As you walk down King Street west in Cobourg it is hard to miss the Royal Urban Salon & Spa. Its clean white wooden façade perfectly marries this heritage building with modern design and the large picture window invites you to come in and look around. That is exactly the reaction that owner Frank Petrella was hoping for. “Too often spas have the perception of being private and unapproachable. I wanted to create an urban salon and spa that was inviting, with a vibrant atmosphere and welcoming staff.” As you walk through the Royal it is evident that Frank has achieved his goal. The entrance hosts the salon with exposed brick walls, contemporary black leather chairs and 6ft leaning mirrors. The cool blue walls and rustic flooring carries you through to a lounge area where guests sit in stylish, yet comfortable white leather seats and enjoy a tea or coffee while they have their hair dyed. Urban music plays throughout the salon and adds to the funky, yet relaxed atmosphere. Staff chat and laugh away with their clients as if old friends and everyone is invited to the conversation.

At the back of the Royal lies the treatment room. As your feet soak in a silver foot bath of perfectly warm and soapy water you immediately feel yourself relaxing into the comfort of the chair and the environment around you. After careful hands perfectly polish and manicure your nails your pedicure is completed with the most amazing foot and leg massage, leaving you feeling lighter then you did when you first arrived.

The Royal offers a full range of esthetics, including massage, body wraps, body scrubs, facials, microdermabrasions and peels. Spa manager Christina Wallraff, whose stunning complexion and naturally polished skin is a testament to the products that she promotes, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team. “The concept is that you can come to an urban salon and have the same experience as you would at a day spa,” says Christina. The salon offers a steam room that is available free with any service. Guests can begin their experience with a relaxing steam, then throw on a robe and have their manicure or facial and walk out feeling amazing without having to dedicate their entire day to the spa. For the Royal’s charismatic owner, it’s all about the experience. Frank has built lasting relationships with his clients, some who have been with him for years, but he also wants to make sure that the Royal is inviting for everyone. With its talented and welcoming staff, cool atmosphere and fantastic services, the Royal is not one you will want to miss.