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The Ultimate Travel Accessory | The Hammam Towel

The Ultimate Travel Accessory | The Hammam Towel

Yellow Cali Hammam Towel | Bali & Gili Islands

Shortly after the arrival of our new range of Hammam Towels here at That Lighting Shop HQ, we were off on a well-earned and overdue holiday to Indonesia. We were going island hopping around Bali and the Gili Islands and I was told by the Mr that we would not be taking suitcases and that one (large-ish) rucksack would be enough for the both of us. Challenge accepted.
 
Being acutely aware that I had to be space savvy with my packing, I saw this as the perfect opportunity to test how practical and versatile our Cali and Ibiza Hammam Towels really were.
Yellow Cali Hammam TowelIbiza Hammam Towel, GreyCali Hammam Towel, BlueIbiza Hammam Towel, Biscuit
 
Firstly, I decided to pack x3 towels which equates to about the same capacity as x3 t-shirts. So in my opinion we were off to a good start. Predictably, the rest of the packing was not so straightforward. However we made it to the airport with one pretty stuffed rucksack and a trusty Longchamp holdall (plus an additional Hammam towel that I panic packed at the last minute...).
 
With a 17-hour flight ahead of us, it was time to get comfy. Once the screaming child in the row behind us finally settled down (4 hours in), I said no thank you to the complimentary blanket that was so static it made my eyebrows stand on end and decided to snuggle up under the Cali Hammam Towel that I had shoved into my Longchamp as we legged it out of the house. It was perfect, long enough to cover me head to toe and beautifully soft…. The next few hours went by in no time!
 
Cali Hammam Towel, Yellow
 
Over the following 2 weeks, our adventure took us through the jungle of Ubud, to the paradise islands of Gili and back to the Surf Capital of Uluwatu, and there was not a day that went by where we didn’t have our fail-safe Hammam towels in toe. They are super lightweight and absorbent which was a lifesaver when the tropical heat got a bit too much and you just had to dive into the nearest pool or dip in the sea to cool off. What was even better was that they dry so quickly that was is no laying around on slightly damp, sticky towels…oh no… by the time you strolled to the nearest coconut stall and back, the towels were bone dry. (Impressed yet?)
Cali Hammam Towel, Yellow
 
Mid week we got all of our clothes and towels laundered. I knew that the Hammam towels would get softer after approximately 3 washes, but already after only one wash the cotton was noticeably softer, almost like a pashmina. That evening when we were heading out for dinner, I caught sight of my pretty rouged shoulders in the bathroom mirror. Embarrassed and annoyed at myself for managing to get so sun burnt I decided to wear an Ibiza Hammam as a shawl. As a practical cover-up to hide my burnt bits, it worked perfectly. However, I actually loved how it looked, so I think I’ll be keeping a Hammam handy for those chilly nights back home in the UK.
 
So overall, I’m sold. These Hammam towels are possible the most elegant and coveted travel accessory around and I can’t imagine myself going on holiday without one ever again. What’s more, I’m even considered replacing all of my bathroom towels with Hammams for the summer months… I’ve just got to decide on which colour!

"Made from 100% Turkish cotton, our range of hammam towels have been skillfully hand woven by artisans on traditional wooden looms in Turkey. Flat woven, patterned with thin stripes with hand knotted fringe detailing, these beautifully soft hammam towels are highly absorbent, quick drying and extremely lightweight; easily becoming your most elegant and coveted travel accessory."
Cali Hammam Towel, Yellow

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