The hammam treatment is one of the most popular full-body spa experiences in the Middle East and is a bathing ritual that’s been around since the Roman era. Since then, it has evolved from being a very public experience to a private and personal one. The focus is on purifying the body to deeply cleanse both skin and senses and involves relaxation, cleansing, exfoliation, and massage – totally transforming you from top to toe.
The Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont The Palm in Dubai offers a luxurious hammam experience that only uses 100 percent organic, natural ingredients created by Dubai-based skincare brand Shiffa. If you’re looking for a way to unwind, to transform your skin, and for a treatment that will leave you feeling like a new person both inside and out, then this two-hour-long spa session of pure, utter indulgence is for you.
The award-winning Willow Stream Spa places a strong emphasis on holistic and natural well-being and offers an escape from crazy city life where you can nourish and restore your mind, body, and soul. Before your treatment, you’re given a big fluffy robe to change into and you have time to enjoy the relaxation area (which is like being in someone’s very luxurious living room with sumptuous sofas and coffee tables adorned with glossy magazines, flowers, and even reading glasses), a cup of herbal tea, and some healthy nibbles before being whisked off to your very own private hammam chamber.
Once inside your floor-to-ceiling tiled room, which is essentially a luxurious steam room but smells better than any you’ve ever been in, you lie on a large stone slab and the treatment begins. You’re first splashed with warm water to rinse your body, then Shiffa’s ‘Aromatic Hammam Soap’ is rubbed onto the body and neck. It is left to sink into the skin for about ten minutes, really entering the pores to deeply cleanse thanks to the heat of the steam, before it’s rinsed off with more warm water.
Up next is the mitt exfoliation process, which is the ultimate way to rid your body of dry, dead skin and to smooth and polish. You also get to keep your mitt so you can benefit from it at home, as a weekly scrub is the perfect way to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. After another rinse, a ‘Rose Clay Body Mask’ is applied to the entire body, which is formulated to regenerate and heal the skin. While it works its magic, your hair is washed and conditioned and you’re treated to a blissful head massage. Expect to drift off to sleep at this point.
Once the mask is rinsed off and you’re fully dried, it’s off to your sumptuous treatment room where the experience finishes with a full-body massage using the ‘Rose Bliss Balm’, which seals in moisture whilst nourishing and protecting the skin. Calming music plays as rose incense burns and candles flicker, providing the perfect way to end the most heavenly of hammams.
For more information and to book an appointment, call (+971) 4 457 3545.