The Raffles Spa in Istanbul is one of our favorites on the list so far and we have returned to the hotel many times because of the beauty of its Spa. In a city of Ottoman glory often expressed by powerful opulence and palatial adornment, the Raffles Spa brings the beauty of this distinctive culture into the modern age.
The spa is part of the modern backdrop of the Zorlu center in the new and trendy part of Istanbul inside it feels private, intimate and welcoming, but there are many windows which allow natural light into the changing rooms, pool, treatment rooms and lobbies.
One reason the Spa is so attractive is the layout. Separate men’s and women’s areas for wellness are expansive. There are relaxation rooms, private balconies, steam rooms, hot tubs and places to relax with art and design that let our imaginations just get relaxed.
The treatments are very inclusive of Middle Eastern and Asian techniques. The Hammam is a big part of the ritual treatments, the therapists are well trained in catering to specific requests and standard massages, facials and specific areas of focus can be combined quite readily into a bespoke journey you want to build for your treatment.
One thing we have noticed on every visit is that the prices are quite good especially for a hotel of this caliber and in a city of this magnitude of competition. There is no lack in quality whatsoever and there are almost always promotions on off peak times. The front desk staff are more than happy to find a time and treatment that works during your stay and are very accommodating.
There are wonderful products used in the spa such as bespoke body oils and nice grooming products for before and after the treatment. Somehow the labyrinth design gives a feeling of privacy and intrigue that really allows one to relax during the whole process, you never feel like you have to leave a locker room and go past a front desk to find your treatment rooms, as some more poorly planned hotels make you do.
Some of the treatments we heartily recommend are the Aegean Purity Hammam Treatment which leaves skin feeling renewed and The Raffles Istanbul Signature Massage which has an amazing oil component.