Anantara Spa’s Ancient Hammam Rituals – The Golden Detox for Modern Kings and Queens
At Anantara Spa, Arabia’s ancient hammam rituals are the best choice for detox and a warming makeover from the throes of winter. Smoothing away dead skin cells, deeply cleansing skin and removing impurities, while stimulating the body’s blood circulation and lymphatic system in remedial heat; hammam experiencesoffer a highly effective detox option.
These indigenous therapies originated in the same place legends tell of searching for everlasting life and eternal beauty. Kings and Queens of the Ottoman Empire held top social engagements within these ornate bathhouses, draped in marble and gold. Men and women spent these social engagements separately, each enviable to the beautifully designed bath houses. Today, the traditions of these therapies are just as luxuriously appointed across Anantara Spas in the Middle East, where modernity and magnificence collide.
Overlooking mangrove waters just moments from Abu Dhabi City, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara provides a lush spa setting for Turkish and Moroccan Hammam Experiences. A firm favourite is the Anantara Signature Hammam. Black olive soap cleanses. Pores open and muscles relax in the steam and sauna. Lying on a heated marble slab, kessa mitt polishing is followed by a purifying rhassoul clay body mask. Hair is nourished with a shampoo, conditioner and clay scalp mask. A pressure point face and head massage energises. An olive foam bubble massage and Turkish coffee body scrub refreshes and detoxifies further. After a cooling rose water rinse, a blissful massage uses rose and sandalwood infused argan oil.
In the heart of Abu Dhabi’s Liwa Desert, the regal oasis of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara immerses spa guests in a Royal Moroccan Hammam journey. Steam purifies, before guests lay on a heated marble bed for a cleansing and polishing ritual using traditional black olive soap and a kessa mitt. Skin soaks up the natural goodness of a mineral-rich rhassoulmask, followed by a hair treatment and luxury mini facial. After time in the heated jacuzzi and invigorating ice room, a back massage provides a tension-relieving finale.
On Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort offers Ladies Wednesday Bliss, starting with a traditional Turkish hammam treatment, and a stress-relieving back, neck andshoulder massage. After healthy refreshments, time slips away with unlimited access to the female wet facilities, which include an Aroma Steam Room, Herbal Bath, Crystal & Gemstone Steam Room, Salt Inhalation Room and Experience Shower. As the winter wind blows across the city, the warmth of the hammam calls to Dubai residents for ultimate indulgence.
Perched on a canyon rim in the mountains of northern Oman, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar elevates purity with both Turkish and Moroccan bath rituals. The private men’s and women’s hammam suites are each ordained in warm, white marble; a welcoming contrast to the jagged landscape and cool, mountain weather outside. Spa Charme d’Orient’s aromatic elixirs and perfumed oils revitalise traditional techniques, draping guests in Arabian aromas. The Aromatic Hammam Journey combines a refreshing geranium and mint body polish and a rich chocolate oil massage.
Escaping to beach elegance in the south of Oman, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara treats guests to the Royal Moroccan Hammam, leaving guests detoxified and hydrated from head to toe. Nourishingblack olive soap with kessa exfoliation, followed by rhassoul and the unique Desert Sand Body Polish assists in removing impurities brought forth from exfoliation. The finishing application of argan oil is ideal for nourishing thirsty skin; rich in Vitamins A and E and antioxidants. Extend the bliss with a massage and soothing body milk.