Thursday, June 12, 2008

New hammam opens in the Fez Medina

An ancient hammam (traditional bathhouse)in the Fez Medina has opened its doors to the public. The View from Fez were invited to be the first to experience the new service and so we sent our team of hammam connoisseurs along to investigate.
The workmanship is superb

The restoration of the ancient hammam has been the work of the team at Riad Laaroussa. Some months ago they discovered the run down facility in a room close to their entrance foyer and decided that it was worth saving. No expense was spared and now the facility is up and running.

At the heart of the hammam - the steam room - the original domed ceiling has been repaired and in keeping with the peaceful atmosphere of the room has been done up in beautiful black and grey with white plaster. It is in this room that the trained attendants wash and scrub you with traditional black soap.

After being scrubbed and washed for about forty minutes we were offered a shower complete with good quality shampoos and conditioners followed by ten minutes relaxation with refreshments in the calm candle-lit atmosphere of a small salon.

The forty minute massage that followed was wonderful. The massage, with either jasmine or orange-blossom essential oil, was sensitively performed to a quite background of Moroccan music. All in all a great experience.

The Details:

The full service in the Hammam Laarousa costs 600 dirhams or 300 for wash and scrub only. A massage by itself is also 300. However we suggest you experience the full treatment and savour the atmosphere in a remarkably well restored hammam.

For bookings ring Riad Laaroussa on 074187639 (and mention you heard about it on The View from Fez!)



Anonymous said...

"Tip for Catriona. Next time come to Fez and have a real hammam - Price 6 dirhams."- The view from Fez Dec 24 2006.

Anonymous said...

where is a good hamman in your opinion? We're arriving tomorrow in Fes and staying in the medina