Stylishly Soak Away the Day at a Hammam
Enjoying a hammam experience while traveling in Istanbul was at the top of my list, but it was hard to choose where to soak! After all, the ritual of Turkish bathing wasn't one I was willing to just "leap" into; after stripping down to their bare essentials, bathers are soaked, washed and dried by same-sex attendants, typically in the sanctity of a mosque. But still, I didn't want to pick just "anywhere" to get naked and clean. Luckily, I stumbled upon the refined, spotless, inspiring and simply gorgeous space at the Kilic Ali Pasa complex near the Istanbul Modern Museum. I couldn't ask for a more swanky, special or amazing way to spend a relaxing afternoon, delving into Turkish tradition. When you're pruny and happy, they have a beautiful boutique next door to purchase lovely souvenirs to take home. For hours, policies, and booking see the link below and ENJOY!
Mimar Sinan, the court architect to Suleiman the Magnificent, designed the Kilic Ali Pasa mosque and its hammam, which first opened in 1580 just off the Bosphorus. Its waterfront location is appropriate given the mosque’s patron: Kilic Ali Pasa was an Italian-born pirate who converted to Islam and eventually became the Grand Admiral of the Ottoman Empire. After seven years of painstaking restoration, the hammam reopened in 2013. The reception area is under one of the tallest domes that Sinan designed—at 56 feet high—while smaller domes are pierced by star-shaped openings that flood the space with light. There are few more atmospheric places to experience a traditional Turkish bath, while the spa menu also includes massage treatments. The hammam’s renovation has given it a more contemporary feel, but in other ways it is decidedly old-fashioned: women are welcome only before 4 p.m. and men only after 4:30 p.m. Take flight on Turkish Airlines newest route, from Miami to Istanbul, beginning this month.
Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Hamam Sk. No:1, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
+90 212 393 80 10
Sun - Sat 8am - 11:30pm