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Best spas for Father's Day

Six of the best spas for Father’s Day

It was hard to pick just six of the best spas for Father’s Day, but here you will find great spas that also offer Dad something else. It could be fantastic food like at The Vineyard at Stockcross or outdoor activities like at Bovey Castle. Naturally there are lots of golfing hotels and spas. But I’ve also added one for the total spa enthusiast – the recently launched Rudding Park. So if you are looking to treat Dad this year, check out the best spas for Father’s Day. For the country gent – Bovey Castle Set on a 275-acre site in Dartmoor National Park, this luxe golf and spa resort occupies a former manor house. It’s a refined option and an ideal country escape. On site there’s a gym, an indoor pool, a spa and an 18-hole golf course, plus a playroom, children’s programs and falconry displays. Fun for all the family. The spa features a men’s barbers (The Gentlemen’s Quarter) which has been developed in conjunction with Truefitt & Hill for expertly crafted hair cuts, …

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Competition: Win with Thalgomen and The Spa Man

To celebrate Father’s Day 2018, The Spa Man has partnered with Thalgomen on a great giveaway. You have the chance to win one of 10 x Thalgomen Wake-Up Shower Gels, 200ml, worth £14.00 each. Perfect! It’s easy to enter. Simply follow The Spa Man on Instagram here: @markthespaman and you will instantly be entered into the competition to win. You have until 20th June to enter so get over to Instagram! About Thalgomen Wake-Up Shower Gel Thalgomen Wake-Up Shower Gel is a fresh-feeling all-over body and hair wash which instantly cleanses and purifies the skin and hair. Featuring an anti-fatigue formula, its effective, non-aggressive foaming system respects the hair fibres and the skins physiological balance. It is the ideal partner for use when travelling or after the gym. Find out more about Thalgomen here: www.thalgo.co.uk T’s & C’s The competition is only open to residents of the UK The competition closes on Monday 20th June. There is no cash alternative to the prize. Winners will be notified by Instagram message and then email to arrange delivery …

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Join Global Wellness Day 2018 on 9th June

First celebrated in 2012, Global Wellness Day 2018 is dedicated to living well, and has now become a world-wide annual event. This year it takes place on 9th June 2017 and joins people in the shared values of wanting to be healthier, to look better, and to live well both physically and spiritually. The thinking behind Global Wellness Day is to embrace and celebrate our health and wellbeing and to promote it to a wider audience globally. Highlighting the benefits of living well, there is a team of ambassadors who are the guiding lights of the event. Many spas are actively participating in the global day of celebration with events and activities promoting healthy eating, fitness, meditation and wellness in general. This year the focus is on kids and getting them more active and living a better, healthier life. Globally, there are more than 1.6 billion overweight adults, at least 300 million of them clinically obese. In just 10 years, the WHO projects that number will grow by 40%. Globally more than 41 million kids under the age of …

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2018

The Spa Man’s Father’s Day Gift Guide 2018 includes some spa favourites and a few must-have’s for travel and good grooming. L’Occitane L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Collection Blending citrus notes of cedrat with icy notes of mint and woody spices, this duo is refreshing, masculine and full of character. This fresh and aquatic set includes:  L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Eau de Toilette 75ml, L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Shower Gel Body & Hair 250ml and Deodorant Spray 75ml. £59 www.loccitane.com     Malin+Goetz Grooming Kit (carry-on approved) This dinky Malin+Goetz carry-on approved grooming kit is a must-have for frequent fliers. The Grooming Kit includes grapefruit face cleanser, vitamin e face moisturizer, bergamot body wash, eucalyptus deodorant + vitamin e shave cream. £32 www.malinandgoetz.co.uk Elemis Men’s Luxury Travel Kit Elemis and Lily & Lionel have teamed up to create a stylish travel bag designed with an iconic print, containing a 5-piece collection of ELEMIS travel- sized essentials for men. The kit contains: Lily & Lionel designer bag, Ice Cool Foaming Shave Gel 100ml, Deep Cleanse Facial Wash 50ml, Sharp Shower Body Wash 100ml, Instant …

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Review: Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

One of the world’s greatest hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is the flagship property for Mandarin Oriental and commands a prime position on Victoria Harbour. Situated in the heart of Central district on Hong Kong Island, it really does live to its reputation, combining elegance with refined warm and friendly service. Reception is always buzzing with activity, but our check in was swift and efficient and in an instant we were escorted to our room. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is big hotel with 434 rooms and 67 suites. Our luxury room with harbour view was offered picture perfect views. It’s definitely worth the upgrade on the room rate. The rooms are decorated to embrace the hotel’s oriental heritage and it was very spacious, and I loved the double vanity unit in the bathroom, there’s a large bath (big enough for two). The comfy beds are perfect to sleep off any jet lag. Dining delights Dining is a delight at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. The breakfast buffet may add a few inches to your waistline (check …

