The Hammam Spa is a welcome oasis from the hustle and bustle of King Street West.
When you step inside, everything is still and calm. And you feel almost instantly better.
I am greeted and shown into the change room. Inside my wooden locker is a wrap and a towel.
I had a brief tour of the spa and was shown a small sitting room where I could relax between treatments (a quick peek at this showed couples canoodling and people sipping tea) and the way to the Hammam.
” “Hammam” translates to “Ritualistic Bath”, and it’s a traditional Turkish bath. Turkish Baths traditionally functioned as steam-filled grottos for segregated social gatherings of the upper classes. Women and men would lounge among themselves, enjoying fragrant steam and luxurious body treatments while discussing politics and gossip.”
This spa features a 500 square foot urban Hammam. It’s co-ed and feels like a natural grotto with black slate surfaces and lit onyx bowls that hold iced towels and cold water to cool down. Eucalyptus oils are diffused in the Hammam, which helps to relax the muscles.
I was excited to try it! I was warned that it could get quite hot (90 degrees at its peak!) so if I felt uncomfortable I was welcome to try it in short bursts. When I went inside, I had the whole place to myself (yes!) and it was incredibly relaxing, warm and soothing. I feel like I definitely sweated out some toxins. As someone who finds it hard to breathe in saunas, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to handle the Hammam, but I was! It didn’t bother me at all.
After a bit, I was called in for my treatment. There are a variety of treatments available. I had decided to get the Argan Oil Massage ($155). Argan Oil comes from Morocco and has tons of excellent properties. It promotes anti-aging, protects your skin and hair and can help with blemishes. My massage therapist was very receptive to my needs and adjusted the pressure for me if I thought it was too hard (I’m a wimp.) It was the best massage I ever had! I left feeling refreshed and super relaxed. When I was done, I enjoyed a cup of tea and some dried fruit in the sitting room.
If you are getting stressed out during your holiday shopping, just pop into this spa, take a moment in the steam room, maybe get a treatment…and continue with your day. You’ll feel so much better!
Hammam Spa is located on 602 King Street West.