Plush pedis: The spa station at Nectar Skin Bar

The worldwide signature spa of super-chic W hotels brings glamour to Washington with its heavenly treatments. From its comprehensive list of beauty and body products and services, the nail menu expands into an enticing range of options that includes a “manly-cure” for the gents. We’ll have one order of the French polish and double chocolate pedicure, crafted at the hands of Alicia Jones. 515 15th St. NW, 877-862-5477;

Georgetown Nails
Always the weekly social hot spot, ladies stop into Georgetown Nails as much for the good conversation as they do for the famously long-lasting manicures. Steve Truong is a favorite among those who savor hand and arm massages. And a little birdie told us that owner Dawn Nguyen has had the pleasure of attending to the first lady herself. 1800 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-965-2715

Nectar Skin Bar
Politicos and socialities alike will attest to the fantastic results of specialists Monica Marquez and Noemi Luna at this beauty parlor. Choose from a list of classics or invest in one of the following experiences: the Sacred Nature Ritual, an antioxidant and deep-moisturizing treatment; the Absolute Pearl, which soothes and smooths; or the Mediterranean Melody, involving an olive-seed scrub and a Mediterranean mask. Or be adventurous and “Escape to the Orient,” a 70-minute pedicure with a pearl scrub followed by a mask and massage with jasmine and ylang ylang oils to stimulate circulation in the feet. 1633 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-333-4332;

Red Door Spa
Elizabeth Arden’s luxury spas invite you to leave the world behind the second you step through the red door. Relax and unwind with a warm pillow behind your neck as your hands are exfoliated and hydrated, your feet are bathed in oils, and your nails receive a personalized polish (the salon’s signature manicure and pedicure are customizable to your skin type). Ask specialist Renia Williams for the warm cream manicure, a deep-moisture treatment that will leave you completely smooth. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-942-2700;

Potomac Nails
The trip out to this Maryland suburb is more than worth the while for long-lasting manicures. Be sure to book in advance, as appointments are required to be seen. Manicurist Sunny Wang is happy to show you how she has mastered the tools of the trade. 9812 Falls Road, Potomac, 301-299-6245

Acqua Nails
Bethesda locals enjoy the luxurious lounge seats, deluxe services, and attentive technicians at Acqua Nails. Senior nail expert Tracy Pham provides exquisite natural nail service and other enhancements like acrylics and silk wraps. 4701 Sangamore Road, Bethesda, 301-320-6245

Toka Salon & Spa
Whether it’s a quick polish change or a French mani, requests are always high for the mild-mannered nail connoisseur Ogii Sobat at Toka’s Cameron Station. It is also a one-stop shop for all your pre-gala beauty needs—which we can attest will make your schedule a little more manageable. 4907 Brenman Park Dr., Alexandria, 703-370-5133;

Roxsan Day Spa
The hot seat here is the epitome of luxury. Senior nail technicians Tracey Nguyen and Tina Pham are the nail duo you don’t want to miss. Expect a serene and friendly atmosphere while you get top-notch personal care. We suggest you try the Peppermint Sea Salt Pedicure, the perfect revitalizing pick-me-up. 11301 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, 301-881-7505;

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