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Hammam (Turkish bath)

The Hammam (Hammim), also known as a Turkish bath or hamam, is a sort of steam bath that involves body cleansing and relaxation. They have served an important role in Middle Easter culture as a point of social meeting, hygienic ritual and as tectonic design elements.

The process of taking a Turkish steam bath is a humid variation of a sauna, but is actually more related to the bathing practices of the classic Romans.

Inside the Hammam or Turkish bathThe Turkish baths were a continuation of the Roman baths which persisted in Eastern culture and was particularly popularized during the Ottoman Empire. European visitors to these countries delighted in the Turkish baths and took up the practice in their countries, where it also became popularized.

The climate in the Hammam is warmed to one’s taste using a volcanic rock heating furnace. There are two sinks, one with cold water and one with heated water, to be used as one requires for the body cleansing effect. The idea is to gently open the skin’s pores with the humid heat. Afterwards, with the aid of natural-fiber gloves and pomace stones, the skin is gently rubbed and massaged to achieve a complete exfoliation. The skin is rinsed continually with your choice of heated or cold water. A complete rinsing of the skin with cold water completes the ritual.

Afterward we recommend resting in an cool area and optionally, applying a clay bath using the local clay from our grounds. Once covered in the clay, simply allow it to dry in the fresh breeze, perhaps relaxing on a chaise lounge on the terrace. As the clay dries its natural effects will extract all impurities from your skin.

When the clay is completely dry, you may rinse it off using the Hammam’s outdoor shower. This will wash all the clay off your body and if you wish, you may receive a complete bath with the pulp of the Aloe Vera plant which we raise organically in our own garden. The Aloe Vera has a regenerative effect on the skin; when applied after this deep cleansing process and exfoliation, it will provide a supple and rejuvenated texture that is rarely felt. To finish with a golden seal, the ideal final step would be a relaxing massage while enjoying the soft ocean breeze that brushes upper terrace lounge area.

One Comment

  1. Kathrine Prunier
    Kathrine Prunier June 7, 2013 at 5:56 am .

    Aloe vera is a succulent plant species that probably native plant originated in northern Africa. The species does not have any naturally occurring populations, although closely related aloes do occur in northern Africa.

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