Country Awards

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the Middle East

Carmel Forest Spa Resort

Haifa, Israel

Nestled in a lush green forest, facing the Mediterranean, Carmel Forest Spa Resort includes 126 spacious rooms and suites, some of which feature terraces, a gourmet kosher restaurant, and a swimming pool surrounded by manicured gardens, along with tennis courts and biking paths. Its spa, the largest in the country, offers a state-of-the-art fitness center with a full spectrum of classes like feldenkrais, juggling, and tai chi. In 27 treatment areas, guests can enjoy more than 70 treatments; signature specialties include the hammam, administered by a Turkish specialist, and kese, a treatment for softening and purifying the skin. Other programming explores such issues as alternative medicine and positive thinking to help bring mind and body into alignment.