All posts tagged: spa treatments

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 …

Five of the best body oils

The Spa Man rounds up one his favourite categories looking at the five best body oils. Here is the Spa Man’s pick of the best. ishga Invigorating Body Oil Lavender, Geranium Rose, Lemon Grass hydrate, revitalise, nourish and detoxifies the skin, whilst Scottish seaweed is rich in vitamins A, C and E, and trace elements and amino acids. £35 www.ishga.co.uk ESPA Detoxifying Body Oil Purifying Cypress and Juniper Berry stimulate the lymphatic system. Grapefruit lifts the spirits, Sweet Almond Oil hydrates. This uplifting detox oil boosts circulation, diminishes cellulite and nourishes the skin. £30 www.espaskincare.com SpaRitual Close Your Eyes Body Oil Egyptian Geranium calms and soothes the mind, whilst Organic Sesame Seed, Safflower and Jojoba Oils, rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids help hydrate, condition and soften the skin. £21.50 www.sparitual.co.uk Elemental Herbology Botanical Body Repair Rich in essential fatty acids, Argan, Rosa Mosqueta, Sacha Inchi, Buriti and Sweet Almond Oil moisturise and delicate scents of Frangipani, Jasmine and Mandarin leave skin fragrant and hydrated. £34 www.elementalherbology.com Bodhi & Birch Ginger Brew Body Oil …

The latest in spa

Here are some of the latest and greatest product launches in the world of spa from Murad, Elemis, Decléor and Darphin Pore-fect Murad has consolidated its pore refining product line with the launch of Pore Reform, a new collection which provides scientifically-advanced products formulated to visibly reduce the size of pores and combat the appearance of blackheads. The Pore Reform products work to help strengthen the pores’ natural support structure and effectively reduce blackheads caused by dead skin cells, oil and dirt in the follicles. As part of this collection, two new products have been launched: Blackhead & Pore Clearing Duo is a fast-acting, two-step treatment consisting of Blackhead Remover and Pore Refining Sealer. Together they help reduce blackheads and provide pores with lasting protection against impurities. www.murad.co.uk The beauty of the night: Decléor Designed to activate the skin’s renewal cycle each night, Decléor has introduced Night Essence, a blend of essential oils extracted from rare plants of Manuka and Cistus. Combined with precious Amaranth Oil to stimulate and energise the cells’ vital functions, this …

The best places to spa outside in the UK

It’s been a great couple of weeks for summer sunshine and with temperatures soaring there are lots of UK spas that you can visit that extend the experience outside. Some 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 …

Spa music

A lot has been written about the music used in spas and so often journalists simply refer to it as “whale music”. I can confirm that I have NEVER heard whale music in a spa. Certainly lots of asian inspired instrumentals, the odd chant and the occasional Enya album. Waves, rainforest sounds, even a few birds to a light instrumental track – they are all relaxing and suit the mood, but what I love is when a spa side steps the norm and embraces their own style. Smooth jazz or even a few chilled Ibiza beats are far more interesting to the ear. They need to be easy on the vocals to ensure that you aren’t singing along in your head and that it remains background and not central to the experience. I often dream up my ultimate spa music playlist. It varies depending on what mood I am in and what I want to achieve. I decided to share a selection of my must-haves for a chilled spa session. Note that these are also …

eforea spa in NZ goes local

With so many spas around and just as many spa brands, what I look for in a spa is a point of difference. Partnering with a local brand is an easy concept and really consolidates the brand message for the spa too. Embrace the local environment. So I was interested to read that the eforea spa brand from Hilton has done this on the South Island of New Zealand. The Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa has introduced the Evolu skincare range as one of its core treatment options. The home-grown botanical collection —  available on eforea’s shelves and in its therapy rooms—was created by Kiwi Kati Kasza with natural ingredients from New Zealand. The potent blends include unique plant species, such as native ferns, flax and kawakawa (a coastal plant), along with other pure components ranging from New Zealand manuka honey to marine wakame algae. Evolu and eforea have worked together to create a custom line, available only in eforea spa treatments, which includes: ● Body mud – using New Zealand avocado pear oil for …

Pure Flow at Bulgari

The Spa at The Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London, has launched a range of Pure Flow Pulsation treatments so I went along to try out this weird and wonderful counter-pulsation therapy. It’s designed to boost circulation, increase energy and to restore equilibrium, it is truly one of the oddest things I have ever tried. You are connected to the machine with straps and a heart monitor that pumps air to massage your legs and thighs in time with your heartbeat.  The theory is that it simulates circulation and lymph drainage – which is great during a detox programme and perfect to help remedy jet lag and aching muscles after a long flight. It was uplifting and awakening too – I was alert and really felt great as a result. No creams or potions are used. You hop into a pair of spa pyjamas and can dim the lights to sleep or read. Immediately afterwards my legs felt lighter, but after a series of 4 treatments in 4 days, they felt trim, toned and pretty incredible. …

