Set in the peacefully secluded leisure area, some 25m from the hotel's main patio, our spa, L'Arganier, includes a classic, marble-clad, domed hammam and separate sauna plus two treatment rooms and a rest area, each having traditional latticed windows (menze) overlooking the swimming-pool and sun terrace.
A hammam session in a traditional steam bath involves a washdown and numerous dousings with hot water and concludes with an invigorating bucket of cold. This is followed by a 'gommage' (a vigorous scrub down using black beldi soap made from olives and eucalyptus leaves) and then by a gentle massage of back, neck and shoulders administered by a spa therapist to relieve muscular tension.
During pre-booked hammam sessions wear the kind of clothing in which you feel comfortable, a swimsuit, ideally, or underwear. In the Spa you will find changing cubicles, lockers for your clothes and personal effects, bathrobes, sandals and towels. Allow 15 mins following your treatment to relax and recover, sipping some mint tea or refreshing iced water before returning to the outside world.
In addition to hammam sessions, a range of invigorating and soothing massages is offered in the spa, most of them derived from ancestral tradition and an understanding of the beneficial effects of herbal therapies. At each treatment session plant oils are carefully selected by our qualified, experienced therapists to suit different skin types and the needs of each client i.e. massages can act both as a stimulant and to generate a feeling of total relaxation.
A Hammam Bath with 'gommage' (max 4 persons): 30 mins 180 dh
Hammam & Gommage with rhassoul full body mask of volcanic clay to purify the skin 45 mins 260 dh
Hammam & Gommage with full body seaweed mask to aid weight loss and eliminate toxins 45 min 270 dh
MASSAGES - a range of treatments is available, each taking between 25 and 50 mins; here are just three:
Traditional foot massage (welcome after pounding the streets or shopping in the souks!): 20 mins 190 dh
Back massage, with rosemary oil and warm towels: 30 mins 200 dh
'The Relaxer', with verbena oil, reduces stress and heightens a feeling of well being: 45 mins 320 dh