From the team behind the hugely successful N Style Nail Lounge comes the Urban Male Lounge where a 21st century man can go and unwind during a therapeutic massage, shave, hair, hand or foot treatment Hardly manly stuff but in discreet locations in DIFC and Mall of Emirates, even the most laddish of men can sneak in without being spotted to indulge their inner metrosexual side.
Each grooming area has been designed with discretion in mind, unlike the female equivalent where gossip flows in an open-plan setting whilst watching Friends and Seinfeld Here, a Joey and Chandler' style reclining leather lazy-boy arm-chair is positioned in front of an individual TV, offering a full range of sports and movies packages for you to flick through. Armchair, check; television, check; remote, check; drink, check
Not being allowed into the spa myself, I sent my rugby playing, beer drinking fiancé; along for his first ever mani-pedi; in the hope that one of the excellent therapists would be able to rid him of the mushrooms festering under his toenails once and for all & I admit I did have a pang of guilt when I thought what the poor woman would be put through, but this was short lived as I left him to his hour long treatment and took myself off round the mall to shop in peace.
Settling into his leather chair and opting for the latest episodes of Top Gear, his feet were soaked, scrubbed, massaged and clipped, the highlight being a paraffin wrap. Being new to spas, I believe the whole dipping his feet in hot wax was rather a surprising experience but nevertheless, he proudly showed off his new soft feet and toes later that afternoon. Meanwhile, another therapist was tending to his calloused hands and somehow making jagged, bitten nails look neat and smart.
Being a man’s man I’m not sure how quickly he will be returning for a mani-pedi but he’s keen to try the shave and hot stone massage. Given his dislike for mall trawling, I am coming to see the Urban Male Spa almost like a ‘husband daycare’, somewhere men can be dropped off and entertained with fast cars and football whilst us women wiz round the shops to ensure we are up to date with the latest trends in handbags and shoes.
A mani-pedi will set your man back AED150 while a haircut is a reasonable AED75, a Gentleman’s shave a bargain at AED65 and a half hour de-stressor massage AED100.
Not only has my fiancé; now got lovely clean, neat and soft hands and feet, but he has also added the word cuticle to his vocabulary.