We had not been to the Carmel Forest Hotel for a few years but previously had been frequent visitors. I can't imagine why we had been so foolish – and nothing had changed.
This is quite simply the most relaxing hotel - ever. A ban on children under 16 and forbidding the use of mobile phones in public areas are the first two ingredients to taking the pressure out of life. These rules are surprisingly well observed by the guests who seem to quickly fall in with the pattern of quiet and gentleness, which is unique in our experience of Israeli hotels. The atmosphere is enhanced by the extensive hotel grounds which are so immaculately kept that you just can’t fail to enjoy their beauty and connect with nature.
We took a garden room as we always used to and were pleased to see it had been well maintained and was just as we remembered. The room is not large but certainly has all the necessary amenities and a sensational view over the hills down to the Mediterranean coastline a few kilometers away. The only very minor moan is that they still did not resolve the problem of the bathroom flooding when the shower is used. All it requires is a little bit of attention and a more effective rubber strip at the base of the glass panel over the bath. By the way, we noticed that this also had not changed since our last visit some years ago.
At the rate at Carmel Forest is full board you are able to overeat with no difficulty at all. In fact it is almost impossible not to do so and the food is excellent for all three meals every day. There are a big variety of options and no doubt at all that everyone can be catered for no matter what they prefer.
The hotel has two swimming pools – the outdoor one being in a large grassy area and unusually peaceful even when there are a lot of people poolside. It is a spa hotel and offers all types of treatments at an extra charge but the dry sauna, steam room and Turkish bath are all included and in the area close to the large indoors pool. The solarium room is something very special with a breath-taking view and where silence is strictly observed while you rest on the sunbeds. There are lots of little extras as well such as herbal teas and apples available whenever you wish.
The hotel also provides entertainment with a variety of optional meetings such as a meditation session that we joined or stretching and exercising as well as lectures on subjects of wide interest and in the evenings a small live show, lecture or a movie. All are inclusive in the price but be aware that many are in Hebrew although most try to cater as well for English speakers.
As we have always done in the past we just parked our car when we arrived and never moved it again until our departure. Why would we want to leave this paradise on earth before we had to?
The Carmel Forest is not cheap but for what you get it is superb value for money and an absolute must for stress relief.
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- Carmel Forest Hotel
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