kip the tie, tools and tech gadgets. For the perfect Father’s Day gift this year, it’s time to think outside the grill box and treat Dad to a day at the spa. In its recent Consumer Snapshot, the International Spa Association reports that 49 percent of spa customers are men – a 70-percent increase from 2005. And as more and more men discover the benefits of spa-going, a growing number of spas are creating treatments specifically for their needs. Here are some of the best:
- Pebble Beach Resorts is already on his bucket list for the ultimate rounds of golf, but once he gets a taste of the legendary destination’s award-winning spa, it’ll be game over. For men who just want to dip their toe into the spa scene, a Sports Pedicure delivers the perfect treat – an ice-cold beer while his feet are buffed and scrubbed to perfection. For a more intensive experience, The Spa at Pebble Beach Golfer’s Hole-in-One package includes a Sports Bodywork massage that realigns and stretches muscles, working out knots and improving range of motion, followed by a Golfer’s Foot Renewal – a foot and lower leg massage.
· At Whiteface Lodge, the Adirondacks and adventure go hand in hand—and those hands can take a beating. Enter the Lumberjack Hand Soother, one of a selection of treatments on The Modern Man menu at Spa at Whiteface Lodge. The 25-minute treatment includes a rich exfoliation with hand and arm massage; a nail trim, file and buff; and a healing arnica oil massage. Another option: The 50-minute Outdoorsman Facial, specially designed to repair and protect skin that has been exposed to the elements. Modern Man treatments are an ideal add-on to a romantic retreat, weekend bromance, or a getaway with the guys. They are perfect after a day spent fishing, golfing, rock climbing or skiing in the great outdoors, or before an evening of cigars and cognac in one of Whiteface Lodge’s rustic outdoor lean-tos.
· Drawing inspiration both from ancient Asia and its own desert mountain setting, the world-renowned Sanctuary Spa at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa defies simple categorization. Its men’s age defying facial is a favorite of male guests for its customization and quick results. The treatment instantly calms skin irritated by shaving and hydrates and protects it from future damage, and is capped by a neck and shoulder massage to ease away tension and stress. And before or after a day on the greens, tao of golfuses advanced bodywork techniques – including Thai, therapeutic and resistance stretching – to warm, stretch and relieve tight and tired muscles.
· The ocean-inspired SiSpa at the beachfront Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa appeals to the seafaring adventurer in every man with its Captain of the Siservice. The two-and-a-half-hour package includes a 50-minute deep-tissue massage, 50-minute relaxation facial, and a gentleman’s manicure and pedicure. It’s the ideal end to a day of diving, boating or simply relaxing on the private beach that beckons just outside the door.