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How to reap the benefit of heat treatments in the spa

The health benefits of heat treatments are renowned. Inspired by the traditional cultures of Finland, Turkey, Russia and Morocco, the spa world has truly embraced the wellness rituals of getting hot, hot, hot. Here, The Spa Man gives you the low down on the best traditional heat and thermal experiences like the sauna, the Hammam, Rhassoul, Banya and Aufguss. All hot and bothered Getting hot and bothered may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, but the health benefits speak for themselves. Cultures around the world have been using steam and dry heat to cleanse and purge the system, whilst keeping warm and staying fighting fit. The Finnish Sauna is the most famous and found in local leisure centres, gyms, hotels and spas across the globe. The steam room is equally popular, but it’s the rituals that come with these heat experiences that really make things interesting. The Hammam for example is a vigorous body treatment unlike anything else that draws on local Islamic culture with regional variations in Morocco and Turkey. The Rhassoul …

Aromatherapy Associates De-stress Edit

Aromatherapy Associates De-stress Edit launches

Aromatherapy Associates has launched its new De-Stress Edit, a curated collection of  stress easing products to combat how stress impacts our body, mind and skin. Stress affects pretty much everyone at some point and for many it’s a daily affliction. Being able to switch off and ease the mind is essential. Known as one the original pioneers of wellbeing (especially with its powerful aromatherapy blends), Aromatherapy Associates has created the De-Stress Edit, allowing you to de-stress at home, work and on-the-go along with lifestyle advice and tips from the panel of Wellbeing Experts. The products all work together and form a powerful armoury against stress related issues. But each can be used independently too.   The Aromatherapy Associates De-stress Edit contains: De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil 9ml To give your mind clarity and focus with a calming blend of Frankincense, Petitgrainand Wild Camomile. De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil 9ml To treat your body to the warming blend of Rosemary, Black Pepper and Ginger plus the soothing powers of Lavender. De-Stress Muscle Gel 40ml The …

Les Prés d'Eugénie

Review: Les Prés d’Eugènie, France

Les Prés d’Eugénie is a classy country house hotel in the south west corner of France that mixes old world charm, a warm and friendly welcome with world class cuisine and a thermal spa that is authentic and most memorable. Part of the Relais & Chateau group, the hotel is unequivocally French, decorated with furniture and art from the owner’s personal collection that dates from the 18th to 20th centuries. The rooms are warm and cosy and breakfast is served in the privacy of your own room each morning. The large drawing rooms in the oldest part of the building are perfect for a pre-dinner aperitif. Large sofas and intimate spaces are punctuated by period pieces and rich colours. And the main event is the three Michelin star restaurant. Holding this accolade for over 40 years, the food is outstanding, innovative and one of life’s great experiences. Aside from this haute cuisine, spa guests can enjoy a programme that includes the Eugenie Slimming Cuisine, prepared by world renowned Michel Guerard. He developed the programme in …

Take 10 minutes for mindfulness on World Meditation Day

If meditation and mindfulness aren’t part of your life, then World Meditation Day (Tuesday 15th May 2018) could be the time to explore the options. It takes just 10 minutes a day and the rewards (I promise you) can be life-changing. Mindfulness appears to be everywhere and, in some instances promises to solve pretty much every problem there is. Its growth continues and everywhere you look, a spa, health expert or mind guru is offering tips, techniques, sessions, course and online apps to help you on your way. I have written about it before and you can read “What is mindfulness medition” here The Huffington Post has it’s own dedicated channel to mindfulness and it’s well worth taking a look for the latest reseach, tips, advice and comment. I’m a big fan and it’s helped me resolve a variety stress and anxiety issues. It also helps to calm the mind when its racing at a hundred miles and hour. Mindful in May The whole month of May is devoted to the project – Mindful in …

massage can help with depression during Mental Health Awareness Week

How massage can help depression during Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

It’s not surprising that massage can help with depression. Massage, used correctly is a profound tool and often underestimated and undervalued. Often seen only as a way to relax or soothe the muscle, its deeper benefits are lost. It’s timely to discuss this as its Mental Health Awareness Week and we need to open up more and sinus problems we face. talking is a key method, but connecting on the human level is also truly beneficial. I spoke to Beata Aleksandrowicz, Co-Founder of Pure Massage Spa Training Method, who is an advocate of the power of touch. She explains why massage is important and how massage can help with depression. She said: “We now live in a world where it’s ok to talk about issues relating to our mental health and wellness.  I firmly believe that massage and the power of touch can make real and significant changes to people’s mental health and especially depression. So it’s timely that Mental Health Awareness Week is just around the corner, running from 14 – 20 May 2018. This year …

