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5 of the Best | Man Spas

5 of the Best | Man Spas

We look at the spas offering the best treatments for men, as well as the places you need to head to for the best treatments.

Spas are, naturally, associated with over-indulgence, which is perhaps why men don't visit them as often as they should. Now, they're no longer seen as sanctuaries for the rich and vain, the time seemed right for us to visit some of the best around, all in the name of journalism.

Over the last few years there has been a resurgance in the number of men going to spas, whether its with their partners or just heading out for a massage during their lunch break. Even though it may not sound like the most macho place in the world, it's a perfect solution to overdoing it at the gym, so consider it your first port of call next time you overdo it on the weights.

1 ESPA Life, Corinthia Hotel London (above)
The first thing that strikes you about this relatively new addition to London’s Whitehall is how bloody enormous it is — a whopping 3,300sq m over four floors. Located in the basement of the hotel, the spa includes heated lounges, sleep pods and a black marble men-only area.

The treatment
Try the deep muscle massage. Just a dark room, a comfortable massage table and a proper, muscle-focused, grunt-inducing massage.

Expect to pay
£95 for a 50-minute deep muscle massage. £95 for a 60-minute reviver facial.


2 Aman Spa, The Connaught Hotel, London
With only five treatment suites, each with its own dressing area and shower, you’re unlikely to bump into anyone else at Connaught Hotel’s Aman Spa. Head to the Coburg Bar for a martini after your treatment, to balance things out, like. Just remember to put your pants back on first.

The treatment
Try the two-and-a-half-hour-long Chinese experience, involving a foot wash, body scrub, a slightly pinchy massage (there’s no oil used here) and finally a facial massage.

Expect to pay
£280 for the two-and-a-half-hour signature experience.


3 Park Hotel, Kenmare, Ireland
Set in a 19th-century mansion on the lip of southern Ireland, Park Hotel Kenmare’s Sámas spa has an array of specifically tailored treatments from Parisian brand Sisley (an Esquire favourite). Spend your time away from the massage table exploring the forests around the hotel or do a spot of yachting on Kenmare Bay.

The treatment
Try a two-hour Supreme Sisley facial: an anti-ageing massage designed to help circulation and tissue nutrition. Or a two-hour Fire & Water Men’s Ritual: a rub to ease knots in the back, head and feet.

Expect to pay
€280 (£224) for a Supreme Sisley facial.


4 Gleneagles Spa, Scotland
Set in Gleneagles’ 350-hectare estate, this is one of Britain’s best spas, despite the site being better known for its birdies than its back rubs. Heated limestone floors, a fire-lit courtyard (a good place to re-meet the girlfriend, as the spa is gender divided) and an array of rubs mean you needn’t leave the grounds.

The treatment
Try a personalised facial: exfoliation, steam, extraction, triple cleanse, facial massage, mask (all tailored to your skin) and a “healthy glow” are assured.

Expect to pay
£90 for a 55-minute personalised facial, £90 for a 55-minute sports massage.


5 Babington House, Somerset
Part of Nick Jones’ Soho House group, this is a haven of luxury and sporadic debauchery in seven hectares of land in Somerset. The house has a snooker room, study and an amazing orangery restaurant (try the steak tartare); the five tennis courts, cricket pitch, and indoor and outdoor pools should keep you occupied.

The treatment
A short walk from the house, the Cowshed spa has no annoying music, plus the products smell great and the focused and knowledgeable staff will talk you through a tailored massage.

Expect to pay
£130 for an hour-long massage for two.