Over the past few years, we’ve noticed that the newest spas worldwide feature hammams, those Turkish and Moroccan bathhouses for soaping up, scrubbing down and sweating out toxins. But of all the ones we’ve visited in the States, none compares to the Carrara-marble bathhouse at the recently opened The Spa at Glenmere Mansion in Chester, New York. Never mind that Glenmere Mansion, the Gilded Age 150-acre estate of the Goelet family, is itself a worthy destination just 50 miles north of Manhattan, having been meticulously restored by current owners Daniel DeSimone, M.D., and Alan Stenberg to its Italianate splendor, with 18 rooms and suites and a spectacular garden designed by Edith Wharton’s niece. The spa’s centerpiece, the hammam offers traditional rituals like the Turkish Soap Massage and the Moroccan Purification Ritual ($195 each), during which therapists wear scrubbing gloves called kessa mitts to apply oil-based castile soap while you lay on a heated marble belly stone. Western amenities like a vitality pool, a cool mist room and an herbal steam room make it a pure delight. Who needs to go abroad? Rooms start at $550; 634 Pine Hill Rd.; 845-469-1900; glenmeremansion.com.
The Spa at Glenmere Mansion
The regal estate’s hammam is a Turkish delight.