The traditional Moroccan Hammam is the ultimate spa experience. Remove layers of dead skin and dirt, whilst indulging in some seriously sumptuous traditional Moroccan beauty products in a lovely, warm steam room. Whether you opt for the local Hammam, where you join local men/women in a communal steam room for a good old scrub down or you fancy going it alone in a private (more expensive) session, once you’re finished, we promise you you’ll feel totally brand new.
So what does the Moroccan Hammam involve?
When you go for a Hammam, be that at the local Hammam steam rooms or private, you’ll always be separated into men and women, so when it comes to the next step you have absolutely nothing to worry about.
You’ll then have to take off your clothes, down to your underwear (you can wear swimming bottoms, or the spa will give you spa knickers). For the shyer folks amongst us please note that this does mean that you have to be topless, so the Hammam might not be for everyone…
After spending some time relaxing and taking in the warmth of the room (which is especially brilliant during the winter months), you/your therapist applies Moroccan black soap all over your body and leaves it on your skin for up to 5 minutes. Moroccan black soap is made from a resin, which is a byproduct of the process of making olive oil, mixed with ash and/or potassium. It’s really good for you and actively softens and moisturises the top layers of skin, getting them nice and supple for step two.
Then your therapist, using either a special oat mixture or a rough exfoliating mitten/Kessa glove, will rub down your whole body removing all your dead skin - which at first is totally mind-boggling because of how much there is, but a Hammam is a really great way to remove it all.
TOP TIP: If you’re in Morocco on holiday, book a Hammam at the beginning of your stay so you enjoy a nice, even tan on new skin instead of scrubbing off all your hard work at the end of the trip.
Once you’re all scrubbed out (and a couple of kgs lighter) in a traditional Hammam, you’ll then enjoy a massage and a hair wash using the shower products you take with you, we’ll give you a list of things to take with you at the end - don’t panic! But if you decide to go for the private Hammam spa experience, the spa will supply all the beauty products for your treatment.
Sit back, relax and fill up your water buckets! In a traditional Hamman, you’re given water buckets that are yours to refill, so now your treatment is all finished, get filling and rinsing! Whilst you’re relaxing, rhassoul can then be applied and left for 10 minutes. Rhassoul is a restorative mud mask that leaves your skin as soft as the day you were born and is used at spas worldwide. At a spa/private Hammam, it’s up to your therapist to apply the rhassoul and rinse you off, leaving you for a couple of moments to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the steam room.
Hammam rooms are designed to be very relaxing spaces for you to enjoy some downtime. Moroccan locals view Hammams as places to get clean, detox and relax and visiting the local Hammam on a regular basis is common practice in Morocco. So whether you’re confident enough to hit up the local Hammam and do as Moroccans do, or you fancy going it alone at a local (more western) spa, you can’t leave Morocco without having your very own Hammam experience.
If you’re still feeling a little unsure about what happens during a Hammam you can check out this wicked video by our good friend Emily at Cous Cous Friday.