A day of pounding the streets has a nasty habit of taking its toll on the tootsies. Blisters, cuts and generally sore and swollen feet can happen to even the most seasoned of Festival-goers. Which is why putting your feet up for a spot of post-purchase pampering should be top of your shopping list.
The luxury pedicure at Zen includes not just a general buffing of nails and a coat of polish, but a pressure point foot massage and paraffin wax treatment, while you just lie back with a soothing eye mask and get a relaxing head massage. (£62, Zen, salons in Bruntsfield Place and Teviot Place, 0131 477 3535, 0131 226 6777, www.zen-lifestyle.com)
Voted one of Edinburgh’s top salons by InStyle magazine, Lulu, housed in a former bank in Tollcross, is all designer wallpaper, chic black furniture and Buddha-tastic decor. And if you happen to be feeling your age at the end of a long trek round the Festival, its Decleor anti-ageing facial will be right up your street. Stimulating collagen and elastin, it claims to smooth out lines and wrinkles, improving firmness and radiance. Customers agree, reporting a 77% reduction in wrinkles, while 98% said their skin was brighter following a four-week course of treatments. (£55, Lulu, Leven Street, 0131 221 1900, www.lulubeautyspa.co.uk)
Maybe it’s your back and shoulders that are aching from the weight of carrying bags from pillar to post. The clue’s in the name, but in case you haven’t guessed, the Turkish Detox Glow treatment at Pure is inspired by the ancient art of the Turkish baths. Combining a salt scrub, a soap lather and a muscle-stretching massage, the body is finally drizzled with oil to ensure you leave soft, supple and tingling all over with vitality. (£65, salons at Ocean Terminal and Lothian Road, 0131 561 1320, 0131 221 9133, www.purespauk.com)
Don’t neglect your nails either. The bonus at Nails Inc is that you don’t just get a fabulous manicure, with a shape, polish and hand massage, you also get to sup on a glass of champagne while it’s all going on, and do a spot of people watching at the same time. Opt for the three-week manicure and you won’t even have to worry about the colour chipping. The nail bar is in the ground floor of Harvey Nichols, right next to the handbags and cosmetics counters. (From £38 for a champagne manicure, £50 for a three-week manicure, 0131 524 8335, www.nailsinc.com)
However, if only full-on, total relaxation will hit the spot, the only place in the city to be is One Spa. Perched atop an office block, opposite the Sheraton hotel, its thermal suite features a series of heat treatments including hammams, laconiums, bio and rock saunas and rainforest showers. It‘s a fragrant, cocoon-like space that is completed with a plunge into the rooftop hydropool. The powerful water jets will wash away any remaining tension. No wonder Conde Nast Traveller voted it one of the best spas in the world. (£70, available Monday-Friday or as part of a spa day, One Spa, Conference Square, 0131 221 7777, onespa.com).