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Carmel Forest Spa Resort by Isrotel Exclusive Collection
Ranked #6 of 28 Hotels in Haifa
Reviewed February 3, 2014

We celebrated our anniversary with friends at the Yaarot Hacarmel (Carmel Forest) Resort.
It was lovely. There is a wonderful pine fragrance that greets you as you enter and fills the air throughout the hotel. Our room was ready early so we were able to check in and enjoy.

In brief, the food as delicious as it looks. At every meal there are scrumptious buffets of salads, every type of seasonable vegetable and fruit, soups, spreads and homemade jams, freshly baked breads, cakes, and desserts. The friendly waiters serve a wide variety of main courses....the fish and the steaks were delicious.

The indoor pool is a delight....probably about 20 meters, perfectly heated and boasting a beautiful sun mosaic on the bottom! It was fun to see the sun smiling at me as I did my laps!
Adjoining the pool is the magical spa...countless rooms, attendants in white all arriving on the hour to invite the next people to come and enjoy. The Swedish massages were fabulous. I must say that the facial I had was disappointing. The attendant asked me too many questions about which creams I use and telling me what I should use. Not exactly a sales pitch but almost...not relaxing at all.

We went to an exercise class that was booked as being Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates. It was a mish-mash of the 3 types of exercise...and it didn't work. It was a rigorous workout; at least half of the participants stopped working out before it was over. I suggest the resort re-evaluate this type of class and go for something more soothing and relaxing, perhaps Chi Qong or true Tai Chi.

I loved the tea bars, the beautiful lounges, and the magnificent setting.

Expensive but definitely worth it!

Room Tip: Ask about checking in early on Saturday morning and enjoy a full day. There is an extra charge but...
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

We stayed for two days at this resort with full board. The reception was somewhat slow because rather many guests arrived about the same time. The room was modest in size, pleasantly furnished. Unfortunately the walls between the rooms are too thin and one can hear the neighbours. The food was good, some dishes excellent. The staff was courteous and willing to help. We did not used the spa facilities. The location is splendid.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

Service, spa treatments, gourmet food all made for a perfect getaway from a busy trip to Israel. The property is set in the middle of the Carmel Forest the views are breathtaking and can be enjoyed throughout the property whether you care to be inside or out. We look forward to returning again & again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

The perfect location for a quick time out from life... Rest, relax and rejuvenate. Stunning views, fresh, health, tasty food, and a caring massage makes the Carmel Forest Spa always a timeless location to return to over and over again. You will come home inspired and ready to reinvent yourself, not be missed when visiting Israel.

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Reviewed January 4, 2014

Just returned and was very disappointed. Started off with a bad "welcome" nobody at entrance and receptionist just stared as i staggered in with a large suitcase and other bags. My key was given to me with no direction about where room or lift was. The food was excellent but spoiled by the pushy guests who didn't know how to behave at a buffet. The massages were ok, the gym is tiny. classes were ok but very few of them. Guests wander around in bathrobes which for the most part was most unattractive. Although cell phones are meant to be banned everyone seemed to ignore the rule. Beds are very uncomfortable and duvets are filled with synthetic material which had a very downmarket feel. My back is still suffering! Overpriced for what it was, would not recommend. Although in good condition decor feels dated.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Hani S, Sales Manager at Carmel Forest Spa Resort by Isrotel Exclusive Collection, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2014

Hello Anna B,

I am disappointed to read your review and apologize for the oversight in service you felt you received. As we receive such high praise on the level of service and dedication guests receive from our staff and the quality of our bedding, both these matters will be passed onto management of the hotel for review.

You are correct in saying mobile phones are requested not to be used and our staff work very hard to ensure guests respect these rules.

Thank you for your review and happy travels.

Kind regards,

Hani Sand
Sales Manager 

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Reviewed December 29, 2013

The Spa Resort of the Carmel Forest, continues to maintain a high level of service and great value for its guests.
Romantic place for winter holiday, lobby fireplace spreads citrus scent, through the huge windows you can see the winter forest landscape, fine dining, excellent and friendly service, high quality and luxurious spa, in short everything needed to enjoy.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hani S, Sales Manager at Carmel Forest Spa Resort by Isrotel Exclusive Collection, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2014

Hello Rony H,

Thank you for your kind review. I am delighted you had an enjoyable stay at Carmel Forest and we were able to warm you up this winter. We hope to welcome you back soon for another wonderful experience.

Kind regards,

Hani Sand
Sales Manager

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Reviewed December 29, 2013

i had my wife , daughter and son spent there 2 days. they had the best of times. the food is awesome .they want to go back there already ))))) highly recommended wife daughter and son just would not stop raving about the place

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Carmel Forest Spa Resort by Isrotel Exclusive Collection

Address: Carmel Forest | Po 9000, Haifa 31900, Israel
Location: Israel > Haifa District > Haifa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Haifa
#6 Romantic Hotel in Haifa
#6 Business Hotel in Haifa
#6 Luxury Hotel in Haifa
#8 Family Hotel in Haifa
Price Range: $430 - $667 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Carmel Forest Spa Resort by Isrotel Exclusive Collection 5*
Number of rooms: 126
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