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The 5 Best Spas in Istanbul

By Chris |  March 4 2007


Laveder Spa Ritz Carlton

Discover a world of relaxation, rejuvenation and beauty at these fabulous spas

Arich legacy from the Romans and Byzantines, bathhouses are an integral part of Turkey’s heritage. Over the last 2000 years, bathing in Istanbul has been perfected into an art form, and today’s visitor can choose from a selection of top spas and massage therapists. In traditional hamams, men and women bathe separately. In smaller hamams with only one bath, men and women bathe at different times.

SANITAS SPA AT THE ÇIRAĞAN PALACE KEMPINSKI HOTEL

Massage by Pool Sanitas Spa

Treatments and facilities: Managed by Sanitas, the Çırağan Palace Kempinski spa offers a state-of-the-art wellness centre and personal trainers.

In addition to beautiful massage rooms, the Spa offers an in-room service for hotel guests. There is a whirlpool and a heated outdoor infinity pool which is open all-year round with stunning views of the Bosphorus Strait. For outdoor treatments there are private cabanas by the pool side, where sweet floral scents from the palace gardens intermingle with the massage oils’ calming aromas. Located in an Ottoman palace, the spa has an historic Hammam which offers treatments worthy of a sultan.

Signature treatments: Sanitas’s Special Turkish Bath Ritual begins with a glass of wine. Hot steam in the Hamam helps loosen the muscles in preparation for an exfoliating and cellulite-reducing scrub. A grapeseed, coffee, brown sugar or honey crystal body peel is followed by an aromatic foam rub. The treatment finishes with a relaxing and luxurious oil massage.

Fatna Fallah

+90 212 326 4646

Çırağan Caddesi 32, Beşiktaş, 34349

www.thesanitas.com

LAVEDER SPA AT THE RITZ-CARLTON

Laveder Spa Ritz Carlton

Treatments and facilities: Laveder Spa at the Ritz-Carlton offers a full range of sophisticated beauty and wellness treatments in addition to its special signature therapies.

Guests can relax in the indoor pool, complete with bar providing light snacks and healthy drinks, and there’s a sauna, steam room, and whirlpool. The spa is also equipped with a state-of-the-art fitness center offering a wide range of personal training options.

Signature treatments: Laveder Spa offers an innovative and exclusive massage treatment using South Pacific lava shells. The tiger clam shells, which are naturally self warming, are gently smoothed over the body with varying pressure and techniques to reach even the deepest aches and pains. Together with hydrating oils, the warming energy of the shells help to revitalize and rebalance both body and mind.

Bülent Tüysüz

+90 212 334 4353

Suzer Plaza, Elmadag Askerocagi Cad. No. 15, 34367 Sisli

www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Istanbul/Spa/Default.html

HÔTEL LES OTTOMANS , CAUDALI E VINOT HÉRAPI E® SPA

Decorated according to the principles of Feng Shui, this unique hotel has been chosen as the World’s Leading All Suite Hotel & Spa in 2010.

Hotel Les Ottomans, Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spa encompasses 2,400 square meters, offering outstanding luxury and comfort to its valued guests. Here, you may experience lounging in a relaxation room on heated ceramic benches beneath a sparkling dome, then discover the beautifully appointed sea water pool & Jacuzzi, adventure showers, luxury Hammam, salt inhalation Laconium, Finnish sauna, ice fountain, meditation oasis, Kneipp basins and Dead Sea Water Floating Pool – the first only Dead Sea water floating pool in the world.

The composition of the Dead Sea water is unique, obtained from 394 meters below sea level with unmatched curative and therapeutic properties which have been known for thousands of years. It contains calcium, magnesium, potassium and other minerals that are very beneficial to the skin, and can provide healing for skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne. Moreover, floating in water is restorative and calming for brain function, and the relaxation induced is utterly profound.

Furthermore, you will be offered an array of unique Caudalie body and facial treatments; the famous Barrel Bath and the Crushed Cabernet Scrub, the unmatched cult favorite exfoliating treatment based on grapeseeds or the Pulp Friction Massage. Ask for the Private Spa Suite where you and your loved one will enjoy the beautifully appointed large Jacuzzi, aroma steam room, sauna, ice fountain and different massage platforms. Don’t leave without trying the ‘’Duo Divine’’ Massage with scented Fleur de Vigne candles or the amazing signature Hammam treatments…

Additionally, you may achieve the best physical results with cutting edge equipment and a full staff of sport professionals at the Fitness center and Pilates studio.

+90 212 359 1500

Fax:+90 212 359 1544

Muallim Naci Cad. No:68 34345 Kuruçeşme Istanbul-Turkey

www.lesottomans.com

AYASO FYA HÜRR EM SULTAN HAMAM

Treatments and facilities: A visit to Istanbul is only complete once you have taken part in the transformative pleasures of a traditional hamam (Turkish bath).

Situated in one of the most beautiful and spiritual locations in Istanbul, between the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, the Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamam has recently been restored to its original grandeur, last seen in the times of the sultans. The hamam was originally commissioned by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent for his beloved wife Hürrem Sultan and built by the renowned architect Sinan. You now have the chance to be transported to a more romantic time under the same domes where sultans used to bathe and where today you can rejuvenate your senses and imagination along with your body and mind.

Signature treatment: Elixir of Life – Complete with golden bowls and silk wraps, the Elixir of Life experience is as luxurious as it is historical and romantic. You start by relaxing on the hot marble stone which releases toxins and prepares your skin for the hamam attendant to exfoliate your skin and then soothe and moisturize it with a redbud essence clay body mask. You are then treated to a cleansing wash with scented olive oil soap and redbud essence shampoo and conditioner followed by a relaxing head and neck massage. Afterwards you are massaged into bliss with an aromatherapy massage within the Sultan’s Room until finally, you soak up the history and beauty in the resting space with luscious snacks and drinks.

Hikmet Guveli, Hamam Director

+90 530 921 9136

Cankurtaran Mahallesi Bab-ı Hümayun Cad. No: 1 Sultanahmet

www.ayasofyahurremsultanhamami.com

NUSPA

Enjoy magical touches in NUSPA’s urban atmosphere

“I listen to my breath as all my senses are indulged. I’m somewhere else, someone else…”

NUSPA, part of Mars Athletic Club (MAC), has been welcoming members and visitors since 2007 with its unique concept in spa therapy. With black, tranquil interiors, NUSPA has an calming yet urban atmosphere, and has become famous for its Far Eastern massages and stress-relieving therapies. NUSPA therapies use natural products to ease tense muscles and soothe the aches of daily life, with highlights including the Nu Signature Therapy, Ayurveda Therapy, Hot Stone Therapy and Thai Therapy.

NUSPA offers four types of therapy session using Dr. Murad skin care products:

Pure Vitamin C Antioxidant Skin Care for a healthy glint on your face

Exfoliating Pomegranate Skin Care for a purified, clean face • Exhilarating Intensive Anti-Ageing Care for dry and pale skin

Exfoliating and Invigorating Special Care for men wanting to soften rough skin

Treat your loved ones with the NUSPA gift card…

Let that special someone choose from NUSPA’s extensive skin care range with the NUSPA gift card. A day of indulgence will linger long in the memory…

Contact the NUSPA centers:

NUSPA GMALL

+90 212 232 4440

NUSPA KANYON

+90 212 353 0999

NUSPA BEBEKÖY

+90 212 263 8696

NUSPA PANORA

+90 312 490 1477

Asli Cakiroglu

+90 212 353 0999

Buyukdere Cad No: 185 Kanyon avm. Levent Besiktas, Istanbul

www.nuspa.com.tr

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