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How to treat pigmentation, dark spots and uneven skin tone

When someone asks: “How to treat pigmentation”, the number one message is all about prevention and protection and that is absolutely vital when it comes to pigmentation. It’s easier to prevent than to treat it. Having said that, there are some great ways that skincare boffins have discovered to help reduce dark spots, uneven skin tone and pigmentation using the latest skincare technology. We talk to some of the world’s leading skincare experts to discover what pigmentation actually is and how to treat pigmentation and dark spots too. What is pigmentation? Dr Murad explains: “Hyperpigmentation, age spots and freckles are all signs of melanin coming to the surface of damaged skin. Sun damage is a major, although not sole, cause of pigmentation and results in a less even skin tone which can make people look older. Sun damage not only causes hyperpigmentation but also results in a rougher, drier texture, dark circles around the eyes and wrinkles – all which add to an older-looking skin.” Dr Nicholas Perricone elaborates further saying: “Hyperpigmentation is one of …

Glow - Kate O'Brien - The Spa Man

GLOW: Your Complete Four-Week Guide to Healthy, Radiant Skin

Kate O’Brien’s new book GLOW: Your Complete Four-Week Guide to Healthy, Radiant Skin with 60 skin nourishing recipes is one of those books you read and then keep coming back to. It’s jam packed with great tips and advice that is both practical and accessible. It contains a healthy dose of science but won’t bamboozle you. The design is clear and fresh. The recipes are easy to follow and include a range of ingredients that are easy to find and great for your skin and inner health too. Kate O’Brien is an expert in both nutrition and cosmetic science, with a particular interest in skincare. I first met Kate on a spa press trip to the launch of Mandarin Oriental Marrakech and we had an instant connection. We’ve been friends since. She has written this comprehensive guide called GLOW to cut through the crap really. There’s loads of misinformation surrounding best practice when it comes to skin. She offers scientifically grounded facts about how skin really works at a cellular level to help you create strong …

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The best places to spa outside on a bank holiday weekend

It’s a bank holiday and the weather looks set to be sunny and rather glorious. The Spa Man has picked the best places to spa outside. What better way to enjoy an extended bank holiday weekend than to enjoy relaxing spa treatments and the great outdoors. The UK has some brilliant spas and what’s more – lots of them have an outdoor pool or patio. Book it now. The Scarlet The Scarlet in Cornwall is renowned for its fabulous green credentials. Modern design touches and sustainability are evident throughout the hotel and spa. But what captured my attention is the clifftop outdoor swimming pool filtered by reeds and the clifftop hot tubs that look out across the ocean. I have not been to The Scarlet as yet, but friends who have give it glowing reviews. www.scarlethotel.co.uk Rudding Park Rudding Park has one of the most impressive landscaped spa gardens in the UK. Complete with outdoor hot tub and sauna cabin, the infinity pool looks out across the woods – and there’s places to sit and …

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Review: Shinta Mani Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Shinta Mani Angkor in the bustling tourist town of Siem Reap in Cambodia is the perfect spot for temple touring when visiting Angkor Wat. The heritage site at Angkor Wat covers an area roughly the size of Birmingham and the temples are jaw-dropping. Shinta Mani Angkor is just 15 minutes away from the temples.  The hotel is a modern, slightly quirky boutique offering with a great little spa on the side. It’s situated in a smart part of town, on one of the best kept streets in the French Quarter and is an Instagrammers dream. Bill Bensley Design at Shinta Mani Angkor Designed by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, there are 39 contemporary rooms in the hotel which draw on elements of Khmer inspired design. The eye catching monochrome colour scheme is punctuated with splashes of colour, which makes for a refreshing change from hotels that follow the teak-heavy style of many South East Asian hotels. We were greeted with a glass of fizz on arrival which was a nice touch. Check-in was seamless and we were …

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8 best bath oils to create a spa-like experience at home

Compiling a list of the best bath oils is like a dream job for The Spa Man. Bathing is one of life’s great pleasures and it’s a simple way to recreate the spa environment in your own home. Deeply relaxing or revitalising and re-energising. It’s up to you. Soothe aches and pains in your neck, shoulders and muscles, or let your troubles subside as you practice a little self-care. Tried and tested, these are the best bath oils on the market today. Elemental Herbology Earth Balance Bath and Body Oil Sometimes we need a little balance in our lives and a Elemental Herbology really helps here. This oil blend helps to calm and balance the mind and body. Formulated with the scents of mandarin, cedarwood and lime, it helps to restore energy and refresh the mind making it perfect for use after a long day. £28 www.elementalherbology.com ESPA Fitness Bath Oil I can’t recommend this highly enough post-workout when you have been moving your body I a new way. Whether it’s increasing weights or hitting a …