Anantara Spa’s new hammam is located on its own dedicated floor – a maze of opulent treatment rooms and relaxation areas with starry marble floors, trickling fountains and heavy red drapes. The development of this new spa area – and more specifically, the staff’s training – has been overseen by an on-site hammam expert who has brought his knowledge over from Istanbul. The results of this are clear: therapists are clearly well-practised and experienced, not to mention discreet and friendly.
The treatment begins with a milk foot bath, during which you’re also presented with a selection of oils to choose from for your post-cleanse massage. From there, you’ll be led to a beautiful marble hammam room, lined with pillars, stone basins and copper trays of jugs, scrubs, soaps and soft peshtemals. The space is big enough for two, so friends and couples can book the experience together, giving it the community feel of a genuine Turkish hammam – though be aware that as it’s a communal area, your hammam-mate may be someone you don’t know.
The elaborate process that follows – exfoliations, lathers and hair masks –includes a rub-down with a billowing torba (a soapy silk pillowcase) that doesn’t feel unlike being engulfed by bubbles.
By the time you’re given a final rinse you’ll be feeling incredibly clean and relaxed, so it’s a good thing that from here it’s on to the relaxation area to be cosily tucked up in a robe and plush towels, recline on pillows, sip ayran and nibble cubes of perfect Turkish delight. The experience ends with a blissful stress-relief massage in a dim candlelit treatment room and a cup of hot tea back in the relaxation area – where you can stay for as long as you like. And trust us, you won’t want to leave.
The Hammam Ceremony by Anantara: Dhs1,300 (120 minutes). *This advertorial first appeared in Time Out Dubai’s Spa&Wellbeing Signature Series 2016 pullout.
Tell us a little about the spa. A two-storey spa with 24 treatment rooms and hammam facilities for men, women and couples. Spa guests have access to treatment rooms such as the couples’ suites with Serali steam bath, experience showers and solo pool baths, as well as single rooms with showers, beauty rooms, Thai massage suite, holistic cocoon room and ayurveda room on the ground floor. The first floor consists of Turkish hammam facilities, which cater to men, women and couples, plus relaxation areas and treatment rooms. Anantara Spa offers over 30 treatments covering therapies from Asia to the Middle East including traditional Turkish hammam and ayurvedic treatments. The spa also uses the top European cosmetic and skincare brands such as Natura Bissē, Elemis, and Charme D’ Orient for selected treatments.
What facilities do you offer? Changing rooms and showers, aroma steam bath, herbal bath, crystal and gemstone steam room, salt inhalation room, liquid sound pool, bamboo sauna, ice grotto, Kneipp walk, relaxation areas for men, women and couples, and retail shops.
What services do you offer? Turkish hammam, couples’ treatments, spa packages, massages, facials, body treatments, ayurvedic treatments.
Tell us a little about your staff. A multicultural team with extensive spa experience from different parts of the world.
Do you offer anything unusual or novel? We are the first spa in Dubai to launch the Microsilk Technology – an oxygen-rich micro-bubble bath, which is a patented process that supersaturates the water with billions of bubbles, raising oxygen levels up to 70 percent higher than common tap water. This increases metabolism and promotes the growth of skin cells. The guest will have the option to upgrade their experience to Microsilk technology.
Do you offer any holistic or ayurvedic treatments? We have shirodhara, abyanga, Indian head massage and herbal poultice.
What is your most popular treatment? The Anantara Signature massage and Arabian Massage. Signature treatment Nham Jai (two hours): Nham Jai reflects a Thai hospitality, meaning “water from the heart”. This two-hour treatment experience uses unique traditional Thai ingredients and techniques.
The Detials Male or Female: Both.
Treatment rooms: Male Turkish hammam, female Turkish hammam, couples’ Turkish hammam, couples’ suites with steam bath or sauna, experience showers and pool bath. There is also a Thai massage treatment suite, holistic cocoon room, ayurveda room, beauty rooms and single rooms designated for male and female guests.
Cheapest treatment: Arabian Scrub and Arabian Wrap (Dhs400, 45 minutes).
Most expensive treatment: Palm Retreat (Dhs3,000, 180 minutes). Anantara Spa