The spa is no longer just the preserve of ladies. These days, men are also searching for the best massages, facials and relaxation facilities to decompress and take a break from the hectic pace of life in Hong Kong. Fortunately, our city has no shortage of urban sanctuaries, some of which are amongst the best in Asia.
But the plethora of choices can be a little overwhelming. We’ve narrowed down the list and handpicked those which offer the very best spa treatments in Hong Kong, especially for gentlemen:
AsiaSpa Awards' 2016 winner of Best Men’s Spa in Asia is perched on the 72nd and 73rd floors of the W Hong Kong. There are plenty of reasons why it should top your list of spas to visit, but we'd like to point to their tailor-made “men”-u, a well-considered list of treatments specifically developed with men in mind.
They have nine luxurious treatment rooms with sweeping views that overlook the Hong Kong Harbour, in addition to private VIP couples' suites, a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam rooms, vitality pool, FIT Gym and swimming pool, not to mention the rather delicious brownies and lemonade served on arrival.
Those looking to leave the spa considerably smoother may opt for the Ultimate He-Wax Treatment (HK$1,090). Much like the name suggests, it’s a pretty comprehensive waxing that removes all hair from front to back and everything in between. It can be modified to focus only on specific areas.
Bliss Spa, Level 72, W Hotel, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, +852 3717 2797, w-hongkong.com/bliss-spa
The Peninsula Spa
If you want to indulge, you can’t do much better than The Peninsula in Hong Kong. The city’s oldest and most revered luxury hotel offers a state of the art urban hideaway, where their focus is on not just standard relaxation treatments but visible results.
The 14 lavish treatment rooms each offers stunning views of the Victoria Harbour. Plus, there’s an indoor swimming pool, hamam-style steam rooms, saunas, aromatherapy experience showers and a neighbouring fitness centre. They also have dedicated facial and massage services just for men.
The Ultimate Radiance Aesthetic Facial by Margy’s Monte Carlo (HK$5,800) is a 100-minute results-driven facial which uses ultrasonic wave technology to stimulatie the skin and combat signs of ageing. It visibly leaves the skin looking firmer and younger, with optimal results seen within three months.
The Peninsula Spa, 7/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, +852 2696 6682 , peninsula.com/spa
Not too far from the madding crowds in bustling Mong Kok lies this den of tranquility, a former winner of AsiaSpa's Best Spa for Men in Asia.
They use the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Wu Xing (the Five Elements), Yin and Yang, and Jing Luo (the Meridian System) for their treatments, which set about rebalancing one’s qi (energy flow). Add to that the herbal steam rooms, saunas, and oriental hot tubs and you’ll have no problem rebalancing your day to allow for more time here.
The 90-minute Stress Killer treatment (HK$1,650) is the best kind of killer there is. It starts with a 45-minute signature massage using acupressure to stimulate energy, followed by a 15-minute stress releasing treatment where warm bolus made from rice, peppermint and cloves are applied to the neck, back and shoulder areas. The icing on the cake is a 30-minute purifying facial cleanse.
Chuan Spa, Level 41, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai St, Mong Kok, +852 3552 3510, chuanspa.com.hk
The Oriental Spa
This 25,000 square feet urban escape occupies two floors of the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Central and, since it opened in 2012, has won just about every award there is for spa excellence.
Among other facilities, they offer an 18-metre indoor swimming pool, 15 private deluxe treatment rooms, heated marble massage tables (perfect for the gentlemen-only hamam experience), and a high-tech fitness centre. They also regularly host wellness programs and workshops.
You’ll be hard pushed to find a better way to spend a relaxing hour in Hong Kong than the Oriental Essence Massage (HK$1,300-1,650). Using a divine blend of warming ginger, uplifting mandarin and sacred frankincense, the 60 to 90-minute massage gets to work on all the stress areas of the body and removes every last bit of tension so that you may, like we did, nod off to the land of bliss.
The Oriental Spa, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, +852 2132 0011, mandarinoriental.com/landmark/luxury-spa/
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