True to Tel Aviv’s hedonistic nature, the city is home to a wide range of places to get pampered. Of course, feeling like a queen to prep for your big day should undoubtedly be at the top of your priority list once the countdown begins. There is nothing like a blissful massage, mani-pedi treatment, rejuvenating facial or even some peaceful hydrotherapy to get you in the right mindset – completely free of wedding jitters.
Enjoy either a mother-daughter or sister-sister day, host an intimate group of friends, or just unwind solo. Here five serene spots to indulge in an afternoon of pampering before your big day.
1.) Completely disconnect with a massage
Known for its intimate atmosphere, attention to detail and focus on customer service, Coola is a female-only spa run by women exclusively for women. Housed in the Bayit Ba’Namal complex in Tel Aviv’s Port, it is a relaxing reprieve from the day-to-day grind, with a picturesque setting facing the Mediterranean Sea and a menu boasting a range of specialty treatments and packages according to your needs. If you have some time to while away before or after your treatment, head over to Comme-Il-Faut, the in-house boutique comprised of a stunningly curated compilation of European designers and burgeoning local fashion design combining artful displays, apparel, housewares, cutting edge jewelery and more. It is a top spot for moments of zen and retail therapy all in one place.
2.) Enjoy a full-service mani-pedi
Well-known as one of the best nail salons in Israel, Yullia offers head-to-toe pampering – from eyebrow shaping to facials and pedicures. Its spacious location in Jaffa is ideal for indulging in a treatment and then heading out to the adjacent flea market for some treasure-hunting. Sit back and enjoy the plush massage chairs, extra-accommodating customer service, and drop-dropping range of nail polishes (including Christian Dior’s exclusive to Yullia collection alongside Essie’s latest summer collection). Also, great for those on a time frame, if you arrive to a Yullia salon without an appointment and there are no vacancies, they offer a service called ‘ Taxi in the City’, which will pick you up and take you to the nearest Yullia branch with an open availability.
3.) Get a glow-restoring facial
If you want an all-star facial, complete with signature options like goji berry peels and high-intensity vitamin c moisturizers, plus stellar skincare advice, Kisu is your place. Not only is it set in the most refreshing space, replete with products galore from beauty giants like Peter Thomas Roth, Dermalogica and other top-of-the-line skincare brands that are hard to find in Israel (Omorovicza facials and products are exclusively available only at Kisu), its propietress is also an American expat and trained esthetician named Erika Jungreis, who makes visitors feel right at home and expertly knows how to cater to any need. She also hosts intimate bachelorette parties and groups for an added dose of fun. You and your girls will leave this place radiating happiness inside and out.
4.) Tap into all your senses
Fully indulge all of your senses at this boutique Japanese spa, overlooking Jaffa’s Port. There are women’s treatments as well as couple treatments here – with all options offering a fine-tuned focus on rejuvenation, relaxation and an authentic use of Japanese techniques and hospitality. Some of the therapies include the natural healing power of herbs, aromatherapy, organic essential oils and the use of two main Japanese methods: Hogushi and Nagashi – the complementary principles of releasing muscle tension and then easing the flow of movement to detox the body.
5.) Heal with hydrotherapy
Beit Zayit – Watsu
Those looking for a short jaunt outside Tel Aviv and a fun, unconventional day trip, head to the moshav Beit Zayit for some tranquil hydrotherapy. Admist floral and fauna, this pastoral village on the outskirts of Jerusalem offers a host of healing treatments with varying water pressures and temperatures to alleviate stress and anxiety. Treatments include Watsu (‘water Shiatsu’) with the support of a therapist; ‘water dances’ (floating and meditative breathing); and the Jahara technique, which applies purposeful movements initiating micro-adjustments to the body’s structural alignment. There are also big wooden barrel hot tubs for even more R&R.
Etz v’Mayim, Beit Zayit, call 02-533-2395 for appointments.