Spa of the week –-Indulge in some Turkish tradition at the Ritz-Carlton Spa at Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul

Sitting at the world’s crossroads between Asia and Europe, in enchanting Istanbul is the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul. With views over the Bosphorus, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul highlights the decadence and culture of the historic Ottoman Empire for its modern luxury guests. In this city, known for its traditional hammam and baths, the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul’s Spa offers some exceptional wellness programs including alfresco treatments in a one-of-a-kind al fresco spa. The Spa offers eight treatment rooms, a unique 17-metre indoor pool and an authentic Turkish Hammam with its giant carved stone basins, flowered mosaics and ornate brass taps that overlook a giant marble treatment area. A couples-Hammam suite is also available for couples to indulge in some traditional pampering. The hammam treatment here includes a relaxing steam bath or sauna, deep cleansing using a traditional glove or kese and natural soaps and a full body massage. Post-hammam pampering includes winding down in the relaxation zone while sipping on some fruit juices or Turkish teas.

The hotel also boasts of Istanbul’s only Open Air Spa, popular among the city’s sun-lovers. The terrace features two indulgent treatment rooms in addition to a pool, three alfresco Jacuzzis, a sophisticated bar, sleek decking and stylish sun-loungers. Visitors are also treated to healthy and revitalizing detox cocktails for that added refreshment, served at the Open Air Spa – which is also accessible for external guests at a charge.
The Spa offers its guests the exclusive Valmont treatments and products. This highly effective and popular brand is known for its suitability to all skins, specifically those concerned with premature aging and environmental stress.

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Couple's suite
Couple’s suite

Recommended for Men – The Stressbuster
A tension specific massage designed to provide deep tension relief of the back, neck, shoulders and head. Perfect for headache and migraine sufferers or generally for anyone who suffer with stress related conditions, the treatment uses a special “Peace Balm” on problematic areas making it a perfect “pick me up.”
The 45-minute treatment is priced at $120.

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Recommended for Women – The Signature Facial
Ritz-Carlton Istanbul’s Signature facial is a pampering treat where warm and cool techniques are used to hydrate, soften and soothe the skin while incorporating the popular Turkish ingredient rose for its nurturing anti-oxidant properties. This facial treatment can be customized to treat specific skin types and conditions.
The 70-minute facial is priced at $160.

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Couple's Hamam suite
Couple’s Hamam suite

If you are in the mood to splurge – The Signature Total Indulgence 295USD
For a complete relaxation experience, the signature total indulgence offers a combination of traditional and personalized techniques, in Turkish style. Guests can choose an indulgence of Energy, Inspiration or Calm massages, all using organic ingredients that are locally sourced. This is followed by a hydrating and refreshing hammam treatment and finished off with an all-encompassing massage leaving you thoroughly indulged from head to toe.
The 120-minute massage is priced at $295.

The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Suzer Plaza
Askerocagi Caddesi,
No:6, 34367 Elmadag/Sisli
Istanbul, Turkey