The Moroccan hammam-bath house is one of the most fascinating and immensely enjoyable experiences for people who are visiting Morocco for the first time. A Moroccan Hammam is one of the the must-things-to-do activties during a Morocco vacation. The Moroccan Hammam is a leisure actvity and involves a keen combination of personal indulgence. The Hammam is something that all locals in Morocco do as a weekly ritual. Each neighborhood in Morocco’s old cities (medinas) has a local hammam where mena and woman bathe.
Walking into the elaborately decorated Hammam you are greeted by a smiling woman who directs you to your private changing room. Dressed in a robe you pass bubbling zellij tiled fountains, rose petals that adorn the heated room, and the scent of orange blossom water as a woman leads the way to the sauna where your Moroccan bath house experience will begin. Morocco is a heaven the the ritualistic and traditional hammam experience. Marrakech has some of the best hammams and spas in the country.
The Moroccan Hammam has a sauna with open steam and the sweet smells of orange blossoms and rose water that fill each room. During a Moroccan hammam experience your muscles relaxi and your pores opening. The hammam masseuse, a waomn, enters the sauna and hands you some black soap and asks you to cover yourself in it, it will cleanse as well as exfoliate, she explains. After covering every inch of your body in the soap you lie back and let the steam work its magic. Soothing music plays as your masseuse gently wipes off the soap with an exfoliate glove, sluicing all of the impurities and dead skin off and leaving your skin feeling smooth and fresh. The sweet smell of almonds fill the air as she prepares for your full body massage.
Moroccan bath houses, or Hammams, are an important aspect of this North African culture. Serving as both a place for social gathering as well as a place for ritual cleansing most Moroccans visits a Hammam or bath house o at least once a week. Moroccans traditionally perform their own cleansing which consists of placing a mat on the floor and lying in a sauna-like room allowing your body to sweat out any impurities. While tourists are welcome to visit these traditional Hammams more private and luxurious bath houses, that closely resemble spas in the US, are also available. These Hammams offer exfoliation with a rough flat glove called a kiis and full body massages along with the time in the sauna.
So whether you have been exploring the city, hiking the mountains, or traversing the Sahara on a Desert Safari desert on camel back a Moroccan Hammam is the perfect place to relax, cleanse, and unwind.