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.

Selection of regular nail polish.

Selection of gel nail polish.

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.