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With a pampering pedigree that stretches back to the Ottoman Empire, the hammam (traditional Turkish bath) still occupies a privileged position in both Middle Eastern culture and today’s fickle and ever-changing beauty industry. Every hammam’s design and service differs slightly. For people visiting a Turkish Bath for the first time, ensure to pick the service that includes the essential scrubbing and bubble wash. Other options include self-service or an additional oil massage. It is advisable to make a booking ahead of time before visits.
In Turkey, they call hammam the ‘silent doctor', because of its wellbeing benefits that treat the body holistically, making it the perfect way to relax, kickstart, or continue a wellness journey. A hammam is the ultimate one-stop-shop to refresh the body, mind, and soul. Physically it works on many levels, sloughing away dead skin cells as well as boosting the body’s circulatory system and natural detoxification processes to leave skin feeling softer and looking more even toned. It also helps to ease muscle tension. Emotionally, it reduces stress and anxiety to promote a sense of deep relaxation that many find results in deeper, more restful sleep post-treatment. A hammam is not suitable during pregnancy, children younger than twelve years, or anyone suffering from cardiovascular problems, skin conditions, or scar tissue.
Best historical hammams in Istanbul
Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı
Hamam Sokak. No.1, Tophane;
T: 0212 393 80 01
Çukurcuma Hamamı 1831
Çukurcuma Caddesi No.43, Galata;
T: 0530 933 05 13
Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı
Ayasofya Meydanı No.2, Fatih;
T: 0212 517 35 35