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Published: August 20th 2015
This morning after breakfast we indulged in a Turkish bath, massage and facial package. With my masseur at home out of action before our departure I hadn't had a massage in months so it was lovely to have some of my knotted up muscles worked on. Our package started with about 10 minutes in the sauna to warm and relax our muscles before being taken into the Turkish bath. In the Turkish bath we were sluiced down with warm water and then scrubbed with mitts that sloughed off a disgusting amount of dead skin. When my masseur showed me how much grimy skin he was scrubbing off I found it hard to believe that I had actually showered before breakfast!!
After the scrub we had more water sluiced all over us before having soap suds thrown over us and being given a soapy massage. And then even more water to wash off all the soap. With this being the second time that we have enjoyed the Turkish bathing experience I was, once again, surprised at how much water is used. It seems quite extravagant in a country that seems to have a fairly hot, dry climate. But maybe Turkey isn't
as dry as we think it is and it is just our memories of conserving water during the Victorian drought years that makes us feel concerned about litres of water being splashed around for bathing purposes. It certainly beats a four minute shower!!
From the hamam we proceeded to the massage room where we enjoyed a traditional Swedish-style relaxation massage. After our massage we were taken out to some lounge chairs in a small outdoor courtyard where our faces were painted with a very unattractive grey mud/clay. They were able to save on product with Bernie as they only painted the treatment on where there was no beard! I thought that they could have put it on the top of his head seeing as they didn't put any on his chin??! After our face masks had dried to a face-tightening finish it was time to have the mud cleansed off and we were done ... and feeling very mellow after all that pampering.
After lunch we went for a stroll around Icmeler and along the beach to check out the other beachfront hotels. Back at the Marti LaPerla we collected our books from our room and headed down
to the beach where we lazed around on sun lounges for the rest of the afternoon. Apart from our leisurely walk and quick dip in the Aegean Sea we weren't very active at all today!
Tonight's show was supposed to be a circus extravaganza, but there seemed to be some technical difficulties. We watched a tiny and incredibly flexible gymnast do amazing things with hoops to a soundtrack and lighting effects that refused to stay synchronised with her moves and then the stage went dark and the show just sort of ... stopped. It was much, much shorter than last night's show so we suspect that the rest of the show was abandoned due to the problems they were having with the sound and lights? Following the abrupt end to the entertainment we were treated (?) to a bingo call. None of us had the winning ticket!
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