Bali has long been an Asian capital for sensational spas and salons. Seminyak and Canggu are keeping ahead of the trend with a swathe of shape-up shops offering men everything from a simple sports manicure through to the full ‘manzilla’. Walk-in, schedule an appointment, or contact them about doing your groomsmen.
First on the island to put male grooming on the spa map with its flagship Seminyak shop, Bali Barber is conveniently situated above sister operation The Shampoo Lounge. Haircuts are the new hip souvenirs and this Bali Barber has a picture wall of famous sports stars, celebrities and even a couple of coolly coiffed kids, so clients need only point and pick their preferred style.
Pamperings on offer include clipper buzz cuts, scissor cuts, skull shave, sports massage and mani-pedi’s plus some ‘tactical waxing’ from neck, back and shoulders through to the full MANzillian. Check in for spray tanning and the Flip Flop Fleet hot stone foot massage, tattooing, hair braiding and dreadlocking for the surfer look, plus nape undercuts. Bali Barber is legendary among grooms and their mates as the operation will create a full-on pop-up shop in your wedding villa – complete with reclining barber’s chair.
The Bali Big Boss includes a haircut and shave that starts with a skin softening aloe vera rub then a hot towel wrap followed by a slathering of rich shaving crème that is brushed on and shaved off with a straight razor. The ritual is finished with non-stinging aftershave lotion and a cold towel press. The Signature Massage is super relaxing, with a good slice of time spent on the head. The Gentleman’s Facial is a deep cleansing job that shuns blackheads and enlivens the skin.
The atmosphere is deeply blokey as is the designer rough ‘n’ ready interior that features ancient televisions, stereos and a glass-fronted fridge packed with cold beer. Expect to hear Meatloaf and AC/DC being pumped through the speakers here in Seminyak and at their shops in Nusa Dua and Poppies in Kuta. shampoolounge.com
GOLDUST BEAUTY LOUNGE
The local surfers know exactly where to go in deepest Canggu for a great Balinese massage in a male-friendly environment. Goldust in Batu Bolong, Canggu offers knot decimating massages and stress busting reflexology. The Back Buster massage gets right into the neck, back and shoulders and was designed for athletes, surfers and those holding stress up top. This massage aims to realign deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue, which helps ease pain and stiffness. Perfect after hours of surfing, kick boxing or swimming.
Another popular men’s treatment is the Stress Buster massage that’s performed while sitting in an oversized lounge chair. Hot stones warm the muscles and reduce stress from the head, neck, upper back and feet. goldustbali.com
In Petitenget is a small venue that offers big results for fabulous fathers, partners and brothers. The design is pure ‘man-cave-tastic’ with rustic walls, comfy leather chairs and a menu that offers classic barbering services, wet shaves and beard trims by professionals trained by leading Singapore outfit Hounds of the Baskervilles.
The team at Shearlock is seriously into barbering: their motto is “Changing lives, one haircut at a time.” This outfit understands the needs of men and offers some super masculine snacks including Australian-style meat pies and sausage rolls, meatballs in tomato sauce or even a more exotic teriyaki sauce. The Shearlock bite is a tasty BLT on toasted sourdough. Sip on cold brew coffee, hot and iced teas, fruit smoothies and cold pressed juices. experienceshearlock.com
In Seminyak, this is the place for men who love an outstanding massage in an environment that takes no truck with frills or fluff. The majority of Chill’s clients are men – the same gender as its team of highly trained reflexologists who work through the clothes, so no disrobing goes on at this masculine operation. Think dimmed lighting and clear clean lines of minimalist architecture. A long room is flanked with rows of reclining massage beds separated by sheer curtains. iPods with disposable ear-bud covers are handed out, loaded with your previously selected choice of music to chill by. An eye mask is slipped on and the journey begins as your master reflexologist starts his work from the feet up.
Chill has five special treatments, which tick all the boxes for a thoroughly relaxing experience. The Classic aims to release fatigue and pain from overworked legs and feet. This hour-long treatment is finished with a neck and shoulder massage.Better still is the Ultimate Chill, which is 1.5 hours of combined acupressure and traditional reflexology to get into the central nervous system and energy pathways to relieve stress and tension. To get rid of jetlag symptoms go for the Holistic Chill, which is a 1.5 hour deeply therapeutic full-body treatment that targets the headaches and bad circulation that can make the first two days of your holiday a misery.
Book early or be prepared to lose your seat to stressed out ex-pat bizzoids or weary hospitality workers. Chill’s treatments are extraordinarily good value; all priced below Rp300,000. chillreflexology.com
At a time when beards are at an all time high in the fashion stakes, laid back ‘man cave’ grooming shops are springing up all over Bali to meet the demands of the modern man. These outfits offer much more than a snip and a shave. Male grooming has never looked so good.
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