Spa before you fly

Before any long haul flight I recommend a little pre-flight pampering. You might not be a member of an exclusive executive club with an airline, but No.1 Traveller now gives you the chance to travel in style (and escape the crowds in the terminal). Pre-flight to Phuket which was a travel time of almost 20 hours (including transfer at Bangkok) I popped into the No.1 Traveller lounge and spa in Heathrow’s Terminal 3. A bite to eat, a cup of coffee and a treatment – Pre-flight relief for Head – which is a head and neck massage using the wonderful oils of Dermalogica. It was fragrant, uplifting and helped me to chill just enough so that once boarding the flight, I was relaxed and ready to go. No.1 Travel Spa uses Dermalogica, Aromatherapy Associates and OPI products. The treatment I had was just £15 and is money well spent. There are lounges right across the UK and partnership arrangements around the world. I love the free WIFI, views across the runway and the great selection …

Spa trends: 2014

Spafinder Wellness 365™, is an organisation devoted to feeling good and living well. It observes, identifies and outlines key trends in spa and wellness and has released its annual report of the top 10 spa and wellness trends, focussing on where, why and how people will spa, exercise and feel great. 1. HEALTHY HOTELS 2.0 In 2014 “Healthy Hotels” becomes a megatrend fulfilling the profound human need for restorative travel and helping people stay well on the road. Look for hotels to move from healthy as a marketing differentiator to deeper, more multi-faceted, inspired and comprehensive programming. Check out Wyndham’s TRYP Hotels (Europe and Latin America), which offer everything one needs to workout. 2. WIRED WELLNESS For some, connecting the words “wired and wellness” is counterintuitive, especially as we are tethered to mobile phones, computers and tablets every waking minute. It turns out we can actually turn our wired lives into a wellness tool. Today there are hundreds of fitness apps out there to help you get in shape, get healthy and keep your fitness …

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        

Sothys seasonal facial

To combat the effects of a harsh winter, Sothys has crafted a limited edition seasonal facial boosted with pear and grape extracts. Providing an intensive mineral boost, the Oxygenating Facial harnesses the anti-oxidant properties of grapes and the softening action of pears. Working together, the ingredients help restore the skins’ natural suppleness and radiance. This new spa treatment combines four tailored products, two of which are also available for home use. Activating cellular regeneration and stimulating cellular defences, it provides the first line of facial defence against the harsh winter weather and is a great spa treatment for men and women alike.  The two new retail products to the Sothys spa range that are suitable for professional use include the 2 in 1 Mask Exfoliant. It’s a gentle and effective product that contains polyethylene particles for soft mechanical exfoliation to remove dead cells and impurities. Used as a mask, it acts as a source of oxygen for the skin and contains the additional benefits of pink clay which purifies, oxygenates, remineralizes and detoxifies. The second …

Review: Spa in Dolphin Square, London

THE SPA: The Spa in Dolphin Square pays homage to all things Moroccan. The reception area is part retail area, part waiting room and you know you have arrived in a Moroccan themed spa. Ornate wooden walls and doors, sumptuous panels and fine touches of North African design give this a cosy feel without looking twee. Once through to the changing rooms – its more modern and much more like a typical spa changing area. The rest of the spa keeps the theme going, some places it does it better than others. I liked the relaxation room with huge sofas, lots of reading material and it’s where you can enjoy tea after your treatment. The tea room didn’t quite pull it off so well. There’s a heated relaxation room with warmed loungers – they were really warm. I would alternate between here and the lounge during my day visit. What really sets this day spa apart is the Hammam and Rassoul. It marks it out from the competition and is its true mark of distinction. …

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 …

How to…grab a spa bargain

Everyone seems to offer deals, discounts and special spa offers online and via email. But they aren’t always what they seem and if it’s too good to be true – well perhaps it is. I am always asked for the low down on how to get a good deal at the spa, when to book and how to spot the best offer. I spoke to Vicki Vilas, Editor of The Good Spa Guide about how to search for the best offers and what pitfalls to avoid. What is the best way to grab a spa bargain? Take time to find the right offer, don’t rush to book the first deal you see advertised at a super-cheap price. Think about what you really want, and what your maximum budget is. The best “bargains” aren’t always the lowest in value — “value for money” doesn’t have to mean rock-bottom prices. If you really want a deep-tissue massage to sort out those laptop shoulders, book it. You’ll feel the benefits afterwards, and it will feel like money well …

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 …