- 2-hour Turkish baths experience at Çemberlitaş Hamamı in Istanbul
- Make the most of two hours of relaxation and cleansing inside the 16th-century hammam building
- Lie on a hot marble slab that encourages the body to sweat and release toxins
- Have a vigorous soapy scrub to remove dead skin cells and regulate blood circulation
- Relax in a cooler room, enjoying the feel of your clean skin, softened from the steam
- Enjoy a hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off service from the European side of Istanbul
What You Can Expect
The building was designed by the great Minar Sinan – one of the most prominent architects of the Ottoman era – at the bequest of a sultan’s wife. Its elaborate interiors remain much the same as they were in the Ottoman days, and you’d be hard-pushed to find a more resplendent-looking place to while away a couple of hours.
Leave your coyness at the door and follow the locals’ lead to strip off completely or alternatively, change into your bikini or swimming shorts if you want to reserve your modesty. Then slip on your peştamal (traditional cotton robe) and step inside the bath chamber where a heated marble platform covers the floor. Lie on the marble slab to encourage your body to sweat, and splash yourself with hot water from the bathing basins that line the edges of the room.
After roughly 45 minutes of relaxing and building up a sweat in the steamy bath chamber, one of the baths’ attendants will exfoliate your body, scrubbing you down with a loofah mitten and hot, soapy water. Halfway between a slippery massage and a vigorous rub with sweeping strokes, the scrubbing has well-documented benefits; clearing your pores, removing dead skin cells and regulating your blood circulation are just a few of them!
Rinse away the soapy suds with hot water from the bathing basins, put your peştamal back on and then visit one of the baths’ cooler rooms to relax. The duration of each stage of your Turkish baths experience varies, but most people find 45 minutes on the marble slab, 15 minutes of exfoliation and an hour of relaxation time to be the norm.
Feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, return to the changing rooms to dress and then leave the bath house.