The Turkish bath known locally as the Hamam, is one of the ancient world’s most widely exported customs. The tradition of the Turkish bath was born generations ago, adopted from Romans and Byzantines then perfected by the Seljuk and Ottoman Turks. The tradition continues right up to this very day!
What happens in a Hamam?
Well, the ritual is simple. You will be provided with a Pestemal (a large thin cotton striped or checked towel which is usually wrapped around the chest) and you will enter into the hammam’s core Sicaklik (hot room). To feel more comfortable we suggest our guests wear their bathing suits as well.
Sicaklik (also known as Hararet), is a room with a heigh ceiling where the sound of splashing water, the scent of soap, and wafting steam leaves daily concerns and worries behind. In the gentle moist heat your body relaxes, your nerves are soothed, and your skin becomes supple. You sit down at one of the marble wash basins which line the walls, and adjusting the temperature of the water to a delicious warmth, dip the copper bathing bowl into the basin and tip the water over your head and body. Waves of relaxation will seem to pour right through you as the water ripples down.
If you purchase the peeling & soap massage, which is known as «Kese» in Turkish Bath culture, your attendant will come to you when your skin has become the right temperature to begin a rejuvenating peel that will discard the rough dead cells on your skin's surface. The attendent will pour water on you and then lightly but effectively scrub every inch of your body so that every bit of dark, dead and dirty skin is scrubbed off with the special «Kese» scrub.
After the dead skin has been washed off you will be lathered with liquid soap and shampoo. You will be lightly rubbed with the soap bubbles and cleaned. Finally with one last wash of the soap from your body you will be ready to leave the Sicaklik. Your attendant will provide you with fresh towels and you will be brought to the Relaxation room to rest, dry off and socialize with other guests who have also completed the ancient ritual.
After you’ve rested for as long as you please, you may opt to get a massage. Our trained therapists will provide you with a wide selection of massages to chose from including a classic massage, an arometherapy massage, a medical massage and more in designated massage rooms with relaxing music playing in the background. The hamam and massage is guaranteed to make you feel completely relaxed and renewed.
Once you’ve pampered yourself, your fresh skin will be glowing rosily and you will feel it much softer and certainly more pure.
Even though the Sauna is not part of the traditional Turkish Bath, we offer its’ use to our guests as well. There are two types: a Finnish sauna (a classic dry-air sauna) and the Norweigan steam bath (with moist heat). L’Oceanica Hamam & Sauna is open every day from 09:00 to 20:00. For more details about massages and rates, please consult the Hamam Reception.