Walk in, and you are met by a smiling team in a space made of pastel shades and cool coziness. A warm set of people will welcome you in and before you know it your child will be prepped up in a bathing towel, their feet slid into sponge-like minion slippers and a menu card shown for choice.
In my head I'm thinking 'sugar and spice and everything nice.' You can't help chanting that through the experience because that's what Dolled and Dapper (D&D), with its baby pink and powder yellow decor of fairy-tale-castle-interiors, intends to be. Welcome to Mumbai's exclusive spa for kids.
Getting painted while the nail art stickers are on standby
So here we are — a woman who cuts her own children's hair — at a place where facials, pedicures, manicures, massages, hairstyling, nail art and every form of pampering has been thought of and laid down for brats who should-according to me-be frog-marched to the local barber for nothing more than a haircut.
As for the rest, there's nothing that a good scrub and a nail-cutter can't achieve.
Well, Ammol, my nine-year-old son, has been taken through the services and has signed up for a head massage and haircut, while Vani my 11-year-old daughter is going for a mango facial (choose from mango facial/fruit facial/chocolate facial), a mini pedi, a full manicure and nail art.
While the kids are being tucked into different areas and treated like royalty, I choose to take a deep breath and pull out a book to read. But there are services that D&D offer waiting parents and most of them match what they offer the kids-blow-dries, hair styling and foot massages.
An in-house cafeteria should also take care of you, if it is nibbles that are the need of the hour. While we were there the cafeteria was not yet operational.
All the accessories and spa products used are also for sale and are especially made for kids.
The Snail nail paint washes off with soap and water easily so no one can complain. D&D also host birthday parties.
Where: Dolled and Dapper, 2nd floor, Notandas Plaza, Turner Road, Bandra (W).
Best for: Girls and boys (6-16 years)
How to reach: We live closeby; so we reached via auto. Central (Harbour line) and Western Railway trains halt at Bandra. Alight on the Western side, and hail an auto to Turner Road.
Timings: 11 am to 9 pm
Budget: Services range from R450-R800. They are happy to suggest on-the-spot combo deals. Keep aside at least Rs 1,500 per kid. Better to carry cash. The phone line wasn't functioning and so we couldn't use a card.
Water: Bottled mineral water is offered. Complimentary tea and coffee is served Rest Room facilities: And how!
Parent poll: I'm totally averse to brat-pampering. But if you have the moolah, and there are days (and people) who love to give their kids a good time, it's a good bet
Kids' poll: My kids loved it. Even my roll-in-the-mud, rough-it-out boy loved the indulgence.