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UNWIND. RESTORE. ELEVATE.
Pamper mind, body, and spirit.
Resting, fully relaxed, on a heated marble slab, the expert masseur attends to your body's every need, rejuvenating your skin and invigorating tired muscles. The masseurs - experts from Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey, known locally as Tayels or Tellaks - are masters of their craft. Under their gentle guidance (the word ‘massage’ is derived from the Arabic word ‘mass’ meaning ‘to press softly’ or ‘gentle touch’) even the most hesitant guest cannot fail to entrust themselves to the care of the masseur. The treatment begins with a vigorous exfoliation, beginning with the back and moving on to the face, neck, shoulders, chest, stomach, hips, legs and feet - care is taken over every inch of the body, leaving the guest, in effect, with new skin.
The ancient Greeks praised the virtues of daily bathing, judging it to be not only therapeutic, but also convivial. The tradition was taken up, and enhanced, by the Romans, who transformed what had been modest facilities into grand structures, often incorporating gymnasia and even public libraries. Soon, the wealth and importance of a city could be judged by the number of public baths to be found there. The tradition of bathing was also an important aspect of Islamic culture, and was closely associated with the beliefs of the faith, The Prophet himself having highlighted the virtues of hygiene.
Dressed in a traditional wrap known as a pestemal and loose sandals, one is guided to the heart of the Hammam, slowly acclimatising to the building heat and moisture, where streams of water flow gently from wall-mounted stone basins. Here, movement is scarce and spare and, while the body perspires, the mind is free to relax. A state close to meditation is achieved, and one finds ones thoughts quickly clearing of day-to-day burdens. As the steam rises, ones vision rises too, up towards the architecturally stunning dome that filters the daylight. The overall effect, as is said, is to make one feel like royalty in a bygone age.
In the days of the Sultans, brides-to-be would pamper themselves for hours in the various chambers of the Hammam, wholly dedicated to the pursuit of personal beauty. These fortunate few would receive delicate skin treatments, exotic body wraps - often based on ancient family recipes, passed on from one generation to another - and, of course, the traditional black soap or clay body wrap treatments. These moments were spent in the company of close friends, away from the pressures of the impending marriage, and savoured as a time to share the latest news, either learnt or observed. Again, the social aspect of the Hammam was as important as the treatments themselves.
When one enters a Hammam, one leaves the outside world in the changing room. And in ancient times, there was little hurry to return to it. Following the treatment, patrons would rest in quiet seclusion, enjoying a final rejuvenation. Games would be played, books read and enjoyed, conversations shared. No one and nothing was permitted to disturb this timeless moment in this temple dedicated to wellbeing.
Within the heart of the Hammam, this treatment starts with cleansing and is followed by a body scrub from head to toe. Then a body wrap with ‘ghassoul’ mud is applied together with a honey mask. An extended relaxing massage in a private room will complete the experience.
This traditional treatment consists of a deep cleansing using the Moroccan Black soap, followed by a complete body scrub, a traditional body wrap with the natural eucalyptus scented ‘Ghassoul’ together with traditional honey facial and completed by a relaxing massage on the warm slab.
Between warm steam sessions, this experience consists of a deep cleansing with traditional black soap, a vigorous ‘Loofah’ body scrubbing, and a light massage with various stretching movements in the heart of the Hammam.
With Moorish influence, this treatment consists of a full body wrapping with rose or mint scented natural clay, a soothing honey facial, and a massage using aromatic massage oil.
Performed on the warm slab, this treatment consists of deep massage for the head, hands and feet completed by a relaxing back massage.
This traditional Moroccan and oriental massage is performed on the whole body including the face and the head to relieve muscular aches and pains.
In a similar style to the Traditional Moroccan Massage, this treatment concentrates on the back and is recommended for aches, pains and general stress and tension.
In respect to local traditions the Spa and the Oriental Hammam have opted for separate ladies and gentlemen’s operating hours.
Located on the ground floor of the Health & Beauty Institute at Residence & Spa.
Daily - 9.30am to 11.00pm
Ladies only - 9.00am to 2.00pm
Ladies and gentlemen on alternate timings (subject to availability) - 2.00pm to 8.00pm
Gentlemen only - 8.00pm to 11.00pm
Last treatment booking - 8.00pm
+971 4315 2130
To make the most of your Hammam experience and support the benefits of your treatment, we recommend you arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Please be informed that a late arrival will deprive you of your full treatment time. As a courtesy to the next guest, your appointment will end as originally scheduled. For your convenience a robe, towels and slippers will be provided. During all treatments you will be properly draped for ensured privacy.