Our run-down of some of the best men’s spa treatments around the country.
Around the world, the spa industry has been aggressively chasing a larger male clientele for years. Most guys first indulge in a massage – the number one male treatment of choice – during an overseas holiday but rarely follow through at home because of the female-centric focus of most spas. Witness the rise of men’s grooming centres such as The Refinery in London and John Allan’s and Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers in New York which offer the full service package of wet shaves, snappy haircuts, manicures, body treatments and facials in a refined manly atmosphere that’s light years away from the locker room.
Face of Man in Sydney kickstarted the trend in Sydney and is still going strong but there’s a growing number of masculine boltholes nationwide that offer the best in spa treatments without having to listen to Enya tapes or feel trapped by pastel-coloured decor.
The Barber Shop @spaQ, Sydney
The snipper may have a sleeve of tatts but that only adds a sharp edge to the gentleman’s club atmosphere of this CBD male enclave in Sydney’s QT Hotel and QT Canberra.
Luxury wet shaves labeled “The Don” (as in Draper) and haircuts are the stock-in-trade. But if stress relief is your main reason to drop by, check out the “Supernatural Facial” – a purifying clay and bamboo mask precedes a soothing facial massage using sandalwood, licorice and azulene to combat stress and pollution. A scalp and foot massage and the finishing touch of deeply hydrating argan oil leave you looking and feeling as smooth as a lounge lizard.
No time? The “Fast Eddy Facial” also helps to stop time in its tracks.
Mens Body Works, Melbourne
The whole box and dice of men’s grooming and spa needs is the pull at MBW in Richmond. Ladies (other than the largely female staff) are welcome on Tuesdays but otherwise the house rules apply strictly to men. Hair (body and head), massage, a steam room and Hydro Spa water treatments attract spa virgins and regulars alike. Facials focus on the skin issues that bother men most – ageing eyes, congested and blemished skin, and the effects of the good life. Select from an edited menu including the T-Zone Cleanse for oily/troubled skin and New Skin Peel to wind back the clock.
Cocoon Spa and Wellness, Adelaide
You can nip down Magill Road for a hand-crafted gourmet burger at the famed Burger Foundry afterwards but environmental cred is a major draw at Cocoon, where even the toilet flushes clean with harvested rainwater. Owner Leanne Condina is the sister of former Socceroo John Aloisi and knows what active men want. The dedicated Man Space offers four signature facials, including the “Pure Performance” (shoulder and back massage, salt sea body scrub and total facial hydration). The ”IQ Vitaman Specialised Facial” has only one goal – as Leanne’s other brother, ex-Adelaide United captain Ross Aloisi would say, “total rejuvenation”.
Aquarius Health Medispa, Brisbane
A one-stop shop for health, fitness, spa treatments and even cosmetic surgery for guys, including liposuction for love handles, Aquarius air-freights the popular US trend to Queensland. Prompting tabloid headlines such as Blokes Line Up to Join Botox craze, there’s no need for needles to look younger. The “Men’s Locker Room Gentleman’s Facial” deep-cleans and re-nourishes the skin with a combo of hydrating skincare and facial massage.
Guy’s Grooming, Perth
Billed as Australia’s largest male grooming venue, this Hay Street retreat boasts 15 LCDS playing sport and music, 12 barber chairs and seven treatment rooms. The ultimate executive bolthole, swing by for a close shave or to wax away the bear look. Free face mapping evaluates your skin’s condition – or lack of it – to pave the way for the quickie “Stress Relief Facial”. Or, go the whole hog with “The Executive Facial – The Complete Service”, including a cleanse scrub, masque, top half massage and a final hit of moisturiser/sunscreen to protect against WA’s fierce sun.