4 stunning spas where men will never be ashamed to be pamperedMatthew Priest January 11, 2015
Here at EDGAR, we enjoy nothing more than packing a weekend bag and setting flight for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
A spa hotel isn't most people's idea of a typically manly break, but whoever said that spas are just for women clearly hasn't been to these luxurious spa hotels:
Chateau Saint-Martin, France
Located between Monaco and Cannes, the stunning Chateau Saint-Martin is a favourite of high-flyers, celebrities and seasoned spa-goers alike. A one-time 12th-century Templar Knight Commandery, the 51-guestroom, terracotta-roofed retreat is now a five-star luxury property that revels in the tranquillity of the French countryside and has genuinely breathtaking views over the Cote d’Azur.
Despite its storied history, the Chateau’s 400sqm La Prairie Spa is very modern and has five treatment rooms, a beauty room, a steam room and both an indoor and outdoor pool within its 32 acres of private gardens.
Being a La Prairie spa, the luxury Swiss brand’s signature treatments are offered as well as body treatments using 100 per cent natural products from Bamford. The Chateau houses several restaurants, has suites decorated in the style of Louis XV, art-deco wall hangings and groves of olive trees, all coming together to create such a blissfully relaxing atmosphere, you'll never want to leave. Details: for more visit chateau-st-martin.com
Shangri-La Villingili, Maldives (main image)
Despite the archipelago’s dozens of five-star hotels, there is something that the Shangri-La has that sets itself apart from the others – it is in the Southern Hemisphere. Admittedly, being located on Villingili, the most southerly island in the Maldives, the idyllic resort is harder to reach, but the internal flight from Male adds to that remoteness that is important to a relaxing spa-focused holiday.
With one side of the island looking out over a crystal-clear lagoon, being the furthest point south, the other side of the island boarders the rough crashing waves of the southern Indian Ocean. The latter is the view from the resort’s spa, Chi. Due to the size of the island, space is abundent, and the spa is located within its own spa-village, with multiple treatment huts dotted around the central reception area, which guests are encouraged to ride to on provided bicycles.
As you would expect with a Shangri-La property, the spa takes its cues from a South East Asian heritage and therefore offers an extensive range of Thai, Balinese and even some Indian treatments, which guests can choose to have in a quiet and cool air-conditioned room, or in an outdoor gazebo with the sounds of the waves crashing around them. Details: For more visit shangri-la.com
ESPA at resort World Sentosa, Singapore
Unlike many of its South East Asian counterparts, Singapore is not blessed with huge expanses of sprawling wilderness, but that is something that you wouldn’t notice after checking yourself into the ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa.
Located on Sentosa island, Singapore’s southerly most point, the enormous 10,000sqm compound is a far cry from the bustling urban life that the city is known for. From Sleep Relaxation Lounges with cosy sleeping pods to Social Relaxation Lounges that overlook koi-filled ponds, there have been no half measures taken with this award-winning spa retreat.
Its wide array of facilities including an Amethyst Crystal Steam room, rock sauna, ice fountain, outdoor vitality plunge pools and Singapore’s first authentic Turkish Hammam suggest that there is no doubting that ESPA has been purpose built for the sole reason of being a luxury retreat that caters for everyone. Details: for more visit rwsentosa.com
Peninsula Tokyo, Japan
Few places in the world can feel as overwhelming as central Tokyo. The sheer size of the Japanese capital and frenetic pace of life can seem rather stressful at times, which is why urban oases such as the Peninsula Tokyo Spa are worth their weight in gold.
Centrally located next to Hibiya Park and just minutes walk from Ginza – Tokyo’s main shopping district – there are few locations with better access to the city. As Tokyo’s first freestanding hotel to be built since the 1990s, the Peninsula showcases Japan’s design heritage and love of all things high-tech, with lots of understated flourishes and modern gadgetry.
But where the hotel really shines is in its slick, ultra-modern spa, where despite it’s cutting-edge aesthetic, the ambiance within couldn’t feel further away from the bustling metropolis outside. The ESPA-operated spa blends European, Asian and Ayurvedic philosophies with contemporary treatment skills, while adding traditional Japanese touches such as rice paper shoji screens in the treatment rooms to add a local relevance to it all. Details: for more visit tokyo.peninsula.com