When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Turkey, take a Turkish bath. This session of deep relaxation begins in the ‘warm room’. This first pamper space bathes you in a continuous flow of warm, dry air, which opens your pores and relaxes your muscles. You’ll sit on a raised central platform, known as a Gobek Tasi, which translates as a belly stone in English. While you’re here, spa professionals will pad around with loofahs, which can be used to polish the surface of the skin. When you’ve been coddled in this space for roughly a quarter of an hour, it’ll be time for your massage. Just like Sweden, Turkey has cornered its own market of massages. These pamper treatments are foamy and your muscles are lightly kneaded rather than rubbed. There will be time to cool down before you return back to the port.
Remember to take your swimwear with you. Towels are provided. Optional extras like massages are available at an extra charge, payable in Euros or Lira.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.