Near Tel-Aviv, a New Spa Creates a Bridge Between Japan and the Mediterranean Sea
The therapist Yoko Kitahara decided to open a spa as a means of bridging the culture of her native Japan, and that of Israel, where she has lived for the last 13 years.
The spa, constructed across two old Ottoman-style houses in the centre of the old town of Jaffa, houses five wellbeing rooms and a boutique space under vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows. The renovation, which took place over a year and a half with the help of Kitahara’s architect husband, also allowed for the integration of two roof terraces offering visitors spectacular views over the old city.
With a pair of Eames chairs, a Scandinavian-inspired coffee table and made-to-measure foot rests imported from Kyoto, the interior design is tasteful and well thought out, echoing the predilection for sober and functional design of the Japanese tradition. The spa offerings are in harmony with the space, that is to say, eclectic. Among other treatments, you can find aromatherapy, Scandinavian and Shiatsu massages, oil baths, temperature treatments and breathing exercises. This mix of techniques and treatments created by the therapist was developed throughout her travels across the globe and with which she hopes to create a moment of simple relaxation where guests can connect with nature.
5 Kikar Kedumim st. Tel Aviv - Yafo 6803784
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