Spa treatments for men
Where to go for a spot of pampering in Abu Dhabi
Mani/pedi with paraffin dip
Gents in the GCC have been getting their nails done for years because it’s regarded an important part of looking professional at business meetings. Vintage Spa’s Manicure/Pedicure With Paraffin Dip offers a TLC package for your hands and feet, and alongside the mani/pedi you get a massage, a foot exfoliation session and a coating of lemon paraffin wax infused with olive oil, vitamin E and almond oil. The wax is piping hot but leaves hands and feet supple and soft.
Vintage Men’s Spa, Al Khalidiyah Mall, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs130 to Dhs145. Tel: (02) 6672003. Taxi: Al Khalidiyah Mall. vintagemenspasalonabudhabi.com
A new treatment at Urban Male Lounge promises to take years off your face, even if it’s just for a day or two, using products by US company HydroPeptide. A bit of science is needed to understand this one: peptides are small proteins that encourage the production of collagen. There are natural and synthetic variants and you’ll fine the latter in the company’s products – they help produce collagen and elastin for plumper, softer skin, can reduce muscle contractions, decrease collagen degradation and nourish skin. What does this all mean for your face? While we’re dubious of any claim that a facial can make you actually look years younger, it certainly left us with soft, plump fresh skin and obliterated the bags from under our eyes. You get a nice head, shoulder and arm massage thrown in as well.
The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur and Sat 10am to 11pm, Fri noon until 11pm, Dhs250 to Dhs550. Tel: (800) 865. Taxi: Galleria, Al Maryah Island. nstyleintl.com
The Lounge Bath
If you want to unwind and get really clean at the same time, then a hammam or bath treatment are the way to go. The Lounge in Al Bateen offers both, and their top treatment, The Lounge Bath, is a 90-minute session that uses products infused with minerals from the Dead Sea for an all over body scrub that aims to rejuvenate skin. The session takes place in a steam room, which opens pores and gets them ready for exfoliation, and also features a massage using Argean oil, plus a body wrap using ghassoul, a mineral found in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains that stops skin from being greasy and eliminates impurities.
The Lounge, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thur 11am to 10pm, Dhs370. Tel: (02) 6677377. Taxi: corner of Al Falah Street and Arabian Gulf Street (30 Street). thelounge.ae