With the demand for gentlemen’s grooming increasing over the years, Hong Kong has seen the phenomenon of male-focused services on the rise. With tailor-made massages and beauty treatments, not to mention the return of the classic gentleman’s barber shop, it is evident that it is not only women who are striving to look perfectly polished.
Whether you’re after that “hipster beard” or baby-smooth skin, we have got you covered with a roundup of the city’s top spots.
The Mandarin Barber – For luxury grooming
This 1930s Shanghai-inspired barber shop offers a luxurious take on traditional shaving and grooming, in a warm environment resembling that of a private gentleman’s club. Relax in a traditional barber chair while watching sports from the in-mirror televisions, or retire to the privacy of the VIP room for massages, waxing treatments and facials. Looking for the complete works? Opt for the Gentlemen’s Grooming package (from HK $1,870) including a shampoo and cut, Mandarin shave and Shanghainese pedicure. This highly experienced team will have you looking sharp in no time.
Gentlemen’s Tonic – For the old-school experience
Founded in London’s upscale Mayfair district, Gentlemen’s Tonic opened its Hong Kong store in 2011 and its popularity among the city’s men has rapidly grown. This comes as no surprise, as the salon and spa offers everything from a traditional wet shave or beard trim to indulgent packages such as The Hemingway (HK $1,700) – including a massage, aromatherapy facial and, of course, a Bloody Mary to cure those hangovers. If you are looking to relax and rejuvenate, Gentlemen’s Tonic is the perfect remedy.
Book online at www.gentlemenstonic.com/hk or call (852) 2525 2455
HERR at Attire House – For the discerning modern gentleman
Luxury menswear boutique Attire House joined forces with famed Korean barber, HERR, to open an in-house barbershop. Inspired by a gentleman’s home and combining a men’s clothier, barbershop and cocktail bar all under the same roof, this is the ultimate haven for the discerning modern gentleman. Enjoy the floor-to-ceiling views of the city while choosing from the wide range of services, including everything from a trim or scalp treatment to a Father and Son haircut (HK $1000). To finish, head over to Attire Houses’ BAR DE LUXE for a well-deserved cheeky tipple.
Visit for more info: www.attire-house.com/barbershop
For bookings: (852) 2619 9007
The Oriental Spa at The Mandarin Oriental – For ultimate decadence
Leave the urban jungle behind with an escape to the award-winning Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental. Begin your retreat with the gentleman’s only Hammam Experience (from HK $1,350), including steam to relax and detoxify your body, a full body scrub and a hair washing ritual followed by a scalp massage, leaving your skin feeling hydrated. Continue with the Digital Wellness Escape signature therapy (from HK $1,700), including a restorative massage that focuses on specific areas such as the head, eyes and neck to ease stress and strains from the daily use of digital devices.
Chuan Spa – For Chinese stress relief
Designed to restore peace and harmony, the Chuan Spa is ideal for those seeking a wellness sanctuary. Based on principles of Feng Shui, Chuan Spa provides the perfect getaway from the hectic outside world with the help of natural interiors and soft and calming hues. After enjoying one of the Chinese five-element teas – essential for one’s physical and emotional wellbeing – retire to one of the exquisite relaxation rooms for the Stress Killer package (HK $1,500). Created for today’s generation of busy men, this treatment consists of a 45-minute signature massage, followed by a 15-minute stress-releasing treatment using a warm herbal ball made with rice, peppermint and cloves. To finish, you will be pampered with a 30-minute purifying facial.
Book online at www.chuanspa.com or call (852) 3552 3510
If R&R is not the perfect excuse for indulgence, don’t forget Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. After all, men need to be pampered too!
Text: Hira Desai
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