The promise The “Rolls Royce of pedicures” is a beautifying process that claims to have medical benefits beyond your nails. Enter the treatments of Bastien Gonzalez, Foot Virtuoso.
Step by step The private room in Atlantis The Palm’s ShuiQi Spa seems fit for aromatherapy-type relaxation. That is until Laura (who, like all staff administering the treatment, has been personally trained and verified by Gonzalez, the treatment’s pioneer) brings out her toolbox. It sounds – and looks – far more menacing than it actually is. After the shear-like clippers comes the feather-light-feeling glass nail file, shaving the rough edges rather than sanding them down. Next up is the drill – diamond-dusted and seemingly straight off a dentist’s workbench. Varying blades are used to remove dead skin from around the nails and soles of the feet. It barely registers as a tickle. To conclude, a chamois leather is used to buff the nails, alongside Gonzalez’s own creams, before we’re given a synchronised lower leg, foot and arm massage.
The Result Gonzalez and his team are not only interested in how your nails look, but how healthy your arches, ankles and muscles are. It certainly feels that way.
Pros Therapists are world leaders in their field.
Cons The price is eye-watering for a mani-pedi. Dhs720. ShuiQi Spa and Fitness