Should I bring a bathing suit with me? Or am I supposed to be totally naked? That was the question lingering in my mind when I received an invitation to try out the Moroccan bath at Noon Beauty Centre. Almost a decade of living in the Middle East where Moroccan baths are offered in almost all the spas and yet, it’s only now that I’m going to try it. I’m not particularly sure why I haven’t done this before, it’s probably because it sounds so weird to me – getting a bath from someone when I can do it myself. Why would anyone pay someone to give them a bath? It just doesn’t make sense to me, well that was until I’ve tried it myself.
I was surprised by how beautiful Noon Beauty Centre was when I arrived. The garden outside the salon was well-maintained and beautifully designed while the interior decor gives you a sense of relaxation in a classy atmosphere. It was wonderful, I had to ask if it’s a newly opened salon because it looks like it to me.
I was led to the second floor where the lovely Huda was waiting for me. I asked her the same question, should I be naked? to which she replied with whatever you’re comfortable with. She gave me a disposable underwear that I can use which made me feel at little more at ease. I was then led to the hamam which looked fabulous! It’s exactly as how I imagined it to be – a tiled room with an arched window and a tiny faucet in one corner. What I wasn’t expecting was a rectangular table in the middle of the room, it looks like a sacrificial table for my untrained eyes. I thought you’d be submerged in a bathtub when doing a Moroccan bath, obviously I thought wrong.
Within seconds, the room was filled with steam and I was asked to lie down on the rectangular
sacrificial table to relax a bit. She left me in the room for a few minutes which is the first step for a Moroccan bath so you can adjust to the heat that you’ll be subjected to. Huda started by pouring some water on me asking if the temperature was ok, it wasn’t because it was too hot. She adjusted the water temperature until it was up to my liking and immediately started with the bath. She put some sort of gel or soap on my whole body and then the scrubbing followed immediately. I have to say that at this point, I was slowly becoming more and more relaxed. My shyness of being (almost) naked in front of someone was gone as I can tell that she’s been doing this for a long time and has probably seen all sorts of nakedness. It felt like a massage for me except that you’re getting rid of dirt and dead skin in the process. Seriously, you’ll never believe how much dirt you’ve on your body until you’ve tried a Moroccan bath.
After scrubbing, she put on a mask paste all over my body which apparently is for whitening. I should have told her that I’m actually trying to get a tan but then I thought maybe it is a part of the Moroccan bath experience and I’m certainly not going to miss it. She left me there again for a few minutes with the steam on and the mask all over me. When she came back, she rinsed it off me and asked me to sit down. My hair got washed next, at this point – I felt like a baby being taken cared of by a dotting mother. Afterwards, she then asked me to lie down again as she poured some water with oil all over me which was the last step of the bath.
I walked out of the hamam with my legs feeling like a jello, I couldn’t stand properly for the first few minutes after the bath. There’s nothing else I wanted to do after that but sleep. I felt so clean and very relaxed – it’s like Huda put a spell on me and made me feel so sleepy.
That same day, I fell asleep at 9pm. I normally sleep midnight at the earliest but I can still feel the after-effect of the Moroccan bath on me in the evening. I slept so soundly that night and woke up the next morning feeling so refreshed and rejuvenated. I’m totally doing it again. 🙂
QR400 60-min Moroccan bath
Noon Beauty Centre
68 Al Tarafa, Duhail South (Opp College of North Atlantic)
Tel No 4492 2330
I was invited to try the Moroccan bath at Noon Beauty Centre however as always, all photos are my own and opinion stated are genuine and in no way influenced.