Early morning in the ancient city of Jaffa and the streets are coming to back to life; the smell of freshly baked bread, car horns bleating from impatient drivers going to work, the sound of shop shutters being raised, a faint chant of a far off muezzin calling to prayer. This is the beating heart of old Jaffa and I love it.
Israel’s Carmel Forest Spa Resort, set in a national forest close to the country’s third city, Haifa, has taken on a challenge. It has set out to dispense relief to the stressed and demanding residents of one of the most dynamic nations on earth. But it has done so with relish since the late 1990’s to become the nation’s top wellness resort.
Leah Nahimov is a pioneer. She’s also something of a magician.Somehow, she and her husband Gadi have managed to create a little piece of France slap bang in the middle of the Negev Desert.
Well this was a first. Lying on my back in the water with my eyes shut, listening to underwater music whilst being gently twirled around by a water therapist. This is relaxation Jim, but not as we know it.
it is instead, relaxing with water maidens in Eilat.
‘That’s Dana’ said Andrew my diving buddy, pointing at the glorious streamlined body leaping fully out of the water to assembled gasps, ‘she’ll come over to say hello when we’re down there’. I truthfully had a moment, right there and then.
It was a sound that, given the circumstances, instantly transported me back thousands of years.