Steamy Af­fair

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Per­haps it’s the bil­low­ing clouds of steam or the mo­saic-tiled ham­mam, but a trip to M iraj Ham­mam Spa (page 51) is truly trans­portive. Upon ar­rival at this tra­di­tional M id­dle East­ern steam sauna, don a batik sarong and check your mod­esty along with your street clothes. Re­treat to the ham­mam cham­ber, where steam en­velops spa-go­ers to re­lease tox­ins and stim­u­late the senses. Next, the gom­mage: re­cline on a slab of Jerusalem gold mar­ble while the ther­a­pist scrubs your body with black M oroc­can soap. Not ready to leave this steamy oa­sis? In­dulge in a fa­cial or mas­sage, then re­lax in the Sul­tana Lounge and nib­ble M id­dle East­ern sweets. A truly regal re­treat.—Jill Von Sprecken

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