One of the the must-do experiences during your vacation is to spend the afternoon at leisure in a traditional Moroccan Hammam. The Moroccan hammam begins with a traditional ritual of glazing the body with – ghassoul, a natural clay extracted from the Atlas Mountains and blended with water to rid the skin of impurities.Then black soap, is applied on the body, made with olive oil and eucalyptus leaves softens the skin prior to a body scrub. The next phase is rose water, made from Atlas roses and used to calm the skin; and finally argan oil to moisturize the skin, are essential components of this important ritual. Morocco Traveler’s Recommendations of the Best Spas & Hammams in Essaouira. AZUR SPA
A spa in seaside Essaouira offering massage, hammam and beauty with argan products and local flower essences. Moroccan owned.
Address: 15 rue Khalid Ben Walid
LES MASSAGES BERBERES
As the name suggests, this place does massages using essential and local argan oils. The prices are fixed at 250.00MAD for a one-hour massage and 350.00MAD for a two-hour massage.
Address: 135 Mohamed El Quorry (Bab Marrakech)
HAMMAM LALLA MIRA
For a traditional experience in a commercial hammam try a full body scrub and ghassoul treatment. The hammam can be booked privately or in same-sex groups of up to four people. Men and women bath at separate hours with women from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and men from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Appointments required.
Address: 14 Rue d’Algerie
Combine a winery tour and sampling with lunch by the pool at Val d’Argan for a leisurely day in the countryside of Essaouira. It’s worth the trip here if only to sample the wines of the region – the gris and rose in a variety of labels are the perfect accompaniment to a lovely meal.
The gardens surrounding the guesthouse and pool provide the organic ingredients used to prepare lunch and dinner, served poolside. After lunch, spend the afternoon lounging by the pool, enjoying the chill-out atmosphere.
Address: Douar Bouzama
JARDIN BY VILLA MAROC
Just 15 minutes from the Essaouira medina, the food, ambiance and décor here provide the perfect day out in the countryside. The large pool is heated with argan shells so it’s an ideal escape even if there is a bit of wind. The rate is 250.00MAD per person and includes transfer, lunch and sun lounger with towel.
PALAIS HEURE BLEUE
Part of the Relais & Chateaux hotel collection, the luxurious black-marble hammam at Palais Heure Bleue is dimly lit, creating a romantic and relaxing experience. Non-hotel residents are invited to make appointments between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Address: Rue Ibn Battouta (Bab Marrakech)
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