The Turkish Bath or “Hamam” is one of the delights of Turkish culture. If experienced early in your holiday it is also said to be a great way to deepen and prolong your holiday tan.
Steeped in culture, and akin to a Roman bath, you will find traditional hammams all over Turkey. In many Turkish towns, the Hamam is segregated for men and women, however, in Kalkan our Hamams are open to all, to allow for couples and families to enjoy the experience together.
A traditional Turkish bath usually bath consists of a marble-clad room with marble bench-style seating around the sides and a central marble slab. Around the edges are elegant taps and marble basins used to fill bowls, “Kurna”, with warm water, which you pour over yourself to prepare your skin for the next part of the journey. The marble is heated underneath by warm water/air being pumped around, and although it is warm it is never over hot, it is a pleasant and relaxing environment, where you can chat and while away time.
The next part of the experience is the body scrub (known as “Kese”) performed by a trained “Tellak” for men or “Natir” for women. The body scrub is generally performed on the central slab, this is where all the layers of dead skin are removed in gentle circular movements, do not be alarmed by the amount of dead skin that appears around you, the body generates new skin cells approximately every 27 days!
One of the best parts of the whole experience is the washing. This is where you are washed from head to toe with wonderful-smelling soap bubbles. These bubbles are massaged into the new skin and you are immersed in a beautiful bubble world before they are washed off and you are feeling relaxed and renewed.
At the end of the bath, you will have the chance to relax on a sun bed, wrapped in a towel and to cool down before showering to go home.
After the Turkish Bath, your skin will feel ultra clean and your body relaxed, be careful about going in the sun for 12 hours as you will be exposing the beautiful new skin cells that your body has spent 27 days making!
You are now ready to start your holiday in Kalkan!
Kalkan has several options for your Turkish bath, and should you wish to participate we can advise you where is available.
Note: We suggest that you wear your swimwear to the Hamam, and ladies will find a two-piece bikini or tankini an easier choice when it comes to getting scrubbed.