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3 of the best barbers in tropical spas

Barbering in the spa has hit the big time and the most recent trend is barbers in tropical spas. From the bright city lights of London and New York and now to far-flung destinations in the Maldives and Mauritius, barbering is becoming as essential on the spa menu as massage and manicure. Guys like to look good – we know that and they also like a bit of spa-time too. Not so much for the pampering and preening, but for rest and relaxation. It was only natural that barber services would be introduced into the spa environment. The Spa Man spotted this about five years ago in Frankfurt and it’s a trend that has grown and grown from Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong to The Bulgari in London and even to country estates like Bovey Castle in Devon. A haircut and wet shave are essential grooming rituals for guys and accessing them on holidays in the tropics is now becoming as essential as a deep tissue or hot stone massage. Here are three of the best …

Review: Gentlemen’s Tonic

THE SPA: Gentlemen’s Tonic in Mayfair has been on my radar for many years (it opened in 2004). I finally managed to find time to pop along and learn all about the location, the services and what a treat! I booked in for a beard design, wet shave and express facial. It’s set down off the street, you walk into the reception and retail area – lots of dark wood, glass cabinets and all very gentlemanly. Behind is the barbershop and shaving area (that does hair too) and a small waiting area. Downstairs is the treatment area for fine tuning and spa therapies. I really liked how the shave stations are partitioned – so very private. It’s all very masculine, you know you’re in a men’s grooming centre. But it doesn’t scream “I’m a bloke – don’t mess with me!”. It’s a refined space and I really enjoyed being there. The staff were great. THE TREATMENTS: I have had my beard for years, keep it fairly well maintained and like it – but what a …