In November you probably see a lot more facial hair around. In fact – you probably know someone who is going to spend the month ahead shunning their razor and tending to their new moustache. Yes – it’s Movember month!

Whether they are riding solo or it’s a team effort, a nice treat for the end of November like a massage, facial or spa trip would be a lovely way to show your appreciation. Or you could take a hint further and get them a wet shave….

You might think that spas are a ‘female’ activity, but not in 2018! Things are changing and male grooming has boomed in popularity!

Would a man enjoy a spa trip?

There’s a new man about town and in advertising, that’s the multi-dimensional man. He’s characterised as a man that is 25-35, loves adventure at the weekends and is image and health conscious, spending time and money on a skincare or his fitness regime, as well as buying products. Do you know someone like this?

In fact, in a recent study, only 2% of men felt ‘strong resistance’ to buying cosmetics and make up for their own use – something we wouldn’t have seen a decade or two ago!

From having a good quality shave and haircut, to steam facials and manicures, a visit to a traditional barber has become a weekly or monthly must for many men. On top of that, they are buying more. 2017 saw a huge rise in the amount of sheet style face masks and thanks to Chris Pratt, Justin Bieber and P Diddy who have all worn them on Instagram, now it’s pretty normal for a man to consider a weekly or bi-weekly mask. A spa treatment is a perfectly reasonable treat for most men!

On top of that, beards are in – and during a Statistica June 2017 survey, 25 percent of respondents aged 18 to 29 years reported using beard care products every day to tend to their facial follicles.

Spas for men: Our picks and top treatments

We have a huge range of spas that offer treatments for men, and put simply, most -if not all- of our spas on Lavish would welcome a male to any treatment room. Back massages, facials and exfoliation are all great for both sexes. However, there are some other options you might want to consider that are more tailored to men specifically.

Gentlemen’s Tonic

What they say: Gentlemen’s Tonic is an international and award-winning luxury spa, grooming and hair concept proudly founded in the heart of Mayfair, London in 2004. Since our launch, we have become synonymous with style and luxury and delivering a high quality service to a worldly and discerning client base.

What we say: Clean, cool, and perfect for the modern man – we love this spa. No frills but plenty of finesse makes this a place to visit.

What to get: 

The Shackleton is perfect if the man in your life has ever wanted a traditional shave. This haircut and wet shave combo means he will be treated to a through shampoo and conditioning, a rejuvenating scalp massage, haircut to taste, all finished with the ultimate wet shave. With the calming sensation of an array of warming and delicious scented products to loosen the hairs, before being swathed in steaming hot towels ready for the shave, this is a real treat!

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PURE London

What they say: Put the ‘man’ in manicure, a little stubble into our facials and let us help you with those ‘manscaping’ essentials. Enjoy, mister. We have a wide selection of male grooming salon therapies to choose from.

What we say: Location wise this is very central in London and the great prices make this treaty without being too much of a wallet/ purse breaker for those doing the treating! As well as providing a full spa experience with sauna facilities, a relaxation room and a variety of different spa therapies, all the treatments run early and late – ideal for a busy man on his lunch hour.

What to get: The deluxe is their best-selling massage, focusing on specific areas of stress and tension. Ideal for those who needing to unwind and loosen up! Or how about the express spa?  Operating at 42°C, infra-red rays penetrate the muscles at a deep level, relaxing the muscles and detoxifying the body.  He can then choose between a skin specific booster facial or a selection of powerful massage therapies designed to give his face or body a boost in only 30 minutes.

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Antara Spa

What they say: Antara is a holistic spa set in the Chelsea Health Club & Spa. Antara brings together the most innovative and evocative collection of treatments from around the World. Antara means ’balance from within’ and the spa’s ethos is based on bringing harmony to your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. The spa offers a wide range of Oriental and European wellness therapies.

What we say: This is close to the football ground, so if that’s up their street – could you offer a stadium tour as well? What a gift! When it comes to the treatments there are plenty to get excited about.

What to get: We love the Holistic Bliss package – a bespoke spa experience inclusive of 120 minutes of total body and mind restoration. Begin your journey with a welcome drink, followed up by a 1 hour full body massage, 30 minute Indian head massage and 30 minute express facial. Topped off with a two course meal in the Chelsea Health Club restaurant – total bliss. Buy it here