WHERE: Level 1, Town Centre, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, 04 344 9598, www.hellokittybeautyspa.com
HOW LONG: 60 minutes
HOW MUCH: Dhs160
THE TREATMENT: If, like me and Paris Hilton, you’re a fan of cute caricature Hello Kitty, then the Hello Kitty Beauty Spa is the place for you. Walking into the girly pink-and-white-themed spa felt as though I was stepping into the Disneyland of beauty parlours, and it became all the more special when I learned that it’s the only one of its kind in the world. A giant Hello Kitty head is emblazoned on the wall in the reception, while the spa also has its own mini café with cupcakes and hot chocolate. Before I plonked down into the pink leather chair, I removed my jacket and slipped on a black Hello Kitty robe to get comfortable. For my nail art, my friendly technician Irene and I decided to release my inner child and paint four of my nails bubblegum-pink, and have one accent nail with Hello Kitty’s face and a bow. There are rows upon rows of colours to choose from, and an even bigger selection of nail art. Nothing is done by halves here either – for my pre-pedicure foot scrub I got to choose between amazing milk and honey or pomegranate scents for the sanitiser. Irene tells me that the spa is very popular among children, but has an older clientele as well.
THE RESULTS: A day on from my Hello Kitty experience, I can’t stop looking at my cute nails and am drawing numerous admiring glances from fellow fanatics, so I’ll definitely be returning for more pampering!