by Jonathan Vatner | September 01, 2006

The International Spa Association says 36 percent of those who visit a spa while traveling are men. These new venues cater to the male minority.

H2O The Male SpaH2O The Male Spa at Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai provides gender-specific treatments, as well as the opportunity to relax in a saltwater pool or breathe in concentrated oxygen while sitting in a massage chair. During treatments, guests can listen to their own music or watch movies. (011) 971-4-319-8181;

Renovo for Men

In the Chicago area, Renovo for Men offers a full-service cigar lounge, as well as treatments like the three-hour American Royalty package, which includes a shave, massage, haircut, manicure/pedicure -- ahem, “hand and foot detailing” -- plus a shoe shine. Conference rooms are available. (877) 483-2600;

Absolute Spa

Though the Absolute Spa at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is specifically for men, women are allowed. But they should be prepared for video games and computers at the pedicure stations, and treatments designed for men, who generally like to be healed rather than pampered. (604) 648-2909;