Health & Grooming | The Reconnoisseur

A Moroccan day spa that offers sensational massages

Sublime massage at an insider’s Marrakech spa

Ab6b12e9-8920-42e0-b859-cf29776f987a_sixty_square 0ef00ac2-3eea-48c8-8ae2-b222cdada98a_sixty_square
A Moroccan day spa that offers sensational massages

April 25 2010
Karen Wheeler

I’ve visited many spas around the world in the line of duty as a beauty writer (well, someone has to do it), but I had never heard of Les Bains de Marrakech until I went on holiday to Morocco with some friends and one of our number had booked us, en masse, into this Moorish-style day spa.

Les Bains offers an incredible menu of treatments – everything from hammam to manicures to all manner of exotic body wraps – but I opted for a simple relaxing massage using argan oil, which is very popular in Morocco and has conspicuous benefits for the skin and joints. It was one of the best massages I have ever had (and all for just 350 Moroccan dirham, or approx £27). Also recommended is Gommage Traditionnel, an invigorating and exfoliating scrubdown with black soap and eucalyptus. After our treatment, we relaxed around the pool in the open-air courtyard.

One word of advice: beware of the hot baths with essential oils – they are very hot indeed. They sound lovely and several of my friends signed up for one, but they emerged from the treatment looking as pink as pomegranates.

See also

Marrakech, Morocco, Spas