Soothing hot water therapy, relaxing massage, delicious tea, surrounded by traditional hammam aesthetics...yes, even family travel means indulging yourself in magical healing rituals. This is my favorite way to celebrate my birthday and last year we loved the Arab Baths in Granada, but this year we found even a better spa or Arabic bath near Malaga.
Few things can relax and rejuvenate like an escape to a sumptuous , spectacular spa and it doesn't have to break the budget or exclude children. The slogan for the hammam in Granada is "Have a history bath" and indeed, this is a wonderful way to teach kids a history lesson first hand, as well as a romantic and healing environment for all.
Next, after some digging, I found a traditional hammam right in Malaga that is next to the Picasso Museum, so that sounded tempting as we could do both, but alas they did not have any soaking tubs which was a must for me this time, although we will probably check it out another time.
Remember when we wrote about the best beach restaurant on the Costa Del Sol? It is in Benalmadena Costa area near Puerto Marina just like this Arabic Bathand would be a great place to do lunch after wards. Benalmadena is touristy beach area about an hour and a half from our village, but we got so lost in our RV trying to find it that we wasted two hours going in circles once we arrived, despite having a map, GPS and asking several times. Part of our problem is it is not that easy to negotiate narrow roads in our RV and finally we paid a taxi driver to lead us to it and found it was on a very small street that was hidden away.
Perhaps that made it even more enjoyable once we arrived and it was a beautiful day so we did get to see a lot of the beach and coast in our lost phase. Children are suppose to be twelve, but I had hoped that it would not be a problem on a Monday morning and luckily it wasn't. We had the whole place to ourselves for about four hours until almost the end when a young lady from Germany arrived.
Part of the magic is the decoration that is inspired by 11th century Moorish architecture and the tranquil Andalusian music in the background. There is a hot pool, warm pool and cold pool plus steam room and massage. They provide you with towels, special flipflops and plastic bag ( for wet suit when done) as you enter and delicious tea and water are in a room next to the pools. Both Mozart and I really loved our massages in an open room near the pools by a kind young man who only spoke Spanish.
It cost 25 euros for Davinci who did not get the massage, 70 euros for me because I added a 45 minute massage and 15 euros for Mozart plus an added 10 euros for her 15 minute massage that she had to have after seeing me get mine.They have nice changing rooms with showers, sinks, bathrooms and lockers. The lighting inside is enchanting, but not the best for photography, making the flash too light and the ones taken without flash too grainy, but gives some idea of our experience.
It was a divine little excursion that we highly recommend and we will be back for more! Mozart has her piano class on Monday's at 5:30 our time ( early morning for her teacher in Chicago) so we rushed a bit to get back for that ( because we hadn't planned in the lost time) but all was for naught. It seems the USA changed time over the weekend, but Spain and most of Europe doesn't "spring back" until March 28th, so we were out of sync.
Nevertheless, we continued with our celebration and I just adored the "pop-up" card that 9yo Ms. Mozart made for me. I thought the massage was my gift, but I even got a pretty pink scarf to add to the mix. I can't think of a more rewarding way to have spent my birthday and we are all still glowing today!