- Mandy Sinclair
Perfect on a rainy day or to reveal a new skin 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 a ritual here in Morocco where both men and women are known to frequent on a regular basis. 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.
Les Bains de Marrakech
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. But the several treatment rooms and bathing areas mean the hammam 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.
2 Derb Sedra, Bab Agnaou, Kasbah, Marrakech, Morocco, +212 524 381 428
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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, signed by Carita, 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.
40 Arset Aouzal, Bab Doukkala, Marrakesh, Morocco +212 524 384 333
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Hammam Dar El Bacha
The domed ceiling, arched galleries and keystone doorways leading to the hammam make this one of the most authentic hammams in Marrakech’s old city. Traditionally used as the public bathhouse to 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.
20 Boulevard Fatima Zahra, Marrakech, Morocco
Perhaps the most Instagrammed spa in Marrakech, the hammam treatments at La Mamounia 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.
Avenue Prince Moulay Rachid, Marrakech, Morocco +212 524 388 600
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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.
Kennaria Hammam, Rue Kennaria, Marrakech, Morocco
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 a queen. 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, Dr. Haushka, and Chanel, with the option of personalized treatments. Private spas are available for more discrete guests.
Rue Abou Abbas el Sebti, Marrakesh, Morocco, +212 529 808 080
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