Author: Mark Smith

David Beckham launches House 99

David Beckham launches House 99

Football legend David Beckham has partnered with L’Oréal to launch House 99, a 13 piece grooming line which includes hair products and moisturisers. The launch is a partnership with the dominant international beauty business -L’Oréal, which has a track record in the male skincare market with L’Oréal Men Expert. Beckham has dabbled in the men’s grooming arena before with his range of fragrances. I haven’t been a huge fan of those. It will be interesting to see what the full line-up includes and how focussed it will be on anti-ageing and beards. The brand is said to be inspired by British barber shops as well as Beckham’s own favourite products, featuring skincare, haircare, bodycare and grooming, ranging from the Bold Statement Tattoo Body Moisturizer to the Softer Touch Beard Oil. Quinoa and spirulina are at the heart of the formulas, chosen specifically by Beckham for their reputation as health-boosting ingredients. I’m guessing from some of the imagery available that it will address shaving, beards and skin with 13 products. David Beckham launches House 99 It is said that …

Cliveden House Spa - The Spa Man

Review: The Cliveden Spa at Cliveden House, UK

The Cliveden Spa at Cliveden House offers a quintessential spa experience in the English country side. Situated in the grounds of the renowned Cliveden House estate, the spa has created a unique proposition with its newly renovated spa. Partnering with truly British brands that aren’t the usual names you would find in a spa setting, it’s reaching out to a new audience, whilst catering perfectly to its current clientele. Cliveden House really is one of the great names when it comes to English country estates. And with this comes much expectation. A five-star luxury hotel; the building is owned by the National Trust and operated under a long lease arrangement by the owners of Chewton Glen, Iconic Luxury Hotels. Sumptuous interiors, dark wood panelling throughout and the use of rich textures and warm colours including red and purples creates a cosy, welcoming environment. The staff are exceptional, greeting you by name and the food is impressive – especially the tasting menu at the André Garrett Restaurant. For more relaxed dining, head to the Astor Grill. …

Hotel Metropole Hanoi

Review: Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi, Vietnam

The Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi is situated in the Old French Quarter of the city, and you are right amongst the hustle and bustle of what is a frenetic city. The hotel harks back to the colonial era in ethos and design. Behind its classical white façade with green shutters and original wrought iron details, it gives way to a plush interior with neo-classical references and lots of stately wood paneling. Most rooms look to the streets or to the internal courtyard with garden and pool. When booking check whether you are reserving a room in the historic Metropole wing or the newer Opera wing. rooms in the Opera wing are larger and a touch more modern in style. Guests over the year have included the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Graham Greene and Somerset Maugham and it still attract prominent politicians and celebrities when the are in town. It is the number one address. It’s all very elegant with butlers and doormen on hand at every turn. Dining experiences are many and varied. Breakfast is a …

Midlifeedit Christmas Gift Guide

Kate O’Brien, travel and spa journalist and editor of Midlifeedit has compiled a Christmas gift guide as a special post for The Spa Man this year. Kate says: One of my favourite Irish brands (see here for my review some time back) Formulated on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic coastline – the Crookhaven peninsula and the beaches of Barley Cove to be exact – Modern Botany ticks all the boxes – all ingredients are ethically sourced – think Flax Seed Oil (hugely nourishing) Calendula (anti-inflammatory), Arnica (damaged skin and bruising) and the ultra soothing Chamomile and it really nourishes all skin types – even babies and helps with skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis. €35 for 60ml in a range of outlets in Ireland and here (The Christmas tree graphic is courtesy of those clever folk at Modern Botany) Pestle & Mortar I love this boutique brand in its entirety and have been using their Erase & Renew Double Cleanse System, the Vitamin E-rich Pure Hyaluronic Acid serum and Superstar Night Oil for some time (see here …

LUX* Grande Gaube - The Spa Man

The best new spa openings in 2018

The spa industry is set for a big year in 2018 with great places to escape to for health, wellness and relaxation. In the UK there continues to be huge investment in country house hotels and we will see the unique partnership between Champneys and Marella Cruises from May 2018. Angsana (renowned throughout Asia) makes it European debut in Corfu in Greece. It really is a big year. You are already spoiled for choice, now there’s even more on offer as properties look to raise the bar for spa in the UK and abroad. The first opening is LUX* Grande Gaube which just sneaks onto this list (opening late December 2017). So, it’s hot off the press and benefiting from a total overhaul. Here’s where to spa in 2018! The best new spa openings in 2018 including: UK, Europe, Asia and the Indian Ocean. The best new spa openings in 2018: UNITED KINGDOM The Spa at South Lodge, West Sussex The Spa at South Lodge near Horsham in West Sussex is going to be huge. It will be …

