In a hot, dry and sometimes dusty country like Morocco, travelers (and their camels) seek respite in palm-fringed oases. In the cities, the equivalent experience is heading to a hammam (also sometimes called a ‘Turkish bath’). This is Morocco’s answer to a day spa: a place that is both invigorating and deeply relaxing. In a hammam, you pass through a series of rooms of differing temperatures – with the hotter rooms filled with steam. The idea is that you first sweat, then cool down, and then (after a full-body massage), relax and chat with friends. While a lot of business may get done here, the main purpose of visiting a hammam is to soothe away life’s stresses.