- Written by Silvia G Golan
"Desert Oasis", beautiful estate of Health and Spa, provides:
· 9 large and especially designed treatment rooms, and beautiful lobby.
· Large variety of health treatments, among the most advanced in Israel, provided by specialized masseurs.
· 2 special treatment rooms for couples, which include private Jacuzzi tubs that provide intimate, romantic and relaxing atmosphere.
· VIP Spa site - private Spa facilities and especially designed lawn, which includes sun-tanning terrace, comfortable sun tanning with outdoor Jacuzzi and Spa.
· "Spa in the Desert" is suitable for private events, fun days and social celebrations.
· Culinary experience, lead by the chef chain of Guy Peretz, Eli Uzan – a variety of traditional and new menus per order.
"Desert Oasis", the estate of Health and Spa, is located in the Ramat Negev region, 20-minute drive south of Beer-Sheva, and covers an area of 8000 square meters. It launches these days the "Spa in the Desert", a new and elegant Spa site. This new site has a unique design, which provides its visitors with a feeling of entrance to a calm, harmonic and charming world. This Spa site was built with an investment of 3 million NIS.
"Spa in the Desert" is a secluded site within the "Desert Oasis" estate, and the entrance to this site is allowed to the Spa visitors only. This site is roofed, and has a vast parlor at its center. It includes 9 especially designed treatment rooms that inspire a relaxing atmosphere, where light food and refreshment are served. Two of the treatment rooms are dedicated to couples, and include private 2 beds and Jacuzzi tubs that provide intimate and romantic atmosphere for a few hours.
The Spa treatments include: Medicinal massage, massage with hot stones, massage with hot sesame oil, Ayurveda massage, massage of body extremities, and body massage combined with feet massage.
The VIP Spa site is located outside the roofed "Spa in the Desert" site. It is open and limited to the VIP guests. It includes private Jacuzzi and sauna, sitting spots and sun-tanning terrace in a calm and relaxing atmosphere. The Spa guests are provided with personal dressing rooms, which include two bathing rooms and personal lockers, so they can walk around comfortably within the site. Each VIP guest receives at the entrance an elegant robe and personal Spa shoes.
Among the first guests at the VIP Spa site inauguration, was President Shimon Peres, who invited the president house workers and their families, about 70 people, to a charming and relaxing evening that included a variety of indulgences, dinner and public singing in the "Desert Oasis" estate and the new Spa site.
Udi Zilberstein, "Desert Oasis" CEO, said: "This new Spa site is one of the most prestigious in Israel and we invested millions of NIS in its construction. The site was planned and designed to provide the Spa guests a special physical and spiritual experience, so that along with the professional treatments, they can enjoy the unique, inviting and relaxing design. The site provides suitable solutions for guests interested in privacy and enjoyment of personal Spa facility, and for others that prefer social celebrations in this estate."
I strongly recommend it !!!
Photos courtesy of Spa in the Desert
- Written by Silvia G Golan
During this event, a selection of aging wines in limited stock will be offered for sale in the winery store, in wine stores and in selected restaurants between March 15 and April 14
Passover, a holiday of a lot of food and wine, provides a great opportunity for wine lovers to open and enjoy festive wines, unique and unusual, which integrate perfectly in the holiday atmosphere.
Honoring this holiday, Ramat Hagolan Winery will open its basement and archive to wine in a feast of aging wines from grape harvest years 2000 till 2007, among these the unusual years 2003, 2004 and 2007. The wine variety offered will be especially great and impressive, including wines that express the whole region, and also wines from a particular winery, in 750 milliliters, magnum and double magnum. This event is a unique and unusual opportunity to become exposed and enjoy the best-kept treasured wines in the winery.
About the winery and aging wine:
The aging capability of a wine is a sign of its quality, and tells a lot about its history, concerning the grape growth and processing, and the professionalism of the vine grower and the wine maker.
The wines of Ramat Hagolan Winery, part of which will be offered for sale in this unique event, have great and unusual aging capability in the Israeli wine scene.
The winery invests the best means and resources, both human and technological, in an uncompromising ambition to produce most of the potential contained in the raw material – wine grapes, involving lot of consideration in each of the wine production stages, and close look at each of the small details related to the production process. Besides, the wine quality depends highly on the strictness of the group of vine growers relating the growth of quality vine strains suited to the vine growth region, and on the uncompromising attention of the wine producers along the whole manufacturing process.
