All posts tagged: male spa treatments

Review: Banyan Tree Bintan, Indonesia

THE RESORT AT BANYAN TREE BINTAN Banyan Tree Bintan is just 45 minutes from Singapore (by high speed catamaran) and is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Private villas make the most of terrific sea views looking across the South China Sea, many have private infinity pools and the resort has played host to luminaries such as Tony Blair and Kofi Annan. Bintan was the second resort in the Banyan Tree portfolio to open its doors and remains true to the company’s ethos – with the same high standard of personalised service and authentic Asian spa experience. Read about Banyan Tree Phuket Set amongst tropical gardens, you could hide away for a day or a week and not see anyone else. The resort has a beach, spa, fitness facilities and golf course on site. Whether it’s a wedding, honeymoon or a tropical spa escape, Banyan Tree has it all. With activities for nature lovers, the adventurous or lounge lizards, the resort caters to all tastes. The same can be said …

25 things I’ve learned as a spa writer

I’ve been writing about spas since 2007 and visit around 30 spas every year. I’ve been poked, prodded, pampered, bathed, scrubbed and dried more times than I can remember. And I’ve experienced the best and worst of spa around the world. I try to seek out the newest and most unusual men’s spa treatments and am always on the hunt for the best spa around. Here’s a snapshot of what I’ve learned so far. 1. A therapist can make or break your spa experience 2. A spa needs, by definition, to have water 3. There nothing better than relaxing post treatment looking out across the sea 4. There’s nothing worse than being cold on a treatment bed 5. Every skincare brand thinks that their way is best 6. Expensive facilities do not mean you’ll have a good spa experience 7. A limp massage is worse than having no massage 8. I’ve never heard whale music in a spa 9. and, I actually quite like spa music 10. You can’t beat a proper Turkish hammam 11. …

Beer treatments come to The Mill Wheel Spa

Beer-themed spa treatments have always been the preserve of spas in the Czech Republic. that is until now. The Mill Wheel Spa in Staffordshire has created some new spa experiences with guys in mind. Not quite the fully immersive experience you would get in Prague, but its the next best thing. It combines some tasting at the pub next door with beer spa treatments including a Beer Foot Soak and Beer Herbal Steam Massage. READ HERE about beer spa treatments in the Czech Republic The Beer Foot Soak, £26 for 45 minutes The Mill Wheel Beer Foot Soak entails the feet being dipped in a warm beer bath and left to soak in the combined beer and essential oils combination. This instantly creates a feeling of pure relaxation helping to calm and soothe any tension. This is followed by an invigorating foot scrub which features crushed barley, hops and malts to truly scrub away the impurities. This is finished with a deeply relaxing foot rub using cedar wood, patchouli and lemongrass oils. This is a …

Review: The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath

THE HOTEL: Situated in one of the most iconic parts of Bath, the grand sweeping arc of the Royal Crescent leads you to the refined elegance of the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. A five-star, 45 room and suite Relais & Chateaux property, set within a Grade 1* listed Georgian townhouse the hotel underwent a major multi-million pound refurbishment in 2014. So I thought it was time to see what the hotel has to offer and what delights the spa has in store. Checking into one of the best addresses in Bath, The Royal Crescent Hotel combines elegance and old world English charm with a modern friendly approach. From the smooth, seamless arrival, to the welcoming fire burning in the drawing room, it’s a really friendly and relaxed hotel. Definitely make a reservation to dine in The Dower Restaurant – the tasting menu is impressive. THE ROOMS: Classic and elegant with modern luxury is how it’s described in the brochures and that’s pretty much spot on. With a refined colour palette, our suite featured muted …

Try a beer spa when you stay at Corinthia Hotel Prague

Beer spas fascinate me and when I’ve written about them in the past have proved popular posts. Corinthia Hotel Prague has launched a brand-new ‘Beer Spa Package’, inviting guests to stay at the city’s five-star Corinthia hotel and experience a therapy as old as it is unique – the beer spa – at the Beer Spa Bernard. Guests can indulge in unlimited consumption of unpasteurised Beer Bernard during the spa experience (woo hoo!), and will receive complimentary beer cosmetics (shower products) to bring away as souvenirs. READ MORE about Czech beer spas here The health benefits of bathing in beer have been proclaimed since the Middle Ages and can be experienced to this day at the popular Beer Spa Bernard in Prague. Using only natural ingredients, the amber nectar is kept at a steady 37 degrees Celsius and continuously bubbling to ‘promote dissolution of ingredients’, releasing vitamins, carbohydrates and proteins. Click here for further information. While relaxing in a specially designed tub, guests can also enjoy unlimited consumption of unpasteurised Beer Bernard during their treatment …

