If you like to pamper your soul and your body, you should try turkish hammam and turkish bath.
I was in Turkey first time in 2000 and returned in 2007 and falled in love with the kindness of the people, the food and their unique apprioach to luxury.I have travelled all around the globe, in more than 40 countries now and Turkey always kept a special place in my heart.
I write this blog post without being sponsored of anything or anybody related to Turkey, I write it as I feel that I’ve never trully expressed how wonderful Turkey made me feel on this planet. Why do I say that? In Antalya, Turkey’s ultimate beach paradise I trully felt the meaning of the 5 star luxury how so many places and hotels try to be and reach but they are so snobish that they never can trully satisfy a 5 star feeling traveller.
Yes, you can be a real traveller and also a 5 star addict. What does this mean? It means that you search for the standard of a 5 star travel or hotel and also for a genuine feeling of warmth, heart and professionalism. So far this what Antalya’s 5 star hotels mean to me.
Turkish people smile to you, make you feel good in your skin and also they are always there to help. On my trip to Antalya I was helped with information from a pilot and met a cool chef officer on the plane.They were original and genuine and that is my world. I prefer genuine people.
Shame or not I tried turkish hammam very late…Please don’t laugh of me. But important that I tried and OMG: was fantastic. Turkey has a long history of bath culture and hammam and what we westerners call: SPA…:)
So here is what they did with me: I was sent to sauna 5 minutes and my masseur came to pick me up from there. He had a cotton cloths around his hips, I was in swimming suit.I was accompanied to the turkish bath.In the center of the bath there is a huge marble table, where my hammam master layed a cotton cloth and I layed down on that. He took warm water from a fountain near the wall and washed me with that gently. The whole procedure was so perfect, he took so good care of me that I have no words to explain. And believe me I am very picky and do not like people to touch me unless you are a marvellous masseur or a good cosmetician. This guy was fenomenal.
After I was cleaned properly with warm water I was scrubbed with special scrubbing gloves, one use, after which I was gently soaped with a special tehnique, not even in one million year I could figure out how they made that huge foam ammount, without even touching my body and I suddenly woke up totally covered by a light, fantastic smelling foam cloud. Well: I was massaged with that cloud….
After all this cleansing and pampering the good part was just about to begin.I was accompanied again to a special relaxation room, where nice music was playing in the background, I was asked to lay down and relax, covered by a warm towel and after I was served with a glass of mineral water.
Good 10 minutes passed and when I felt ready and relaxed came the wonderful, 30 minutes body massage, which took out all the tension and stress from my body. At the end I received a chocolate facial mask, to reach the total, holistic and ultimate reborn and renewal of my senses and soul.After this luxurious pampering session I went back to this beautiful room to relax…
Perfect hammam experience in a luxurious, 5 star hotel.