Despite the vast stretches of desert and idyllic forests that cover the region, it can be hard to see the Middle East as anything but relaxing. Even in the hustle and bustle of a tense city like Jerusalem, however, there are hotels that are working to put some extra focus on mindfulness. Most upscale hotels around the world have spa services on site, but the Mamilla Hotel just steps from the ancient stones of the Old City of Jerusalem has created a wellness center that’s so much more.
The sight of the current Mamilla Hotel hasn’t always been a place of tranquility, having been a central battlefield during the war in ’67. But rather than digging into the past, the hotel is looking to transform not only its future, but also its guests. Sure, you can find the usual amenities of a sleek new hotel within its walls. The accommodations include access to a state of the art gym and a beautiful swimming pool. However, wellness at the Mamilla Hotel goes deeper than the glimmering surface.
Called the Akasha Center, every inch of the space was designed by following principles of Feng Shui. They’ve also brought in some multicultural flair by offering both a yoga studio, a juice bar, a Turkish hamam, as well as their crown jewel, the meditation rooms. Each room has taken elements of color therapy that are said to align with one of your seven chakras. Though the rooms are high tech, the treatments they offer are decidedly not.
With digital guided meditations on offer, guests can come to let go of the tensions that are inherent in traveling as the system guides you on a journey to mindfulness. The system offers the meditation in multiple languages, depending on what you’re comfortable with, each of which will help you to focus on a specific meditative practice.