Hammams and Spas

Hammam El Bacha

Hmmam SpaAll hammams are single sex and have three main rooms: one cool, one hot, one – the steam room – very hot. Men keep on their underwear, women go naked. In public hammams, a masseur is available for an additional fee. Carry your own towels and toiletries. One of the most historic hammams, it was initially used by the staff of the Dar El Bacha just across the road. Still functioning, though poorly maintained, the highlight is an impressive 6-m (20-foot) cupola in the steam room. d Map H3 • 20 rue Fatima Zohra, Medina •

La Maison Arabe

The hammams housed in larger riads and hotels are often restricted to guests, but not at the Maison Arabe. Book yourself in for a vigorous gommage (rubdown) with a kissa (loofah mitten) and follow it up with a thorough massage. d Map H2 • 1 derb Assehbe, Bab Doukkala • 0524 38 70 10

Palais Rhoul

The hammam is attached to an exclusive Palmeraie villa but is open to all. Purpose-built, it is of palatial dimensions with a central plunge pool and boasts the finest masseur in Marrakech. d Dar Tounisi Km 5, Route de Fès, Palmeraie • 018 39 49 75 •

Bains de Marrakech

Located just inside Bab Agnaou, this spa centre offers a full range of treatments, from water massage to shiatsu, plus a traditional hammam. Spend a day pampering yourself, then pop over next door for cocktails at Riad Mehdi, occupying the other half of the town house. d Map J6 • 2 derb Sedra, Bab Agnaou, Kasbah • 0524 38 47 13 •

La Sultana

A recently built five-star hotel (see p116) next to the Saadian Tombs, it has a beautiful basement spa, complete with a star-domed marble jacuzzi, a hammam, a fitness centre and solarium. Packages include aromatherapy and seaweed treatments. d Map K6 • 403 rue de la Kasbah, Medina • 0524 38 80 08 •

Hivernage Hotel & Spa

A smart hotel close to the Mamounia, it has a well-equipped modern spa centre. Services include a hammam, essential oil baths, massages and a sports hall for those looking to sweat it out. A sauna, jacuzzi and a large pool are other options. d Map G4 • Cnr ave Echouhada & rue du Temple, Hivernage • 024 42 41 00 •

Sofitel Marrakech

Apart from weekends which are reserved for hotel guests, the doors of what is arguably the best spa in the city, are open to all. It offers attractive packages and has a well-trained staff. d Map G5 • Rue Harroun Errachid, Hivernage • 024 42 56 00 •

Hammam Ziani

Located near the Bahia Palace, this is a relatively new hammam, offering all the basic facilities (scrub, soak, steam and pummel) in significantly cleaner environs than many other medina bathhouses. d Map K4 • Rue Riad Zitoun El Jedid, Medina

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