There are some spas in this world that are really out-of-this-world and the spa at the Oyster Box Hotel is certainly one of them. Decorated in greys and white, the luxurious spa’s tranquil atmosphere is evident as you walk through the doors. The Oyster Box Spa prides itself in offering unique experiences and one of these is the only Hammam in South Africa. Based on the traditional Turkish steam baths common in the Middle East there are several Hamman treatments on offer and a 30 minute session can be added onto any treatment at the spa. The Hammam is based on the ritual of heating, cooling, cleansing and exfoliation in a heated marble steam room. The Oyster Box Hammam ceremony begins with a session in the beautiful Hammam steam room. Created entirely from marble, the room is lit with a series of coloured lights which turn the mist soothing shades of green and blue. The carved domed ceiling rises above a huge, heated marble on which you relax as the steam softens your skin. There are showers in marble alcoves along the sides of the round room and a separate shower room to which you can escape if the heat becomes too much. After this cleansing ritual, you are taken to an adjacent room where the massage begins. There can’t be too many experiences more relaxing than lying on a heated slab having a skilled therapist knead your troubles away with hot lemons which eventually burst open and release their warm juices all over your body. Coconut oil and cane sugar is added to the lemon to create a natural exfoliator which leaves your skin feeling exceptionally soft and refreshed. The Oyster Box Spa experience does not end here, as you are escorted to the Tranquillity Lounge where you are invited to continue to unwind on a daybed surrounded by a sheath of cream silk billowing down from the ceiling to ensure your privacy. All spa guests are invited to use the Tranquillity Lounge and the plunge pool and to have a snack from the health bar before or after your treatments. It is these luxurious additions, as well as the meticulous attention to detail throughout, which make a few hours at the Oyster Box Spa feel like a week’s holiday. Experience unsurpassed luxury and treat yourself or a loved one this summer. To book or enquire about their current offers, call the Oyster Box Spa on 031-514-702 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information you can also visit oysterboxhotel.com. Text by Candice Botha Pictures courtesy of the Oyster Box Hotel.