Retrosexual Retreats are Fairmont Hotels & Resorts' answer to the guy getaways trend. Whether they're called Mancations or Manscapes, the vacation packages offer male-bonding among friends. For fathers and sons, the packages make unique Father's Day gifts.
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler's Mountain Adventure Package offers zip ropes across the treetops, heli-skiing down Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, whitewater rapids, 4-wheeling in a Hummer and golf. Available year-round, the Whistler package includes overnight accommodations, a hearty buffet breakfast and $100 credit towards an extreme adventure activity. Prices for the men's Mountain Adventure Package begin at $198 CDN per person, based on double occupancy.
In Santa Monica, The Fairmont Miramar Hotel works with Route 66 Riders to offer the Mancation Vacation. The motorcycling package includes overnight lodging, a steak dinner with wine pairings at The Grille, a Harley-Davidson bike excursion, and the loan of a genuine Harley-Davidson jacket and helmet for the ride. Prices begin at US$379. Reservations are required more than a week before arrival.
In Quebec, The Fairmont Kenauk Sporting Clay Experience gives guys a day of clay shooting at one of North America's largest private nature reserves. For $89, sharpshooters can simulate a hunt by following a course, complete with shotguns, ammunition, eye and ear protection, vests and trap guides. Open year-round, each of the 13 rustic cabins has its own lake. Cabin rates begin at $269 CDN a night.
At the nearby Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, guys can test their driving skills with the Land Rover Experience Package. Rates begin at $420 CDN a night. Land Rover packages include overnight accommodations, buffet breakfast and two hours of Land Rover instruction before driving the vehicle over a hair-rising obstacle course.
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa's California Drive and Drive (Faster) Package combines three days of formula racing with two rounds of golf at the Sonoma Golf Club. Package prices begin at US$3,595 for three nights' accommodations, a "Techniques of Racing" course at ESPN Jim Russell Racing School, two rounds of golf at the Sonoma Golf Club, and dinner for two in Sante Restaurant. Guests receive a bottle of sparkling wine when they arrive and a wine tasting at a local winery.
Maui's all-suite Fairmont Kea Lani offers guys a Hawaiian Canoe Experience. During the vigorous workout, participants learn the physical moves, as well as the cultural and historical importance of the canoe experience. (Hawaiian and Polynesian men used outrigger canoes for fishing, gathering food, protecting settlements and battles.) Knowledgeable and experienced guides teach men the native chants that they sung while navigating the ocean. Room rates begin at $475 a night.
Fairmont Monte Carlo offers men a Room & Vroom Package. Guys can become road course racers behind the wheel of a Ferrari 355 Modena or Ferrari 360 Modena Cabriolet. After driving through the streets of the Mediterranean home of F1's formidable Monaco Grand Prix, they return to the Fairmont Monte Carlo for picturesque views of the Côte d'Azur. The Ferrari package is available year-round, and includes continental breakfast. Prices begin at € 494 per night.
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Mountain Heritage Programs feature mountain climbing and hiking with award-winning naturalists and certified guides in the Canadian Rockies. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has a Mountain Adventure Concierge who helps novice backpackers and skilled outdoorsman plan their adventures before they arrive. Summer room rates begin at $499 CDN a night.
The Fairmont Algonquin, in Canada's New Brunswick, offers a Fundy Bay Watch Package. Guys board a 25-foot Zodiac Hurricane to view the Bay of Fundy's famous high tides, finback, minke and humpback whales, porpoises, dolphins and seals. Available from June 1 to September 10, packages start at $309 a night, and include daily breakfast.
Scotland's Fairmont St Andrews offers a One for the Boys getaway. The package includes accommodation for four in a Manor home for two nights, 36 holes of golf on the Torrance Course, soup and sandwich lunch, 36 holes of golf on the Devlin Course, dinner in the bistro-style Squire restaurant, full Scottish breakfast, a private whisky tasting, a three-course dinner in Esperante, a round on a quad biking circuit and an off-road driving experience. The Fairmont St Andrews' Manor Homes have four large en-suite bedrooms, five bathrooms, a farmhouse style kitchen, luxurious living room, dining room and a fully equipped business office. Rates for four begin at £2,750.
Bermuda's Fairmont Hamilton Princess offers men a Reel in Relaxation fishing package. It includes a full day, private fishing expedition on a 57-foot Carolina Sportsfisher, the largest and fastest charter boat on the island, followed by a round of golf and a sports massage. Available year-round, the package begins at US$1,939 a night.