One of the best places to go to find luxurious Turkish baths is Turkey. For instance, in Istanbul you’ll really have a lot to choose from. If you want to know what to expect, read on.
Search for the keyword “hamami”. The local employees will greet you with a smile and bring you to a changing room, where you’ll get changed into a sheet. This is then followed by a luxurious extremely hot sauna, during which your body will get rid of all toxins. The sauna is usually used by men as well as women. Afterwards you’ll move to a room where you’ll rest and pour refreshingly cold or lukewarm water.
In the middle you’ll find a gigantic boulder on which you can lie, but the baths also offer massages for men which look a bit drastic at first glance. However, the local masseurs and employees know what they’re doing. Sometimes you’ll also find women’s massages on offer, but for instance in the luxurious Aga Hamami women have their own separate room for massages.
Women sit near cold faucets in a large room, and after a while a Turkish woman will come and bring them to the next room, where “cleaning” takes places. There, they are undressed from their sheets and a special tool is used to prepare a luxurious bubble bath; bubbles are then used for massaging. Note that the procedure might not be pleasant for everybody! But after being rinsed everywhere, you’ll be rewarded with a great feeling. First, knowing that it’s finally over, and second, you’ll really feel a certain physical as well as mental relief. Afterwards you get a dry towel and can move to an elegant room, where you can just relax on carpets and pillows and drink strong black or green tea.
First of all, you’ll feel completely clean and pure and you’ll have a pleasant uplifting feeling for the rest of the day. If you ever visit beautiful Istanbul, make sure to try this luxurious experience, it’s really worth it! And that’s quite the recommendation, considering the fact that I personally can’t stand saunas for more than two minutes and would never have considered it enticing to let a stranger wash me naked!