We try treatment at the biggest hammam in the Middle East
The promise It’s billed as a ‘wake-up call’ for your body: a hammam treatment incorporating Turkish coffee to ‘refine and smooth the skin’.
Step by step After two minutes in the steam room to open my pores, I’m led into the hammam. The space is stunning, with an intricate ceiling (handy, as you spend a lot of time gazing up at it during the scrub). I’m then exfoliated, showered and given a foam massage, all of which is very enjoyable and not too rough. Finally, very potent coffee is rubbed all over me, then washed off. I finish up in the dimly-lit relaxation area, around a small pool, with a tea.
The results My skin feels very soft after the treatment, and I leave the spa relaxed. I’m also aware I smell a little of coffee.
Pros • You can wander around the spa for as long as you like afterwards (Thursday evening from 8pm-11pm is a couples-only night), trying out other facilities including a snow room, ‘adventure showers’, Jacuzzis and a seawater pool.
Cons • The coffee smell is a little overwhelming – but then what do you expect with a coffee peel? • You may lose your disposable top at some point, but that’s all part of the traditional hammam experience.