I live in Israel and recently had a friend from overseas come to stay, and we booked a 2-night getaway for the 2 of us. We've been promising ourselves a spa hotel for years, and it's an added bonus being able to go to a kosher spa here in Israel and really enjoy all the facilities offered.
With the one exception of an extremely rude Turkish hamam attendant (who shouted at us that we had brought towels into the hamam... although it wasn't us), from start to finish we had the most wonderful time, the staff were courteous, friendly and polite, the grounds are magnificent, the facilities are wonderful, the quiet is addictive, the no-cellphone-policy is a G-dsend (as is the no children policy!)... and the food... the food.... the food was just out of this world. Another reviewer complained about the portion sizes but Israeli portions are usually very generous and I found the a'la carte portions perfect, with every mouthful something to be savoured.
Although I had all sorts of plans to join the exercise classes, book a massage, etc, once we got there we were so seduced by the peace and quiet that we just enjoyed the time without overscheduling ourselves... and frankly the solarium quiet room did as much for me as any massage or meditation class. I booked a pedicure on our last day which was wonderful.
Walked out 3 days later floating on air and resolved to go back once or twice a year for a little fix from an extremely busy and stressful life. Can't wait to go back. Would go quite happily on my own with a book next time. Worth every penny.
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