Royalpalmshotel.com; (866) 579-3637; Acqua Dolce Ritual, $200 per person.
THE SPA AT MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE
New Paltz, New York
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My boyfriend is a simple guy. He uses an all-in-one shampoo-conditioner on his hair and a bar of soap everywhere else—no lotions, gels, mousses, or colognes. That might explain why Evan looked at me like I’d asked him to take up crochet when I proposed that we visit the newly expanded 30,000-square-foot spa at the Mohonk Mountain House (about an hour and a half by car from New York City). It turns out that he was doubtful that such a plush sanctuary—amenities include an outdoor heated mineral soaking pool and a sun-filled couples solarium—could provide the kind of manly, no-pain-no-gain massage for which he yearned.
Mohonk’s “gentlemen’s massage” didn’t cause screams of pleasure or pain—though afterward Evan noted that his shoulders felt much looser and his neck less knotty—but the revitalizing men’s facial was a clear hit. He kept staring at his reflection for the rest of the day. Meanwhile, I indulged in the spa’s signature facial and a hot paraffin wax manicure and pedicure—two and a half hours of bliss that left me as jointless as jelly. That night we swapped spa stories over wine and juicy steaks in the formal dining room (jackets required) and then scurried back to our tower room to cozy up by the fireplace. In the end, I think the whole spa thing is starting to appeal to him, if only in small ways. Case in point: In the bathroom the next day, I couldn’t find the complimentary body lotion or oatmeal-flecked facial bar. A certain someone had slipped it into his toiletry bag to take home.
Mohonk.com; (845) 255-1000; Eagle Cliff Gentlemen’s Massage, $100 for 50 minutes; $165 for 80 minutes.
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