Husbands-to-be need to look their best too! Here are The Luxury Channel’s top tips on macho pampering – Premier Preening Parlours for Princely Perfection.
Jason Shankey Indulgence Package
Any man’s man will relish the fact that this cool den offers up Sky Sports HD, a putting green and a stash of games consoles – and he’ll beam at the complimentary chilled beer or single malt whisky he receives upon arrival. Then it’s down to business. First, a haircut followed by a hot towel wet shave using the high performance range of grooming products by Irish founder, Jason Shankey. This traditional barber shave includes a handy tutorial. Our tester listened intently to the expert ‘‘shave analysis,’’ showing him helpful ways to improve and speed up his steps without causing irritation or in-growing hairs. Then follows an intensive facial to deep cleanse skin and a tension releasing massage, finished off with a leg and foot massage and manicure.
£159 for The Indulgence Package.
Fulham in London, and also in Belfast.
Tel: 020 7386 3900
There’s plenty to choose from at this trendy urban grooming lair. After his wild and heavy stag weekend (we won’t divulge any more), our tester opted for The Hemingway; two hours of unadulterated body and mind salvation: a sense awakening aromatherapy facial followed by an invigorating massage. For guys who believe in ‘‘hair of the dog,’’ there’s a thirst quenching Bloody Mary waiting for you. We also recommend these fine packages: Day of Groom (wet shave and prep facial, hand treatment and Swedish massage) and Wedding Week (haircut and finish, hand treatment and a nourishing multi-vitamin facial). Check out The Valentino online – it’s a great gift for your Best Man.
£155 for The Hemingway.
Tel: 020 7297 4343
Mayfair, London. GT Spots also in Selfridges and Gieves & Hawkes and Houston, USA.
This intimate Mayfair hotel spa is home to NuBo Ultimate Performance; a supersonic facial that’s set to buff you up in time for the big day. This powerful anti-ageing system starts with a strong yet gentle derma-peel that managed to uplift our tester’s skin and remove his stubborn blocked pores. A soothing, snooze-inducing acupressure therapy and an energising deep cellular skin treatment are also worked into your hour-long session. This is ideal for grooms with trouble skin who wish to encourage healthy skin metabolism and self-repair. We found our tester’s skin to be firmer, smoother and pretty much wedding-picture-perfect.
£100 for NuBo Ultimate Performance Facial.
Tel: 020 7493 6020
London. Also available in various parts of Europe.
These hip barber shops cleverly blend traditional wet shaves with cutting edge cuts and treatments to make this grooming joint especially slick. Men would do well to get in early on the special day (you will need about 90 minutes) and receive the Murdock Luxury Full Service; shampoo, haircut, luxury wet shave, head massage and shoe shine. If you don’t have the chance to make it in, take a peek at their range of products online. We can’t keep our hands off the signature Avalon cologne; a crisp, fresh, citrus scent that’s clean and modern with – as Murdock says – ‘‘a touch of the English dandy about it.’’
£90 for Murdock Luxury Full Service / £65 for Murdock Avalon Cologne.
Tel: 020 3393 7946
Spots in Shoreditch, Mayfair and Covent Garden, London.