Istanbul’s best luxury spas are located in no other place than the city’s most exclusive hotels, where the excellence of accommodation translates into pinnacles of relaxation. From a massage utilizing clamshells to the world’s only Dead Sea water pool, here is a roundup of the most luxurious spas where you can get your money’s worth of rejuvenation.
Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa
The Hotel Les Ottoman, as its name suggests, is Ottoman in every sense of the word with every decorative detail exaggerated with sultan-esque pomp. The hotel’s Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, designed according to the principles of Feng Shui, is an impressive 2,400 square meters and offers all kinds of luxury. Ceramic benches underneath a sparkling dome, sea water pool and Jacuzzi, adventure showers, Laconium, Finnish sauna, ice fountain, meditation oasis, Kneipp basins, and the world’s only Dead Sea Water Floating Pool are just some of the standouts. Apart from all that goodness, the spa’s signature Caudalie body and facial treatments, such as the Barrel Bath or the Crushed Cabernet Scrub, are also unmatched.
A former Ottoman mansion right by the Bosphorus, the very lavish Çırağan Palace Kempinski is one of Istanbul’s most iconic hotels. Its spa is just as luxurious as expected, with a state-of-the-art wellness center and personal trainers. If you don’t feel like making your way to the dimly lit massage rooms, the staff will gladly come up to your room. Take a dip in the whirlpool, swim in the outdoor infinity pool, or get a massage in one of the private poolside cabanas. With so much historical pomp, the hotel’s hamam lives up to expectation with a treatment worthy of a sultan, including a cellulite reducing scrub, a grapeseed, coffee, brown sugar, and honey crystal body peel, an aromatic foam rub, and an oil massage.
You can only imagine what kind of luxury awaits at The SPA, belonging to the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus. Starting with the traditional Turkish hamam experience, the spa offers facial treatments (with exclusive products by Sodashi, Sundari, and Biologique Recherche), massages (deep body, hot stone, Thai, Balinese, Reiki, foot and more), anti-jet lag treatments, scrubs and wraps, plus manicures and pedicures for a head-to-toe beauty day. If all that isn’t enough, go ahead and jump into the indoor pool or sit around in the whirlpool.
The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul is a bit hard to miss as the glass skyscraper it calls home juts out of the city’s skyline. Known for luxury, the hotel’s Lavender Spa is where guests hang out by the pool with healthy drinks and snacks or sweat it off in the sauna and steam room. For the active people, the fitness center has all the right exercising tools as well as personal trainers. As for the signature treatments, Lavender Spa’s massage with South Pacific lava shells is quite popular. The warm tiger clamshells are used to massage the body at various pressures to reach every ache.