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A Soothing of the Senses in the Turkish Riviera

Spot: Get ready for the ultimate well-being journey at the heart of the Turkish Riviera!

With lush green forests of pine and cedar, fine sand beaches, and crystal-clear turquoise sea, the breathtaking Turkish Riviera is the ultimate holiday destination. The definition of a holiday, however, is by no means limited to the seaside. The Turkish Riviera is also the picture-perfect destination for a pampering break that provides ultimate relaxation. Now, is the perfect time for a seamless well-being experience.

This is the ideal time to focus on yourself, to take a break, and direct your energy on becoming a better version of yourself. Away from the struggles of city life, the Turkish Riviera is perfect for a well-being holiday. From centuries-old traditional Turkish bath experiences and sunrise yoga practices to contemporary spa and reflexology sessions, the modern yet well-rooted in tradition, Turkish Riviera offers endless options to each and every visitor in search of relaxation.

A traditional pampering break: The Turkish bath

After a day of sightseeing and beach fun, unwind by heading to a hammam, known also as a Turkish bath. Decompress in the sauna and steam bath, and then go for a foam and oil massage, a clay mask, or the special bride and groom packages.

Scattered in city centres all across Türkiye, historical hammam buildings have a particular architecture. The hammam, the ancestor of the spa, provides a unique oriental bathing experience. As a thousands-year-old purification ritual, this gender-separated relaxation break in the mystical atmosphere of a bathhouse is a traditional way to get yourself squeaky clean and a natural tonic to the stress of modern life.

Take a seat on the marble slab and pour water over your body with a gold- or silver-plated bowl. Then lie on the heated marble platform (göbektaşı in Turkish) and surrender to the knowledgeable hands of the tellak or natır who will rub your body with a coarse bath-glove for a healthy peeling, soap you down, and then offer you a silky massage for a perfect relaxation. At the end of the ritual, enjoy an ice-cold beverage in one of the specially designed shared spaces. You may want to stop by the souvenir shop to get your own quality bath towel and washing gloves. 

Your own private sanctuary

If you prefer a more contemporary version full of modern alternatives, head directly to the spa to indulge your senses with an ultimate spa session – you can opt for the spa in your hotel or choose one a little further afield for an adventure.

The spas in hotels are a true haven of tranquility offering luxurious cabins, inside and outside relaxation areas, and peaceful landscaped terraces reflecting the much-loved Mediterranean landscapes. At destination spa resorts, your stay includes lavish accommodation, exceptional farm-to-table dining, outdoor escapades, and wellness programs.

Place yourself in the expert care for a massage therapy – fluid strokes relax muscles and stimulate tissues for supple firmness. The skin is softened with essential oils, and moisturized; the body feels lighter and fatigue fades away. Remember that massages have been shown to improve the quality of sleep and the immune system, promoting an overall sense of well-being.

The pampering sessions do not end here: you can opt for a facial care session, try out the sauna and the steam bath, or enjoy a jacuzzi break. You may also want to stop by the spa stores for a unique shopping experience and discover a combination of art, beauty, and fragrances. Here you’ll find anti-aging skincare collections, perfumes, eaux de cologne, traditional hammam supplies, and high-end textile products.

You may want to opt for an excursion outside the hotel to a well-being centre. Located in calm, serene spaces, these centers are perfect for those seeking rejuvenation of the body and regeneration of the soul. More than just a lovely indulgence, these centres provide elements for both your physical and emotional well-being.

One step further: Well-being in nature

Well-being has no limits. The Turkish Riviera is a seamless destination that provides you optimal healing through the reconnection with nature. Keep in mind that a wellness vacation does wonders for both body and mind. Time to re-establish your mind and emotions, and re-energize and balance your body through yoga, meditation, and daily nature walks.

When it comes to yoga practices, the Turkish Riviera is a true paradise. You’ll find beautiful facilities in hotels and exclusive yoga camps in total harmony with nature. Embrace the day with a morning yoga session greeting the sun above the beautiful lush green and turquoise landscape. Enjoy a 100% natural detox juice to revitalize health and energy.

A silent meditation break in nature could help you focus on your quest for existential meaning. Just give ear to bird songs and cicada chants to concentrate again on your breath and existence.

After a gorgeous day spent on the seaside, you can end your day with a long, mindful nature walk on a sandy beach or in the lush green forest. Tune up with a sensory walking session for some stress-busting and mood-boosting. First, walk while keeping your eyes still and watching the view change as shapes shift in and out of your line of vision. Then, focus on the soles of your feet, becoming aware of different sensations there as the surface changes. And now, focus on the sounds of your footsteps, the waves, or the leaves – the world moves around you as you walk. Lastly, focus on tastes and smells in the air. Carpe diem – come rejuvenate in the Turkish Riviera!