I had the most blissful time at Manos Nail Lounge a couple of weeks ago! My sister-in-law and I hied off to the nail spa in Burgos Circle for some much needed “me time,” and it was well worth the trip from our place! (We live in Quezon City but Manos is located in Bonifacio Global City.)
Manos Nail Lounge takes its name from the Spanish word for “hands.” It is the collaborative business of three friends who desired a spa experience that went beyond the quintessential pampering. You’ll surely notice this when you make an appointment at Manos. Unlike other nail spas, Manos has an eclectic Filipino vibe that evokes — and promotes — social and environmental consciousness. From the moment you step into the nail lounge, you can tell from the vibe that this is not your ordinary nail spa. Aside from being reasonably priced (considering its upscale location), you’ll notice how every aspect of the spa is weaved into one inspiring story about a business that is responsible, socially conscious and truly compassionate towards its employees as much as it is towards its patrons.
“Manos” evokes age-old Filipino values, which includes pagmamano — a sign of respect. At Manos, respect is apparent in the way we treat our clients, employees and suppliers. Respect for the environment is the cornerstone of our establishment and as much as possible, we source locally (to reduce our carbon footprint), use natural products (scrubs and lotions using organically-grown ingredients and nail lacquers without harmful toxins), and incorporate eco-friendly designs in our architecture (LED lights and energy-saving practices.) — From the Manos Nail Lounge press kit
What I love about Manos is its genuine empowerment of women, beginning with its own staff. If you visit their website, you’ll see the stories of these amazing, skilled women, many of whom have come from the Gawad Kalinga projects around the country.
The “hands behind Manos.” The nail lounge’s website is the first ever site with a section dedicated to the inspiring stories of their nail techs. Love it!
Some of the products used in the spa itself are locally made, their ingredients sourced from farmers in various parts of the Philippines. In fact, the nail technicians can tell you exactly what’s going on your skin and where it came from, right down to the very lotion they use for their hand and foot massage.
The Manos Experience
The nail lounge itself is a haven of rest. The photos really don’t do justice to the experience: You have to try out Manos for yourself. (I highly recommend the Awakening mani-pedi spa treatment (Php800.00), which is an invigorating scrub, mask, nail cleaning, massage and polish using elements of barako coffee, peppermint and eucalyptus. It’s one of the best treatments I’ve ever had, price and quality both considered.)
Distinctly Filipino. The owners are intentionally local about the Manos experience. Many of the decorative elements use recycled, repurposed materials, such as this rosary made from old magazines, to the decorative picture frames sourced from various GK communities around the country.
The main treatment area. I love the eclectic, local details of this entire space! I could live here.
My complimentary spread during my spa mani-pedi: Mini nacho chips with salsa and fresh guacamole, along with three soft cheeses. I’ve never been more spoiled in a nail spa!
Manos uses vegan, camphor-free Zoya nail polish. There are so many shades to choose from!
Love that they have proper swatches so you can see the real effect of the nail lacquer.
My hands: Metallic pink Zoya lacquer, with damask nail art accents.
A lovely old rose shade for my tootsies. These stayed on for two weeks with no chipping!
Try Manos Nail Lounge for yourself. A basic express manicure is just at Php160.00, making it very affordable considering the amenities and the premium location! I do recommend, though, that you book an appointment during the weekend or the early afternoon, especially if you’re looking for some mommy “me time.” I also enjoin you to converse with the uber-friendly staff, and listen to their inspiring stories (if you’re the type who likes a good chat, anyway!)
Manos Nail Lounge
Unit 2-1 Cresent Park Residences
30th Street cor. 2nd Avenure,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
+63 478 4057 | +63 915 184 2120
Welcome to a haven of zen and relaxation–with a dash of glam.
Nail Spa Lounge by Ellabell is your ultimate glam go-to for top to toe pampering.
Thanks to fellow blogger Eliza (a fellow spa fiend), I, along with Kris of OCMominManila enjoyed an afternoon of mani-pedi pampering at the newly opened Nail Spa Lounge by Ellabell in Northeast Square along Connecticut Street in Greenhills, San Juan.
I’ve been to the Nail Spa Lounge’s branch in SM Mega Mall, and remember enjoying the services. I was also impressed with the friendliness of the staff: They were neither too pushy about recommending services or annoyingly sweet. I found the same to be true in their new Greenhills branch.
Glam getaway: Plush velvety armchairs, built-in foot sinks, direct lighting technician lamps, muted lighting, mirrored walls.
I was treated to the Prima Donna mani-pedi-foot spa therapy. It was pure, limb-love bliss: A long foot soak; hand and food scrubs and moisture masks; a generous 20-minute hand and foot massage; soothing heated booties and mittens; 100 percent “ahh” factor. (Eliza and Kris got the Royalty Treatment, which has the same inclusions as the Prima Donna treatment, with an extra hand and foot paraffin treatment for the ultimate Cleopatra experience).
The Prima Donna hand & foot spa treatment is 90 minutes long, and includes premium polish using Orly or Opi nail lacquers.
- My tootsies in the foreground all nicely pampered; Kris and Eliza in the background making chika the whole time!
Nail Spa Lounge by Ellabell has an extensive line of OPI and Orly nail lacquers, which they use exclusively and don't charge you extra for, even for premium lacquers.
A tasty display of nail art, another one of their specialties.
We were personally attended to by Sheila Chua, the effervescent owner and manager of the nail salon. She generously supplied us with information about the full-service menu of the spa, which includes–on top of the basic mani-pedi, hand/foot therapies–full body massage therapies, body scrubs, threading, waxing, etc. They even have a shower room and private cubicles for these treatments.
What I loved:
- Ambiance: I’m a visual person, and everything about the nail spa interiors was visually appealing, as well as comfortable and relaxing to the senses. I loved the roomy armchairs and abundance of cushions.
- Price: Very competitive; in fact, I think for what you get in terms of quality service and nail lacquer, they have an edge above other nail salons of their caliber.
- Extensive nail lacquer selection: Orly and OPI are the only brands they use, which means they don’t need to charge extra for premium polishes.
- Details, details: Each customer is given a shawl or pashmina to cover up with (mine was leopard print, which I loved);
- Professional staff: The technicians are attentive without being pushy or chatty, which is great because when you’re at the nail salon, you really want to just doze off and transcend to mani-pedi nirvana. Two thumbs up for their precise and painless nail care!
- Cleanliness: Everything is sterilized. There’s no dead skin or leftover gunk stuck between chair piping, which I’ve seen in some salons. The floor sinks are kept dry when not in use.
- Loyalty card: I love that their loyalty program doesn’t require you to make twenty-something trips in order to rack up points. Some programs take forever to complete before you can redeem a reward, but not here at Ellabell! On my fifth visit, I get a free hand spa; on the tenth and fifteenth visits, I get a free foot spa and a mani-pedi, respectively.
The verdict: I’m going back to Nail Spa Lounge by Ellabell for sure–gonna complete that loyalty program so I can get those freebie treatments! And what really excited me aside from my Prima Donna treatment was the possibility of holding spa-rties in the place. Yeehaw.
Nail Spa Lounge by Ellabell
Northeast Square, Connecticut St,
Greenhills, San Juan
Tel: (02) 655-3638
Operating Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm, Monday-Sunday
Payment Option: Cash; Visa, Mastercard, and other major credit cards.
*Disclosure: Nail Spa Lounge gave me a complimentary Prima Donna hands & feet treatment. I received no other compensation for this review.