Reviewed: The Moroccan Hammam Ritual


When I’m stressed, my whole body tenses up. My shoulders, neck and lower back cop the brunt of my state of mind, and getting a massage is the only way to relieve the tension.

I’ve been go-go-go lately, and I was so grateful when I was invited to try the Moroccan Hammam Ritual at The Spa at The Darling in Pyrmont, Sydney. This luxury five-star spa exclusively stocks La Prairie skin care and offers some of the most delectable treatments in Sydney, from body wraps and scrubs to facials and couples treatments.

I was lucky enough to be treated to their signature Moroccan Hammam Ritual, which I’ve heard is the Holy Grail of full body treatments for de-stressing, releasing pent-up tension, and finding zen. And right they were!

The two-and-a-half-hour full body treatment began in the Hammam room, which is heated to 40 degrees. The therapist asked me to lay on a towel on a stone bed (which is way more comfortable than it sounds) before drenching my body with warm water. The reason the room is heated is because it helps to open your pores, allowing the products to deeply penetrate skin.

Then, the therapist massaged Moroccan ‘Savon Noir’ – which is a black soap made from black olives, olive oil and eucalyptus – from my toes all the way up to my neck to cleanse my body. After rinsing it off, she exfoliated my body using an exfoliating glove, and then applied a rhassoul clay and rose water mask sourced from the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. Jealous yet?

As I lay there in my zenned-out state while my body absorbed the mask, the therapist turned her attention to my hair. She applied an Argan oil treatment and before giving me a super soothing scalp massage. After ten minutes, I rinsed off completely, popped on my robe and slippers, and headed to a calm chill-out room to wait while the masseuse prepared for my full body aromatherapy massage. I sipped on champagne and The Darling’s signature ginger tea, and nibbled on nuts and dried fruit before being taken to the candle-lit treatment room.

I was asked to decide whether I’d like to feel sleepy or energised after my massage, as that would determine which essential oils they’d use on my skin. I chose sleepy, and so my 60-minute massage began with the gorgeous-smelling combination of ylang ylang and sandalwood oils. But the treatment didn’t stop with the full-body massage – to top it off, I was given another hair treatment and scalp massage for the ultimate blissed-out experience.

After the treatment, I felt incredibly relaxed, mentally at ease and like my body had let go of all that tension. I would definitely recommend this treatment to anyone who feels like they need to escape both mentally and physically from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You deserve a little luxury.

The Moroccan Hammam Ritual at The Spa at The Darling costs $360. To make an appointment, call (02) 9657 8088 or 1800 800 830 (toll free).

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