Tramping around a big, grimy city like Buenos Aires can take its toll on your appearance and general well-being. While most of the city’s five star hotels have spas to die for, expect to pay an arm and a leg for the privilege of using them. Alternatively, pay a visit to one of these relaxing establishments for some much-needed pampering.
Le Parc Day Spa offers a wide choice of head-to-toe treatments from nourishing facials to hot stone massages, hydrotherapy baths and other beauty treatments in modern, comfortable surroundings. Don a white robe, lie back and allow the team of professional therapists to work their holistic magic. You can also get a day pass to use the gym and swimming pool if you fancy a good work out at the same time.
San Martin 645, Microcentro, tel: (+54-11) 4311 9191, www.leparc.com
New York-born masseuse Katrina Alexander is trained in Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Spa massage, and Sports massage. And the best part? She will come to you in your hotel or home with every aspect of a top notch salon in tow, including a full-sized Custom Craftworks table, her own special blends of lotions, freshly pressed linen and soothing background music. Alternatively you can visit her in her conveniently located downtown studio.
Mobile: 15 6010 0419, www.relaxbsas.com
Sink into a plush arm chair for an hour or two and give your tired feet and hands some well deserved scrubbing and buffing at one of The Nail Company’s cozy nail salons. The company has two locations, one in Belgrano and one in Barrio Norte, and offers a selection of hand and foot treatments using their own brand products including exfoliations and moisturizing paraffin treatments. You can spruce up your talons with French polish or fake it with a new set of acrylic or gel nails. Waxing services are also available.
Av. Federico Lacroze 2109, Belgrano, tel: 4776 8626 / Riobamba 1164, Barrio Norte, tel: (+54 11) 4815 2139, www.nailcompany.com.ar
In this day in age, men have beauty needs too and Markus Day Spa caters for men’s needs and men’s needs only. The smart spa offers a range of treatments to suit his every need, from express 30-minute back massages to three-hour therapies and an indulgent seven-hour day spa that includes a bodyscrub and winetherapy, a four-hand massage, a facial, aromatherapy shave, a healthy Caesar salad and a glass of champers. The spa also has a Jacuzzi, a barbers and a siesta room for a quick 40 winks post therapy. For men looking to further embrace their metrosexual side, image consultations and personal shopping services are also available.
Av. Callao 1046 PB, tel: (+54 11) 4811 0058, www.markusformen.com