- Written by KKL
Aerial map of Rosh Tzippor, which looks like a bird's head. Photo: Yoav Devir
On December 18th, a ceremony was held to celebrate the laying of the foundation stone for the new Rosh Tzippor bird-watching center to be established in the forest with the support of the Besen Family Foundation and Friends of JNF Australia. Among those present were KKL-JNF officials, the Mayor of Tel Aviv, the Australian Ambassador to Israel and relatives of the donors.
http://youtu.be/LUjuaUnKUugFor Tel Aviv residents who want to enjoy an excursion in natural surroundings close to home, Rosh Tzippor Park is the perfect venue. Situated in the city's Yarkon Park, this site is a paradise for nature lovers.
"Residents of central Israel deserve to have a green area that will be accessible to everyone. The bird-watching center will add another natural gem to Yarkon Park," said KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler at the ceremony. In his speech he recalled the task that JNF Australia had taken upon themselves in the wake of the Maccabiah disaster: to work for the rehabilitation of the Yarkon River. "In those most difficult times the community displayed exceptional generosity of spirit," said the world chairman.
KKL-JNF began to plant the Rosh Tzippor (Hebrew for bird's head) Forest in the 1950s, and work still continues there today. The first trees to be planted were eucalypti, themselves natives of Australia. In recent years, however, local varieties such as Tabor oak, Judas trees and two species of mastic tree have been added to the mix.
Aerial map of Rosh Tzippor, which looks like a bird's head. Photo: Yoav Devir
The forest has dense undergrowth and it is home to a variety of songbirds and waterfowl. These, however, are not the source of its name, which derives instead from the shape of the forest: when viewed from the air it has the appearance of a bird's head with an eye in the appropriate spot.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, a former pilot and commander in the Israeli Air Force, is probably long familiar with the landscape of the park as seen from above. In his present capacity as mayor, he is well aware of the park's special importance to the residents of his city. "This park is a miracle, a green oasis surrounded by fast highways and urban development," he told those present at the ceremony.
The mayor added that the site is one of the most frequently visited in the country. And, indeed, on a weekday morning the park is thronged with people: cyclists, joggers, groups of schoolchildren, courting couples and parents with baby buggies.
The park is crisscrossed by a number of walking routes, cycle paths and jogging trails. The easier footpaths are suitable for family outings and accessible to people with disabilities; children will enjoy the zip lines, rope bridges, roundabouts, seesaws and wooden climbing equipment in the adventure playground.
Other places to visit in Rosh Tzippor Forest include the historic Seven Mills (Sheva Tahanot) site, where water mills constructed along the banks of the Yarkon River in the 19th century remained in use until around a hundred years ago. On Napoleon Hill the remains of settlements dating back thousands of years can be seen.
Right: Eva & Marc Besen, Efi Stenzler, and H.E. Dave Sharma sign the document to be placed in the cornerstone. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive.
Left: Birds on the Yarkon River. Photo: Yoav Devir
Australian Ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma said that on his travels around the country he had been greatly impressed by everything Israel has managed to achieve in such a short time against all the odds. "Thanks to the active Zionist Jewish community of Australia and its collaboration with KKL-JNF, we have had the privilege of taking part in the building of the State," he added.
The main contribution towards the establishment of the bird-watching center was donated by the Besen Family Foundation of Melbourne, and over thirty members of the family took part in the ceremony. Foremost among them were Marc Besen, who celebrated his 90th birthday in the course of the visit, and his wife Eva.
"Our family has grown since our last visit to Israel, and the State, too, has grown and developed," said Mr. Besen. "We are very happy to be here playing a modest role in making the region green and contributing in a small way towards the growth of the State of Israel as a whole."
Australian donors Geoffrey and Velmae Morris of Perth were likewise present at the ceremony. "I learned from my father that Israel is our native land and our second home, and everything we can do for the State brings us great happiness," said Geoffrey Morris. "I regard the rehabilitation of the Yarkon River as a particularly important project, and, of course, developing nature tourism in Israel is vital, too."
The list of Australian donors who contributed to the establishment of the bird-watching center includes the Ferster and Schaffer families, the estate of Stephen and Rita Gerstl, Sussanne Pinkus and Esta Blashid; an additional donation was made by the Beer-Gabel family of France.
After the speeches were over, all those present made their way to the spot where the foundation stone would be laid. Before the hole was covered up with cement, the participants filled it with documents bearing their signatures in order to mark the establishment of this new site.
Architect Gidon Sarig presented the plans for the bird-watching center, Dr. David Pergament, Director of the Yarkon River Authority, told those present about the park and the rehabilitation of the waterway, and the day's activities concluded with a tour of Yarkon Park in a vehicle resembling a motorized train. Like the residents of Tel Aviv and its surrounds and visitors from all over the country, the Australian guests enjoyed the lake, the tropical garden, the rock garden, the park landscapes and the riverbank scenes.
