Where to get squeaky clean with our list of the best hammams
Regenerate your skin with a soapy scrub at one of these fabulous hammams
1. The Moroccan
As you drive up to the Oriental Hammam spa you’ll meander through the resort’s perfectly manicured gardens, alive with all manner of birds. It’s a calming experience and the perfect way to prepare your senses for what follows. The hammam itself, filled with the sound of trickling water and decorated with ornate tiles, Arabic trinkets and several beautifully lit Jacuzzis, is fully equipped for relaxation. The Royal Hammam started with gentle lathering in Moroccan black soap made from olives – we could actually see pieces of olive skin in it – before spending five minutes in the steam room. The suds were washed off, before we were given a good scrubbing on a marble table. We were then covered in wonderful eucalyptus-scented Ghassoul clay, wrapped in a sheet and given a honey facial, followed by a massage. A royal treatment indeed.
Modesty factor? Ladies are provided with teeny tiny paper pants and a shawl (which is removed again almost immediately). For this treatment it’s best to leave shyness at the door.
aOne& Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, Dubai, daily 10 to 11pm, ladies 10am to 2pm, gents 8pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 3999999. Taxi: One&Only Royal Mirage. royalmirage. oneandonlyresorts.com