You can tell that spa culture has run amuck when traditional barbers start referring to a wet shave as a "revival experience." But aside from that piece of excruciating phrasing, there's not much wrong with the Mandarin Barber, tel: (852) 2825 4088. Located in Hong Kong's Mandarin Oriental Hotel, it provides haircuts, pedicures, facials, massages and the aforementioned shaves (complete with badger-bristle brushes and hot towels) while you recline in a barber chair that looks as if it was hauled off a mobster film set and installed in Chinese Art Deco surrounds. Little wonder Hong Kong's shovers and makers have made the Mandarin Barber a favorite sanctuary. In many ways, it's equivalent to what would nowadays be called a "day spa" but don't you dare start referring to it as that.
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