The Gendarmerie

Best Spa Treatments for Men, August 2012

You know you’re in a dude-safe spa when the owner is also the creator of a best-selling men’s cologne and LL Cool J is that scent’s ambassador. Topper Schroeder, the man behind Gendarme, opened his spa with the following philosophy: “We don’t try to hide anything; we enhance the you that’s already there.” In a cozy, no-frills cottage off Santa Monica Boulevard, The Gendarmerie offers a full range of services—scrubs and rubs, trims and facials, manicures and pedicures. The mostly male staff does the indulging, which includes Schroeder’s fresh-squeezed lemon martinis on the tranquil patio. » 9069 Nemo St., West Hollywood.