Herods Vitalis spa hotel 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The Herods Vitalis spa hotel is a unique boutique hotel experience within the
Eilat holiday scene. While part of the larger Herods hotel complex (of the
Fattal chain), at the Vitalis you won’t find any families with bundles of
children running around or loud music acts by the pool. The 50- room spa hotel
is designed for couples on relaxed, romantic getaways. The atmosphere is quiet,
discreet and luxurious.
There is no smoking in any of the public areas;
guests are not seen talking on cell phones; and, as a stark contrast to the
surrounding hotels, there are no throngs of loud families; just peace and quiet,
hearty, healthy food, and a high-quality spa with the peace and serenity you
would expect of a spa resort.
The concept of the Vitalis spa hotel is to
combine luxury, romance and spa into one experience; an island of calm
contrast to the rest of Eilat hotel experience. A VIP van picks you up
airport, and the moment you enter the Vitalis you know you have entered a
island in the bustling seaside resort town.
The hotel staff greets you at
the door, and from then on you are in their expert care.
the manager down, the room staff, waiters, the masseuses, personal
coaches and diet consultants are super friendly and professional.
been to many spa resorts around the world and the quality of the
amenities at the Vitalis ranks high, without having to take anything to
extreme (no detox treatments for instance); just a luxurious, romantic
ambience that reminds you that you are here to relax.
The spa treatment
area is serene wood-paneled enclosure with calming music and herbal
wafting through the air.
I received a seashell massage treatment, which I
am told is unique to Vitalis in Israel. Originally developed in the
and the south Pacific islands, hot seashell massage combines deep tissue
with relaxation as the smoothed, oiled tiger-striped shells work their
through your body firmly, but with oily ease. What makes them hot? The
inserts herbal compositions of your choice into an opening at the bottom
palm-sized shell, and then adds an activation liquid gel made from
minerals, which, within seven minutes, gives the shell heat and keeps it
about an hour.
The the aromatic-oiled shells, when guided by expert
hands, glide along the contours of the body and expedite muscle
it is an especially enjoyable treatment.
Because the shells are organic
and natural, and contain a lot of calcium carbonate, when they are
release calcium into the skin – the calcium assists the regenerative
of the skin – adding another therapeutic, exfoliation element to the
massage. Proponents of seashell massage attest to the shells’
positive vibrations as an added healing component.
Many seashell massage
therapists consider seashells energetically uplifting.
Massages are also
sometimes given outside on the roof with a stunning sea view.
after massage you can relax at an indoor or outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi, dry
sauna, or, my personal favorite, a hot or cold waterfall cascade pool
which you can lie and let your body receive a “natural” massage from the
water. This is quite an experience and highly recommended. The hotel has
fully-fitted gym, where you can also take yoga and Pilates classes
The food is prepared with an eye to health and detail,
but doesn’t take it to the extreme. You can enjoy hearty meats and fish,
as fresh vegetarian dishes. The Shabbat buffet is vast, and the wine
is good. During the day, the lounge area is always stocked with fresh
vegetables, snacks and light meals. All in all, a highly recommended
for couples looking for a romantic, luxurious and healthy getaway just a
flight from Tel Aviv.The writer was a guest of the Herods