“ Enjoy the health benefits of a therapeutic mud bath. „
We went on holiday to Olu Deniz and when we were there we decided to go on one of the Dalyan boat trips to the mud baths, I can recommend this trip to anyone going to Turkey, and it's a strange but fun experience.
When you get to the mud baths you have to get into a large dirty looking pool and drag mud from the bottom and sides of the pool and just cover yourself in it, then get out to dry, it soon hardens in the heat of the sun.
Next you must shower all the mud off before you are allowed in the Sulphur pool, this is not for everyone as it smells just like bad eggs, and it is supposed to be very good for your skin and great for any skin rashes or problems.
My husband had psoriasis on his scalp and when we got back from the holiday it had all cleared up, he is not sure if it was the mud or the sulphur but he is very happy about it, whichever one it was it worked for him.
There was a nice little café to sit and eat after your fun, don't forget to take a camera.
On the way back to the boat there is a little bridge over a stream and it is full of baby turtles, the children absolutely loved it.
Me and my partner went to Marmaris in Turkey last Easter for a week. We stayed at the Marmaris palace and went on a number of excursions, one of which was the mud baths.
We didn't however book through the hotel as it was a lot more expensive than with the local companies. A short walk from our hotel was a little kiosk with a guy called 'Jimmy' in. His trips were around a third cheaper so we booked with him.
The bus ride to a village near the baths took around an hour. From here we got on a boat and took a 1.5 hour cruise to the mud baths. As it was Easter this was a bit chilly with the breeze so you need a jumper. As we got close to the baths we stopped and had lunch on the boat. Tis was lovely.
Once we arrived at the baths we had to take a freezing cold shower outside - part of the experience we were told! After that we went in the mud. The mud is in a kind of concrete pool and it feels disgusting under your feet. The mud comes up to your knees. Once mudded up and left to back for half an hour you must shower off again before going in the thermal pool. The pool is boiling and because of the sulpher absolutely stinks but is pretty clear! It is suppose to have health benefits though so I gave it a go.
Overall this was a great experience which I would repeat again. Well worth the £15 each.
Dalyan Mud Bath
My hubby and I had our first trip to Turkey last summer and the whole experience was fantastic... I do intend to get around to writing a whole review about the area we stayed in in Turkey eventually but the Dalyan Mudbath is a good place to start....
We actually ended with the Dalyan Mudbath, following a week in Marmaris we booked a trip for our last day to Dalyan. Dalyan is not actually in Marmaris and is quite close to Dalaman airport. The trip we booked involved being picked up from our hotel at the crack of dawn, and slowly making our way to a hotel just outside Dalaman, making stops along the way... I should point out at this stage that if you are ever in Turkey and are offered one of these trips by your rep you should grab it with both hands! The trip itself cost us about £30 each which included our journey, a trip to a traditional carpet factory, lunch, a lovely boat trip along an amazing river past old tombs which eventually led to Turtle Beach (another must see!), the dalyan mudbath, dinner and an overnight stay at a hotel just fifteen minutes from the airport... this means we were really paying just pounds for each excursion and as our flight wa in the middle of the night we were able to get a few hours sleep before being transfered just 15 minutes to the airport!
Anyway, back to the mudbath.... half way through our day, we stpeed off the boat and walked up a little hill, not too sure what we would find at the top. When we got to the top the first thing we noticed was the smell. It was a very strong smell and not a good one at that but after a few minutes we just seemed to get used to it. We descended into the area of the mudbaths and after a quick speech from the guide we were set to get down and dirty...
The idea is you go into the mud in your bikini or shorts and get fully covered in the hot sticky stuff! I can honestly say it is the wierdest feeling to actually be covered in mud from head to toe! There are different areas and there is absolutely loads of mud. You then leave the mud to dry into your skin.. we took this oppertunity to take some pictures and luckily we had bought some underwater cameras as I would not risk taking a digital camera into the mud.
There are loads of facilities there and we got a drink and sat in the cafe for a little while feeling very foolish and giggling a lot! After a while we went back into the main area where we were guided to a man who washes off the mud with what feels like a powerhose.... this was a bit scary as these men are used to washing off hundreds of tourists a day and they dont take no for an answer! Eventually we left the area, almost clean, although I think we were both still quite muddy and retreated back to the meeting area...
So what did the mud do for me?
