You haven’t tried a real Hammam unless you’ve it done in North Africa. Prior to my trip to Morocco, I’ve only had Hammams done in Algeria (which is where I’m originally from) and it’s exactly the same like the “Moroccan” hammam I did in Marrakech so I really enjoyed it ☺
In North Africa it’s a tradition to visit the Hammam every week to wash off all the dirt and stress from your body. It’s an amazing ritual especially considering the health benefits that Hammams have. Moroccans and North African people in general are a pro in taking care of the skin and hair just by using natural ingredients. I’ve learned so many amazing natural beauty tips from my mom and aunts that I still use until this day. One of the natural ingredients that I use on a daily basis is Argan oil, which is also used during the Hammam ritual.
During my last trip to Marrakech, I got the chance to experience the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. The hotel is a franchise of the Chinese concept and the one in Marrakech is the only one in the MENA region (Middle East & North Africa). The resort is absolutely stunning! It’s located only 10 minutes away from the Medina, (which is the old part of Marrakech) and only 15 minutes away from Gueliz, which is the new part of Marrakech. I spent the day by the pool, which is surrounded by stunning cactus gardens. When in Morocco, you HAVE to get a Hammam treatment so I obviously had a traditional Moroccan Hammam at the Mandarin Oriental.
Usually traditional Hammams in North Africa are public, meaning: it’s a huge steam room shared with other women and strictly no men allowed. It’s a place where women catch up while washing themselves. There are of course private Hammams and if you’re not comfortable with sharing the room; in this case, the Mandarin resort has private rooms in their spa.
Health benefits of Hammam:
– Removes the dead skin layer
– Gets rid of any rashes from the body
– Cleans and softens the skin
– Hydrates the skin
– Removes ingrown hairs
– Boosts the blood circulation in your body
– Helps to relax the nerves and muscles
– Reduces stress and anxiety
Step 1: Pure, concentrated Argan oil will be massaged into the scalp and hair.
Step 2: Steam room for 30 minutes to allow the pores on your entire body to open up.
Step 3: Argan soap aka “Sabon Beldi” is being applied on the entire body and since the pores are open, this will allow the soap to penetrate into the skin.
Step 4: The body is being exfoliated using a traditional North African “Kessa” glove.
Step 5: All the dirt from your body get¬s rinsed off with warm water.
Step 6: Argan oil is applied on the entire body
Step 7: Foot rub + head massage
Step 8: Hair is being shampooed and conditioned
Step 9: Everything gets rinsed off
I felt like a new person after the hammam, it’s the ultimate way to treat yourself if you really need to relax and unwind. If you’re visiting Marrakech but you’re not staying at the Mandarin, pool access is also available (which I highly recommend).
Route du Golf Royal
40 000 Marrakech, Maroc
Tel: +212 5 24 29 88 88