As a Mediterranean seaside region, Greater Tel Aviv served as a destination for resort tourism in particular, even before tourism became one its major attractions worldwide. The original hotels fronting the sea, developed between 1950 and 1980 primarily, answered one of the needs of their recreational guests by developing swimming pools on their property, and spas later on.
swimming in the pool
Hotels with a spa - -the hotel spa experience in the Tel Aviv region - started gaining momentum in the mid 1980 with the construction of the spa at the Daniel Hotel Herzliya, part of which (spa included) has been transformed since then into the Shizen Spa Hotel within the Daniel.
In the decades to follow, each new property strove to introduce innovations in its spa facilities - in design, services and equipment, along with rosters of treatments in step with the times, and all the veteran upmarket properties upgraded and expanded their spa facilities, or developed a spa for the first time.
Spas now sparkle in a range of modern designs and configurations, with trained practitioners, dynamic menus of spa and beauty treatments, state-of-the-art aerobic and anaerobic equipment, well-designed relaxation rooms, and even personal trainers available at some hotels. Excellent spa facilities are not limited to hotels on a five-star level.
The Alexander, for instance, which now sports a private swimming pool for guests of its 400m², two-tier penthouse suite, has developed plans for a pool for its other guests, to complement the property's three-room spa and fitness complex.
The treatments available at the spas are broad-ranging, each spa with its own emphases, expertise and product line. Some offer additional treatments, aside from massage – wraps, for example – and almost all offer the option of a massage room for couples, complete with Jacuzzi for two and pampering treats.
Some hotels offer additional treatments, aside from massage
Many hotels that do not feature a dedicated spa, offer fitness facilities. Ever since a recent governmental decision was implemented to abolish the requirement for a trained on-duty attendant whenever a fitness facility is operational, more and more hotel gyms, especially those catering to the business market, remain open 24/7.
A few hotels in Tel Aviv that do not enjoy their own spa and fitness club facilities offer guests the use of such facilities at private health and fitness spas within walking distance. All the city's hotels offer the option of in-room massage, and some, like the Brown Hotel, have set aside massage rooms for this dedicated purpose.