We’ve been talking about unique and innovative ways to spend quality time with your BFFs on the days running up to your D-Day. In a recent article, we spoke of New York style spas à la Sex and the City and bridal showers involving manicures, champagne cocktails and fashion magazines.
This time, we explore an exotic practice, a age-old custom which has now become a popular trend. Hammam parties. We travel to Istanbul, Turkey, where hammams have been an integral part of Turkish culture.
However, trendy brides nowadays view the hammam quite differently. It is becoming extremely trendy for a small, intimate group of girls to have a bridal shower in a private hammam. More traditional Turkish brides come to the hammam with their future mother-in-law but we’d much rather think about a group of your besties.
The super luxurious Four Seasons Bosphorus has two spacious hammams that can accommodate up to five people in each. While the bride hosts her very own private ‘sparty’, the experience can be completely customised to suit the bride and her guests. If you’d like to sip champagne inside the hammam, the spa staff would be happy to arrange that.
Besides just sitting around, relaxing and enjoying the company of your best friends, you can arrange for a variety of massages, facials and body treatments to accompany the hammam experience. You can customise a playlist of your favourite music, a menu of snacks, cut fruit and beverages, which can be enjoyed during or after the treatments.
What sets this experience apart from the rest is that it is completely intimate. It is all about exclusivity. As you settle within the confines of the hammam, the bride and her guests can chat, laugh, snack and relax resulting in a unique and unforgettable bridal shower.
If you’re planning a destination wedding in Istanbul, make sure you round up your inner circle and surprise them with a hammam party, an experience they are unlikely to ever forget.
For more information on a customised hammam experience check visit the Four Seasons Bosphorus Istanbul http://www.fourseasons.com/bosphorus/
Riaan J. George is a widely published lifestyle and luxury journalist who has established himself as an authority on all things chic. Ex-Culture Editor at L’Officiel India, Riaan now runs his virtual style magazine Urban Eye by Riaan George (www.urbaneye.in) which brings you the latest updates on fashion, travel, food and culture. Follow him on Twitter@riaangeorge