"My hammam started off with a session in the hararet, which is a room that’s made entirely out of marble, softly-lit and really hot – intended to prepare your skin for exfoliation. There were sinks with taps dotted along each wall and I was advised to use one of the bowls to cleanse and prep myself with warm water. Then, all I had to do was sit back and relax."
Certain Turkish baths have separate hot rooms for men and women, some have different time slots depending on your gender and others are unisex, so it’s best to check beforehand if you’re unsure. You can also opt to receive your hammam from either a male or a female, if you have a preference.
"Once I was completely warmed up – and chilled-out – I was led into a separate room. In some traditional Turkish baths, you’re expected to wear a colourful checked cloth during the treatment. But, as I was getting my hammam at Sensatori Turkey, it was perfectly acceptable for me to keep my swimsuit on. Phew.
My hammam therapist invited me to lay face-down on a marble table, resting my head on a thick cloth. I was rinsed with more warm water, before receiving an all-over body scrub with an exfoliating mitt. Because this removes all the dead skin, it’s great for tanning, so it’s an ideal treatment to get right at the start of your holiday."
Top tip: Get a hammam at the beginning of your holiday and your skin will be nicely exfoliated, meaning you’ll develop a longer-lasting tan and be less likely to peel.
"My therapist then whipped up a mixture of olive oil soap and water and started dipping what looked like a pillowcase into it. At first, I thought he’d picked a strange moment to do his washing. But this pillowcase-like cloth is what’s used to create the cleansing foam. The therapist took the soap-filled sack and flung it from side to side to make a mountain of bubbles which he then placed on top of me."
"Once I was buried from head to toe under a foot-high mound of bubbles, I was given a full body massage, which was intended to work out any knots. This was by far the most relaxing part of the experience and almost sent me to sleep. The bubbles had a lovely clean scent, similar to Argan oil."
"The foam was then rinsed away with warm water, before my therapist mixed up another bubbly batch and repeated the process another two times."
"Half an hour or so later, my hammam was complete and my therapist wished me farewell. After rinsing myself off in the shower that was tucked within the corner of the room, I left the spa feeling squeaky clean, super relaxed and ready to go and start working on what would be one awesome tan."
Sarah was treated to a Turkish bath at Sensatori Turkey. As well as a luxurious spa, this hotel ticks off a beachfrontlocation, six restaurants and a cocktail bar styled by the milliner, Philip Treacy OBE. Staying somewhere else in Turkey? Find out about our Turkish bath excursion.
Author: Sarah Robinson
TUI SENSATORI Barut Sorgun offers candlelight yoga, a Turkish bath, swim-up rooms and 24 different types of massage.
The TUI SENSATORI Barut Fethiye is edged by the Mediterranean Sea and thickly-wooded mountains. Along with spectacular views, it offers top restaurants and a peaceful spa.
The lines up the full Turkish bath experience, as part of its long list of massages and beauty treatments.
Our top deals tailored to you, straight to your inbox Sign up for offers
More from TUI
About TUI MyTUI app Cookies Notice Manage Cookie Preferences Privacy Notice Terms & Conditions Credit card fees Media Centre Travel Jobs Affiliates Discover Lakes & Mountains Discover Weddings App Store for Ios Google Play Store Travel Money Holiday Budget Calculator TUI Group TUI Credit Card First Choice Holiday Brochures Travel After Brexit Holiday Weather
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtravel and Facebook.com/FCOtravel
More information is available by checking /destinations/info/travel-aware
Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.travelhealthpro.org.uk.
The advice can change so check regularly for updates
All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Some of the flights on this website are also financially protected by the ATOL scheme, but ATOL protection does not apply to all flights. This website will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each flight before you make your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk. ATOL protection does not apply to the other holiday and travel services listed on this website.