Spa Scene

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Spa Scene

Israel & spa treats…it pretty much goes hand-in-hand. Beyond the Dead Sea, though, there are also resorts with fab spas and mineral springs.

With some 21 different minerals, the Dead Sea is a spa aficionado’s ultimate day spa. It’s overflowing with magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium—all those things that rejuvenate and reinvigorate, all while nourishing the skin and hair. Another special element to the Dead Sea is the surrounding air. Because it’s 1,300 ft. below sea level—thus the lowest place on earth—the air is full of microscopic droplets of soothing bromide that help revitalize the body (and yes, we’ll say it, the soul!). If your clients have ever contemplated a mud treatment, the Dead Sea is the place to get it; the minerals draw the fatigue and the tensions out of the body almost instantaneously. A spa lover’s bucket list entry? You bet—it’s the greatest natural spa on the globe.

Farther north, where the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee meet in Tiberias, more spa delights await in the form of warm mineral springs that emerge from deep within the earth. It’s been a popular hotspot since back in the Roman times, so we’re thinking even history buffs are going to get a kick out of it.

Spa resorts themselves, including two Le Meridien properties in Eilat and the Dead Sea, are definite hangouts for the spa set, although true die-hards shouldn’t leave Israel without a detour to the Carmel Forest Spa Resort, which, of course, offers the requisite array of spa treatments, but adds extra perks such as a personal diet plan and holistic experiences like meditation workshops, all amidst gorgeous natural surroundings. And in Galilee, recommend a stop at the Mitzpe Hayamim resort, where the air, some say, seems perfumed with aromatic herbs.

Beyond the indigenous-inspired spas, travelers will find that some leading resorts offer treatments inspired by the Far East as well as other regions of the world. One notable example is the Shizen Lifestyle Spa Resort, located in Herzliya Pituach, an affluent beachfront area.