Spa Travel Gal’s June picks: Spas for men
Just a few years ago, this was unheard of. But today, increasingly more spas are including a special section on the menu for men, according to Ava Roxanne Stritt, the Spa Travel Gal.
Stritt writes the influential spa website, spatravelgal.com. Every month, she shares her top spa travel picks. In honor of Father’s Day, Stritt is highlighting “man spas” for June.
Now, it’s not going to be easy to convince some guys to get a “facial,” even if it’s called a “facial for men.”
That’s why Stritt says more spas are designing special menus that cater to men’s specific needs.
“Like the Gentleman Facial and Hot Towel Shave,” Stritt says. “If he doesn’t like the spa, he might like that. It might be a good first introduction: a shave, like a barber.”
(Although, she adds with a chuckle, “Sometimes you need to go ahead and just reserve it, and tell him it’s already booked.”)
The hot towel shave is one of the men-specific offerings at the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla.
In addition to world-class dining and a pristine beach, this five-star Caribbean hotel will also intrigue your man with a 3,600-bottle wine cellar and 18-hole Greg Normal signature designed champion golf course, with views of the Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands.
“You won’t have any trouble convincing your guy to head to the spa for some post-game indulgence with CuisinArt Resort’s Venus Spa’s signature men’s treatments,” Stritt says.
Other men’s treatments include:
- The Gentleman’s Rendezvous ($185 for 80 minutes): a hydrating skin facial, massage and conditioning scalp treatment that’s “perfect for the busy executive.”
- The Gentlemen’s Facial, with special ingredients to reduce razor burn, irritation and ingrown hairs.
Looking to save money on spa vacation packages and the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa — home to the second largest free-standing spa in the Caribbean? This summer, the resort is offering up to 40 percent off its junior suite category. Pre-paid rates start at $345 per night, which includes breakfast, WiFi and more.
“This is an unprecedented deal for the lavish resort and a significant incentive for summer travelers,” Stritt says.
Another man-centric spa trend is the popularity of couples treatments — and not just on the wedding or honeymoon.
“Spas are making it a more luxurious couples retreat,” Stritt says.
In the past, spas would simply squeeze two beds into one room and call it a “couples suite,” Stritt says. Not anymore.
Today, some spas have renamed them “tandem rooms” (which makes it less awkward to get a side-by-side massage with a friend, daughter or someone who’s not your partner). Stritt says she has seen some spas with as many as four tandem rooms, indicating that group spa treatments are no longer a rarity.
Photo of hot shave treatment courtesy Diamond PR
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