The ancient ritual of hammam, also known as the Turkish hamam or Turkish bath, has become a popular trend in the spa world in the last couple of years, but how much do you really know about this purifying and cleansing treatment? This insider’s guide to all-things-hammam, from the experts at SpaFinder and NewBeauty, shares everything from the tradition’s history to the four-step process to the look of this exquisite spa experience, which offers true results.
Deemed one of the hottest spa trends for 2010 (SpaFinder’s Susie Ellis even dubbed it the “Year of the Hammam”), this ancient ritual of cleansing is rising in popularity within the modern spa world.
The age-old ritual of hammams has been a centuries-old fixture on the spa circuit in places like Eastern Europe and the Mideast, and is now emerging across North America— from Winnipeg to Manhattan to Miami—even aboard cruise ship spas!
The Mayflower Inn and Spa in Washington, CT, is readying for opening. I was invited to be a part of one of the property’s “soft opening” groups this past week. My reaction? Words like stunning, gorgeous, exquisite, tasteful, thoughtful, and amazing come to mind. Without giving away some of the surprising details that will unfold [...]
Earlier this week Peter and I were in the “audience” during a presentation given by two Cornell University students who are getting their Masters of Management in Hospitality (MMH). They had chosen the topic of revenue management in the spa industry and used the two of us as resources. The students’ primary and secondary research [...]
“Women use an average of 12 products on their skin every morning just to get ready for work.” Dori Soukup shared that wisdom at last week’s panel on spa residential living when someone asked her whether enough products would be sold if a spa were not open to the general public but only to members [...]
One of my dreams came true on Monday. Having been the “lone ranger” three years ago when predicting the popularity of spa lifestyle communities, it was heartening to have the privilege of moderating a panel at the American Spa Expo on Spa Residential Living. And it was even sweeter that my husband, Peter, was there. [...]
On Friday Avon announced that it is closing its salon and spa in Manhattan on June 16, after eight years of operation. Avon’s only spa is prominently located in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. When I heard the news, I naturally wanted to get more details, not only because we participated in a press event [...]
I spent today going through medical tests at the WellMax Center for Preventive Medicine in La Quinta, California (near where I am vacationing and, yes, trying to resist the temptation to call my office). We met Dr. Dan Cosgrove (pictured at right), its founder, five years ago at an event here in the desert that [...]
I just got an email from my office reminding me that I am on vacation. Yikes. I deserved that – and needed that. Here I am in beautiful Palm Desert, California for a week of r&r;, but I’m still checking email and “handling” things back at the New York office. Clearly I am not practicing [...]
Coldwater Creek opened their first of many spas this month in Oregon. I spent some time going through the website and am very impressed with not only the site but also the spa concept. Coldwater Creek’s website has a great style, is well thought out, and communicates their brand, which looks to be a fresh [...]