Frugal Traveler

Frugal Traveler: Where men can find affordable spa and salon services

McClatchy-Tribune News ServiceMarch 16, 2013 

Women aren’t the only travelers trying to find the best penny-pinching options for a little pampering. Men have been demanding their own service preferences for some time now, and the industry has stepped up and taken notice.

If you’re interested in a more masculine getaway with your best buds, check out some of these spectacular spa steals.

Packages: Many spa destinations and resorts are jumping into the man market by offering exceptional per-day values on their spa packages. One example is Adler Thermae in Tuscany. At a price of 926 euros for four nights, guys are able to enjoy a high-value getaway that includes a full daily breakfast with home-baked goodies, an afternoon snack buffet, a nightly gourmet dinner and three full spa treatments. Also included is full daily access to the facility’s spa, which features several swimming pools, a waterfall, two steam rooms, a Turkish bath grotto and a Finnish sauna.

Beverages: A hot trend in gentlemen’s spa services is to offer access to adult beverages as part of the experience. At a Southern California chain of upscale men’s salons known as 18/8, male business travelers can enjoy a glass of premium wine or beer while waiting to receive their treatment. Branches such as Rancho Santa Margarita and Irvine are included in their location offerings and treatments range from $30 to $45 for things like hot-lather shaves, facials, scalp treatments and more.

Other venues like The Spa Coeur d’Alene in Idaho prefer to include the beverage options in the price of the treatment. One such treatment, called The Ultimate Barber, takes place in a private barber area decorated with a Ferrari-red Italian leather chair and woven black leather wallpaper for a masculine feel. Priced at $45, the experience includes a scalp massage, hot towel treatment, nail tune-up and a men’s cut with the customer’s choice of micro brew. The spa also offers a $60 gentlemen’s pedicure, which comes with a flight of three whiskeys.

Deals: If you only have time for a weekend, overnight or daytrip getaway, searching out the best prices for your favorite treatments might be your best bet. For example, at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Mich., 40 bucks will score you a men’s spa manicure featuring a soak, exfoliation, sports buff and moisturizer. Bargains are also available at The Out NYC, an urban resort on 42nd Street. The venue offers services for hair removal around ears, nose and brows starting at $15, with neck and moustache trims available for $10 and $15, respectively.

Myscha TheriaultMcClatchy-Tribune News Service

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