A world of wellness and relaxation

The Sumahan Wellness strategy in Istanbul is to make you feel that much better when you leave us than before you arrived.

Turkish Hamam

Turkish Hammam at Sumahan on the Water Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey

The Turkish Hamam within Sumahan Hotel in Istanbul is a deeply aesthetic way of keeping clean. Historically, it was at the center of Turkish culture and at Sumahan we have tried to capture the spirit and architecture of this ritual. It depends as much on the quality of light seeping through the domed ceiling, the echo of running water, the application of warmth and cool, the smooth feel of marble, as it does on soap.

Sumahan’s own private hamam polishes the ritual to a level of refinement hard to find elsewhere. Upon entering the Sumahan Wellness you are greeted by a marble fountain, fresh fruit, walnuts and dried apricots.

First you wrap your body in a soft pestemal (towel) and adorn your feet with wooden takunya (slippers). Your next step is into the hamam itself where you are enveloped by the heat of the hararet (warmth) under a traditional dome that bathes the Marmara marble floor in warm light.

A raised marble platform, göbek taşı (raised marble platform), centers the room where you can choose to wash yourself from one of the carved kurnas (basins) with an ornate copper tas (bowl). However, the ultimate indulgence is to enlist the services of a specially trained masseur or masseuse.

She will suds and exfoliate your whole body with kese, a traditional rough cloth mitt.  Following this deep-scrubbing and thorough washing, you will be treated to a professional foam massage, the kind that loosens your muscles as the hot waters continue running and steam rising.  Now you are ready for soğukluk, the cooling-off section where you can lounge on a large divan listening to the soothing sound of the marble fountain while you sip your cool water with fresh mint leaves and enjoy healthy bites and refreshed by lavender cologne.  Never was taking a bath so warm, so luxurious, so relaxing or so much fun.


Massage Room at Sumahan on the Water Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey

Surrounded by the lavender, orange, mint, bergamot and rose aromas of essential oils in a dedicated room lit by candles and set to relaxing music, guests may select from a variety of specialized treatments such as Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology, Aromateraphy, Cellulite Treatment or Bali Massage.

Swedish Massage
Rhythmic, soothing hand movements relieve muscle tension and promote a peaceful sense of deep relaxation in this world-renowned massage that uses light to medium pressure.

Deep Tissue Massage
A strong total body massage to relieve body tensions from sports and busy working days.

A Chinese - inspired reflexology massage, pressure is strategically applied to points on the feet to promote psychological well – being and optimum health.

One of the most popular massages. It is applied with different natural aroma essences and oils. Depending on how you wish to feel after the treatment, the therapists offer five different kinds of oils. (Rose oil – Lavander oil – Orange oil – Mint oil – Basilicum)

Cellulite Treatment
This intensive, targeted oxygenates and remineralizes the skin in order to specifically reduce the appearance of cellulite and redefine the contours of the body.

Localized Massage
Localized massage treatments focus on certain problematic body areas such as head – neck, nape – shoulder – back, back – waist, arm and legs. This treatment is administered if a specific discomfort is identified or if recommended by a physician.

Medical Massage
This special massage targets aching areas of the body.

Bali Massage
The most important feature of aromatherapy massage performed using herbal essences and herbal oils, which are released through distillation in steam, is that the body fortifies its ability to heal itself. With the relaxing and rejuvenating effects of scents personalised for each guest, a Bali massage promotes both physiological and psychological well – being and if you want to spoil yourself, this is one of the best ways to do it.

Sultan Massage
Body Scrub and Foam Massage, Body Peeling, Face Mask and Aromatherapy.

Bosphorus Dream
Body Scrub and Foam Massage, Face Mask and Localized Massage.


Fitness Facilities at Sumahan on the Water Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey

For those who wish to keep fit, we offer a well-lit environment with state of the art equipment; two Treadmills, a Recumbent Bicycle and an Arch Trainer all with individual television monitors. We also provide free-weights and space for stretching.