ourselves and so when the opportunity arose to check out the new Tips & Toes Signature Spa on the Golden Mile, we leapt to it, in the hope of finding a new beauty haven. Being located at the entrance to the Golden Mile meant that not only did the spa benefit from being easy to find, but there was also plenty of covered parking available – a rarity for spas and salons located outside of vast shopping malls or hotels. The Tips & Toes venue itself is gorgeous, decorated in the chain’s signature jewel colours, with spacious and well-lit rooms – no dim lights to disguise dodgy nail finishings here.

After choosing our colours from a rainbow of nail varnish options, we sank into our cushion-clad spa chairs while therapists got to work. Nails were filed into neat oval shapes (as requested), while hands and feet were scrubbed, buffed and moisturised to perfection. All the while, much to our utter delight, we were treated to the most thoroughly relaxing head, neck and shoulder massages that we’ve had in any spa. It’s rare that any of Team TMN are able to totally zone out and relax, however on this occasion, we found ourselves happily gazing into the far distance, on the verge of cat-napping.

It was with heavy sighs that we eventually got up to move our magnificently manicured nails to the adjoining hair spa. After taking our seats at the washing stations, we had our manes washed with gorgeous-smelling products – each selected to best benefit our hair types and styles. Our clean, lightly-scented hair was then blow-dried into shape before being styled to our liking by friendly and professional stylists.

All of the treatments at Tips & Toes were administered by knowledgeable staff who took care to ask us our preferences – preferred nail shape, cuticle treatment, pressure during the massage and heat application for hair styling were all issues that therapists discussed with us and happily worked to avoid causing any trouble or discomfort. We left Tips & Toes feeling pampered, preened and styled to perfection.

The verdict:  We loved all of the treatments that we tried and the spa itself is beautifully appointed with friendly and extremely professional staff. Most impressively, the manicure and pedicure lasted for a full week before chipping and at only AED140 for a mani/pedi and AED60 for an additional neck and shoulder massage, we felt these treatments offered excellent value for money. Affordable treatments paired with easily parking means that we have found our new go-to beauty destination.