Saunas cut the risk of heart problems for men

A new study has shown that men who use saunas regularly reduce their risk of heart attack by nearly two thirds. So guys, it’s time to head to the spa and sweat it out in the sauna. The study, by scientists from the University of Eastern Finland monitored 2,315 men aged between 42 and 60 for a period of 20 years. The remarkable findings, published in the latest edition of Jama Internal Medicine, a journal published by the American Medical Association, revealed that those who had visited saunas the most frequently – and most notably – for longer periods – were the least likely to have died from heart attacks. And the results are impressive. It discovered that middle-aged men who use a sauna four to seven times a week can cut their risk of a heart attack. And not just by a slim margin – by nearly two thirds, compared with those who never use a sauna. Using the sauna two to three times a week reduces the risk of death by heart attack …

Escape to Bath for an early spa break

Bath is renowned for its spa history and has been a centre of well-being since Roman times.  The main attraction is the Thermae Bath Spa and of course a huge number of fabulous spa hotels to choose – it makes a perfect wellness break. There’s much excitement this year about the Spring opening of the GainsboroughBath Spa which will see that thermal waters pumped into the hotel’s spa. If you can’t wait that long, Bath Tourism Plus is launching a new series of detox spa packages which include four hours for the price of two at the world-famous Thermae Bath Spa. It’s a whole package where you can escape for a night in one of Bath’s top hotels, then relax and unwind in the Aroma steam rooms or the open-air rooftop swimming pool at the Thermae Bath Spa. David James, Chief Executive of Bath Tourism Plus, explains: “Home to Britain’s only natural thermal waters, Bath has been renowned for relaxation for almost 2000 years. From the Romans who built a bathhouse, to the Georgians who …

The Spa Man’s favourite spas – 2014

This year its been a privilege to visit some incredible spas around Europe and a little further afield. From banana body wraps to mango body scrubs and some pretty intensive facial massage – I’ve been poked, prodded, refined and renewed. It’s been one incredible year of spa. Here’s a snap shot of my favourite spas of 2014. The Dolder Grand – Zurich The Dolder Grand certainly lives up to its name and reputation. Positioned high on the hill with commanding views across Zurich.  It combines modern five-star luxury, with old world charm and was magical. The spa is modern, spacious and covers an area of 4,000 sqm with room to move . It  offers a grandeur that few spas achieve, combining wellness with world class luxury. I honestly didn’t want to leave. Read the review here www.thedoldergrand.com Sri panwa – Phuket Sri panwa is in a class of its own. Effortlessly cool, it is a mix of private residences and pool villas perched at the tip of Cape Panwa in Phuket. Set in lush tropical …

Ruffians Barber Shop lands in Covent Garden

Ruffians Barber Shop & Store has become a landmark in Edinburgh and has now arrived in London’s Covent Garden.  A total grooming destination it draws on a similar style to it’s Scottish counterpart but incorporates features unique to its site in Maiden Lane. Original brick walls and aged timber floors have been kept and restored, giving the space its own distinctive character. As I’ve been quite into spa design features lately, it’s timely to note that this new build was expertly crafted by Graven Images. Graven Images has a great track record including the Missoni Hotel, Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago and my Glaswegian home away from home – Blythswood Square Hotel. It’s masculine without being too blokey and features traditional barber chairs and great oak desks, natural light and large Edison filament bulbs fixed to the ceiling. There’s even a wood-burning fire place in the reception area with iPads for customer use, this is one cool hangout.   You can grab a coffee (there’s a coffee bar) or a whiskey and then there’s men’s grooming, …

Review: Selman Marrakech, Morocco

THE HOTEL: Just 10 minutes from the Souks and central square of Marrakech lays the oasis that is Selman Marrakech. The hotel is sumptuous, elegant and a modern take on Marrakesh, featuring deep purples, dark woods and an opulent feel. Enormous chandeliers dominate the restaurant and bars and the total package verges on the OTT, but manages to pull it all off blending Moroccan design with a contemporary edge. The vision of famous architect and interior designer, Jacques Garcia, it’s a sight to behold. It’s a vast complex with large 80 metre pool the centre piece of the resort. It is the perfect setting to relax by the pool, enjoy the sun or escape the winter blues of Northern Europe. With a warm welcome, exquisite food and the lux surrounds, I felt at home in an instant.  I loved the onsite stables, home to 12 purebred Arabian horses. Ensure your stay includes a Sunday so you can enjoy the Arabian horse show and brunch. Each room has a private terrace with views over the pool …

Review: Ockenden Manor Spa

THE SPA: Ockenden Manor Spa is located in the heart of rural West Sussex and is part of the Historic Sussex Hotels group. I was expecting a small spa, tacked onto the back of the hotel, but, no, how wrong I could be. The spa has been purpose built in an old walled garden to the rear of the hotel and is a complete contrast to the Elizabethan era Ockenden Manor. It shares nine acres of parklands and gardens which make it an idea place to rest and relax. It’s modern, light and spacious and even when it got busy, there’s plenty of rest and relaxation areas – you don’t feel overcrowded at all. It was the first warm day of spring when I visited and I was able to enjoy the day lazing by the pool in spa robes.  The indoor and outdoor linked swimming pool is fed with its own natural spring water. An ice fountain, steam room, walk through rain shower, sauna and hot tub with gym and flotation tank all make …