We are living in very stressful times. The current tempo of life is
harrowing, with fierce commercial competition and anxiety about the
economy wreaking havoc with one’s physical and emotional state. So what
to do? Where can one go to
An ideal solution is a spa
hotel. Specializing in both physical and mental relaxation, spa hotels
provide a welcome respite where one can get away from it all, however
briefly, and renew one’s energy and sense of equilibrium.
are a number of spa hotels in Israel. The best known are the Carmel
Forest Spa Resort nestled in the forests of the Carmel Mountains and
Mitzpe Hayamim in the Galilee. In addition, there are smaller such
hotels that also offer physical and mental relaxation.
Forest Spa Resort is located in the Carmel Forest, an area of dense
natural pine woodland. The view is relaxing, with the green of the
treetops and the blue of the Mediterranean Sea in the distance.
Grundman, managing director of the Carmel Forest Spa, says, “From the
beginning, we wanted to create a health resort adapted to the needs of
modern man. A place where one could escape the pressures of everyday
life and experience a process of physical and mental rejuvenation.”
world-class resort has 126 rooms, built to the highest standards. That
includes 18 suites, most of which face the forest and have a view of the
sea. The main level of the resort includes the hotel lobby, auditorium,
music room, game room (card games, billiards, etc.) and fitness room
that is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment.
explains that the “health resort” concept is emphasized in the ratio of
green spaces to built-up areas and the large number of treatment rooms
in relation to the number of guest rooms. The Carmel Forest Spa Resort
spans an area of some 14 acres of woodland and grassland, hiking trails
and lush gardens. The spa covers an area of 2,500 square meters. It
includes 26 treatment rooms, dry and wet saunas, immersion baths, etc.
The spa also features a glassed-in indoor swimming pool surrounded by
One of the essential elements of relaxation is a
tranquil environment. This includes such features as spacious grounds
with an abundance of flowers and trees, chirping birds and the soothing
sound of water.
Mizpe Hayamim has a lot of this, as well as
spectacular scenery. Its name, Mizpe Hayamim, or sea views, reflects the
hotel’s breathtaking panoramas of the Golan Heights, the Hula Lake and
the Sea of Galilee.
The hotel comprises 150 dunams (37.5 acres)
of spacious lawns, manicured gardens, lofty trees and one of the most
comprehensive organic farms in the world. The hotel can accommodate
approximately 200 guests.
Galit Lifshits Melamed, marketing
manager of Mitzpe Hayamimm, says, “Our hotel offers professional
relaxation. We have a highly trained team that provides treatment s such
as massage to relieve physical stress. We conduct physical exercise
programs to help our guests keep physically fit, and we offer yoga
sessions that help relieve both physical and mental stress.”
hotel’s vegetarian restaurant serves food prepared with the produce of
the organic farm, such as fresh milk and fruits and vegetables picked
straight from the garden.
Meals at a health resort like the
Carmel and Mizpe are based on the principles of good nutrition. Proper
nutrition is the key to a state of equilibrium between body and soul,
which is why such hotels place special emphasis on serving healthful,
tasty food.Urban oases
Carmel Forest Resort and Mizpe Hayamim are rural health spas, but
Israel has a number of urban health spas as well, such as the Shizen in
Herzliya Pituah and the Canaan Spa in Safed.
The Shizen, located
opposite the beach in Herzliya, is a relatively small spa hotel. It has
40 rooms decorated in Japanese minimalist style. The hotel is small,
but it prides itself on the treatment it offers its guests and the high
caliber of the spa. According to Liat Oberman, spa manager at the
Shizen, “We are different from the Carmel Forest and Mitzpe Hayamim, so
we are not in competition with them. They have large open spaces, lawns,
trees and flowers, while we have the sea. Another important difference
is that we, as an urban hotel, can offer our clients treatments on a
daily basis without the need to stay overnight.”
As such, the
Shizan is divided into the spa area and the hotel. The hotel is
decorated in traditional Oriental style, with light furniture and
extensive use of wood. All rooms have sea views and terraces, and some
are equipped with a Jacuzzi.
Canaan Spa is also an urban spa hotel. It is located in the Canaan
Mountains in Safed, situated 940 meters above sea level. The climate
there is excellent, especially in the summer when Safed is one of the
coolest places in Israel. The hotel has 120 guest rooms and 15 treatment