What to expect from a hammam

Hammam in Marrakech

 Having a hammam in Marrakesh

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Riad Sapphire’s private hammam in our spa area

We offer our guests the chance to experience a ‘hammam’ when they stay with us, but some admit that they’re a little unsure about what to expect. So, what exactly is a hammam?

‘Hammam’ literally means ‘spreader of warmth’ and most experiences follow a similar course. Usually, in a cavernous steam room, traditional Moroccan black soap is applied, followed by an exfoliating body paste and scrub with a ‘kessa’ glove. The steam gently helps skin to absorb the oils and medicinal properties and afterwards it is traditional to take some time out post-treatment with some Moroccan mint tea. It is a ritual, as much as a way of promoting healthy, glowing skin.

black soap used in hammam

If you’re keen to take a souvenir of the hammam experience home with you, nowadays there is an abundance of good Moroccan-made spa products to choose from. We like ethical brands Natus and Nectarome but also marocMaroc are great and Les Sens de Marrakech work in collaboration with French perfumers Grasse to make their very special products.

Or, to experience a truly traditional hammam, drop into Hammam El Bacha (no phone, website. 20 Rue Fatima Zohra), which with its 20ft high cupola, is one of the most famous, and historic, hammams in town.

Riad Sapphire and Spa has its own private hammam and spa area.  We often have spa packages for guests, so keep an eye on our website for special offers.

And, lastly, we’ve got lots of information about ‘having a hammam’ on our blog, take a look here: http://chic-riads-marrakech.com/articles-about-marrakech/moroccan-beauty-treatments/

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