All posts tagged: Hammam

Review: Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, Turkey

Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum has raised the bar for five-star luxury on the Turkish Riviera. Occupying an enviable position on a secluded stretch of coastline, the resort, a first for Mandarin Oriental in Europe is set amongst pine forests with two private beaches. The outstanding location and cutting edge design of this new resort ensures it’s a must-visit for the discerning traveller. With something for everyone, naturally there’s the beach, water sports, eight restaurants, jogging trails, kids club and a most impressive spa. The rooms are spacious and most have sea views. In fact space is the defining word of the property. There is room to move. High ceilings and a sense of light and openness define the sea facing monolith building. Sea views are captured at every turn, but that doesn’t detract from the exclusive feel and warmth of the hotel. Designed with signature dark wood panels, typical of many MO properties, marble is a key feature which is softened with splash of warm colour, yellow in particular help to add a comforting note to …

Review: Hammam al Andalus, Granada, Spain

THE STORY:Hammam al Andalus, Granada, Spain The tradition of the hammam is well documented in Moroccan history and played an integral part of daily life during the reign of the moors in Southern Spain. No where is this more prominent, than in Andalucia. In Granada, the magnificent Alhambra offers a glimpse of the public baths as they once were and makes it the best spa in Granada. Visitors can walk through the various bath house rooms with star light roofs, but it doesn’t give a sense of how the baths operated. Enter the Hammam Al Andalus chain of hammam bath houses across the region. With locations in Malaga,  Granada, Cordoba and Madrid, these hammam spas are faithful recreations of the traditional hammams from Moorish times. THE BEST SPA IN GRANADA: During a visit to Granada, I made some time to visit the local spa chain, situated in the shadow of the Alhambra. Said to be located on the site of a former historical hammam, although the evidence is a little sketchy, this labyrinth of bathing …

Review: Raffles Istanbul

THE HOTEL: Modern, elegant and refined, Raffles Istanbul presents a vision of the new modern, thriving city of Istanbul. It’s an imposing building which stands out on the skyline, towering above the Zorlu Center and has magnificent views of the European and Asian sides of the city. The vast reception and lounge areas of the hotel are impressive and bigger than some airports. The design touches reference old Istanbul and contrasts it with contemporary art works specially commissioned for the hotel opening. Fusing old and new the hotel retains the warmth and welcoming service renowned of the Raffles group. Excellent restaurants and the famous long bar ensure you will never go hungry (or thirsty) and that’s without stepping outside for the taste sensations of the city. I highly recommend that you book a Bosphorus view room. The mesmerising views change throughout the day with the ebb and flow of a city constantly on the move from morning to night. And the rooms – comfy big beds, huge bathrooms and the Horizon Suite has a bath …