Istanbul's spas are probably the closet thing to a beauty fiend's Mecca there is. Nestled down little cobbled streets in the ancient walled city that used to be called Constantinople, between two of its most important historical and religious landmarks – the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia – you find the treasure that gave rise to the worldwide love of Turkish baths and hamams. These places are hot, steamy places of beauty, and a must-make pilgrimage for weary travellers.
Gaia Spa & Fitness Centre
The Grand Hyatt Istanbul’s renowned Gaia Spa & Fitness Centre promises an unparalleled pampering experience in its four specially-designed private therapy rooms. You can choose from a wide array of massages, facials and peeling treatments or combine them in one of the exclusive ‘journey’ packages promising total relaxation. Gaia Spa & Fitness Centre is also home to a traditional Ottoman hamam, steam rooms, an outdoor pool, a high-tech fitness studio, and an exercise room where guests can take yoga and Pilates classes. www.istanbul.grand.hyatt.com
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Iridium SPA Istanbul
The St. Regis Istanbul’s Iridium SPA Istanbul is equipped with seven therapy suites, three relaxation pools, as well as saunas and steam rooms. The spa offers an international mix of Swedish, Thai, Bali and Indian massages as well as speciality treatments such as the Jet Lag Massage using Ayurvedic and traditional Hungarian products from the brands Sundãri and Omorovicza respectively. www.iridiumspaistanbul.com
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Four Seasons Hotel’s spacious The SPA offers a great selection of massage therapies and signature treatments to suit your every mood. The SPA is also home to a Turkish hamam, indoor pool and fitness centre. To get the full luxury treatment, we recommend opting for the three-hour ‘Day by the Bosphorus’ Spa Journey, which combines a Turkish hamam experience with a massage and facial of your choice. www.fourseasons.com