We know that long flights and short breaks between meetings have the same effect on a man’s muscles as they do on a female’s. Spas know this, too. It only makes sense then that pampering in luxurious settings wouldn’t be exclusive to ladies. Sure, in most spas, flowers are everywhere and the scents are reminiscent of jasmine perennials, but thanks to these Forbes Travel Guide Star-Rated spas around the country, male aches can start getting a bit more attention — just in time for Father’s Day.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston
The only Five-Star spa in Boston is giving guys a reason to man up and pamper themselves. “Broga” (yoga for bros) is a new fitness program designed just for men who need a little extra stretch and Zen in their day. This high-intensity strength workout is taught by trained Broga yoga instructor Matt Morin. “The classes combine traditional yoga with functional fitness exercises. The result is a practice that builds muscle, improves flexibility, reduces the risk of injury, relieves stress and improves balance,” Morin says. Broga is an hourlong session that takes place every Saturday at 1 p.m. If that time doesn’t work with your schedule, private sessions are available.
The Spa at Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, N.Y.
Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid has pulled together a selection of treatments that target the outdoorsman. The Modern Man offerings include tried-and-true winners for guys such as a sports massage, but the menu also introduces a few new concepts such as The Outdoorsman, a relaxing, deep-cleansing facial that repairs and protects skin damaged by windburn, sun and overexposure to the elements; the Man Hands Soother, which exfoliates rough, dry skin while imperfect nails are trimmed, filed and buffed; and the Energizing Foot Remedy, a soothing Epsom salt soak with nail and cuticle grooming, exfoliation, Quench mask and massage.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Denver
By some accounts, Denver is the microbrew capital of the U.S. So, it’s only appropriate the Four-Star spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver would pull together a couple of beer-infused treatments. One of these sudsy services is The Mile High Malt Scrub & Microbrew Massage, which mixes the powers of brew (a full-body exfoliation with a malt scrub; beer mask) and a bit of pressure (scalp massage) to send you to a place of amber-scented blissfulness. The other ale lover’s dream is the Hops N’ Honey Ultimate Pedicure that combines caramel, oats and a scoop of Hops N’ Honey-flavored Me! Bath ice cream to create a hydrating, revitalizing experience for your feet. And before all good things come to an end, top this hoppy experience off by savoring a trio of microbrews in the relaxation lounge.
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