Let’s be real: Joburg can be a stressful city to live in, no matter how much you love it. If you sometimes feel like you need to escape but time is too tight – or you just don’t have the energy – for a spa day, a trip to Urban Escape is a pretty dreamy way to recuperate and recharge. Treat yourself – that’s the motto here, and they take it seriously.
It may be just a few seconds walk from Hobart Grove Centre, but once you’ve dodged the crowds to retreat inside this warm and enticing sanctuary, you really wouldn’t know it. We recommend booking the Gelish mani-pedi and Dermalogica ProSkin 60 combo (R1,490) and then blocking out your calendar, leaving your phone in your handbag and letting yourself drift off.
With plush beds that’ll make you want to sink into a deep slumber, Urban Escape has one of the most relaxing facial experiences we’ve ever tried. Combining top-notch service with Dermalogica products, the Master Dermalogica skincare professionals deliver luxurious facials that target wrinkles, sagging and dull skin customised with advanced products, techniques and technology. Before you’re taken through for your mani-pedi, you’re offered a cappuccino or glass of wine and a slice of red velvet cake – because what’s a spoil without a tasty treat?
The nail stations might be nice to look at, but there’s substance here as well as style, with close attention to detail and hospital-grade steralisation. From colour options to comfy seating, Urban Escape goes above and beyond in every aspect – you could say they’re nailing it. Plus, the space is beautifully decorated, so you’ll feel as though you’re lounging in a chic living room throughout your nail treatments. After you’ve been scrubbed, buffed, polished, gelled and lotioned, spend some time perusing the well-curated gifts for sale, from locally made cards and jewellery to big-ticket items like handbags, sunglasses and, of course, Dermalogica products.
Studio A Hobart Grove Centre (above Fruits & Roots), corner of Hobart & Grosvenor Roads, Bryanston
011 463 5951