It's only in recent times that Cairo has come to realise that beauty treatments are healing of the internal as much as the external. While many assume that for salons, for example, image rules all, the increasing amount of quality spas and their more holistic approach to beauty and wellness has seeped into beatifying.
This is the key for the winners of this year's ECA Beauty & Wellness category; offering top-notch services that help mend mind, body and soul with excellent service and, occasionally, a panache and flair.
Classy and elegant are probably the best words to describe popular salon, Ahmed & Abdou. But what has maintained a fierce loyalty among regulars, and what keeps newbies coming back, is their expert staff, who give you exactly what you ask for.
Boasting a Nile-view that is every bit a part of its charm as anything else, the Four Seasons Nile Plaza Spa oozes the kind of stylish as you'd expect of the Four Seasons name and tops it all of with state-of-the-art facilities and one of the best personalised spa experience around.
A valuable institution for Maadi residents, Indra Day Spa brings a Far Eastern touch to its aesthetic and atmosphere, which certainly contributes to the overall charm of what many consider to be the best non-hotel spas in the city.
Using purely organic products, the rotating treatments at Kempinski Nile Hotel's the Spa take their cues from seasonal cycles, which result in a truly versatile and eclectic set of services that are amongst the very best across Cairo.
A giant in the field by name alone, the arrival of Kriss in Cairo heralded a new and very serious approach to the salon game, with their various hair treatments have given the salon an edge over its competitors in what is a an ever-growing crowd.
Located in Dokki, La Coupe is so often the go-to when you're in a rush, with the salon offering quick, efficient service from experienced staff, who also have the ability to cater to more elaborate requests with style and panache.
A treasure cove of tranquillity in the otherwise busy and nosy Mohandiseen, the dim lights and serene atmosphere of Manuela Thai Spa swallow you into another world as soon as you step foot inside – a world of treatments that are great value-for-money.
What can we say that hasn't already been said about Mohamed Al Sagheer. A continuing expansion all across Egypt over the last 12 months has cemented the chain's position as the most popular salons in the country.
There's an intimate, no-frills feel about Zamalek's Nails & More that has won it plenty of devoted fans on the island. The nail salon produces precise, quality results efficiently.
Standing tall (and pink) on the southern tip of Zamalek, the Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah's So Spa is the third outlet at the hotel to win an award this year, thanks to its quality treatments and facilities – the highlight of which is a stunning open-air infinity pool.
Under the guidance of its seasoned owners, Toi has become one of the most popular salons in Cairo in a relatively short space of time. Offering an unrivalled level of expertise and experience, the use of quality products rounds off what is a near-perfect salon experience.
Fairmont Nile City dining outlets have done well in this year's edition of the Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards, but there are few winners as deserving as Willow Stream Spa: state-of-the-art facilities, expert staff and some of the best spa treatments in town.
For more on the 2016 Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards, click here, where you can find all of this year's winners.