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Zara Spa, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea

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The 5-star Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea is a luxury resort catering to local and foreign tourists who come to indulge in beauty treatments, spa packages, and healing climatotherapy at the on-site Zara Spa. This 6000 square metre sanctuary dedicated to personal indulgence opened in 1999 and has collected a number of impressive awards in the years since.

A Zara Spa experience starts with a circuit in the outdoor heated hydro-pool featuring pressure jets and whirlpools that stimulate the circulation and massage the muscles. This is followed by a bath in the indoor Dead Sea floatation pool, where a salt concentration of 28 percent helps eliminate the body’s toxins, and by a walk in the Kneipp foot massage pool. A visit to the thermarium entails a peppermint-scented fog shower followed by a session in either the laconium dry heated room or the caldarium steam room. Guests, now prepared to receive spa treatments, are directed to a quiet lounge where they wait for their therapist while sipping herbal tea and munching on complimentary fresh fruits. I started with a Dead Sea natural mud wrap. The therapist coated me with tingling mud and wrapped me in foil, and I received a relaxing face massage while soaking up the healthy minerals. I also booked an acupuncture session and played the part of a fleshy dart board to Mister Chiang’s needles. While the electric current applied to the needles—think homeopathic doses of electroshock therapy—isn’t painful, his energetic kneading of pressure points prompted groans of protest that he invariably answered with an encouraging “Good, chi moving!” Other treatments available include body scrubs with Dead Sea salts, aromatherapy in a dry floatation tank and a range of massages using Swedish, Oriental and sports techniques. Alternative healing arts including shiatsu, reflexology and hot and cold stone therapy are also on offer. In addition, beauty treatments in the form of facials, body toning, waxing, manicure, and pedicure can be had.

The hotel consists of 340 rooms and suites, seven restaurants and bars, as well as four pools including one heated in the winter. I particularly appreciated the privacy afforded by the swimming pool reserved for the guests of the two-story complex I occupied. I also had a wonderful Mongolian Wok meal at the Asian restaurant Chopsticks, and I enjoyed more than my share of Mövenpick ice cream, a staple treat of the Swiss hotel chain that bears the same name. Meeting and conference facilities for up to 1,000 persons are also available. A peaceful retreat out of time, the hotel is designed to evoke the old Jerusalem, with small buildings of natural stone and plaster blending into luxuriant gardens planted with citrus trees and colourful blooms. The spa’s infinity pool terrace offers the best vantage point from which to admire the sunset; the view was voted one of the world’s top 28 by the Sunday Times Travel in 2006.

Written by  Francoise Ohayon.

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