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Hotel Les Ottomans, Istanbul: tried and tested

From: Spa Secrets,

10
September
2009
Hotel Les Ottomans, Istanbul: tried and tested

From the minute the grand doors to Hotel Les Ottomans opened, I knew it was going to be an amazing experience. And with celebrities such as Kate Moss and Paris Hilton choosing to stay here, I couldn't go far wrong.

This beautifully designed hotel in traditional Turkish style was opulent without being too over the top complete with mosaic mirrors, rich fabrics, intricate woodwork and a splash of gold here and there. My bedroom was one of the most impressive rooms I've stayed in; I felt like a princess with the vast bed and luxurious fixtures and fittings making it difficult for me to leave the room and explore the rest of the hotel.

But I'm glad I did as the hotel's Caudalie Vinotherapie spa was equally impressive and had everything you could need for a great spa experience and more. I was booked in for a traditional hammam — well I was in Turkey so it made sense to try it out. Once in the room, I was asked to lie down on a warm marble table and watched as my masseuse dipped a muslin into soapy water before massaging and scrubbing me with the cloth. I was then rinsed down with warm water and my face and hair were also washed — it felt strange but in a pleasant way and I found it very relaxing. My therapist then dried me off with a soft towel, leaving my skin feeling silky soft and smooth to the touch. An afternoon well spent.

For the rest of the day, I used the spa's other facilities: pilates and fitness studio, steam room, sauna and the wonderful relaxation room. When my time at this fantastic retreat came to an end, I vowed to return some day — and I don't usually break my promises.

On the menu: A range of vinotherapy treatments from Caudalie as well as traditional massages and body treatments from around the world, including Turkish massage therapies.

Signature treatment: The Les Ottomans' Essential Retreat is a two-hour pampering treatment, including a holistic massage, hot and cold stone face massage and use of a Jacuzzi.

Cost: Suites cost from €800 euros (£706) + vat per night and includes breakfast in room or restaurant, free use of Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa Centre (indoor pool, relaxation room, sauna, salt inhalation locanium, hammam, fitness centre) and complimentary traditional swedish massage per guest per stay. Price is valid until 30 September.

Verdict: 10/10

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