Opened in 2019, Central’s Elu Spa offers a range of curated spa treatments all within an arm’s reach of work-harried Centralites. The holistic spa is all about a 360-degree approach to wellness: services range from speedy 30-minute manicures to waxing services and long, leisurely massages for those seeking to decompress at the end of a trying day. Decorated in Japanese and Nordic-inspired luxury aesthetic, the day spa is a great go-to — whether you’re looking to indulge in luxury high-end amenities or just to drop in for a quick post-work relaxation session.
Too Far East Barber & Co.
Established in 2019 by Hair house veterans Kelvin Yu and Benny Kwok, Too Far East is the newest addition to Hong Kong’s burgeoning community of hip, independent men’s barbers. What really sets this loosely Shanghainese-inspired joint apart is execution: though satisfyingly retro, the fit-out never strays into the realm of parody; and the cuts are some of the best in the biz, expertly riding the line between value, duration, and quality. Whenever possible, do yourself the favour of rocking up to your appointment early — so you can take advantage of the shop’s fridge (amply stocked with Suntory highballs).
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Wellness at the Murray
The compact but luxurious Murray Spa is dressed in white marble and elegant earth tones, boasting suite-level surrounds and attentive service at every turn. A wide array of fitness classes are available if you’re looking for a detoxing sweat before a rejuvenating spa session. Rooms are equipped with private steam or sauna facilities, and treatments start and end with delicious tea and healthy treats. Check in for massages and facials using products from organic Australian brand Grown Alchemist, Kerstin Florian, or Dr. Barbara Sturm.
The Peninsula Spa
Drenched in old world extravagance, The Peninsula Spa takes up the entire 9th floor of the hotel and can only be accessed by an elevator after the spa lobby. Elegantly decorated with earth tones, Asian motifs and touches of marble, the treatment rooms are mostly singles, whilst there are two harbour-facing private spa suites made for couples, fitted out with private jacuzzi and steam facilities.
Sense of Touch (Lan Kwai Fong)
With a presence in Hong Kong for over a decade, Sense of Touch’s Lan Kwai Fong branch holds fort at the top of the hill, an oasis amongst the cacophony. Stretching across five floors, the award-winning day spa is a one-stop shop for all your beauty and relaxation needs, offering massages, nail services, grooming and body treatments that help you look and feel your best.
Taking up two storeys of Rosewood Hong Kong, the harbour-facing spa and health-forward restaurant that is Asaya bills itself as a progressive, ‘integrative wellness’ concept. Enjoy a facial or massage in suite-grade treatment rooms, or unconventional sessions with dedicated practitioners for chirotherapy, diet and nutrition, and even emotional wellbeing. Rosewood Hong Kong also offers two Asaya ‘Lodges’ — purpose-built for overnight, all-inclusive stays on the tranquil Asaya grounds.
Conveniently located in the heart of Central on Wellington Street, Gentlemen’s Tonic is an award-winning barbershop that follows in the well-trod tradition of classic British barbers. Established in London in 2004, the Hong Kong outpost channels many of the aesthetic quirks of its Mayfair forebear, whilst offering a similar menu composing haircuts, wet shaves, facials, and other male-specific treatments.
Hair House by Adam Chan
After over a decade in the men’s barbering trade, local Hongkonger Adam Chan started his own eponymous business — operating out of a diminutive shopfront below LKF. Despite the rockabilly interiors and Chan’s entourage of heavily tattooed barbers, haircuts here make use of traditional cut-and-fade techniques (originally brought to Hong Kong by Shanghainese migrants during the 50s).
The Mandarin Barber
For gentlemen in the mood for curs and shaves fit for a taipan, The Mandarin Barber is the only destination worthy of consideration. Located on the second storey of MO group’s flagship Hong Kong property, it offers a classic assortment of male-friendly treatments in a sumptuous Art-Deco setting redolent of 1930s Shanghai. Many of the barbers have worked in the hotel for decades: of special note is Mr. Ben Cheung, The Mandarin Barber’s in-house Shanghainese pedicurist.
Helmed by Roger Ryan (formerly of Era Barbers), Selvedge is a relaxed and conveniently situated establishment, where men can enjoy the understated pleasures of classic grooming. The industrial space (a stone’s throw from the buzzy new H Code complex) is all exposed brickwork and high ceiling; but it’s the team of industry veterans that’s likely to catch your attention. Offering trad treatments with a ‘contemporary twist’, Selvedge’s great strength lies in its diversity: a team of international barbers work out of the space, all of whom bring their unique cutting style — honed everywhere from Australia to Poland — to Hong Kong.