Turkish bath, called in Turkish “Hamam”, has been part of the Turkish Culture for hundreds of years. There are Hamams in Turkey over than 250 years old.
The Turkish bath is not a 10 minute shower; it is a tradition that not only deeply cleanses the body, but deeply relaxes the bather with massage and foam.
In Turkish tradition, men and women use the bath at seperare times. In Kusadasi and other tourist resorts, most baths are mixed open to both women and men, and in some hotels they offer a private room inside the Turkish bath if you need privacy.
The essence of "hamam" is forgetting the world outside, letting your mind and spirit wander free and just enjoying the purification. Turkish bath is exactly one of those “must do” experiences as we live our lives. Especially in winter time there is truly no better place to warm up your bones and purify both all your body and mind in steam and splashes of water. It is a type of bath in which you sit in a very hot steamy room, have a massage, then take a cold shower or bath.
Pestemal: It is a large striped or checked colored towel made of mixture of silk and cotton or pure cotton or even pure silk that can be wrapped around the body. In most Turkish baths, people now stay with their swimming suits or just wrap around a pestemal to cover their private parts.
Nalin (Takunya): It is a type of sandal, intended to protect the feet from wet and the soapy water, therefore it has a very thick sole. They are carved out of wood in special shapes and worn by women and men in the hamam. This type of sandal is not used anymore, so you can bring your flip flops.
Kese: It is a special woven cloth to rub off dead skin cells. In a hot and steamy hamam the skin softens and it is easy to rejuvenate body without any chemicals. It is woven with silk and hemp so not recommended to use on the face. When you go to a Turkish bath, you can purchase a Kese from the place or if you take a Kese session from the staff (someone rubs you gently), they will provide you with a new one.
Tas: It is a Turkish word given to the bowl used for pouring the water gently over the entire body. The bowl is always made of metal with grooved and inlaid ornamentation. Silver, tinned copper or brass is used in the making of the tas.
For a visit to hamam, if you like, have your own towels or bathrobe, a pair of flip flops, shampoo and all type of personal toiletries. All they are available in hamams also.
Most Turkish Baths take reservations for special massage and exfoliating sessions. Some of the baths have pick up service from hotels.