When it comes to beauty salons and spas Cardiff is second to none. Many of the city's grand hotels also operate state-of-the-art spas and gyms open to the general public, while Cardiff town centre is packed with beauty salons, from small independent businesses with a loyal, established customer base to impressive clinics showing off all the latest must-try treatments. Advanced Beauty and Hair on Merthyr Road is a convenient one stop shop for everything, from eyelash tinting to various skin therapies like microdermabrasion. Meanwhile, The Escape, snugly located in the Hilton Cardiff, offers a chance to get away from it all right in the heart of the city, waging war on stress with vitamin-rich facials, neck and shoulder massages and soothing body scrubs.

Mani-pedi heaven - Cardiff beauty salons and spas

The beautifying arts are alive and well in Cardiff city centre, which has an array of salons doing a thriving business. Perfections Beauty Therapy on Churchill Way is a colourful boutique where customers can watch TV in luxurious treatment rooms while having their nails buffed and their calves massaged. Treatments include Lycon hot waxes - try the chocolate and hazelnut one for its baby-smooth finish. Among the most popular unisex beauty salons and spas in Cardiff is Top 2 Bottom on the North Road, which offers jazzy nail art and ultrasonic liposuction among its broad selection of services.

Soothing spa treatments in Cardiff

Cardiff is a great city in which to enjoy relaxing spa treatments in striking surroundings. Located in the Park Plaza hotel in the city centre, the Laguna Health and Spa offers chic contemporary decor and modern amenities, including a whirlpool, steam room and 18-metre UV swimming pool. All that, plus you can have a light lunch prepared by the hotel restaurant, too. Overlooking Cardiff Bay from its floor of the 5-star St David's Hotel, The Marine Spa decompresses visitors with nourishing Dr Hauschke treatments, a juice bar and tinkling indoor fountains - no wonder it has been ranked among the top five spas in the UK by Conde Nast Traveller.

Unwinding in style with Cardiff spa days

With its rich cultural life, Cardiff is an ideal location for a spa break, combining a relaxing day of pampering with an overnight stay. Once those batteries have been thoroughly recharged, it's then all the more fun to take in a show, visit a restaurant or hit the clubs. One of a chain of luxury spas, the Bannatyne Spa in the Llanishen district of Cardiff, is a prime site for an indulgent romantic weekend, a cheeky hen party or any group celebration - a place where customers can unwind and sip champagne in tranquil, unimposing surroundings. So too is the Mercure Holland House spa on Newport Road. Situated conveniently near Cardiff's Central Railway Station, this haven of well-being provides a range of head-to-toe therapies that are sure to leave clients feeling calm, centred and refreshed.

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