When in Morocco…we try out a Hammam at La Sultana

La sultana spa marrakesh Morocco Maroc

Reading up on Morocco, one thing that kept cropping up was the Hammam, which is an incredibly important part of Moroccan culture and life. Men, women and children will visit their local Hammam at least once a week, to get clean, share gossip and relax.

Not being brave enough for a public Hammam experience, we booked ourselves into the spa at our hotel, La Sultana Marrakech.

The walk down to the spa was blissful, gentle bird song from the outdoor area as well as the smell of jasmine incense. We felt calm before we even got there!

La sultana spa marrakesh Morocco Maroc
Passageway to spa.
© La Sultana

We were given a box with slippers, robe and disposable pants and shown where to change. After chortling at the lovely pants, we headed to the spa area.

La sultana spa marrakesh Morocco Maroc
Main spa area, La Sultana. © La Sultana

What a beautiful place – warm, fragrant and relaxing,  perfect!

This all changed!  In the steam room, which is like a sauna with water, the female assistant splashed us with hot water from head-to-toe until we were both drenched! We were allowed to sit, relax and acclimatise.

The assistant returned and then covered us with savon noir, a blend of olive oil and eucalyptus oil.  This cleans, freshens and moisturises your skin. After rinsing with more hot water, We were instructed to lie down on the heated marble seats – very hot seats!

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Heated room
© La Sultana

The delicate lady soon showed she had the strength of an ox – sloughing our skin away. No relaxation here! Once the front was done, the sides and back were sloughed within an inch of its life. I could certainly feel the tingle!

We had added on a clay body wrap, the price was good so we thought we would go for the full experience. Covered from head-to-toe in clay and then wrapped in plastic to cook – well that’s what it felt like.

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Storage box for belongings

We were roasted, thankfully our lovely spa assistant retrieved us and revived us with some water, fitted our robes onto us and handed us our slippers so we could relax at the indoor pool.

Outdoor pool la sultana hotel Marrakesh Morocco
Indoor pool
La Sultana, Marrakech

With some fresh mint tea prepared, a head massage and a cooling eye mask we were nearly ready to face the world. Well, maybe after just one more cup of mint tea…

Mint tea la sultana Marrakesh Morocco
View of Atlas Mountains from the roof terrace

The Spa at La Sultana, Marrakech is open from 10am – 8pm

Treatment prices can be found here

We picked the Royal Hammam treatment with an extra body wrap, this treatment costs roughly £39 each which is worth it as we spent a good couple of hours being pampered.

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Relax by the pool

Many thanks to La Sultana Hotel & Spa, Marrakech for the wonderful experience. You can read our review of the hotel’s accommodation here, our lunch here and our cookery class here, which was also our lunch on the second day of our stay.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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