November’s just around the corner, which means that the charitable moustachioed types over at Movember are swinging into action again. If you’ve never encountered their unique method of combining fundraising with facial-hair growth, now’s your chance.
Movember is a globe-spanning annual initiative dedicated to raising money for men’s health charities, particularly in relation to prostate cancer. Throughout next month, thousands of men around the world (hereafter referred to as Mo Bros) will be growing sponsored ’taches (or ‘mos’ as the Aussies have it) to help amass funds, aided and abetted by their Mo Sistas. So, if any Mr Smiths out there fancy raising money for a good cause while experimenting with facial adornment, head over to movember.co.uk to register or donate.
Last year, more than 45,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas took part around the world, raising £5m. This year, Smith is thrilled to support Movember in changing the face of men’s health, one follicle at a time, which is why we’re offering one lucky Mo Bro/Sista and their partner the chance to win a weekend at the wonderful Tuddenham Mill in Suffolk, as well as the opportunity to tell the tale of their stay on this very blog. To enter, visit our Movember competition.
While we’re on the topic of male grooming, what better excuse to hit you with our top five spa hotels for manly pampering? Spas are often seen as Mrs Smith’s exclusive realm, but sometimes Mr Smith needs a little indulgence too, whether it’s a massage, a wet shave, or invigorating facial. Here are five UK hotels that put the ‘man’ in manicure:
TOP 5 HOTELS FOR MALE GROOMING
Gents’ treatments on offer at this upscale London landmark include deep tissue massages, reflexology and waxing. Our favourite treatment? The express ‘Black Tie’ package, which takes in a facial, neck and shoulder massage, and nail and brow grooming: perfect for last-minute undercover assignations.
Read our full review of Brown’s Hotel.
Style Family-friendly farmhouse
Setting Homely heart of Gloucestershire
As well as a gym, pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna, and steam room, Calcot’s spectacular spa provides a mind-boggling array of options, including treatments tailored to pregnant women, teens, and, of course, chaps. Try the green olive stone body scrub or the ginger, rosemary and black pepper essential oil de-stress massage.
Read our full review of Calcot Manor.
Style Spa-spangled manor
Setting New Forest pony-country
This spa is one of this famed boutique hotel’s biggest draws. There’s a six-treatment hydrotherapy pool (one of the first in the country), a 17m swimming pool, and a host of man-friendly treatments – it’s one of the best places in Britain to get a classic wet shave (after Movember’s over, of course).
Read our full review of Chewton Glen.
Style State-of-the-art comfort zone
Setting Charming Chipping Campden
The all-new Temple Spa at this country-house bolthole provides tailored full-day executive treatments for the pamper-hungry Mr Smith, including exfoliation, 90-minute full-body massage, skin-conditioning facial and signature manicure. There are great couple’s packages available, too.
Read our full review of Cotswold House.
Style Epicurean country pile
Setting Woodland, hedges and herbs
Built in marble and glass, and surrounded by manicured greenery, Lucknam Park’s spa is as spectacular as the rest of the hotel, with a lounger-lined pool, tepidarium with heated beds, and indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy pool with jets and nozzles a-go-go, and thermal cabins that run the gamut from steam to sauna via Japanese salt and amethyst rooms. From the man’s menu, the shiatsu scalp and head therapy is a highlight.
Read our full review of Lucknam Park.