Think of spa hotels and pampering, and chances are you’ll probably associate this with women, more than men. Increasingly, however, more males are challenging this outdated notion, and are recognising the many benefits that spa breaks UK can bring.
Changing Attitudes Towards Spa Breaks
In times gone by, many men would probably only visit a spa if they were dragged there by their wife or girlfriend, but times are changing, and, now, more males are embracing the spa experience under their own steam. Around 35% of spa goers are now male, and, as more hotels offer gender-neutral facilities and treatments, this figure is likely to rise.
Men suffer from stress as much as women, but are often perceived as more likely to bottle up their problems or emotions than their female counterparts, which can exacerbate the situation. As more men seek to find ways to tackle stressful situations, they’re appreciating the benefits that spa breaks can bring to reduce anxiety levels. As holistic nurturing gains wider acceptance, many men now recognise that a spa experience can offer the kind of therapy that can’t be found on a football pitch or down the pub, without tarnishing their masculinity.
Tailored Packages and Treatments
Many of the treatments available at spa hotels are suitable for both men and women, but some are designed exclusively for men, as hotels try to tap into this burgeoning sector of the market. Rejuvenation and relaxation packages aimed specifically at men are becoming more commonplace, and special spa deals allow men to snag a bargain if they look at the right time.
Deep tissue massage is ideal for men seeking to reduce aches and pains that may be caused by manual work or sport, while facial treatments get to grips with irritated and inflamed skin from the daily effects of shaving. Other treatments favoured by men include body wraps and scrubs, reflexology, acupressure, and even manicures and pedicures. As men become more interested in their appearance and grooming products, there is increasingly little to differentiate many of the treatments on offer at spa hotels for males and females.
Many spa hotels offer a wide variety of facilities that makes a break appealing for men, whether visiting on their own or with a group of friends. As well as relaxing treatments for much-needed pampering, many hotels offer state-of-the-art gyms and golf courses, making it the ideal retreat. Many spa hotels are also located near towns or cities, with lots of facilities and attractions that can be visited as part of the break.
Not every groom-to-be wants to spend their stag weekend on a boozy bender, and especially for older parties, or those who’ve been married before, spa breaks are proving an increasingly popular choice for both stags and hens. Whether enjoying some fine dining, sweating it out in the gym, or relaxing in the sauna, stag weekends spent at spa hotels are a great way for male friends to bond together.