7 Best Hammams in Istanbul for Luxury Lovers

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Steam, scrub, soap suds and a silky massage. Few bathing rituals in the world generate the decadent pleasure of a Turkish hammam experience!

Spending some time in one of the traditional Turkish hammams in Istanbul is a must when visiting the city.

AyaSofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam

Clouds of steam swirl about. Seated on a marble slab, you lazily pour warm water over yourself from a gold-plated bowl as you unwind and luxuriate in the heat.


Photo: AyaSofya Hamam

In the hot steam room, you lie down on the heated hexagonal marble stand in the middle for at least 10 minutes. Then you’re led to a marble water basin for the body exfoliation and a bubble soap wash.

Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami


Photo: Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami

Cagaloglu Hamam

The standard bath treatment includes 15 minutes of “hot room rest,” 10 minutes of exfoliation with a bath glove and 20 minutes of bubble soap wash.


Photo: Cagaloglu Hamam

Ritz-Carlton Istanbul hammam

There’s a marble Turkish hammam couples suite. In this cocoon a steam, scrub and soap bubble massage helped us get over jetlag on one visit to Istanbul.


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Ciragan Palace Kempinski hammam

Towel headrests on the marble slabs, soft Turkish music and the choice of an easy, medium or hard scrub added to the comfort of our experience.


Photo: Ciragan Palace Kempinski

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