Beauty treatment review: what a palace for a pedicure!

By - Friday 31st October, 2014

Jeet Sandhu samples the podiatric delights on offer at Addington Palace

Addington Palace.
Photo by John Gass, used with permission.

Addington Palace is situated adjacent to Addington Village on the outskirts of Croydon and was originally the courting ground for King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Thereafter it became a country retreat for six Archbishops of Canterbury. These days, however, it is a popular venue for weddings and lavish events. The palace also boasts a health club offering various facilities including a gym, beauty treatments and other complementary therapies.

Looking at the many treatments on offer, I had decided to go for a pedicure. On approaching the palace, the grandeur does take your breath away. The actual health club and beauty rooms are situated on the lower ground floor, which has the arched walls of what may well have been cellar space from Tudor times – how exciting! To make the experience even more enjoyable I had brought a friend along as we thought the treatment would be the perfect treat for us both: me before going on holiday to Croatia, her before her wedding!

Scented candles, soft relaxing music and comfortable couches

We arrived ten minutes late to the appointment, for which we did have time taken off our treatment time, which started our experience off a little negatively. In any case, we were shown to the treatment rooms which were lovely and exactly what you would imagine. The room was scented and had two recliner chairs specifically for pedicure treatments. We started off with soaking our tootsies in a warm foot spa for a couple of minutes. After this the beauty therapists used foot files to buff our feet free of any rough or dry skin. Next our cuticles were pushed back and our nails were cut and shaped to our liking.

Before the nail colour was applied a foot scrub was used, followed by lotion and a relaxing foot rub. As part of the classic pedicure we had a wide range of OPI nail colours to pick from, which I thought was excellent, allowing clients to pick a shade to match any outfit or mood. Upon completion of the treatment we were directed to the pamper/relaxation room to wait for the polish to dry. In the room there were scented candles, soft relaxing music, comfortable couches and a selection of magazine to choose from. We were free to stay as long as we wished, which was excellent as we did not feel rushed or hurried along for the next customer.

All the staff were very friendly and professional

Throughout the treatment we felt very comfortable and no discomfort was experienced. The treatment was done to a high standard, the only downside being that our treatment was cut short because of our lateness. Having said that, all the staff were very friendly and professional.

The total time for the treatment was one hour at the cost of £35, which was for a ‘classic pedicure’. Given the location I personally would rate this as quite reasonable. Addington Palace offers a wide range of other beauty treatments including manicures, flotation therapy and pamper days which would be great to do with friends. For more information visit the website.

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