Ye Olde Bell Spa - The Spa Man

Review: The Spa at Ye Olde Bell, Retford, UK

The Spa at Ye Olde Bell combines warm and friendly service in a brand-new spa that really knows how to treat its guests. With a great range of innovative thermal facilities and welcoming, knowledgeable staff, it exceeded my expectations (and some). Located on the borders of Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and the market town of Retford, the spa is situated adjacent to the historic Ye Olde Bell which is an independently owned 59 room country hotel, dating back to the 17th Century. The Hotel at Ye Olde Bell The hotel is basically an old-style coaching inn that really plays to its historical past. Expect dark oak paneling, plush fabrics, red walls, period features and art from the 17th and 18th centuries. You may even find a four-poster bed in your room. The hotel is of a particular style and the AA Four-Star Rosette hotel has 59 rooms which have all been recently refurbished. Book a room with a roll top bath for the full spa experience. Expect hearty fare in the restaurants and look out …

OHMME supports CALM for male suicide

Meditation and yoga workshops to help prevent male suicide

OHMME has partnered with CALM to run a series of workshops for men which launch in February 2018. CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, and exists to prevent male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male. On average that equates to 12 men per day taking their own lives. CALM runs a range of services to support any man who is having a rough time and campaigns that challenge society’s ideals of masculinity. It does some incredible work helping guys to open up, to talk and to confront their fears and problems. Vital work in tackling the huge issue of male suicide. The #StillnessInMotion are workshops have been specifically created for men by Jonty (from the charity), to help dispel societal stereotypes of masculinity, that men should be tough, ‘just deal with it’, and ‘man up’. The workshops are being launched to offer space for men to explore these pressures, in a civilisation that frowns upon men asking for help. They …

Elemis Men's Christmas

The Spa Man’s Christmas Gift Guide 2017

It’s Christmas gifts galore with The Spa Man’s spa-inspired Christmas Gift Guide for 2017. Expect lots of bath oils, soothing, calming scents and plenty of healing and soothing essential oils. Prepare to be pampered. Christmas Gift Guide for men – 2017 Elemis The Superman High performance skincare to cleanse, nourish and hydrate. Includes: Full size Deep Cleanse Facial Wash 150ml, Full size Daily Moisture Boost 50ml and Sharp Shower Body Wash 100ml £38 www.elemis.com ESPA Ultimate Grooming Kit  The Ultimate Grooming Kit comes in its very own ultra-handy Man Tin, with four hard-working formulas will nourish and protect for stronger, healthier, and revitalised skin. Collection Includes: Dual-Action Shavemud 30ml, Invigorating Face Wash 50ml, Energising Shower Gel 70ml, The Hydrator 35ml £40 www.espaskincare.com [comfort zone] Man Shave Kit The ideal shave kit for guys who want to take the very best care of their skin, ensuring it is nourished and protected. The Man Space soft shave performer (150ml) and the Man Space extra cream (50ml) ensure intense hydration and a revitalizing action, even for sensitive skin. £70 www.feelunique.com …

Seaham Hall in the snow - The Spa Man

10 of the best British winter spa breaks

A cosy fireside, a snug rug and a hot sauna the key elements for a great winter spa break. These are three sure-fire ways to warm the cockles of your heart (and your cold fingers and toes) this autumn and winter. Heading off to a countryside spa will give you the chance to get away from it all, plus the opportunity to take a bracing walk through the countryside or along the coast. No winter spa break is complete without kicking a few leaves around (if there’s any left) or meandering across frosty fields, ensuring you are back in time to indulge in a big Sunday lunch. Then to complete the experience (it is a winter spa break after all) make some time to chill out in the spa during the afternoon. The Spa Man has rounded-up his 10 of the best winter spa breaks. 1. Dormy House – Cotswolds Book here (if you can). The hotel and spa keep winning awards – a testament to the quality of the hotel, spa and service. The Scandi-chic House Spa …

Spa Experience by Better Male bamboo massage

We’re all spa men now: Half of British men had a male spa treatment in the past year

The male spa market is booming as men really embrace their inner beauty, as Mintel predicts that in total Brits will spend £7.6 billion on treatments in spa, salon and in-store treatment areas in 2017. Male spa is booming according to these figures – and it confirms what I see when I visit salons and spas across the UK. I see more men embracing what’s on offer in the the male spa market. And it seems that men are increasingly calling in the experts for massage and hair removal treatments in particular. New research from Mintel reveals that almost half (47%) of young men have had a treatment in a spa, salon or other treatment area in the past 12 months*, up from one in three (33%) in 2015**. In the past 12 months, 18% of men aged 16-24 have had a massage treatment, up from 11% in 2015, while 18% have had facial hair removal or shaping (up from 8%) and 17% have had body hair removal (up from 6%). The male spa market …

