The hammam, also known as the Turkish hamam or Turkish bath, is the Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath, which can be categorized as a wet relative of the sauna.
From hammams and rasul chambers to vitality pools and sound therapy, the spas of South Africa are as diverse as the culture.
If you’re an East Coast bride and getting to Vegas is out of the question, check out the little slice of Sin City in New Jersey. Atlantic City offers big lights, clubs and a handful of really wonderful spas to indulge in during a weekend of bridal party bliss.
We think the SpaRahRah!™ team has outdone itself this time: To help ring in 2012, SpaRahRah!, along with the five-star Eden Andalou, has created an incredible travel deal that combines spa, wellness, culture and indulgence (plus affordability!) in the faraway, enchanting location of Marrakech. Make this Moroccan adventure a goal for the New Year — […]
Six Senses Spa will debut at the five-star Hotel Missoni Kuwait in early summer, and we’ve decided from the look of just the photography that this spa is going to be a stylish addition designed to entice both body and mind. Makes perfect sense to us. Here’s a quick snapshot of the spa and hotel, […]
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.
The luxurious Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is quite something to behold and from what I had heard, the spa’s authentic, Turkish hammam is the highlight of the 27,000-square facility. On a recent visit to the spa at Mandarin Oriental, I knew I had to give it a try.
Unlike many of today’s spa treatments, hammam was historically experienced in the company of others or what we now call “social spa-ing.” The Spa at Mandarin Oriental can accommodate groups of five of your closest friends with a hammam party in the comfort of this private treatment area. It’s also great for bridal parties.
Continuing on with my review of SpaFinder’s 2010 Top 10 Spa Trends (and then evaluating how the trend actually developed), we predicted an increasing popularity of hammams. Admittedly this trend took many people by surprise, in fact, I don’t think anyone really saw this one coming! (I love it when that happens!) Our research, however, put this one on our radar. Having the chance […]
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!
When I arrived at the Richmond Hotel Sapanca, I was immediately struck by the dramatic architecture, the stunning open lobby atrium with striking artwork of water bubbles on the ceiling, and a spectacular view of the lake. But the “wow factor” did not stop there. This destination spa, also known as Richmond Nua Wellness — the only one in Turkey – has an extraordinary range of treatments and water experiences.
By Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider Thought you might enjoy this article, “Istanbul’s Booming Spa Culture Is Revisiting Old Turkish Bathhouse Rituals” for your weekend reading! Jayda Uras who is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article just sent me the link and I am delighted to share it with you right away so you will […]
By Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider. Continuing down the list of the top 10 spa trends for 2010 we published a few weeks ago, the second one is what we are calling “the year of the hammam.” This one turned out to be a surprise for many however the reaction has been enthusiastically positive! Here is […]
When my assistant, Dulcy, and I went to Istanbul several months ago to check out places we might want to include for delegates who will be attending the Global Spa Summit, we decided to try out one of their famous and authentic hamams (hammams in Arabic). Dulcy wrote a great blog about it that was […]
By Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider Francis X. Acunzo from Acara offered up his aesthetic medical predictions for 2010 . I think they are interesting – especially for aesthetic medical spas or medi spas. Here are the predictions in black – my comments in red. 1. Dysport will become a strong competitor to Botox. In time […]
More on the Authentic Hammam Spa TrendBy Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider I just love it when a spa trend we predict (especially one that some people think is “out of the blue”) begins getting buzz. So how fitting that a week ago we predicted the 2010 spa trend “Year of the Hammam” and in today’s […]
A Day of Good News for Spasby Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider Peter (my husband and CEO of our company for those who are new to the blog) was in Florida this weekend and stopped by to say hi and congratulations to Paul Lehr, President of Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa. We had recently heard the […]
Calling All Spas to a Higher Level of Professionalism By Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider Houston, we have a problem. Within the past two weeks we have had these headlines: “What Happened at the Weston MedSpa that Left Rohie Kah Brain Dead?” (Sept. 30) (A woman in Florida went in for Carboxytherapy, a “medical service” that […]