History of Hamam
One of our intentions has been to combine the best of global hot spring culture with the unique natural environment of our region on the Mornington Peninsula.
The Turkish bath or Hama, an Arabic word meaning ‘spreader of warmth’, is a symbol of East European culture with a very long history of bathing the Romans, Ottomans, Persians and Arabs. Istanbul in Turkey has feet in both Western and Eastern Europe and is a symbol of crossing over a cultural divide. The Turkish bath provides a spa and bathing experience that combines relaxation, peace and harmony with a cultural journey.
Research by Peninsula Hot Springs into Hamam bathing experiences started to take place as early as 1984 in
Turkey. Since then, visits to Yemen and Egypt in 1998 and back to Turkey in 2010 provided valuable knowledge and understanding of the Hamam rituals. Understanding the ways of the bath has helped weave the Hamam experience into the broad range of cultural hot springs and bathing options available at Peninsula Hot Springs.