Morocco’s bathhouses, or Hammams, are both an important cultural tradition and a right of passage for travelers to the country, and Marrakech’s hugely popular Bains de Marrakech (Marrakech Hammams) is one of the most famous, located at the gateway to the Medina. The luxury private spa was the first of its kind in the city, opening in 2001 and now even featuring its own range of cosmetics, sourced from natural Moroccan-sourced ingredients.
The creative mastermind behind the spa is Frenchman Kader Boufraine, whose vision was to marry western facilities and spa innovations with the steam rooms, plunge pools and cleansing scrubs found at a traditional bath house. The Bains de Marrakech’s modern flair has served it well, making it a popular choice for first-timers looking to experience the time-honored Moroccan hammam within lavish surroundings and without doing away with their modesty. Just be sure to book an appointment in advance – the spa’s loyal customer base and worldwide renown mean it’s always booked up.