- Written by Silvia G Golan
Hundreds of wineries in Israel and the world, thousands of bottles,
tasting stands, spectacular and professional exhibition, bar of wines
750 m2 of lively space designed for wine culture, first of its type in Israel
The Wine Road (דרך היין) store chain launches the largest center of wine culture in Israel
9 Derech Hashalom St., Tel Aviv | launching event on Thursday, March 20, at 8 pm - free entrance!
After completing 21 years of activity, and at the start of its 22nd year, the Wine Road chain launches an enormous wine site, a lively center of wine culture in Israel, which honors wines and wineries in Israel and the world. The heart of this site is a huge designed hall, whose wooden-covered walls expose thousands of bottles from hundreds of wineries in the world, lined up according to their geographical origin. A section with aging wines surrounded with glass in located at the right northern corner. In the opposite corner there is a tasting bar with an automatic pouring machine that serves changing wines, just waiting for the next client's glass. The store contains a section with beer and alcohol, including a significant stock of whisky, cognac, rum, liquors, etc., but the stress in the store and the whole site is on the wine: wines for storage, wines for drinking, wines with high exchange value, special wines and kosher wines. Professional personnel can provide recommendations and suit the right wine for every occasion.
Eli Shaked, the Wine Road store chain CEO, says: "The wine consumption in Israel is relatively small compared to the western world, whereas the demand for alcohol is one of the highest in the world. We intend to change this equation, light the world of wine, its qualities, uniqueness and wealth of tastes, and deepen the awareness of wine drinking among Israelis, as part of a wider culinary culture."
About Wine Road:
Wine Road was founded in 1993 in Hashmonaim St., Tel Aviv, with the opening of the first store, which still operates there. The chain offers its clients a comprehensive selection of high-quality wines from Israel and the world, which are stored and kept in optimal conditions. The basements of the stores contain selected wines of the first category, from the best and most famous agricultural zones in the world. Special events are held in the chain stores and basements, such as wine tasting, a variety of courses and education programs concerning wine, festivals and launching of special wines. Each store offers the visitors English-speaking, professional, skilled and experienced personnel in the field. In 2000, Wine Road turned from one store into a chain. Nowadays, it runs ten branches that specialize in the world of wine. Wine Road also specializes in shipments of wine to countries in Europe and other continents in the world.
- Written by Silvia G Golan
Photo Mayor of Hertzlia City Moshe Fadlon and Mr Sandeep walia
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. opened its first hotel in Israel, the Ritz-Carlton Herzliya Hotel on Sunday, December 15, 2013.
This new luxurious hotel that is the firth kosher Ritz-Carlton in the world , has 115 spacious guest rooms and 82 residential apartments, and it is located at Herzliya's Marina.
Distinguished guests were in the opening event included Ofra Strauss, owner of the Strauss Group and his family, Ami Federman, President of the Israel Hotel Association, Stas Misezhikov, former Israel's Minister of Tourism, Ran Rahav, communication and PR figure in Israel.
Photo Ofra Strauss & Gadi Hassin the Ritz-Carlton Herzliya Hotel Manager
Mr. Gadi Hassin, the Ritz-Carlton Herzliya Hotel Manager said: "We are excited to join the international Ritz- Carlton Hotel Company and proud to launch the first hotel of this network in Israel. The Ritz- Carlton Hotel Company brings to Israel new standards in the field of luxury hotels. Now everything is ready to make the stay of our guests an unforgettable experience, as suitable to the high standard presented by the network and reflected in our request to our guests: "Let us stay with you". Our service enables an extraordinary hospitality that meets the needs of each customer. This is our worldly identification mark, expected by the guests who return to us".
Photo Adi Strauss
Mr. Hervé Humler, President & COO of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, said: "The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is pleased to open its first hotel in Israel, and provide to our guests from the entire world the opportunity to enjoy legendary service and prize-winning hospitality. The hotel location in Herzliya combines the unique possibility of business and pleasure. The sea coast along an established business area will provide our world-wide guests a luxurious and extraordinary experience".
Photo Gil Geva
Accommodation and Services
The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya Hotel with very selected team offers the following accommodation and services:
· 115 spacious guest rooms
· 82 residential apartments
· Spa - joint venture with Shiseido spas
· Fitness centre
· Rooftop pool and bar
· Business and events facilities
· Herbert Samuel Herzliya restaurant - Yonatan Roshfeld offers modern Israeli cuisine in Kosher version. This makes the Ritz-Carlton Herzliya Hotel the only one with Kosher cuisine in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
· Lobby lounge
Address and Communication Means
The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya Hotel
4 Hashunit St.
Herzliya 46555, Israel
+ 972 9 373 5555
Photos by Silvia G.Golan