Private Hammam

By Sandra Ramani / January 15, 2014
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul

Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul

There are few spa experiences that feel more decadent than a traditional Turkish hammam, during which you lie on a heated slab of gleaming white marble, steam rising around you, as an attendant scrubs and washes you from hair to toe using herbal products, foaming bubbles and warm water. It’s a treatment that is both therapeutic and pampering—and it takes you back to feeling like a child. For many Western travelers, though, a visit to a public hammam can also be awkward, as the treatments are done in communal areas alongside all the other (naked) guests. Which is why we love the new CHI Spa at the Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul:  You enjoy the authenticity of a traditional service, with the privacy and attention of a five-star hotel.

Opened in mid-2013, Shangri-La’s latest outpost features 186 rooms and suites, many with views of the ferries gliding along the Bosphorus. Hints of the brand’s Asian roots abound—from the tea menu offering dozens of Asian and Turkish blends to the authentic Cantonese Shang Palace restaurant—but  there are also plenty of local influences,  including  use of three types of marble in the guestroom bathroom, evoking a hammam. Along with 45- and 60-minute hammam sessions, the all-organic spa offers Ila facials, herbal baths and scrubs, body treatments like an Amethyst Wrap, and massages that range from Indian and Filipino to one using herbs from Turkey’s Black Sea region.
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—Sandra Ramani

Sandra Ramani

Sandra Ramani

Senior Contributing Editor at Organic Spa Magazine
In addition to serving as OSM’s Senior Contributing Editor, writer/editor Sandra Ramani covers travel, wellness, and lifestyle topics for such publications as Travel + Leisure, Robb Report, Premier Traveler, AFAR, Bridal Guide, Elite Traveler, and Every Day with Rachael Ray. She is also the author of “Day Trips from Dallas / Fort Worth,” now in its second edition. Recent assignments have found her sleeping in the Sahara, hopping helicopters in New Zealand, and making this new friend in Bali.
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