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Fethiye Turkish Bath

The Turkish Bath has been a wonderful experience throughout the Middle East, and since early Roman times, throughout Europe and Turkey.  The Hamam you will be visiting is the Old Turkish Bath, close to the sea, in Fethiye.  Fethiye was once known by its Greek name of Telmessos and became known as Fethiye after one man dreamed that an earthquake would hit he city.  It is said that his warnings saved the lives of the Telmessos citizens and the city was then renamed in his honour.  Fortunately some buildings survived the earthquakes, the Old Turkish Bath being one of them.  Indeed it has been in operation since the 16th century.

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Given the absence of bathrooms, families as well as Sultans enjoyed the Turkish Bath.  Days were given over to female or male only sessions and were often viewed as social gatherings, not just simply a way to get clean.  Women would often attend the Turkish Bath to view any potential wives for theirs sons and children were often welcomed along to play, as well as get clean. 

Nowadays the Turkish Bath is an affordable luxury for everyone and is still a commonplace part of  Turkish Life.  Compared to its modern European counterpart, the Turkish Bath is excellent value for money and an experience you will want to repeat whenever you can. 

Fethiye Turkish Bath Price

In 2022, price of Turkish Bath in Fethiye 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.

Includes / Excludes

  • Hotel Transfer (Both Ways)
  • Sauna
  • Foam Massage
  • Oil Massage
  • Water
  • Lockers
  • Slippers, Towels, Soap
  • Extra Massages

Days & Time

Everyday, all year round, anytime between 09:00 to 18:00. Duration of the experience is 2 hours.

Note

We recommend that you take a Turkish Bath at the start of your holiday.  For whatever reason you have chosen to take a Turkish Bath, whether it be health reasons or simply for the wonderful experience you can only get in a traditional Turkish Hamam, the top layer of your skin is scrubbed away.  This would remove any tanned skin that you have already treated.  If you choose your Turkish Bath at the very start of your holiday, be aware that any newly tanned skin will last 3 -4 weeks, keeping that Mediterranean glow that little bit longer.

Fethiye Turkish Bath Program

Air conditioned transport will pick you up from your hotel in the Fethiye area, at the time of your choosing, and will bring you to the Old Turkish Bath, where you will be greeted by the reception staff.  You will then be asked if there is anything beside the package you have paid for, that you wish to receive (such as sports massage, aromatic oil massage)  and be given a hamam robe and a locker key for your personal items.  You will then be taken to the changing rooms and your locker.

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Once you are changed in the privacy of your locker room, you will be taken to the Sauna or Steam Room, where you undertake a 15 mins (approximately) opening of the pores and a chance to ‘sweat out’ the toxins in your skin.

When this is complete, you will then be taken to the ‘belly stone’ of the Hamam.  This is the domed room, wherein lies a marble belly stone for your scrub and massage to take place.  If you are next in line as it were, there will be marble seats around the room, together with cold water basins and dishes, with which you may cool yourself while awaiting your turn on the belly stone.

When it is your turn the masseuse will gently guide you to the stone and make you comfortable.  Thus begins the exfoliation or body scrub as it is more commonly known.  Using a fresh scrub mitt your masseuse will remove the dead skin cells from your body leaving you smooth and feeling rejuvenated by rinsing away the residue.

The next stage will be the foam massage.  This is the stage where your masseuse uses what appears to be a long pillow case amassing a lot of foam from a seemingly small bar of soap.  You will then be massaged by the lightness of the foam, relaxing and cleansing at the same time.  This stage ends with the rinsing of the excess foam from your body.

Giving yourself a time to relax you will be guided to the rest area where you can take a refreshment or simply snooze a little bit before the finale.

Then, last but not least, you will receive the oil massage, which can last 20 minutes approximately.  If you fall asleep during the oil massage, dont be at all surprised, an aromatic oil massage can do that to you.  You will likely be gently woken by your masseuse telling you that it is time to go back to your changing room.

Q&A

How much is Fethiye Turkish Bath?

Cost of Hamam in Fethiye in 2022 is 20 € per adult in 2022. Children between 6 – 12 years old are 15 € and infants are free of charge.

What equipment is used in Turkish Bath?

The Peshtemal  or Hamam Towel, is usually of a traditional design and this is provided for you on arrival.

Each individual is cleaned with a Kessa glove.  This is basically a scrub mitt, oriental in origin and usually hand knitted.

Soap, shampoo and towel.

You may bring your own sandals if you prefer, preferably non slip, or the Hamam will provide a pair for your use.

When can i go?

The Turkish Bath is available seven days a week throughout the year.  You decide the time you wish to go and let us know.

What about my family? Is it for them?

We do not recommend the Hamam for very young children, however older children are very welcome to come along with you for a ‘taster’ experience of the Turkish Bath.  They are not viable for the Oil Massage.  If you or your family have any health problems you should let them know at the reception area before you start.  This is an experience of some heat and we therefore do not recommend it for anyone with a heart condition, high blood pressure, or pregnant women.

Is there anything else i need to know before i go?

We suggest you wear your swimsuit for modesty, underneath your Hamam towel.

We do not recommend that you shower within two hours of taking your Hamam.  The aromatic oils used will soften and improve your skin if left unwashed for a few hours.  You should be feeling so relaxed after this that you will only want to lie down and sleep for a little while. 

Do i need to bring anything with me?

Bring your bathers, as a modesty gesture, for underneath your hamam robe.

We recommend you bring a little money with you for any extras you may wish to purchase.  The Hamam may have its own soaps or oils on sale if you wish to replicate the experience at home when your holiday is finished.

Do leave valuables and camera at home.  There is likely to be a photographer in situ who can catch you in your ‘foamy’ moments.

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