When talking about a massage in Istanbul, the first thing comes to mind is of course hamams, known as Turkish baths. It is very common among locals (and thus travellers) to have a scrub and a massage in a hamam.
If you go to a nice hamam, you'll be guaranteed to have a nice masssage and scrub session, in a very historic and interesting atmosphere.
But if you don't like the idea of going to a public hamam, there are hamams in five-star hotels in Istanbul, where you can sample your share of massage in Istanbul.
And if you are really not into having a hamam experience, you can find spas in Istanbul with very quality service and atmosphere. Most of these spas are in five-star hotels and they are widely known as providing an excellent service.
You have a lot of choices if you want a good massage in Istanbul:
Hamam is the most classical and traditional solution for the need for massage in Istanbul.
You can have a massage and an exfoliating scrub in the steam room of the hamam(Turkish bath). And then cool off with a cold drink and a shower. Here you can find everything about hamams in Istanbul:
If you're looking for some luxury and personal attention, a visit to a spa in a hotel will be a better option for you.
The best spas in Istanbul are;
This one is a little far away from the city center. But if you have time it is totally worth going there. The building and the views of Bosphorus are amazing.
Laveda Spa – The Ritz-Carlton:
Laveda Spa has a very good reputation and it's known to have an excellent atmosphere and service. Try it yourself..
This one is among the best, views of the hotel is excellent, service is very good. Location is on the Bosphorus and yet very central.
This has the most convenient location, it is right behind the Taksim Park. It is known with its quality service and nice atmosphere.
This spa is one of the best too. Convenient location, excellent service and amazing views of Bosphorus.
This one is in Besiktas too. And has very good points from visitors.
This one is on the Anantolian side of Istanbul. They have a boat for transportation of their visitors, you can call and arrange it.
This is a very nice place to have a massage or a facial. They have excellent staff and a very nice atmosphere.
You can check the opening hours and prices from the above links.
Whether you choose a hamam or a spa, I hope you enjoy your massage in Istanbul!