At GSG HQ we often debate what spas can do to attract more male guests - after all, many have separate saunas and steam rooms for men, male-specific treatments on the spa menu, and even barber shops where customers can get a shave, a cigar or a strong tipple. Yep, modern-day spas are far from sissy. Buy your dad one of these treatments for Father’s Day and they’ll be hunting out their trunks in no time (or we’ll give you your money back*).
Go Guy – The Male Executive Treatment
This face-to-toe treatment includes a deep brush cleanse, exfoliating mask and creams to smooth out those worry lines (that shed won’t build itself, etc, etc); a relaxing massage using hot stones; and a detoxifying foot massage to have them skipping out of the treatment room. Combine this with a swim, a gym session or a nutritious lunch and dad will leave feeling like a new man – or at the very least a less stressed-out, smoother-skinned version of one.
Try it at: Lincombe Hall Hotel & Spa & Verbena Spa
Men’s Power Facial
(45 mins, £70)
The modern man might moisturise daily, but if your dad sits firmly in the soap-and-water category, a deep cleanse followed by a hit of hydration might just be what the doctor ordered. This anti-ageing facial doesn’t just begin with a double cleanse but goes on to include a deep tissue stress-releasing massage followed by a collagen-infused mask. If time permits, encourage dad to make use of the facilities on offer including the sauna, pool, gym or spin studio. And there’s always lunch…
Try it at: The Greenhouse Spa at The Elms Hotel
Greek God: Aegean Charcoal Facial
Harness his inner God with this charcoal facial specially formulated for men. The massage will encourage lymphatic drainage around the nasal area, ridding the build-up toxins and stimulating blood flow - great if dad is feeling congested (if he is, steer him in the direction of the steam room, too). A powerful antioxidant mask blended with active charcoal - known to absorb and retain impurities and toxins – is then added to leave skin looking even and (dare we say it) god-like.
Try it at: Source Spa & Wellness, Saunton Sands
High Performance Skin Energiser for Men
If dad has tired eyes or dehydrated skin book him in for a High Performance Skin Energiser for Men. This Elemis treatment combines a facial with a targeted scalp and foot massage for maximum relaxation – stress in the body can show up on the face, after all. Using natural ingredients, dad’s therapist will restore natural moisture while maximising cell regeneration. Whichever spa you choose, don’t leave without taking a walk on the beach (Headland) or a bracing dip in the outdoor pool (Ellenborough).
Try it at: The Headland Spa & The Spa at Ellenborough Park
If dad fancies something with a bit more welly, book him in for a Parenie ritual at The Banya Bathhouse. Here, steam rooms so hot you need a felt hat go hand-in-hand with plunge pools so cold your head will tingle. During the Parenie ritual a male therapist wielding bunches of leaves will conduct a massage in a super-hot steam room before inviting you to jump into a cold plunge down. Invigoration guaranteed. End your visit with Beetroot soup and Vodka - or Champagne and Caviar.
Try it at: The Banya Bathhouse
1st June 2022
Minimalist lines; organic products; facial massage; tranquillity; interesting people-watching.
Discarded towels on loungers; steam rooms that aren't steamy; mobile phones.
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