All posts tagged: Men’s spa treatments

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. …

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New men’s spa packages launch at ESPA Life

The development of men’s spa treatments are finally reflecting the changing nature of the male grooming market. Men go to spas – that’s not news, but what is interesting is the trend for traditional barber services being offered in the spa space. Treatment menus are including options for wet shave and fine tuning beards and brows. And it’s about time – I’ve been waiting the time that male treatment packages offer much more than a standard “men’s facial” or deep tissue massage. They are being combined with essential maintence treatments like manicures and pedicures and the more refined elements offered by a barber. ESPA Life at Corinthia in Central London is one of London’s best spas and has won numerous awards for its service and design. The spa has just launched a couple of new packages for men that are pretty impressive, both in value and what they offer. ESPA Life has pulled together the most essential grooming needs of the modern man and created the all-encompassing ‘Gentlemen’s Topiary’ offering and the more maintenance focused …

It’s National Spa Week: 3rd to 7th November

It’s that time of year again! It’s National Spa Week from 3rd to 7th November 2014. UK spas and salons will be taking part in the nationwide campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the mental and physical benefits regular spa treatments can bring. Organised by the UK Spa Association spas and salons across the country will be offering new spa packages, exclusive deals and competitions to win a whole host of spa prizes. This year there is an added focus on fundraising events in aid of this year’s partnered charity, the Macmillan Cancer Trust.  This year’s theme is ‘Meet and Treat’, an opportunity for spa visitors to discover and treat themselves to new spa experiences and take advantage of some spectacular special offers at great prices. There will also be opportunities to win a number of £500 plus luxury spa hampers courtesy of leading spa skincare companies including [ comfort zone ], Elemis, Germaine de Capuccini, Murad and Thalgo. You can find all of the information about National Spa Week through the Good Spa Guide …

Spotlight on men: Asia Spa Awards

Three cheers to Asia Spa Magazine which has devoted three categories to men in its current round of spa awards.  Not only does this reflect the growing number of men who visit spas, it gives recognition to the innovators in the spa industry. In my experience very few spas have a great offering that is specific and unique to men. But the ones with a touch of vision and an eye for detail really get do get it right. As more and more men book spa days and spa stays, it’s worth taking a look at the leading lights in the male spa industry. The judging panel includes a range of health experts, spa gurus and well-being writers from from more than ten countries, including Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Australia and also include some Asia experts living in the UK and US. Here are the finalists: Men’s Spa of the Year The Barber @ spaQ Sydney, QT Sydney, Sydney, Australia Bliss® Spa, W Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China Chuan Spa …

A man’s world: over 60% of men visited a spa in the last year

A new report by Spa Guide suggests there is a growing number of men visiting the spa. You simply need to visit any spa and you see it’s true. I have witnessed a growing army of guys in robes since I started The Spa Man and it’s set to grow. I know of some spas in London where the ratio of men to women is 50/50. Spa Guide has named this new group of men ‘Spa-rtans’, which sees the modern man happily donning white cotton bath robes in spa, ready for a whole range of relaxing and grooming treatments. The study also found: Almost two-thirds of men surveyed (61%) had visited a spa, by choice, in the last 12 months to make use of its facilities and enjoy a treatment. And, nearly a third (28%) said they would choose a spa day over watching a sports match or going to the pub with their mates (I certainly would). Interestingly the report revealed that some ‘spa-rtans’ want to remain a ‘man’s man’ in the eyes of …

60 minute treatment menu at Spa Intercontinental

Spa Intercontinental, located at the InterContinental London Park Lane, has introduced a results-led 60 minute treatment menu. Designed to simplify the spa regime, guests are invited to ‘pick and mix’ from a range of treatments that will leave them looking groomed in an hour. it’s all about quick results in next to no time. Priced at £90, the customisable grooming and treatment menu leaves visitors revitalised and fresh in an instant. Spa InterContinental is also offering a complimentary dry flotation bed experience with every 60 minute Quick Fix. This can deliver the equivalent of three hours of rest in 20 minutes. I’ve tried the dry floatation bed before and it does work wonders. The menu includes the following treatments: Manicure & Pedicure, Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial, Deep Tissue Back Massage, Well-being Head Massage, Waxing and Beau Bronz Tanning. Bookings can be made by getting in touch with the hotel directly or visiting the website. www.spaintercontinentallondon.com        

