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Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Istanbul


Hammams 101

The ancient ritual of hammam, also known as the Turkish hamam or Turkish bath, has become a popular trend in the spa world in the last couple of years, but how much do you really know about this purifying and cleansing treatment? This insider’s guide to all-things-hammam, from the experts at SpaFinder and NewBeauty, shares everything from the tradition’s history to the four-step process to the look of this exquisite spa experience, which offers true results.

Mardan Palace Hotel - Antalya, Turkey

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Top Hammams Around the World

Deemed one of the hottest spa trends for 2010 (SpaFinder’s Susie Ellis even dubbed it the “Year of the Hammam”), this ancient ritual of cleansing is rising in popularity within the modern spa world.

The age-old ritual of hammams has been a centuries-old fixture on the spa circuit in places like Eastern Europe and the Mideast, and is now emerging across North America— from Winnipeg to Manhattan to Miami—even aboard cruise ship spas!