The Four Seasons Hotel at the Bosphorus is one of the most luxurious hotels in Istanbul. But, aside from the legendary service and opulent surroundings, one of the most important reasons to visit is their incredible spa. The spa, which lies deep within the hotel, is a beacon of elegance and beauty. Complete with marble-clad traditional Turkish hammams, treatment rooms, a mosaic pool and very well-trained therapists – you could spend days exploring the huge space. The spa menu offers facials, massages and, my favorite, the hammam ritual.
The hammams at the Four Seasons are sacred. The marble is heated and your therapist invites you in dressed in a modest bathing suit. After slipping into a pair of disposable underwear, you lie on the warm marble. Over the next 30 minutes, the therapist performs a series of tasks including scrubbing, buffing, cleansing and sudsing your entire body until your skin is baby soft. What a treat. After, your therapist moves you into a dimply lit relaxation room where you’re able to lounge with a cup of ginger tea and snack on dried fruit and nuts. The experience, in its entirety, is pure heaven.
You can’t miss the opportunity to treat yourself while in Turkey. And, there’s no better place to do it than the spa at the Four Seasons at the Bosphorus.