Spa Review- Relax and Unwind

 

It’s long been known to women, that spa-going and spa treatments are extremely effective for relaxation, de-stressing and rejuvenating one’s body. It is high-time that men looked to these experiences as a way to book time in to refresh their bodies and minds, and make time to relax and groom.

Contemporary luxury spas have more recently devoted new plans to coax the masculine gender to join the party, with treatments, facilities and packages that are sure to please, and have guys feeling fantastic on exit.

The Spa My Blend by Clarins, at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, in the heart of the downtown district, has been voted the #1 Hotel Spa in the World, on Travel and Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best Awards List, for good reason. As with all things Ritz-Carlton associated, the spa’s prime directive is first-class personalized service. From the moment you walk into the spa, you are guided through the serene spaces with your preferences in mind. Detailed but non-intrusive questions are asked in stages, to have one feeling comfortable and taken-care-of throughout.

The look of the spa itself is contemporary and serene, with clean lines, elegant furnishings and rich textures of dark wood, pale stone and intricate tile work, mixed with lavish plush robes, linens and loungers. You can enjoy private treatment rooms, a men only lounge equipped with luxurious comforts, tv and bar service, green tea infused pool and aromatherapy steam rooms, the co-ed sky-light lit sun-room with lavish furniture and an alluring glass art installation, or the glass enclosed lap pool with stunning city views.

Your personal attendant guides you through each treatment, always with your unique needs and preferences in mind. The MY BLEND skin care treatments, which originated in Paris, are designed to be regenerative and anti-aging. This luxurious skin care brand combines the latest science based on key ingredients from nature, with high performance products to optimize individual skin, the results speak for themselves, as you emerge rejuvenated from any of the wonderful treatments on the menu. The signature MY BLEND Regenerating Facial Treatment is truly on one of the best facials, beginning with the study of your skin, followed by corrective therapies which include peptide complexes, vitamin serums and plant extracts, all with the focus of making you look refreshed and at your best. The Skin Purifier facial is specifically tailored for a man’s unique skincare needs, with a deeply purifying and detoxifying cleansing method that soothes skin irritated by daily shaving. The Sports Manicure and Sports Pedicure for men clean and smooth away the rough edges of an active lifestyle and finally the Blokes and Beer is a great package designed with the beer-lover in mind. This service includes a “Man-E-Cure,” a personalized facial and a full-body massage with post-treatment bottles of Mill St. Organic Lager in the Gentlemen’s Lounge. That’s sure to have any man feeling fantastic.

The spa’s quiet elegance and extensive, well-planned menu, with have you feeling like royalty. With high attention to detail, friendly knowledgeable staff, exquisite surroundings and any personal wish fulfilled. For appointments call 416-572-8000 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/toronto

The Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie at the Shangri-La Hotel, is an exotic escape within a high-rise city setting. It’s opulent and mysterious ambiance envelops you as you enter the shadowy foyer with Middle Eastern inspired decorative motifs, a gurgling fountain, intricately designed hand tiled floor and arched doorways, that have you feeling intrigued and transported.

The Hammam, also sometimes known as a Turkish bath, has long been a popular treatment for men. The purifying and stimulating effects of steaming, being a great way to rejuvenate the body and mind, while exuding toxins and impurities.

The spa has many decadent treatments that utilize the beneficial properties of the grape and grapevine, such as the Men’s Vinotherapie Facial, designed to accelerate cellular renewal and improve skin texture, and the Crushed Cabernet Scrub, which uses a base of grape-seed, honey, brown sugar and essential oils to exfoliate and moisturize.

The spa’s signature element is of course the Hammam. During treatment each guest is placed in their own personal Hammam steam rooms, one high-intensity and one low-intensity, both lavishly decorated with Jerusalem gold marble. For the most invigorating experience, follow a steam with the signature Gommage (exfoliation) where an attendant with special gloves energetically scrubs your whole body using a eucalyptus infused black Moroccan soap, an intense detoxification, well worth braving in the buff, to emerge clean and renewed. Post-treatment, take time to cool down and take in the lavish Middle Eastern style lounges with a cup of chai tea and a square of decadent baklava. For appointments call 647-253-5770 or visit www.mirajcaudaliespa.com.

If you are looking for an escape from the city, the Spa at the Old Mill has the old world charm of a historic site, paired with impeccable service, while still in Toronto. The Old Mill has a motto, Vallis Humbria Angliae Pars Anglisa Procul which means, “In the valley of the Humber, a bit of England far from England”, and even before walking into the buildings, you are transported to what feels like an English country inn, which puts you in a relaxed holiday state before your treatment even begins.

The spa itself has a refined stylish décor in accordance to the English Country Style of the entire property, with friendly dignified service and picturesque views of the Humber Valley.

In keeping with the historic theme, they have designed two excellent packages for men specifically. The Kight at The Spa, offers a Gentleman’s Hot Towel Facial and 60-minute Massage, while the King’s Court at The Spa is a 3 hour service which includes the Gentleman’s Hot Towel facial, 60-Minute Massage and Power Wash Pedicure. The spa has obligingly thought of including larger tables for men, during their massage, and provide a quieter room if men do not want to be in a co-ed nail bar style space for their pedicure services.

Overall this elegant spa has you feeling refreshed and on vacation for a day. For appointments call 416-232-3700 or visit www.oldmilltoronto.com/spa

It is good to note that all three spas have special treatments and treatment packages designed for men as well as the possibility for corporate, bachelor or personalized packages designed to encourage bonding in a relaxed environment, where treatments are done in private, then groups can unwind in sumptuous lounges together.