Treat skin to a luxurious close shave at the Atlantis hotel
Rob Garratt treats his skin with a luxurious Royal Shave treatment at Atlantis’s new Gentlemen’s Tonic spa
The promise London-born high-end male salon Gentlemen’s Tonic recently launched at Atlantis, where it houses an intimate salon defined by traditional wooden furnishings, old-school leather chairs (of which there are just three) and oddly jarring, but really rather cool LCD screens in the mirrors. The new Royal Shave treatment promises an old-school shave for the distinguished gent, as well as a short massage and facial treatment.
Step by step First my skin was checked and I was given a quick facial, before a hot towel was applied, apparently to soften the hairs. Some trademark oil was rubbed into my face, before cream was added on top. The shave itself – done with a Gillette inside a retro flip-style knife – took just a couple of minutes. A face mask was applied for ten minutes, and, while I waited, my friendly Syrian barber Mustafa rolled up my sleeves and massaged my forearms. Then there was a cold towel, apparently to relieve any stinging, and a brief face massage. Afterwards I was invited to make use of the hotel’s spa, including a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, which is included in the price.