Local Spots: Royal Palace Nail Spa
When it comes to nail salons and getting my nails done, I hold my standards very high. Having done my own nails and blogged about nail art for nearly four years, in conjunction with being a perfectionist in every way, shape and form, it takes a lot for a nail salon to impress me.
I've been blown away by a nail salon just 10 minutes down the road from me. I discovered Royal Palace Nail Spa when my good friend and former Tampa blogger, Mrs. Jen Frick posted a photo of the interior to her Instagram. It is gorgeous - don't you dare be fooled by the lackluster exterior of the building. My girlfriend Corrine and I went to check it out for ourselves a few weeks later, and I was so taken aback by the entire experience, that I had to come back and take photos to share with you.
The moment you step into the salon, it's like being transported into a world of glamour and luxury. This isn't an overexaggeration - the interior is absolutely beautiful. Royal Palace Nail Spa offers an extensive range of regular nail polish and gel polish colors to choose from, on opposing walls of the entrance.
I like to pamper myself and treat myself to a little rest and relaxation, so my go-to service is an organic pedicure - a step up from the basic pedicure that is also offered. There are several "flavors" of treatments to choose from, my favorite being the lavender. For $45, it comes with:
Lavender bath salt that is added to the hot tub
Lavender-flavored scrub, combined with real ground dried lavender buds
Lavender clay mask, infused into your skin with a hot towel wrap
Lavender moisturizer, massaged into your legs and feet
Hot stone massage
Holy moly, talk about indulging yourself! I have gone to many nail salons and have experienced similar services for around $60, and they don't do nearly as much as what Royal Palace Nail Spa offers. What really makes this a true gem to me is the amount of dedication they put into your service. It's not an in-and-out type of experience - they are truly immaculate about every detail.
Royal Palace Nail Spa is located at 3018 West Kennedy Boulevard, Suite B in Tampa. The nail salon is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To view images of other nail services they've completed, follow along on Facebook and Instagram.
Curious about the fact that I used to blog about nail art? You can get a little glimpse into my "past" here.