Istanbul is known for its long tradition of hamams, the steaming baths where people have for hundreds of years gone to relax and purify. Such is the tradition backing the The Rixos Royal Spa, a modern, clean, and above all cleansing space to unwind and decompress from the trials of the city day. Apart from the traditional hamam experience, where the body is washed fully followed by special conditioners to moisturize the skin, massage and facials are also on offer.
The relaxation starts the moment you walk in, as you are greeted with an atmosphere sublime; even the reception area is dimly lit and cozy, behind which you are led to the changing rooms for men and women. The lockers, which are of firm, wooden construction, lend a sense of softness and nature to the air. Everything you need is on hand: fresh towels, slippers, a robe, and even hair driers. As soon as you open the door to head to your treatment, the staff is waiting, ready to lead you downstairs to the spa area where different rooms designate the massage and facial sessions.
In the facial room, there is a marble sink in the back lined with products for you skin’s health, and the facial specialist performs an hour long treatment that goes from wash, to manual blemish removal, and soothing product application for a complexion that is instantly and visibly cleaner and more radiant.
In the massage room, the tables with leather upholstery receives you gently, and a number of massage options are at your disposal, including Six Hand Massage”, “Lavashell Massage” and “Special Rixos Body Massage.” Thais massage therapists work on a full body massage, complete with oils, beginning at the feet and moving all the way to the shoulders and head. Once this near-intoxicating experience is finished, you are left alone to redress, and move to another room to drink tea and reflect.
The entire spa is euphoric, and anyone looking for a true escape for the senses will appreciate the serenity that the spa affords. Rixos also offers Pilates, Kinesis, and Power Plate classes in the nearby fitness center to promote healthy lifestyles, if you are looking for a more active physical challenge. Kamerhatun Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No:44, Tepebaşı; P: (0212) 377 70 00