Luxury Spas: You know you burn with envy when your girlfriend or female coworkers talk about their awesome spa treatments. Why should girls have all the fun? One reason is that women's egos don't take a hit after an herbal body wrap or exfoliating facial. Come on guys, don't you know it's socially acceptable to indulge in decadent body treatments? But just to be on the safe side, we've come up with a list of the top spas that cater to those delicate male sensibilities.
Carefree is the way to be
The name of the town says it all: Carefree. Guys and girls alike will leave the Spa at Carefree Resort & Villas refreshed and energized. Plus there are lots of manly activities nearby (like the Arizona Snowbowl and the Petrified Forest National Park) and that you can always use as an excuse when your buddies ask you where you've been for the past week.
Carefree caters to couples, so they make sure both parties are dually entertained. Book a couples getaway package, which includes two nights of luxury in an oversized deluxe guest room or a one or two-bedroom villa, dinner and cocktails at the Lariat Grill, your choice of a 50-minute Spa Treatment and a challenging round of golf at Carefree's preferred partner course, Legend Trail, or Rancho Manana or Dove Valley.
Not sure you're ready for the world of spa treatments? Try the Sports Massage, a perfect entrance into self-care. The deep massage is not for the weak; a massage therapist will work out those sore muscles, helping with flexibility, as well as re-energizing the body through manipulation of sports-specific muscles and stretching. Feel a little daring? Try the Men's Facial, a treatment specifically designed for men to help prevent or relieve razor burn, ingrown hair, and sensitivity. The men's facial also includes a relaxing face, head, neck and shoulder massage (don't worry, we won't tell anyone).
Your hands are one of the first places to show signs of age, and since you do all those masculine activities, your hands are probably in need of some TLC. The Men's Manicure focuses on the cuticles, and dry, over-worked and under cared hands. A warm, mineral soak will allow the hands to begin the healing processes. It is followed with an exfoliation, relaxing massage and ends with a warm paraffin mask (translation: wax that hardens on your hands, leaving them baby soft).
Need someone to hold your hand? Then the Couples Massage is perfect. Your sweetie will be right there as you receive your massage in Carefree Spa's couple's room.
Carefree Resort & Villas
37220 Mule Train Road
Carefree, AZ 85377
Escape to Alabama
Just tell your coworkers you agreed to accompany your girlfriend to the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort to check out the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (it was ranked as the world's Number One Value destination in 2002 by Golf Digest, after all). No one will be the wiser. You can always fall back on one of the many sporting events that happen throughout the year, including the Magic City Classic Football Game (October 29th, 2005), Annual Alabama International Auto Show (November 3rd-6th, 2005); Southwestern Athletic Conference Football Championship Game (December 10th, 2005), UAB Football Season (October 1st-December 31st, 2005). What's more, the Barber Motorsports Park & Vintage Museum and Talladega Super Speedway are located nearby.
The resort represents sophistication in a display of modern progressiveness with a 1920s feel, which is evident in the handsome guestrooms: granite countertops in four-fixture bathrooms; triple-sheeted beds with tone-on-tone duvets; and unique headboards accented with leather and copper nails and a balcony overlooking the golf course "it doesn't get more male than that." So, no need to worry about tranquil Zen gardens bruising your ego.
After an arduous round of golf on the 8,191-yard championship golf course, head to the 12,000-square-foot full-service spa and salon, where tough guys from all walks of life take in a 90-minute golf massage, followed by a stint in the steam room. Looking to score points with the woman in your life? The "Escape! For Two" package will win you beaucoup points. The two of you will get pampered with a long couple's massage and then rewarded with a bottle of chilled champagne and decadent chocolate covered strawberries, as well as a delightful brunch buffet at Brock's the next morning.
Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa
Between a rock and a soft place
Nay Sayers wouldn't dare question your masculinity when you tell them about your stay at Red Mountain. Nestled among the red rock bluffs of Snow Canyon State Park, this premier adventure resort features an array of health and fitness programs from adventure hikes and outdoor rock climbing to world-class bike tours and kayaking.
After all the physical exertion, you won't have any qualms over getting a spa treatment. Red Mountain has numerous treatments to choose from:
Gentlemen's Recovery Facial
This men's treatment stimulates cellular renewal, giving you back that ruggedly handsome youthful glow.
Four Hands Massage
Ideal for the manliest of men, this massage gives you the benefit of two rhythmic therapists, who stretch, knead and nurture you for the ultimate massage.
The Back Scratcher
Get ready for your next outdoor adventure or other shirtless occasion, with this treatment especially for itchy, dry skin on the back or the dreaded "bac-ne" (aka: back acne).
On the Rocks Legs Massage
This one's a must for hikers. A massage using muscle relieving ant-inflammatory oils and analgesics provides quick relief to ankles, calves, quads and hamstrings.
Up Against the Wall Upper Body Massage
You can get your mind out of the gutter now. This massage is perfect for rock climbers and kayakers. An upper body-focused arm, shoulder and back massage with anti-inflammatory oils and analgesics provide instant relief to sore muscles.
After a week of rock climbing and bicycling, your hands are probably pretty ragged. Let a professional restore your hands to working order. A clear protein-polish coat is purely optional.
Roughing it, luxury style
There's nothing wimpy about hiking in the Canadian wilderness. How about 800 acres (plus another 20,000 acres of adjoining wilderness) of spectacular hiking on over 120 miles of marked and mapped trails? The Hills Health Ranch specializes in offering packaged spa & wellness vacations integrating gourmet spa cuisine with an extensive daily agenda of indoor aerobic and fitness workouts combined with daily guided hiking, educational workshops on stress, nutrition, and fitness planning, together with body wellness treatments.
The Hills has certified, full-time fitness instructors, and an on-site kinesiologist who work one-on-one to ensure you get the most out of your workouts; all of which takes place in a country setting with over 35 horses for your riding pleasure, or a winter ski resort with over 200 km of community based cross-country ski trails.
One thing you won't find in short supply are activities: explore 100 miles of hiking, biking trails, and winter cross-country ski trails; enjoy an indoor pool; two hydrotherapy pools; cardio weight training equipment; large fitness and aerobic studio; wellness workshop room; medical and physio-therapy; four lounges; horseback ridin