David Citadel Hotel 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The couple’s massage at the David Citadel Hotel’s Spa could be the perfect
getaway for busy partners, especially those with young children.
is simply no time to take days off work for a romantic trip somewhere or no one
around to look after the kids, then a few hours of pampering and relaxation
(together) at this Jerusalem spa could be the solution you need to recharge your
and your partner’s batteries.
With an interior design created according
to the basic principles of feng shui, including crystals hanging from the
ceiling and water gushing at every turn, Spa offers among its vast treatments’
menu a 75-minute couple’s massage. Featuring hot almond oil, followed by
relaxation time in a double Jacuzzi, the experience is further enhanced with
champagne and fresh seasonal fruits.
The couple starts off in the dimly
lit, aromatic waiting/relaxation room, which is replete with light refreshments,
and is then invited to enter the room together. While the anticipation of
getting a massage is always exciting, sharing it with the one you love enriches
it all the more.
After taking off the white fluffy robes and the classic
spa slippers, the two lie side by side on parallel treatment beds and wait for
the two massage therapists to enter.
We opted for the mixed massage, a
combination of Swedish and deep muscle techniques that worked our weary bodies
and put our minds a million miles away from the stresses of jobs and caring for
our three young children.
As with most great treatments, the massage
seemed to be over much too quickly. But fortunately, that was only the start of
the pampering. After our two therapists left the room, we were free to enjoy the
luxurious double Jacuzzi and partake of the champagne and fresh
If we didn’t have children waiting for us at home, we could have
spent hours at the Spa. In addition to the treatments, Spa clients can use the
hotel’s facilities such as the swimming pool and the gym. But even if you don’t
feel up to sports after a relaxing massage, then the separate men’s and women’s
changing rooms offer a wet and a dry sauna.
Spa, which opened in 2009, is
Jerusalem’s first all-inclusive spa. It is open to hotel guests, residents and
visitors to the capital who want to indulge themselves for an hour or
As well as the couple’s massage, Spa offers a wide variety of
treatments, such as a massage with hot stones, peelings and heat wraps, as well
as facials and numerous spiritual options.
The prices are standard
compared with most other spas around the country. A 45-minute Swedish massage
costs up to NIS 270. The less common treatments, such as the highly recommended
Seven Chakra treatment, lasts 75 minutes and will set you back NIS 430. The Spa
also offers pregnancy massage treatments.
While the treatments are
obviously the draw, the overall atmosphere of the Spa is also very compelling,
and the professional, courteous staff makes the whole experience worth the time
and the money. Definitely a sublime gift for the person you care
David’s Citadel and the Spa are owned by the Alrov Group, which
also owns the nearby Mamilla mall and the Mamilla Hotel. ■ The writer was a
guest of the David Citadel Hotel.