If you wish you lived in a hot country, this spa treatment is for you


At this time of year, most of us are feeling ready to pack up and move abroad like migrating swallows to warmer climates. Whether it’s weather-beaten complexions, frizzy hair, waking up freezing at 3am or having to wear 12 layers before you even venture outside, the cold weather doesn’t agree with most of us.


But if you don’t have the budget to jet off to the Bahamas, a hammam treatment can be the next best thing. If you’re not familiar, a hammam is a steam room where you undergo a cleansing ritual with water buckets and scrubs and is an integral part of Arabic culture. As well as giving your skin a good scrub and polish, the hot steam helps the body to sweat out toxins, clear the sinuses, boost circulation, alleviate muscular pain and tension as well as being one of the most relaxing rituals on the planet. If you’re someone who only grabs a hurried shower in the morning, or falls exhausted in the bath come the evening until the water turns tepid, this was just what the doctor ordered.


Once you get over the initial awkwardness, the feeling of lying on a stone floor in the intense heat and having water poured over you by the attendant (the “Kessala”), will make you wonder why more people don’t do this more often. Every inch of your skin is loofah’ed, scrubbed and polished to within an inch of its life, circulation is boosted, while the mind is relaxed and your tense muscles slowly yield to the heat. In short, the perfect way to end a stressful week. 

For those London-based, The Old Hammam and Spa in Edmunton is a popular choice – plus LastMinute.com are offering their Old Hammam Package (normally £85) for just £48. Click here for more details. Otherwise check out websites like treatwell.co.uk for more great hammam deals across the UK.

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