It will be a more extended service, with more steps – an aromatic salt rub, hydrating mask, hot towel wrap, hot stone massage or paraffin dip – that make the spa manicure last longer and feel more luxurious.
You are paying for a more beautiful, luxurious atmosphere. Instead of fluorescent lights and toxic fumes from airbrushed nails, you have pretty light fixtures, good design, and a handsome pedicure chair in a quiet corner. The pedicure chair should drain (not recirculate water) so that the pedicure is completely sanitary.
You can be sure the technicians are highly experienced and give you a special experience. They can give you beautifully shaped nails, suggest the perfect colour for your skin and the season, and their work lasts — no chips or bubbles. They should have a very nice manner and follow the highest level of spa sanitation.
Most resort spas don’t offer the full robe and slipper treatment and give you access to spa facilities if you are only purchasing nail services.
If you need to save, get a spa manicure or pedicure as a special treat and do your regular maintenance at home or with a local nail or beauty salon. But watch how they work before you book. If they cut corners on sanitation or have old-fashioned pedicure chairs that recirculate the water, just walk away!