Perfect on a rainy day or to indulge in before soaking up the sun, the hammam experience is more than just a visit to the public bathhouse, or luxury spa depending on the version you select. In fact it’s more of a ritual here in Morocco. Given the rise in tourism, mid-range and luxury spas have opened to cater to this growing market, while local hammams remain popular for tourists wanting the real deal.
Located in the Kasbah area of the Marrakech medina, the boutique Les Bains de Marrakech is the ideal option for couples, with joint hammam and massage rooms. The space has several treatment rooms and bathing areas, which means it can accommodate large numbers of visitors per day. The central swimming pool and lounge area in the courtyard are ideal for post-treatment relaxation before heading out to the hustle and bustle of the medina. It’s best to book in advance as appointments fill up quickly.
A delightful find in the Bab Doukkala area of the Marrakech medina, Heritage Spa is small enough to feel cozy, but large enough to offer a range of treatments to its guests. The spa offers facial treatments in addition to the hammam service. Be sure to book a post-hammam massage using argan oil to rehydrate the skin after a vigorous scrub-down.
Hammam Dar El Bacha
The domed ceiling, arched galleries and keystone doorways leading to this hammam make it one of the most authentic buildings of its kind in Marrakech’s old city. Traditionally used as the public bathhouse for the staff at the nearby pasha’s residence, today this is a favorite hammam with travellers and locals. Men are permitted entry in the morning, while women have access in the afternoon and early evening.
Perhaps the most Instagrammed spa in Marrakech, La Mamounia‘s treatments are pure bliss! Be sure to add a massage to complete the experience. As part of the fee, guests have access to the delightful pool, for pre- or post-treatment relaxation. Combine the treatment with the spa day promotion to include lunch at either the French or Italian restaurant, access to the outdoor pool and gym facilities.
This sprawling local hammam is located off Rue Riad Jdid and is open to men in the morning and women in the afternoon. It’s easy to walk past this building as the signage is lacking and the low entryway keeps it discrete. In fact it’s such a local hot spot, you won’t even find it online. But ask a local along the way and they will be happy to point you in the right direction. This is the perfect hammam during winter months as the hot room is warm and cozy, perfect for restoring the body’s warmth.
Perhaps one of the loveliest spas in Morocco, with an intricate lace-like wrought-iron atrium where guests are greeted prior to their treatment, the spa at the Royal Mansour is truly fit for royalty. With three hammam treatments on offer, ranging from one to two hours in length, guests can rest assured that only the finest products are used. In fact, the product lines include marocMaroc, Sisley and Dr. Hauschka, with the option of personalized treatments. Private spas are available for more discrete guests.