SHAVE AT MAN­DARIN ORI­EN­TAL, HONG KONG BAR­BER­SHOP

Prestige Hong Kong - - BEAUTY & SPA AWARDS -

To step into The Man­darin Bar­ber is to step into a less hur­ried era – and one, more­over, with a gen­uine air of old Hong Kong. In­deed, I can think of few bet­ter or more re­lax­ing ways for a guy to start a day (the oth­ers I won’t go into here) than to wan­der into this lovely, clubby old bolt­hole for a leisurely shave. Af­ter I’m swad­dled from the neck up in steam­ing-hot tow­els, a charm­ing old chap gen­tly and painstak­ingly runs a ra­zor across my face for the best part of 30 min­utes – and with Chet Baker croon­ing mood­ily in the back­ground, time al­most stands still. I have a goa­tee, which he ti­dies up beau­ti­fully, and though on leav­ing I didn’t think this was the clos­est shave I’ve ever had, the fol­low­ing morn­ing my face and neck still felt un­usu­ally smooth. This is a treat that’s worth in­dulging in time and again.

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