Spas for men

Metrosexuals move over. There's a new man in town. Introducing the übersexual: men who want to be in touch with their feminine side and feel like real men again. Catching on to this new market of men who watch basketball and take care of their skin (think P.Diddy), manly spas are cropping up all over the country. Here are four select Canadian spas that are putting masculinity back into massage.

Bodé Spa

Anyone who's seen the movie The 40 Year Old Virgin knows that male waxing can be painful – if not downright scary. But because the professionals at Bodé Spa specialize in the grooming needs of a primarily male clientele, shots of scotch or tequila are on hand to bolster the courage of waxing virgins, especially those brave enough to undergo the Brazilian (a full body wax).

17 Marlborough Ave., #100, Ottawa, 613-565-2633


Pantages Anti-Aging & Longevity Spa

Pantages Spa takes prepping for your next golf game to a whole new level with their Par for the Course package: a revitalizing post-course five-hour treatment that includes a citrus pedicure, lemon manicure, oxygenating facial and one-hour sports fitness massage. For added refreshment, try the aqua bar where a tuxedo-clad aqua sommelier is on hand to suggest a bottled water to quench your thirst.

200 Victoria St., 5th floor, Toronto, 877-772-6824

Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat and Health Spa

This destination spa combines exercise, meditation, nutrition and massage. Begin your day with a private morning yoga class (the studio overlooks the crystal-blue Kootenay Lake and Purcell Mountains) followed by a guided hike, bike or kayak through the B.C. wilderness. (Add a 60-minute Swedish massage to your package and get a massage after every hike.) At night, feast on lime-glazed wild Coho salmon with mango-mint salsa or try the gourmet raw food menu before falling asleep in the 8,000-square-foot feng-shuied cedar lodge. Boot camp never felt this good.

Ainsworth Hot Springs, B.C., 1-800-661-5161

Absolute Spa

Absolute Spa at Hotel Vancouver

Think luxury spa with a major injection of testosterone and a private butler. Designed for the male consumer, Absolute Spa features thrones fit for a king. These luxurious versions of the leather La-Z-Boy come equipped with built-in joysticks and high-tech toys. They are also strategically located opposite a wall of flat-screen TVs, so that clients can brush up on their stock tips or their Sony PlayStation. At this downtown spa, you might spot Ben Affleck or Simon Cowell having a hot towel shave or eyebrow shaping but you definitely won't find anything pink.

900 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, 604-648-2909

(Laura Osborne is a Montreal writer who unabashedly collects free hotel toiletries from around the world.)

Getting there

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January 2006