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Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie review: Hammam, Gommage, and Deep Tissue Massage | theNotice goes to Toronto!

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The Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie is located on the fifth floor of the Shangri-La Hotel, but you’d never know it by the decor. This spa is a cozy, Middle Eastern-inspired haven from city life decorated with low lights, exquisite dark wood cutouts, and gently curving furniture that warms and welcomes you in from the busy city streets.

Note: I lost all of my photos of this gorgeous location, so unfortunately, you’re going to have to re-live my experience through photos provided by the spa! (And, okay, edited rather extensively by me because when do I not.)

Miraj Hammam Caudalie Alahambra Lounge review

The relaxation lounge within the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie

The Hammam & Gommage (30 min/$130 CAD)

What makes the Miraj Hammam Spa unique is their private hammam (Turkish bath) rooms, which contain a high intensity steam chamber inside of a warm, low mist chamber.

The spa’s Hammam & Gommage treatment begins with 10 minutes in the steam room, which is a really intense experience — it’s literally so heavy and dense with steam in there that I had a bit of a claustrophobic panic going in (and I’m not even claustrophobic). It opens your pores right up, and I was left warm, tingling, fresh-faced, and dripping with condensation! Facials have nothing on this.

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One of the two steam rooms, sans steam

I wasn’t crazy about the gommage, though I know a lot of other reviewers have loved it. For this part of the treatment, you lie (preferably naked) on Jerusalem gold marble in the low-intensity steam chamber, and a spa attendant scrubs you down using tingly, eucalyptus-infused black Moroccan soap on exfoliating gloves — no grit-paste involved.

My gommage treatment left me feeling wonderfully raw and smooth, but… also kind of like a horse. I mean, the woman who preformed my treatment was fantastic, and my back feels suuuuuper smooth, but I’m thinking that getting literally hosed down by a stranger might just be too clinical for me.

Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie services menu

The Deep Tissue Massage (30 min/$90 CAD)

My second treatment of the day was the spa’s 30 minute Deep Tissue Massage, which uses pressure techniques to target stressed muscles and increase circulation. It left me feeling limber but not sore, and my (registered) massage therapist used mostly pushing and pulling movements, not kneading ones.

The finishing touches for this massage were great, too: the table that you lie on is heated (perfect for the winter), you’re covered by a warm, heavy blanket where you’re not being massaged, and a Caudalie candle burns quietly on the side table. You can also choose from unscented, orange blossom, or clove-enriched grapeseed oil for your massage (I chose the clove, of course!), which is great for those with scent sensitivities.

Miraj Hammam by Caudalie spa review gommage massage

The Alahambra Lounge

The Alhambra Lounge

Finally, every visit to the Miraj Hammam Spa ends in their Alhambra Lounge, which is a gorgeous, dimly-lit room walled with what can only be described as relaxation cubicles. The room has a very soothing, intimate feel to it, and you’re served a perfectly-spiced shot of sweet chai tea along with (a hilarious) three grapes and a piece of baklava.

» Can we talk about that baklava for a moment, though? Because I swear, it was the most delicious piece of baklava that I have ever had in my life — it was small, light, and syrupy, and reminded me a lot of jalebi (aka the best thing ever).

Once you’re ready to leave the Alhambra Lounge (if you’re ever ready, that is), it’s back to the change rooms, where the showers are equipped with rain-style and handheld shower heads and the shelves come stocked with Caudalie products.

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The verdict?

I can’t believe I’m saying this about a spa, but: yes, I would absolutely go back. The hammam is a must-experience (you can add it onto any service for $25), and the atmosphere at the Miraj Hammam Spa is just so welcoming and relaxing — even for an awkward twenty-something.

For a luxurious treatment that really will leave you feeling fantastic, I recommend the Hammam & 60 Minute Personalized Massage ($195) as a serious indulgence, or the 30 minute Deep Tissue Massage with a 15 minute Hammam booked separately ($115) if you’re just feeling a little under the weather and want to come out glowing. 

My two 30 minute appointments (the gommage was covered by the spa, but I added on the massage out of my own pocket) took about two hours altogether, so make sure to give yourself lots of time at the Miraj Hammam to really relax and enjoy your treatments!

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  • mostlysunnybunny

    Ahhh a Caudalie spa! I've been drooling all over this for a long time! I think I might opt for a facial instead because I don't seem to enjoy massages quite as much, but this looks like heaven!
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    • Ooh, you have to go, Sunny! And that hammam — so good! Make sure you get both if you can, ok? ;)

  • Liz

    I almost bought the Divine Candle after dropping you off but it seems the money would be better spent if I booked an appointment! Glad you had a good time, Rae Whale. :D
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  • silvermoon3

    Omg! So jeally! ;)
    Seriously, I've wanted SO badly to experience the Miraj Hammam in Vancouver since it opened about 25 years ago… I live in Victoria, though, and don't get to the mainland often – when I do, it's generally for other reasons and so, time restricted.
    But you can't rush this! No. This is an hour or two… Or three?! (I WISH) of pure blissful relaxation, with some invigorating scrubbing to boot, ha!
    I didn't know they'd become Caudalie spas; how lovely! Great products from my experience, so that's a nice complement to things like Moroccan and Rhassoul mud/clay treatments and such.
    Ahh, I was just training as an esthetician when this opened and smiled to imagine working in a sarong! You'd need to, with the extreme heat and humidity, of course.

    Girl, LOVING your writing and this was no exception. Wonderful experience, thank you for sharing! So sad your photos were lost… :'(
    Hope the return to home life is kind, no post-trip malaise.

    • Oh, but you're so close!! If I were you, I'd make a trip to the mainland JUST for the hammam. :p It's such a dream!

      (You wear a sarong to enter the Hammam & Gommage treatment room, and I was so scared when my spa attendant told me to change into it — she was wearing one that twisted up around her neck, and I was like "I don't think I can figure out how to do that." Thankfully, the sarongs that the public wears are much simpler than those that the aestheticians float around in!)

      The post-trip malaise has thankfully passed very quickly, but thank you so much for your kind comment. I'm so glad that you're enjoying the writing on theNotice, and my new camera (the same as the old one, but… purchased again) will be here soon!

  • jenn f

    its true! it was sort of clinical actually. not very relaxing and sort of like, ok now give me your hand, now move on to your back.
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    • YES!! I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who felt this way! The massage was much more relaxing/casual, but the gommage felt super clinical to me.

      I feel like it would have felt much more spa-like if they used slower arm motions to exfoliate — a swooooosh——–swooosh——swoooosh of larger circles rather than a shrk–shrk–shrk–shrk of little loops.

  • Ah that's funny, after the Caudalie press event from last month I started looking up where to find Caudalie spas. YOU HAZ ONE! Lucky youz.
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    • Hah!! Yeah, a Caudalie press event could definitely do that to you!

      THANKFULLY, this one is in my country, but not my city. I don't know how I would restrain myself if it was just a car ride away!! :p :p

  • Sweet Jesus count me in to just lay there and have someone rub my back. I've had spa visits where I was a puddle of jelly at the end, I had to sit up slowly cause I would have fallen over, that's a great spa.
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    • Mmmmm. I can imagine exactly what you mean! But I think I have yet to find my one "perfect," jelly-making spa. ;)

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