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Good Spa Guide Awards 2017

The Good Spa Guide – the UK’s leading authority on the spa industry – has unveiled the winners in its annual Good Spa Guide Awards 2017. The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA, Scotland was named best UK spa, while further awards were given for customer service and design, through to best country retreat and top newcomer. A total of 12 awards were also given for the best spas in each UK region. Winners of the 2017 Good Spa Guide Awards – in association with Spabreaks.com – were announced at a glittering gala dinner sponsored by Temple Spa on 14th November 2017 at Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. Over 101,000 consumers voted in the Readers’ Choice National Awards, while the Best UK Spa and the Regional Awards were based on audit scores from annual reviews conducted by The Good Spa Guide’s own ‘Spa Spies’. THE RESULTS IN FULL Good Spa Guide Awards 2017: Regional Awards Best UK Spa (sponsored by Temple Spa): The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA, Scotland Best Spa in London: The Bulgari Spa Best Spa …

Rooftop Finnish Sauna Southbank London

Finnish Rooftop Sauna comes to Southbank London

The Southbank Centre brings the benefits of the sauna to the Southbank with its Finnish Rooftop Sauna. Promising guests they will get hot, hot, hot, there will be great views of the River Thames and you can cool off win the open air or with cold water buckets. The specially designed Finnish Rooftop Sauna will sit on Queen Elizabeth Roof Terrace, and there will be a sauna expert to demonstrate steaming stones and introduce you to the authentic sauna experience. Reaching 90 degrees celsius inside, you can then cool down outside (and in London that won’t be a problem, but for the hearty amongst you you can go full Finn and douse yourself with cold water. The benefits of the sauna are well researched (read more HERE) and even the Daily Mail has reported on the striking health benefits (so it must be true). There are some science-backed benefits to saunas, which range from increased circulation (as a result of the elevated heart rate and widened blood vessels that accompany exposure to intense heat) to reduced muscle soreness …

Rudding Park Rooftop Spa - the Spa Man

Review: Rudding Park Spa, Yorkshire, UK

The Spa at Rudding Park near Harrogate has raised the bar for the spa industry in the UK by creating an innovative spa with some real ‘wow’ moments (yes its totally instagrammable). It complements the smart, modern hotel and with the addition of the modern bistro Horto featuring seasonally inspired dishes by Chef Murray Wilson it makes Rudding Park the place to stay and spa in Yorkshire. The hotel at Rudding Park A privately-owned luxury hotel, Rudding Park has 90 bedrooms, the spa, two restaurants and a kitchen garden, private cinema, two golf courses and conference and events space. Set in 300 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland, it makes Rudding Park one of the most beautiful places to stay in Harrogate. I loved the use of colour throughout the hotel with perfectly placed pieces of art that attract the eye and give it a modern luxury feel. Rooms are spacious, contemporary and the Follifoot wing opposite the spa is where you want to be. Rudding Park Spa The spa is huge. It’s impressive Rooftop …

Jack Black Eye Balm

Jack Black Eye Balm De-Puffing & Cooling Gel launches

Jack Black Eye Balm De-Puffing & Cooling Gel is a potent cooling gel with advanced ingredients and soothing extracts. It is applied with a cooling stainless-steel massaging roller-ball applicator to dissipate the fluid retention that creates the puffy eye appearance. It’s a handy little item to have in your travel bag or gym kit. The best tip with any eye product – is use it. It won’t work sitting in the cupboard. Morning and night is preferable for maximum results. This one promises to energise and refresh tired-looking eyes with a blend of hydrating ingredients, soothing botanical extracts, and nourishing vitamins which together help reduce puffiness, soften the appearance of fine lines, and brighten eyes. The clear, lightweight gel absorbs immediately with its mess-free, non-sticky formula. What’s in the Jack Black new Eye Balm De-Puffing & Cooling Gel? Chamomile Extract: Helps soothe and de-puff tired-looking eyes Grape Seed Extract and Vitamins A, C & E: Encourages cell-turnover to help brighten skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines Panthenol & Sodium Hyaluronate: Provides lightweight yet effective moisturisation and …

Good for your health, mind, body and soul: it’s Spa Week UK 2017

It’s National Spa Week 2017 which means that you can abandon all guilt and book a spa treatment. Or  why not pull out all the stops and book a spa break. There are some great deals to be had, but what’s more important is that it is great for your physical health and mental wellbeing. Trust me – I’m The Spa Man. Running from 3oth October to 5th November, Spa Week 2017 celebrates UK spas and salons by putting them in the spotlight for one dedicated week, giving them the opportunity to showcase the many real physical and emotional health benefits of the treatments that they offer to the UK public. This year the event is sponsored by Groupon and Aromatherapy Associates. Participating spas and salons will be providing some fantastic offers and promotions on a range of treatments so that you can discover for yourself why regularly visiting a spa is a necessary personal investment, not just a one off ‘treat’. The main aim of Spa Week 2017 is to promote the many physical, mental …