August is all about men at De Vere

For the month of August only, De Vere is offering men 25% off all treatments and products in spas across all De Vere Hotels and Village Urban Resorts. With a variety of treatments on offer, from the ever-popular massages and manicures, to facials and St Tropez spray tans, there has never been a better time to recharge your batteries and give yourself a bit of fine tuning. From what I know of the De Vere group so far (The Grand, Brighton) I am impressed. Each of De Vere’s nine hotels are all unique and not corporate or dull. They are spread across the country from the majestic Scottish Highlands to Brighton beach and are chosen for their distinctive British character, individual style and quirky charm. Properties in the group include: Mottram Hall, The Grand Brighton, Cameron House on Loch Lomond, Carden Park, The Belfry, Oulton Hall, Slaley Hall, Belton Woods and Dunston Hall. Did you know that De Vere is the UK’s premier golf resort brand; operating 19 championship golf courses? So if you like …

Czech beer spas

A beer spa is like a gift from the gods for most men. You bathe in beer and drink beer – what could be better. It apparently dates back to India over 4000 years ago and today there are spas (and breweries) offering it in the Czech Republic, two in particular are the beer brands – Krušovice and Chodovar. You can also experience it in the Zoto Beer Spa or Bernard Beer Spa in Prague’s Old Town if you are only there on a city break. The basic premise is that you bathe in beer for about 20 minutes and then relax on a bed of hay for 20-30 minutes afterwards, all the while supping the amber nectar. It’s said that the high content of hop essential oils contributes to purging the skin pores and to revitalizing the whole body, while the brewing yeast, with its high content of vitamin B and active enzymes, has a soothing and regenerating effect on the skin. Otherwise, it’s a great way to relax, have a few pints and …

The best places to spa outside

The British summer has well and truly arrived and with temperatures soaring there are lots of UK spas that have have outside relaxation areas and spectacular outdoor pools where you can swim, sit, sleep or simply chill enjoying fresh air, a gentle breeze and the warm sunshine. Summer is here, so let’s spa outside! Thermae Bath Spa Famous the world over, Thermae Bath Spa was re-opened in 2006 and is Britain’s only natural thermal spa. It combines both historic and contemporary spa facilities. The roof top pool has a view that looks across Bath. In the late evening sun – it’s hard to beat. www.thermaebathspa.com St Brides Spa Hotel Perched on top of a cliff overlooking Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire, the infinity pool is something to savour. I visited one January a few years back and took a dip in the pool (it was heated) – the views across the sea and beach below are spectacular. Imagine blue skies, relaxing spa treatments and a soothing dip in the pool. www.stbridesspahotel.com     Grayshott Spa Focussing on …

Gift vouchers for men from SpaDays.com

“Spa Gift Vouchers for Men” are now available on the new website, SpaDays.com. Spa Days for Men are a great gift for men who have everything and especially if you know someone who really needs to relax, unwind and be treated to some much needed pampering. SpaDays.com offer men’s treatments and spa packages tailored specifically for guys. Any of the spa gift vouchers for men can be delivered by email or post directly to the recipient. It’s easy to use, the SpaDays.com filter search can find the right spa day package and there are hundreds available at spas across the UK with some amazing special offers. I found Champneys Back Massage for £32, Men’s MOT Spa Day at Bannatyne’s for £49 and an Elemis Day Spa for 2 including Rasul and free gift for £69. SpaDays.com is a website that brokers ‘spa day’ gift vouchers at various spas and spa hotels throughout the UK and is owned and run by Digital Sports Group whose flagship website Trackdays.co.uk sells many different experience vouchers to serve many …

