Hammam Baths in Granada

The Al Andalus Hammam Baths in Granada are just off the famous River Darro with flags fluttering from the Alhambra tower above. Cross one of the ancient stone arched bridges and down a narrow back street the Hammam welcomes you to enter the hefty Moorish wooden door.

Al Andalus Hammam Baths Granada

Greeted by humidity and incense, candles and Moroccan decor you know the journey has begun. Welcomed, given a coloured band if you’re booked for a massage and protective plastic slip-ons to go over your footwear you enter the steamy, dimly-lit, senuous (but hot with street clothes on) changing rooms. Moorish horseshoe arches, candles, Nasri-style  decoration and beautiful tiles set the scene. Silence prevails. Relaxation and pampering begin here.

Hammam Baths, Granada

Head out into the baths and you’re shown the different bathing areas, one cold, one warm, two hot and the sauna. Take a shower in the massage area and you’re ready to float, relax, work your way through the different temperature baths, admire the lovely decor, inhale the incense and drift away to the soft and dreamy  Moorish music. The quietness, the ambient lighting and the romance means you will relax, except in the cold pool if you’re brave enough!

Hammam Baths, Granada

After several rounds of pools and sauna sessions, between hot mint tea which made you actually want to get into that cold pool, and having chosen between four different essential oils for our massage, we were summoned. I chose Lavender and hubby chose Pomegranate oil for ours.

Hammam Baths, Granada

Waiting briefly on a huge hot stone, too warm without a towel, I could have stayed there longer, our masseures beckoned us. Each in our own little cave-like cubby hole our chosen oil and our choice of back or legs or both and soft, medium or hard our Mimma massage began. After feeling clean and cleansed from bathing the massage was the cream on the cake. Pampered? Yes. Relaxed? Yes. Calm? Yes. Content? Yes. Revived? Yes.  Wanting to leave? NO!

I was a very contented guest of Hammam Al Andalus who have four Hammams in Spain in Cordoba, Granada, Madrid and Malaga.

Read some of my other posts about Granada

36 Hours in Granada

Taste of Granada Food Tour

Only Spain Boutique Hotels in Granada

Or my post about the Hammam Al Andalus in Malaga

Best Spa Hotels of the World in Spain

The collection of Best Spa Hotels of the World has two fabulous hotels in Spain, let’s take a peek at behind their doors to see why they are part of this great portfolio.

Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa

With forty  rooms and villas Hacienda Zorita on the edge of the famous university town of Salamanca and the impressive River Duero has lovely views. Once a Domincan monastery, its contemporary interior design compliments the solid 700 year-old structure and its long history of hospitality together with today’s modern amenities provides a graceful and elegant yet peaceful and comtemplative escape.

Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa

Hacienda Zorita  was brought back to life, after a long slow decline, as the home of Marques de la Concordia family of wines and now restored to its former glory with modern installations it’s now owned by The Hacienda’s Company, and is part of Small Luxury Hotels collection.

See Hotel Zorita on Best Spa HotelsHotel Zorita on Best Spa Hotels

 

Hotel Peralada Wine Hotel & Golf

Fifteen minutes from the Costa  Brava coast and in the middle of a golf course the 56 rooms offer fabulous views in peaceful surroundings. The innovative spa offers a wide range of treatments many of which are grape/wine based. What about a grape oil massage or a four-hand massage?

Hotel Peralada Wine & Golf

An ideal away break for golf lover and spa lovers, sharing both experiences or each to their own.

See Hotel Peralada on Best Spa Hotels 

Malaga Cruise Stop – What to Do

If it’s your first or fifth port stop in Malaga there is plenty to see and do in this vibrant, great-for-shopping city. Or if a spot of relaxing is in order then La Malagueta Beach is only a short walk away.

Museo Automovilistivo, Car Museum, Malaga
Car & Fashion Museum, Malaga

My Favourite Visits in Malaga

Calle Larios (opposite the port) for shopping

Car and Fashion Museum

Muelle Uno for shopping

The Alcazaba and Roman Theatre

Mercado Atarazanas great fresh food market

Mercado Atarazanas, Malaga
Mercado Atarazanas, Malaga

Where I like to Eat

Beach Bars on Playa La Malagueta

Balneario – a decent walk along the beaches

Mercado Merced – Gastro Market, usually busy with an incredible chose of tapas and rations

Pimpi – a great traditionally decorated bar

Playa La Malagueta, Beach Bars, Malaga
Playa La Malagueta  Beach Bar

A Bit Different

If you’ve been to Malaga several times and want something different and unique to do why not choose A Cooking Day. A cookery day with a Malaga local, Maite who speaks excellent English. She will collect you from the port and whisk you inland to her family farmhouse and you will gather fresh ingredients from her vegetable garden, cook and eat together.

What about a Hammam Al Andalus experience. A unique, sensual massage and cold, tepid  and hot Arab Baths to cleanse both body and mind right in the heart of old town Malaga.

Hammam Al Andalus, Malaga
Hammam Al Andalus, Malaga

 

A Moorish Massage and Arab Bath – Hammam Al Andalus in Malaga

If you like nothing better than relaxing but find it hard to do and to totally disconnect, a visit to a Hammam is what you need. A complete relaxation, pampering and massaging that makes it impossible not to forget the pressures of modern life.

Hammam Al Andalus have recreated a five-star experience and my visit to the Hammam in Malaga was just that, an incredible feeling of well-being, cossetted and pampered.

Hammam Al Andalus, Arab Baths Malaga

On arrival through the Moorish-arched doors the atmosphere starts to lull the senses, low-lighting, Moroccan music and aromatic essences begin your journey into the past. A time when much of southern Spain was ruled by the Moors and the hammams were gathering places for conversation and the ritual cleansing demanded by their religion.

Hammam Al Andalus, Arab Baths Malaga

Reaching the five senses the baths are beautifully decorated with natural light dancing through the roof and candles flickering shadows across the gorgeous tiles.

Hammam Al Andalus, Arab Baths Malaga

Essentials oils and aromas blend with the steam, low Arabic music soothes and relaxes, an assortment of teas and then comes the touch – a choice of massages, essential oils, foam, hot towels and a pure, ancient form of relaxation that can’t be beaten.

Hammam Al Andalus, Arab Baths Malaga

The Hammam was typically a hot bath, a cold bath and a warm bath and a steam room. When you’re steamed, stimulated in the cold pool, relaxed in the hot pool and generally chilled out in the larger warm pool, where traditionally hours would be spent in conversation,  you’re then ready for the ultimate massage – I choose a traditional Kessa Massage. A skin purifying cleansing on a warm stone with kessa glove and all-natural soap.

Hammam Al Andalus, Arab Baths Malaga

Lying there already relaxed after the round of pools, warm water is poured over you from the tips of your toes to your knotted neck. Then foamy bubbles engulf your body popping, rolling, covering, warming, never have I experienced anthing more sensual yet welcoming and caressing and I imagine being in my mothers arms, carefully being bathed, cared for and loved.

 

Read my post about the Hammam Al Andalus in Granada

See my Only Spain Boutique Hotel collection in Malaga province

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