Well, apart from giving us both a good old laugh after a fairly tiring busy week, the mud is full of Sulphur and even though this may sound a bit scary it actually leaves your skin feeling really clean and refreshed. When the mud first dries on your skin it feels really tight and almost as if you are about to crack! then when it finally gets washed off you feel like layers of your skin have been washed away with the mud leaving lovely soft new skin... apart from all that it is just another wonderful experience which I highly recommend and I would have seriously regretted leaving Turkey and not having this experience!
My partner and I had had our first trip to Turkey back in the summer of 2007. One of the most enjoyable experiences was the Turkish natural mudbath - that's right I had more fun than white water rafting down the Dalaman River (although only just - this is an adrenaline rush that has to be experienced), going on a jeep safari round the town and through the local countryside, visiting the Dalyan rock tombs and ancient city of Kaunos, visiting turtle beach and witnessing on eof the rare loggerhead turtles. How could you have so much fun in a couple of hours?
I discovered the location of the mud baths whilst on a boat trip down the Dalaman River. I noticed a horrible stench - like rotten eggs. Looking around the boat all the 'newbies' to the town were all looking around and probably thinking the same thing I was. I was getting ready to be impressed when the captain of the boat shouted - "sulphur pools next to the mud bath!"
All of the childish adults on the boat, just like me, just grinned, however, I was intrigued. I had to find out more and for the rest of the excursion I was asking the captain about the mud baths - what were they? What did you do there? How do I get there?
We found out that the mud bath was natural and that the locals had 'captured' it, made a few tweaks and turned it in to what it is today, so the following day my girlfriend and I chartered a boat to the mud baths. It cost about £8 (Turkey is exceptionally cheap) and the captain was to take us over there, wait till we were finished and then bring us back to the main docking point in town.
It was easy to tell when the boat got close to the mud baths. The rotten egg smell was in the air. Usually - I would have held my nose in disgust, but this time I inhaled harder. The stench got more and more pungent. It was disgusting, but at the same time kind of nice.
The boat moored up and we jumped off the boat. From the river you can't see the actual bath or it's surroundings. A very short walk from the water's edge a small complex comes in to view.
It costs approx 40p to enter the complex, which consists of tables, chairs and seating areas, a souvenir shop, photo-booth, drinks and pancakes outlets. This place was well geared up for tourism, and the products were just as cheap as everywhere else in Dalyan, despite the lack of competition and the captive audience.
As we entered we saw the mud bath and the sulphur pool. A big sign gave the directions - roll in mud, stand in the sun to dry off, wash it off (in the showers provided) and take a dip in the sulphur pool.
Getting in the mud bath was a really weird experience. The feeling underfoot is quite unnerving. As I entered I slowly crouched down. It was then an Aussie bloke yelled at me to stop being a poof and chucked a hand-full of mud at me.
I glared only to find this bloke had a massive grin on his face, and he was covered from head to foot. I realised this bloke was not being threatening but that was the way everyone behaved in the mud bath. It was then a mud fight broke out.
There we were, a load of supposedly adults, caked in crud chucking mud pies at each other. I was laughing so hard my eyes were streaming and my ribs started to ache.
Once I had smeared mud ALL over my body, face and neck I jumped out and stood in the sun - along with everyone else. It was like we were all reptiles basking in the light. People were jostling for the best position to get the most rays. It was surreal. During the forty odd minutes it took to dry off we stood there talking to the Aussies we had just met and compared hotels, what we had done.
Once the mud had dried and started to crack it is time to go and wash it off in the showers. The phrase Power shower does not come close. If you like a jet of water so hard it causes the first signs of bruising then you will absolutely love this! A word of warning though - the mud gets everywhere, and I mean everywhere. It is also a bit of a pig to get off.
Once the mud has been washed off in the cold showers then it is time to hit the sulphur pool at a very warm 40 - 45 degrees. It is the sulphur pool that smells, but once you come out and dry off you can't really smell it. It is really strange and a topic that kept coming up in discussions over and over for the remainder of the holiday.
Once I was fully dry the tingling sensation is divine. It is not the same sort of tingle experienced when tea tree shampoo is used it lasts for hours and hours. My skin was so soft. It had never been like that before.
If there is one thing you have to do on a trip to Dalyan - it is the mud bath. From reducing one's mental age to about three and thinking throwing mud pies is funny to the tingly skin for hours afterwards the experience is great.