Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı
You can’t help but be slightly awed on entering Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı. Built in the 16th century, the building has stood the test of time and, thanks to an intensive seven-year restoration, today looks better than ever. The famed dome – one of the largest of its kind in Istanbul – is still as eye-catching as ever, but the interiors are now an exercise in luxury that manages to retain its historic spirit while still offering guests a modern, flawless service.
The hammam ritual begins with a glass of their homemade şerbet (sherbet), and moves on to your personal guide, a natır (for ladies) and tellak (for men), leading you through to the hot room. From there, you relax into the steam, the scrubbing, the soaping and the sumptuous feeling of calm. Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı even offers a special hammam ritual for younger guests between the ages of 6 and 12.
For something extra special, you can add a massage onto your time at Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı. There are several on offer, ranging from a simple partial-body massages to the full-on deep tissue treatments. It should just be noted that you may need time to fully recover from all the intense relaxation. You’ll want to fully appreciate that body melting serenity, after all. That’s where the camegah comes in – you can kick back on one of the sofas and partake in refreshments and simply luxuriate. While you can stay as long as you need in the hot room, once you’ve had your fill, the camegah is a fantastic bridge between the Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı and the real world.