Best Spas in Istanbul: Where to Get pampered in the Turkish capital.
Spa treatments and soapy scrubs in a steamy hammam are one of İstanbul’s quintessential experiences and here are some of the best spas in Istanbul to do it.
AJWA Hotel Sultanahmet
AJWA Hotel Sultanahmet’s new spa menu at Afiya Spa focuses on vitamin and mineral enriched seaweed-based treatments. These luxurious beauty treatments are not only unique but focus on anti-ageing and full body slimming, using seaweed’s remarkable fat burning qualities. Embracing one of nature’s oldest beauty trends by incorporating seaweed into its treatments, Afiya Spa takes its inspiration from traditional rituals and natural ingredients. The new seaweed-based treatments are perfectly suited for the skin as the mineral content of some seaweeds is as high as 80%, meaning the body’s minerals will be replenished, the skin will be protected against free radicals, the body will be detoxified and damaged skin cells will be renewed. Afiya Spa is part of the five-star AJWA Hotel Sultanahmet, an artisanal gem, offering a range of luxury services by combining traditional rituals adapted to modern life. Seaweed is not the only natural product embraced by the Afiya Spa, as treatments using turmeric, Turkish coffee and rose are also available.
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Lavender Spa at The Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul is a bit hard to miss as the glass skyscraper it calls home juts out of the city’s skyline. Known for luxury, the hotel’s Lavender Spa is where guests hang out by the pool with healthy drinks and snacks or sweat it off in the sauna and steam room. For active people, the fitness centre has all the right exercising tools as well as personal trainers. As for the signature treatments, Lavender Spa’s massage with South Pacific lava shells is quite popular. The warm tiger clamshells are used to massage the body at various pressures to reach every ache.
Sanitas Spa at Çırağan Palace Kempinski
A former Ottoman mansion right by the Bosphorus, the very lavish Çırağan Palace Kempinski is one of Istanbul’s most iconic hotels. Its spa is just as luxurious as expected, with a state-of-the-art wellness centre and personal trainers. If you don’t feel like making your way to the dimly lit massage rooms, the staff will gladly come up to your room. Take a dip in the whirlpool, swim in the outdoor infinity pool, or get a massage in one of the private poolside cabanas. With so much historical pomp, the hotel’s hammam lives up to expectation with a treatment worthy of a sultan, including cellulite reducing scrub, a grapeseed, coffee, brown sugar, and honey crystal body peel, and aromatic foam rub, and an oil massage.