I confess that I haven’t always been entirely discerning with my taste in alcohol. All wine tastes the same to me, I don’t see the point in pretending to like beer, and spirits are best consumed mixed with embarrassingly bright fruit juices. Because of this, the difference between whiskey, scotch, and bourbon was a mystery to me. I’m happy to say that National Scotch Day last week, July 27th, allowed me to see the light. For those not in the know, scotch and bourbon are both types of whiskey: the former made in Scotland, and the latter in the U.S., usually the south. For spa-goers with discerning palettes, these spirited specials hit the spot.
At Stillwater at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe (CA) , the Men’s Tune Up ($375) can be customized with a classic rock soundtrack and sports playing on flat screens. The men receive a 50-minute Mountain Man Massage, a 20-minute Frank Sinatra Facial, and a Paul Bunyan Pedicure with—of course—a scotch cocktail included.
The Spa at the Hotel Hershey (PA) also offers a spirited choice of treatments for men. The Gentlemen’s Whiskey Facial (starting at $150, 50 minutes) begins with a shot of whiskey, and then continues with a malt extract from scotch to cleanse the face. The spa also offers a Gentlemen’s Whiskey Body Scrub (starting at $65, 30 minutes) that includes extracts and essences of whiskey to smooth skin and reverse the signs of aging.
Though not actually the spirit, the Greenbrier Spa (White Sulphur Springs, WV) incorporates a Scotch spray in its signature Greenbrier Treatment ($190, 50 minutes; $250, 80 minutes), which includes a sulphur soak, Swiss shower, and a massage to detox from head to toe.
Here are more treatments that appeal to male spa-goers.