Taking a Turkish Bath at the start of your holiday is a great way to achieve a prolonged tan but not only that it will help you to wash away all the stress of daily life that you left behind. A Turkish Bath is an experience not only of body but of mind too and you will leave like you are walking on air, in a completely relaxed state to enjoy the rest of your holiday.
The Turkish Bath or ‘Hamam’ is a tradition adopted from the Roman and Byzantine era. Not just for cleansing and health properties, the Turkish Bath became a way of social contact with neighbours or family and friends. Essential for well being and cleanliness in recent times, a Turkish Bath would be given over to solely male participants and other times solely female. Families would also take a Turkish Bath together. Thus you are partaking in this ancient tradition that has weathered the centuries.
In 2022, price of Turkish Bath in Alanya is 20 € per adult. Children between 6 to 12 years old are 15 € and children at and under 5 years old are free of charge.
Everyday, all year round, anytime between 09:00 to 18:00. Duration of the experience is 2.5 hours.
It is advised that you do not shower or bathe for about two hours after your Hammam experience giving the oils time to work to their best advantage on your skin. It is also recommended that you partake of this wonderful experience at the start of your Turkish holiday, as the scrub will remove several layers of the dead skin, which you may have already tanned. The Hammam at the start of your holiday will ensure that the top layers take longer to dry and flake away, allowing your sun tan to last a few weeks longer than normal.
You will be picked up from your hotel or apartment at the time of your choosing and taken by private transfer to the Hamam in Alanya.
Here you will be greeted and given a key and a Hamam robe or towel, together with slippers. The key is for your own private locker, where you may store your outer clothing and personal items for the course of the Hamam.
Once you have changed in the privacy of the locker room, you will be escorted to the Sauna or Steam Room. This is the first part of your Turkish Bath. You will spend approximately 15 minutes in the Sauna/Steam Room, while the pores of your body open. As you perspire, any toxins that may have accumulated in your skin are brought to the surface, leaving your skin glowing and ready for the Hamam itself.
At the end of your sauna you will be taken to the centre or ‘belly stone’ of the Hamam. This is a smooth marble table where you begin the next stage. If the masseuse is not yet ready for you, you will be able to see the process of the person before you. There will be seats around the Hamam, and taps with marble basins and traditional Hamam dishes. Cool water taps are there for your comfort and to cool you down while you wait your turn on the marble slab. When it is your time you will be gently escorted to the slab and take position for the scrub or exfoliation. Each person is issued with a fresh clean scrub mitt and the dead skin is then removed from you, from head to toe. This is a most exhilarating feeling as the dead layers of skin are then rinsed away and your skin is left tingling.
Now that the dead skin cells are removed the Masseuse will prepare the foam or bubbles to massage the cleansed skin. With what appears to be a large pillowcase, the soap produces an amazingly light foam which is then massaged into your body. Once complete the foam is rinsed away. Not only is this process good for your skin it also benefits your cardiovascular system. No wonder people say they feel like a new person on leaving the Hamam. If you think your Hamam experience ends here, just wait, there is more.
After the foam rinse you will be taken to the waiting area where you may purchase a drink if you so wish, while you wait your turn in the oil massage rooms. As your body sinks into more relaxation you will then be taken for your oil massage. This is a full body massage that lasts approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
When your oil massage is finished you will be gently escorted back to the changing and locker rooms, to dress. We should stress that showering or swimming is not advisable after a Hamam for at least two hours. This is the time the aromatic oils heal and treat your body the best. Then when you are ready return to the reception area where your transport will be called, to drop you back to your hotel or apartment.
With everything the Hamam has to offer, ultimately it is the most relaxing 2 -3 hours of your life. The Hamam is are open every day throughout the year and, you may book your Hamam between the hours of 09:00 and 20:00 depending on the season.
Cost of Hamam in Alanya in 2022 is 20 € per adult in 2022. Children between 6 – 12 years old are 15 € and infants are free of charge.
We recommend that you have a Turkish Bath at the start of your holiday here in Alanya. Once complete your newly cleansed skin surface will tan that much easier and for longer, approximately two weeks longer in fact, before the new skin cells begin to exfoliate naturally.
Included in the ticket price of the Turkish bath is the sauna, foam and oil Massage.
If you suffer from high or low blood pressure or have any existing heart problems, likewise women in the first three months of pregnancy, should reconsider taking the Turkish Bath, or inform the masseuse at the start.
You should wear your swimwear for modesty and your own personal comfort.
Do bring some money with you. There may be optional extras that you wish to purchase. The aromatic Hamam soaps are often on sale in the reception area if you wish to replicate this wonderful experience as best you can, at home. There are also other services offered such as face masks, salt scrub or different types of massage such as a sports massage.