If like us, you find yourself trying to be the perfect alpha female: juggling a job; personal life; home; partner and maybe even kids, while trying to look your best, then we have discovered something that will make your life slightly easier and infinitely more pleasant. Madame Miranda is an online service that sends highly qualified and carefully selected beauty and hair specialists to your door at a moments notice. Just realised you have a dinner or an important event and you need a quick wax? Or your life is so hectic that you can never find the time for a pedicure; then Madame Miranda is just the ticket. Simply go on-line, select the treatment(s) you require, select the time and date, enter your credit card details and sit back and wait for your specialist to arrive at your door. Just a word of warning for first time users, make sure you have your ID or passport close to hand as you will need it to register for this service.Madame Miranda, like all the best things, reached our ear by word of mouth, and in the spirit of Excusemi, we decided to try as many services on offer as possible before recommending it to our readers.  Therefore, faced with my husband’s 70s disco themed 50th birthday party, I decided to organise a customised hair and beauty make-over. I spent one and a half hours being pampered and preened by two specialists. My feet and hands were transformed: cuticles pushed back, nails filed and covered in two coats of varnish followed by a relaxing massage. My face was treated to a delicious firming and toning massage before being expertly made up with 70s make-up and false eyelashes (that I had provided). My son even complimented the make-up specialist for having covered up all of my wrinkles and making me look 21 again. My hair was subsequently curled, set and lacquered to perfection, ensuring that my ‘big’ hair survived an evening of me shaking my booty on the dance floor. All of that without me putting a foot outside of my door! It was worth every penny.Unfortunately for those of you living outside of Milan, you will have to wait as the service currently only operates inside of the city. Alternatively, organise a “girls evening” at a city dweller friend’s house, so that you can all get pampered and make a night of it. Enjoy!
Located on the 7th floor of the Armani Hotel, the Armani spa is the epitome of Armani style: luxurious, sophisticated, sleek yet simple and decorated using Armani's signature muted tones.The Armani spa offers hotel and day spa guests a selection of body and facial treatments, massages, waxing, pedicures, manicures and the services of a hairdresser (on request). For further details regarding treatments as well as prices please go to . Make sure you leave enough time before or after your treatment(s) to enjoy the heated relaxation pool with amazing panoramic views of the Milanese skyline, Finnish sauna, Steam bath, Ice cascade, relaxation area with panoramic views and Fitness centre with Kinesis. One word of warning, the spa and its facilities are quite small and space is limited so try and choose an off peak time. Clients can also buy spa and gym subscriptions (see the website for more details), while gift vouchers are also available for any treatment of your choice and make an ideal present for someone special. Gift Vouchers are non-refundable and must be presented at time of treatment or purchase. 
Via Manzoni 31, 20121 Milan
02 8883 8888
The Downtown Palestra in Piazza Diaz is located next to Piazza del Duomo. It offers a wide variety of sports, fitness and wellness facilities, complete with a roof-top terrace.
Piazza Diaz, 6 20123 Milan
02 8631181
Virgin Active has bought the Downtown and Skorpion gyms! Ideally located for people working and living near the Duomo Virgin Active just behind Sephora in Corso Vittorio Emanuele offers group courses as well as personal trainer sessions and has spa facilities, a swimming pool, gym and roof-top terrace.Swimming lessons and courses can be organised for adults, children and babies. Weekdays from 16.00 to 18.00 the pool is reserved for after-school group swimming lessons, although members can now swim in one of the lanes. Virgin Active also has creche facilities, although we suggest you call in advance to check there is a childminder available.
Largo Corsia dei Servi Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 24 20122 Milan
02 781424
The Downtown Palestra in Piazza Cavour is yet another gem in the group's crown. It offers offers a wide variety of sports (even squash), fitness and wellness facilities in a modern, bright and airy space. 
Piazza Cavour, 2 20121 Milan
02 76011485
This day Spa is situated in a beautiful Art Nouveau building in Porta Romana. It has to offer a series of pools, water-jets, biosaunas, hammam, Turkish bath and relaxation rooms. The Spanish Garden has a number of large open-air water jet pools and a good-sized solarium, which are surrounded by Milan’s sixteenth-century walls built by Ferrante Gonzaga.It’s a great way to spend a relaxing day out with friends. I suggest you choose a sunny week day so you can avoid the crush and enjoy the outdoor relaxation pools. I haven’t tried the massages yet, but a friend of mine has bought me a gift voucher so I will keep you up-dated.
Piazzale Medaglie D’Oro, 2 (corner of Via Filippetti) 20135 Milan
02 55199367
Acqua Salus is the first Roman Bath in Milan and offers clients a real Ancient Roman treat complete with Tepidarium, massage, body peeling, Calidarium and Frigidarium. 
Via Santa Sofia, 14 20122 Milan
02 58430269
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