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A guide to Moroccan Hammams

Hammams are a quintessential part of Moroccan culture. The word hammam translates as “bath,” but it has nothing to do with the kind of hot tubs you might find at a hotel spa or spa resort. A traditional hammam is an experience that combines relaxation and detoxification in one relaxing space: the steam rooms, saunas, showers—and even baths—are all part of your treatment!

What is a hammam?

A hammam is a traditional Moroccan spa. It is the place to relax, unwind and detoxify. You can also meet new people while you are there, or maybe even make some new friends!

Hammams are known for their pampering treatments: they offer hot steam baths (sometimes called “hammams”), massages, body scrubs and more!

What to expect on your first visit to a hammam?

When you arrive at the hammam, you will be greeted by a member of staff and given a towel and robe. The attendant will escort you to a private hammam room where he or she will turn on the shower for you. You will also find soap available in case your skin needs some extra exfoliation!

When it comes time for your massage, it is important that you are comfortable: after all, this is supposed to be a relaxing time! Don’t worry about being shy about getting naked in front of others—the attendants provide their own towels so that no one feels uncomfortable during the sessions?

They will help ensure that everyone gets what they need from the experience–whether that means warmth from body heat or soothing oils rubbed onto tired muscles–and then bid farewell until next time!

Recommended Morocco luxury spa retreats

Marrakech is the perfect place to experience a hammam. There are many spa hotels and resorts in Marrakech, so you can choose the one that suits your needs best. If you prefer something more luxurious, there are also some great spas at luxury resorts in Morocco.

If you are looking for a relaxing retreat with all of the traditional Moroccan rituals but without the hassle of booking flights or finding accommodations, then we recommend visiting one of these recommended Morocco luxury spa retreats:

Royal Mansour Marrakech

The Royal Mansour Marrakech hammam is located in the heart of the medina, within walking distance from many of Marrakech’s attractions. It has been around since 1880 and today operates as a traditional establishment that continues to offer its guests an authentic experience.

The Royal Mansour features several different treatment rooms, including one for hot steam baths (hammams) or cold-water treatments (fiz). In addition to these saunas, you can also enjoy your favorite type of massage—either traditional Moroccan style or European style depending on what you prefer!


Amanjena is a luxury spa retreat in Marrakech. It is a spa hotel in Marrakech, and it is also a spa resort. If you are looking for something more than just an ordinary day at the pool or on your yoga mat, Amanjena can help you find what you have been seeking—and it will likely exceed any expectations you might have had before going there!

Four Seasons Resort Marrakech

The Four Seasons Resort Marrakech is located in the heart of the medina, and it is not hard to find. This five-star hotel has been owned by the same family since 1967, so you can expect a warm welcome from your hosts.

The resort features two pools (one outdoor heated pool and one indoor heated pool), as well as two spas complete with hammam rooms that offer treatments ranging from traditional Moroccan baths to massages and facials. There are also tennis courts on-site for those looking to hit up some exercise before taking a dip in one of their many pools!

If you are looking for something different than what most people do during their stay at this luxury resort then I recommend checking out our review article on how to have an authentic Moroccan experience with our tips on where best to eat food while staying here!

STORY Rabat Spa and Hammam

If you are looking for an all-inclusive experience, Story Rabat Spa and Hammam have everything you need.

A haven for relaxation and pampering, the Story Rabat spa is a tranquil retreat. You will find a selection of spa experiences, including a traditional Moroccan bath, blissful massages, and results-oriented facials—all of which can also be enjoyed in the comfort of your private spa suite.

Each spa suite contains a comfortable treatment bed and Jacuzzi, as well as an open-air terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding gardens. The Moroccan Spa Suite includes a traditional hammam; the Contemporary Spa Suite offers a Finnish sauna and steam shower room.


The traditional Moroccan hammam has been around for centuries and is still practiced today, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy it. As well as being an effective way to unwind after a hard day’s work, it is also a great opportunity for meeting other travelers and gaining insight into local culture.

For those who want to experience a traditional Moroccan hammam, we recommend that you try out one of the above-recommended luxury spas. The experience will be unique and memorable, and it is always worth spending time in a hammam!