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Pampered at Purple Strawberries Salon & Spa.

The new school year is almost upon us, and I, like most moms, am savoring the last few hours (barely 24 to go! ) of summer. And so before I go back to the daily grind of waking up early, preparing my son's meals, helping him with school work, organizing lecture notes, and writing reviewers and mock exams, I treated myself yesterday to a bit of pampering  at Purple Strawberries Salon & Spa.
Purple Strawberries Salon & Spa.
The spa is located at Colago Avenue, right across the Community General Hospital. Ironically, this place is just a few meters away from my son's school, but it took me years to finally come and visit. At first, I thought this was just an ordinary nail bar which offers the usual manicure, pedicure, and nail enhancements. I guess that's the main reason why I never bothered to come here despite its 'very accessible location'.
Purple Strawberries at Buena Ventures Trading Post.
My indifference changed to interest when I learned from a friend that Purple Strawberries now offers massage and body care services. My poor, aching back had long been pining for a massage, and I had been meaning to get my nails done for the longest time. And with this salon offering both nail care and massage services, it's like killing two birds with one stone. Yay!
The reception desk/waiting area.
Photo credit: Purple Strawberries.
I booked an appointment for Saturday afternoon, after Yue's karate training. I made it a point to call the salon a day before my visit, because weekends are usually the busiest days for businesses like this. Yue and I arrived a little after 3:30 pm, a few minutes ahead of my 4 pm appointment.
The Nail Bar/Nail Care area on the first floor. 
I was ushered to the Nail Bar on the first floor, where the nail care services are done. I was planning to have the massage first, then the footspa and pedicure later, but the receptionist told me that the schedules got a bit mixed-up; the couple at the waiting area had to be massaged first since they were availing the couple massage at promo rates (Php 500 from 11 am - 4 pm).
Locking in the moisture on my feet with lotion, cling wrap, and a warm towel.
The therapist who was in-charge of me that day was apologetic for the mix-up, and assured me that my nails will be dry before I get my massage. (She used a nail dryer to dry my toenails, lol). At least she did a nice job with my foot spa and pedicure. The foot spa was very relaxing, and I did not feel pain the whole time she worked on my toenails. (Goodbye, ingrown and dry cuticles! So nice to get rid of you, finally!)
The Nail Bar.
I like that Purple Strawberries has a wide selection of nail polish, most of them from imported brands (think Zoya, Orly, and the like). So don't be daunted by the rates if you see their price list. They're pretty reasonable considering the (high) quality of the brands. Aside from the regular manicure and pedicure, they also offer nail stamping, with various stamping images to choose from. I'm not really into nail art since I do house chores, plus the fact that I always wear sneakers when I'm out and about, so I chose a purple Zoya Matte Velvet nail polish instead.
Color selection for Orly Gel Nail Color.
Massages and other body care services are done on the second floor. Their body massage is a combination of Swedish, Shiatsu, and Thai, with rates depending on the duration of the service. A 1-hour full body massage at Purple Strawberries costs Php 350 - still at par with the rates of other spas here in my hometown. I'm not sure if you can request for a specific type of essential oil for your massage, but mine had a minty scent. Something like eucalyptus, which I actually prefer.
The Massage/Body Care area on the second floor.
They also offer hot compress and cupping (ventosa) for an additional Php 125 for each service. I tried cupping for the first time in my life, and oh my goodness, I could feel the months (years, even) of soreness and stiffness being sucked away as the cups were placed on my back. It felt so good! Why have I never tried this before???
The place is dimmer in actual. Very relaxing, imho.
Overall, I enjoyed the massage despite the therapist being a bit heavy-handed. I had to ask her to soften it up a bit on my arms because my skin is rather flimsy and  I get bruised easily, and it was only when I got home that I discovered tiny bruises on my left arm. Nothing a concealer can't handle, but I will most likely request for another therapist next time, lol.
Yue hanging out at the Nail Bar. :)
If you're planning to visit Purple Strawberries with a kid, you'd be glad to know that they have free wifi. Just ask the receptionist for the password, which my son boldly did, haha. This kid would be willing to wait for me hours as long as he has his phone, his power bank, and data/wifi connection.
Buena Ventures Trading Post
Colago Avenue, San Pablo City
(049) 521 2511 / (0995) 1977 037 / (0929) 2515 284 
Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 1pm - 10pm 

22 replies:

Stephanie Stebbins said...

That looks so nice. I've never had a spa day. I need one, though, that's for sure lol

Kate Murray said...

Essential oils are the best!! Thanks for sharing all this spa has to offer!!

Steph Social said...

The ultimate self care spot! Nails and a massage sound like a perfect day for me:)

Kathy Balmores said...

I'm badly in need of a massage as well so I'm most likely going to get one before or after my SG trip. I love the name of the place though.

Elizabeth O said...

I love a good massage,especially from a busy day. The spa looks comfortable and elegant too.

Maartje said...

I love essential oils :) This looks like an amazing spa!

Kalyan Panja said...

This looks a nice place to go for some self care with all the facilities and even child friendly options.

Sophia said...

Wow this place looks awesome. I hope you had a great time.

Sondra Barker said...

This looks so relaxing! Their massages sound really nice and I love their nail bar!

mail4rosey said...

I was thinking of booking a massage for our upcoming vacation. I have never had one. I'm sorry yours was a little heavy handed. Otherwise, I"m sure being pampered was nice. :)

Surekha Busa said...

It looks so pampering and relaxing in this place. I would really love my nails done in a place like this. 😘

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

looks very nice! I LOVE spa, it is always pleasing and nice to me.

Miriam Wong said...

I have hot compress and cupping quite often and it's always so important to pamper yourself! Thanks for sharing!

Itsasweetsweetworld said...

I believe summer holidays are just as important to the parents as they are to their children. They should relax and make the most of it!

Alexandra Cook said...

This Clearly Looks Like The Best Salon. Those Nail colors Are Beautiful! I Think They are doing Great Job.

Jay Joy said...

I really love the purple hues in the lighting. It feels really comforting even looking from here. It looks amazing and clean!

Mudpie Fridays said...

Looks like you found a great spot to pamper yourself. Such an awesome salon and seems like they are giving a great service

Amy said...

Massage and body care is what I really right now. This seems to be perfect place for that.

Sue-Tanya said...

Thanks for sharing this offer. I am in desperate need of a spa day.

breenarina said...

This looks like a great place to get pampered! I could really use some me time and some pampering!

Chris said...

It is too bad there was such a mix-up with your appointment. Sounds like requesting another therapist would be a good idea if you had bruises afterward. Glad that overall you felt it was a good experience though.

Nelly|explorewithnelly said...

Looks like a really chilled place. I love places that used organic stuff as well especially since my skin is sensitive.