Barcelona natives are a stylish bunch, and looking good is a priority. The maintenance involved can be extensive; the locals definitely spend time and money on their appearance. Manicures, regular hair styling and designer clothes are the earmarks of the Barcelona set, although with a multicultural population you won´t look too out of place if you are in certain parts of town and prefer to wear slouch pants and Birkenstocks.
It can be difficult to find English-speaking beauticians outside of major hotels that have in-house beauty services. Prices tend to be well advertised and a combination of mime and photo clippings from magazines (if you are booking a haircut) will cover you in almost all cases.
For English-speaking spa, beauty and wellness centres, try the following:
Anthony Llobet Barcelona Hairdresser
Ask for Emma. She is an English-speaker and by all accounts a brilliant stylist.
C/ Sant Pau, 122
Lisa Ind – Home hairdresser
If you can´t find the time or haven´t got the inclination to get to the hairdressers, Lisa will visit your home. Professionally trained at Trevor Sorbie in London, her rates are reasonable and she can also do your make-up.
The boss speaks perfect English, gives you a shiatsu head massage and a glass of cava with every visit. Calle Bruc 82
Day spa located in the Eixample with a range of treatments. Yoga & Pilates are also available as are pregnancy massages. The Spa is also a hair salon. Open from 10am until 8pm Tues-Sat. Pre-booking recommended.
Calle Paris 204 (Between Enrique Granados y Balmes)
Six Senses Spa
The Spa at the Hotel Arts is distributed over the two topmost floors on the sea-facing façade of the hotel, and includes separate ladies and gentlemen’s wet areas with Klafs sauna and steam rooms, vitality pools and ice fountains.
Carrer de la Marina 19-21
The Bliss Spa, located in the newly opened W Hotel Barcelona, has become one of the city’s most sought-after spas. With a full array of Bliss’ famous treatments and staff that has been trained States-side, you really can’t go wrong with booking an appointment here. Just know that prices tend to be on the expensive side but the treatment you will receive from the English-speaking staff, as well as the beautiful locker rooms and array of goodies that await you in this urban sanctuary are well worth it!
Plaça de la Rosa del Vents, 1
Tel: 93 295 28 00
The Nail Concept
A chain of beauty salons specializing in nail care. Locations available on the website.
The Pink Peony calls itself a “NYC” style salon and rightfully so. With two excellent locations, spacious American-style facilities and a variety of services (waxing, eyelash tinting, massage and nail treatments) the salons are very good. Especially if you are looking for an English-speaking nail salon, this is one of the best places to go to for your treatments. Its founder, Peony Herrera Sy is an expat herself.
- Gracia – Calle Perill 21-23, bajos 2
Tel: 934 765 284
- Eixample – Passeig de Gràcia 100, princ. 2
Tel: 934 878 464