Five Spas Every Man Will Love

Spas are ditching the fluffy robes and going all-out to appeal to a male clientele. From body-buffing treatments to Bloody Marys, here’s our pick of the best offerings for men:

MONTE CARLO: Metropole ESPA at Hotel Metropole This three-storey sanctuary is a short stroll away from Casino Square, and has recently enjoyed a Greek mythology-inspired makeover by Karl Lagerfeld. Gents after some ‘me-time’ should check out the Hercules menu, which offers a range of massages—from Swedish to fitness, as well as body-buffing salt scrubs and skin-perfecting peels—all given by ESPA-trained staff. (www.metropole.com)

LONDON: Spa InterContinental For those wanting to spruce themselves up before a date or perk up prior to entering the boardroom, the new men’s ‘Pit-Stop’ menu at this chic London spa has a tailor-made treatment to suit. Devised with the needs of men’s skin in mind, the menu offers six treatments, including the Instant Energiser, the Post-Business Pit-Stop and the Pre-Date Perfection—all of which use the renowned Elemis spa product line. (www.ichotelsgroup.com)

NEW YORK: Hommage Atelier Featuring a chic fireplace, plush leather sofas and a single-malt Scotch offered as a welcome drink, every detail of this slick, Madison Avenue members’ spa is carefully thought through. Services include face-sculpting facials, stress-relieving massages, straight-razor shaves and hand grooming (which includes a heavenly session of reflexology to target BlackBerry-fatigued fingers). (www.hommage.com)

HONG KONG: Gentlemen’s Tonic This men-only spa is found in the basement of The Landmark hotel, in the Central district. Pick from hair removal, barber-shop cuts and personal-grooming sessions, which are performed in private rooms. An array of masculine therapies are on offer; our favourite is the Hemingway—which includes a tension-easing massage, an aromatherapy facial and a tall Bloody Mary. (www.gentlemenstonic.com)
 

MUMBAI: Trident Nariman Point Situated in Nariman Point, the city’s business district, this hotel spa offers an impressive treatment menu for men, including facials, massages and therapies. While the men’s facial pays particular attention to razor burns with the application of neem-based creams, the After Workout involves deep-tissue massage techniques to relieve aching muscles. One of the most popular treatments is The Deep Cleansing Back Therapy—it starts off with an exfoliating scrub, followed by a hot compress, and concludes with a warm clay mask. ​​(www.tridenthotels.com)

 

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Anjana Gosai