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Taste.Company | Five Places to Spend Your Me Time

Five Places to Spend Your Me Time

June 6, 2017 7:00 pm by Bettina Bacani

Let’s face it – we all need some “me time” once in a while. Some like spending theirs shopping in malls, while some prefer to lock themselves at home and  Netflix all day. Personally, I prefer to go the pampering route – manicures, pedicures, and massages – that’s my kind of heaven! So I thought it would be nice to share with you my favorite places to get my “me time” on.

1. Nail Cocktales

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I discovered Nail Cocktales along Tomas Morato in 2013. Back then, they only had one branch. Today, they have over 20 branches all over the Philippines. Nail Cocktales offers not only nail services but waxing and massage services as well. What’s so great about them though is that you can actually drink while you get pampered, and I’m talking about the alcoholic kind, guys! They offer different kinds of booze, so you can lay back, close your eyes, and imagine you’re somewhere far, drinking your worries away. Aside from that, you’ll be glad to know that they don’t just cater to women! Nail Cocktales has separate services available for men and even kids! It is definitely worth a visit! Manicures start at P140.

Complete list of branches here.


2. Cinese Foot Spa

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Located along M. Paterno Street in San Juan, Cinese is a highly popular spa among the Chinese community. For P700, you get an hour and 20 minute long “foot massage”, but it’s not really just about the feet. They also massage your arms, back, shoulders, and head, though what differs them from other places is that they do all these while you’re fully clothed. First, they dip your feet in hot water. You might find it impossible to dip your feet at first, but it’s actually pretty relaxing once you get used to the high temperature (especially since they massage your head and temples at the same time). Cinese has common and private rooms available, as well as televisions in every room in case clients are unable or don’t want to sleep during their session. Another thing to know about Cinese is that they have Local (P700), Chinese (P875), and Master (P1050) therapists available, so if you want the ultimate Cinese experience, go for the Master therapist!

Cinese Foot Spa is located at 17 M. Paterno Street, San Juan City.


3. Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa

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With close to 70 destinations nationwide, Nailaholics is one of my go-to nail and pampering destinations! I especially love their beach theme – it transports you from the busy pace of daily life – and that’s exactly what “me time” should be about. Their services are also all about the beach: Serene Island Manicure, Water Drift Spa Pedicure, Underwater Seaweed Firming Foot Spa – don’t they all sound super relaxing?? Not to mention the interiors are so refreshing to look at! Nailaholics also carry their own line of body scrubs and body butter lotion, so you can take your pampering into the comforts of your own home.

Complete list of branches here.


4. Ahavia Lounge Spa, Katipunan, Katipunan

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If you’re looking for a unique way to spend your alone time, how about taking a dip in a pool before your massage? That’s the kind of service Ahavia in Katipunan offers. It’s the only Ahavia franchise that has its own pool – and the best part is that you only have to add P50 to get a two-hour swimming sesh! The pool is spacious enough, though of course for your “me time”, I would suggest booking at dead hours (perhaps early in the afternoon) to ensure fewer people in the spa. They have separate common areas for men and women, and private rooms, which will incur an additional cost (though I mostly recommend that for couples). The prices are not bad too, as it starts at P349 for a one-hour massage.

Ahavia Lounge Spa is located at 186 Katipunan Ave. Extension, Blue Ridge A, Quezon City.


5. Kitchenails

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Kitchenails in Trinoma offers a unique concept that is all about – wait for it – the kitchen! Their interiors are much like that of a home – warm, comforting, welcoming – with many kitchen equipment and utensils displayed all over. Everything is food themed utilizing actual kitchen items in their services! Items like baking pans, whisks, spatulas, oil brushes are all part of the process, so it’s pretty cool to watch the nail technicians at work too. It’s a good place to relax, especially after shopping or on your way home. Kitchenails is accessible via car or public transportation, especially since Trinoma is the MRT’s last stop.

Kitchenails is located at Level 3, TriNoma Mall (near the Family Lounge, in front of Henry’s Professional)

Do check out these places on your next me time and let us know how it turned out for you! 🙂


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