Israel is a bustling cosmopolitan melting pot that beats to its own drum. There is always something on the go, and tourists come to explore every nook and cranny of this exciting destination. It can be a hectic vacation, and some well-deserved rest and relaxation might be just what the doctor ordered. Even if you live in Israel, a proper pampering is never a bad idea. Here are some spas that are the crème of the crop around the country.
Tel Aviv Wellness Centres
First stop is Tel Aviv’s Lilka Wellness Boutique. It is pure pleasure from the minute you arrive down to the professional treatments on offer. The atmosphere is charming, the staff friendly, and you’ll leave with a smile that will last for hours.
Tucked away in the corner of a cobbled street in Jaffa is the Yoko Kitahara Wellness Centre, named after its owner. This ‘house of treatment’ features five tranquil treatment rooms where you’ll be indulged with Japanese hospitality – a cup of tea, a Japanese wooden foot tub (Ashiyu), and a taste of Japanese culture. The revitalizing therapies are geared to help you find inner peace.
The newly refurbished spa at the Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv is an absolute delight to visit. You’ll be able to relax in the modern spa area and enjoy one of the many treatments for a thoroughly rejuvenating experience while gazing out at the ocean.
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Serenity in the Old City
Jerusalem offers a fascinating mix of the old and new. Between the old city walls, ancient ruins, biblical sites, and lively markets, are some of the world’s finest hotels decked out with incredible spas.
Immerse yourself in the warm sensuality of the David Citadel Spa with its subdued lighting and aromatic scents. The ambiance is enhanced by the Feng Shui design, relaxing massages, pampering rituals, and many beauty treatments on offer – all done by skilled therapists. Choose from Balinese massage techniques, Chinese acupressure, Swedish effleurage, Deep Tissue massage, and more wonderful remedies to invigorate your body and soothe your soul.
A 15-minute drive from Jerusalem finds you in the scenic Judean wine region at the new luxury Cramim Resort & Spa. The hotel is located in a rural setting that sets the tone for a perfect way to relax and get away from it all. The ultra-modern spa center comprises 40 pampering suites and rooms, and exclusive vino-therapy therapies. If you’re staying at the hotel, which is highly recommended, you’ll enjoy a superb chef restaurant, unique wine bar, a Turkish hammam, indoor and outdoor pools, and so much more.
If you’re visiting in the Jerusalem area, you’re probably planning a trip down to the Dead Sea. For a really indulgent stop-over, the Le Meridian Hotel is ideal. Nestled in Judean Hills, the hotel features landscaped gardens, pools the size of small lakes, and the largest hotel spa in the Middle East. Besides the abundance of massages and beauty treatments available, guests can enjoy a private beach, sulfur and swimming pools, a kiddie’s pool and whirlpool, a steam room, wet and dry saunas, and even tennis courts. Health, recreation, relaxation, and luxury is the focus.
Zichron, Tiberias, and the Galilee
If you’re heading up north, there are some gems just waiting for you to discover them.
We know red wine is healthy, but imagine experiencing a Merlot Wine Bath as you gaze out over vineyards and the Mediterranean Sea. This is what awaits you at the boutique family-run Yama Wine Spa – as well as fine wine, a pampering massage of Dead Sea salt scrubs and grape seeds, and Vinotherapy body wraps.
A trip to Israel isn’t the same without experiencing the best natural hot spring it has to offer. The Hamat Gader Park in Tiberias is not that fancy, but it’s the refreshing natural waters and beautiful surrounds that are the attraction all year round – and have been since the Roman times. There are large regular pools, hot water pools, and a superb private spa area on-site. There is also a good restaurant there if you’ve worked up an appetite after your pampering experience.
Set between the breathtaking views of Rosh Pina and the Sea of Galilee you’ll find the boutique Vered Hagalil Guest Farm and its famed, award-winning spa. The hotel is a perfect base if you’re touring the area or taking a break from city life. It has 31 guest chalets each with its own garden, incredible views, a pool, horse-farm, a superb chef restaurant, and first-rate leisure amenities.
If you’re looking to make your Israeli vacation that much more memorable, intersperse your itinerary with some downtime at these exclusive spas. If you’re not a tourist, there is nothing more enjoyable than a mini-break at a boutique hotel that will treat your mind, body, and soul.