I remember Spa Chakra - a peaceful zen like place. I came here while visiting from out of town, for a manicure and a pedicure. I had an express manicure (which was like what you'd get at your locally owned small mani/pedi shop) and a Caribbean pedicure, which was the only pedicure with massage on the menu that I could see.
Making an appointment was a nightmare. I live on the west coast, and I first emailed with them, and they were not respondent, and multiple people then responded with conflicting information. I gave them my phone number and they told me to call them. I guess they didn't need my business that bad. I eventually did call, and they never called me back after I left two voice mails. Eventually I talked to a human being after three days of failed communication - on my way to the airport. I wanted to come here - I remembered Spa Chakra and I love the Conrad, and my hotel, JW Marriott, didn't have a spa. So making an appointment was a terrible pain.
I have to say, my manicure and pedicure look great, they did a wonderful job, however, I generally go to high end spas for a relaxing experience. This is, price wise, as pricey as the Fairmont in Sonoma, California, that I go to for a super relaxing experience. However, this was not relaxing.
No one who worked there could have been older than 25. Spa professionals of tomorrow have to start someplace, but, I was shocked at the lack of maturity in the staff for a high end hotel spa. The pedicure area is in the middle of a busy corridor. The chairs are not relaxing at all, and perhaps I'm spoiled with the massage chairs of places cheaper than this. The young ladies were dressed super funky, and I felt like I was at a MAC counter, not at a relaxing spa. I was offered a water upon arrival, and when I ordered a glass of champagne it didn't arrive until my manicure was half way finished (which took place after the pedicure).
Anyway, the staff were all nice, but, they were super chatty - when I go to a spa like this I expect to be encouraged to chill out, relax....and I wasn't. I was privy to gossip and chit chatting and the usual hair salon type of stuff. And they were really nice women, but, I just wanted to be quiet and fall asleep while getting my foot massage. That didn't happen.
My nails look great, don't get me wrong, but the vibe wasn't what I was looking for. I wanted zen chilling relaxation...and sadly did not get it here.
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