Leisurequip have recently designed and built what is quite possibly the most luxurious Moroccan Hammam Spa in the UK if not the world.
About Urban Retreat
Urban Retreat at Harrods is the ultimate destination for beauty treatments in London. Situated on the 5th floor in the Harrods building, the multi-award winning destination boasts 21 beauty rooms, 42 styling stations, 16 manicure and pedicure stations and a plethora of other treatments. The new bespoke hamamm installation is part of the complete refurbishment of Urban Retreat.
The Urban Retreat team are led by Reena Hammer, an inspiring young entrepreneur. Urban Retreat & Harrods have partnered with marocMaroc to further increase the luxurious experience of this London Moroccan Hammam Spa. The end result is a truly authentic Moroccan Hammam Spa London UK.
marocMaroc are a leading international provider of premium skin cosmetics. The company is based in Morocco but selectively distribute a range of products across Africa, Europe and Asia.
Their opulent line of skin care is supplied to prestigious establishments. Examples are Morocco’s Royal Mansour Hotel, Switzerland’s Lausanne Palace Spa and Russia’s Tsvetnoy department store.
Most notably, much of their range is inspired from and evokes traditional Moroccan customs and ingredients. This is the reason for involvement with the Urban Retreat Moroccan Hammam.
“Inspired by ancient Moroccan customs and influenced by luxury spa rituals, The Moroccan Hammam provides all women with a spirited and cultured social environment in which to relax, revive the mind and soften the skin.”
In depth: How we constructed this incredible Hammam.
The materials had to be brought to the Hammam Spa site in London from their factory in Wigan. All materials were then manually taken under the Brompton Road tunnel from the Harrods Trevor Square unloading site.
We created a computer cut floor template which was rendered in triplicate, one on-site at Moroccan Hammam Spa in London, one for us and one for the guys at the PCS factory in Wigan. The template was a perfect fit, giving fixed positions for all the services.
The CAD (Computer Aided Design) department at PCS Board worked in conjunction with the CAD design team at Jaysam.
Armed with a steady stream of detailed drawings which were approved on the hop we could now begin work on the site.
As you are led to the private massage bathing area by your Hammam therapist, you saunter through an opening. At which point the steam disappears and a warmer dry area for the bathing therapy appears. The transitionary effect is one of walking through an invisible door.
The steam is produced by 2 x 12VA Tylo steam room generators which work perfectly in tandem with a single CC300 Tylo control panel. Through the entry door is a ceiling steam sensor that keeps the central area of the Hammam Spa a few degrees above the background air temperature. The steam enters the Hammam from four marble recesses with stainless steel steam outlets
On the ceiling is Arabian cast, décor air grilles where dual temperature air is fed into the Hammam. Warm ambient air is fed into the warm room which also has a heated communal bench. This ambient warm air carries on into the Hammam Spa where it is met and reinforced by another heating battery within the air ducting services above the ceiling. The London Moroccan Hammam has leak detection, fire detection and a premium sprinkler safety system. All this has been integrated into the traditional Moroccan Tadelakt polished lime plaster ceiling.
Primary differences: The Moroccan Hammam Spa & Turkish Bath.
Both spa environments do have similarities. Examples being a place to relax and treat your skin with hot water and steam. However, there are a few important differences between the two. First it’s important to note that Turkish Baths (sometimes referred to as a Turkish Hammam) are still male dominated environments.
There are also key differences in the type of soaps and foams used to enhance the treatment experience. For example, black soap and rhassoul clay are components of the Moroccan Hammam skin pore treatment. Turkish Baths generally use surface soaps.