Emil Ghattas was born and raised in Acre's Old City. When he returned to Acre after a 25-year career with Intel, he decided to fulfill a lifelong dream: to open a Turkish bath (Hammam) in the old city of Acre. The luxury bathhouse he built, using marble from Turkey, India and Guatemala includes a Hammam, steam room, dry sauna, Jacuzzi and massage treatments.
Ghattas offers a luxurious and classy experience in surroundings that are as authentic as possible, and he intended for the project to bring more tourists to Acre, so they can discover the history and beauty of his hometown, as well as learn about the rich cultural heritage. Ghattas feels it is important to give back to the city that has given him so much, and expresses this through various charity and community projects.
The luxury Turkish bath, housed in an original Ottoman building, has been painstakingly renovated and restored to its original state. The authentic and original features, alongside the most modern and luxurious equipment offer an all-round experience.
The renovations began in 2009 and very close attention was paid to preserving many of the unique architectural features.
In 2012 the renovation works were finally completed and the bath was opened to the public. It includes two floors of indulgence with the ground floor housing a large traditional seating area, steam room, massage table as well as separate changing areas, lockers, bathrooms and showers for men and women. The top floor includes a dry sauna, Jacuzzi, warmed seating area, two massage beds and underfloor heating.