What men like at the spa

I like a survey, especially one that looks at men and spas. lastminute.com undertook a survey of 1000 men asking them what they like about taking a spa break with a partner. Here are the findings: 1. Massages 38% 2. Enjoying some alone time together 29% 3. Pampering treatments together 25% 4. Having sex in a new/different location 21% 5. Soft,fluffy dressing gowns 19% 6. The female/male masseuse 17% 7. Getting away from the children 17% 8. Having more sex than usual 16% 9. A skin softening facial 14% 10. Seeing their partner in swimwear 10% So it’s not all about the spa it’s a bit about the extra sexual opportunities! Go on, grab a spa break today.

Review: No.1 Traveller Spa at Gatwick

THE SPA: Set in Gatwick North, the Travel Spa at the No.1 Traveller Lounge is a small and friendly space, located near the entrance to the spacious travel lounge. You pay per visit and don’t need to be a member of an airline travel club. The Gatwick lounge is big and caters to a different crowd than the Heathrow one I visited last year (read that here), it’s got much more of a holiday vibe. Food and drinks are included in your entrance fee. The spa has just launched Dermalogica® too – so I set off to give it a trial run on my way through Gatwick to Barcelona. The Travel Spa offers a range of bespoke Dermalogica® treatments and packages which are available exclusively at No.1 Traveller’s Travel Spas in Heathrow’s Terminal 3 and Gatwick’s North Terminal. These are customised pre-flight treatments designed to fit into the schedule of the holiday maker or business traveller. They have created a menu of micro treatments that are focused on delivering instant results – fast, plus a …

Father’s Day Spa ideas

If you are feeling a bit flush or if Dad has been extra good this year, a spa day or overnight stay is now very much on the agenda as a Father’s Day gift idea. The choice is enormous as there are spas popping up all over the country. So here’s a quick guide to a few spa options that might suit your particular Dad. Book a whoel male grooming makeover or one of the top men’s spa treatments like hot stone massage or a deep tissue massage. For a whole host of Father’s Day deals you could also check out the sections for men’s spa treatments on the Good Spa Guide www.goodspaguide.co.uk or Spa Breaks www.spabreaks.com For the golf enthusiast – Celtic Manor The five-star Celtic Manor Resort is set in more than 2,000 acres of panoramic parkland at the gateway to Wales. It has two hotels and three Championship Golf Courses (yes three), it was the host venue for the Ryder Cup in 2010 and a must-visit for any golfing Dad in the …

It’s UK Spa Fortnight: 3rd June – 16th June

If you love to spa you will be pleased to know that UK Spa Fortnight has now started, 3rd-16th June 2013. For the next two weeks you can enjoy exclusive deals on Spa Days and over-night Spa Breaks all over the UK courtesy of lastminute.com. You’ll find amazing opportunities for great savings as well as opportunities to splash out and spoil yourself with a luxury treatment or night away. There are some big names including Champneys, Titanic Spa, The St Pancras Spa at St Pancras Hotel, Lifehouse Spa, Whittlebury Hall – to name but a few. If you love a good deal and love to spa, these are worth checking out. lastminute.com’s UK SPA FORTNIGHT runs each year.

How to…pack for a spa holiday

A survey by Latedeals.co.uk has revealed some interesting differences in the way men and women pack for a holiday. Before we look at some of the best packing tips, did you know that: 65% of holidaymakers are last minute packers and fill their suitcase the night before they travel Most people FOLD: 68% fold clothes, 22% both fold and roll, 10% just roll clothes 12% of people write a packing list HALF of us cram extra items into our suitcase just before we leave for the airport The majority of women admit they over pack and 91% claim they never wear all of their clothes 53% went over personal baggage allowances last year How packing styles differ: Men use 98% of what they’ve packed while away on holiday while women only wear 62% of what they’ve packed …more than a quarter is unworn Men pack late – 90% of men pack the night before and women pack early – 50% start to pack 3+ days ahead The average British man packs 14 items of clothing for …