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Located 1,500 feet up Mount Canaan, in the Galilee region, Mizpe Hayamim is Israel's oldest hilltop retreat and a Relais & Châteaux property. Founded in 1967 by Erich Yaakov Yaruslavsky, a German refugee homeopath, this idyllic compound still reflects his approach to wellness. The 100-room hotel is a collection of rustic stone structures anchored by a central spa and a large swimming pool under a glass roof with spectacular views over the entire Hula Valley, straight to the Sea of Galilee. The extensive spa menu includes Ayurvedic oil massages and specialty Galilean Harmony treatments, which use natural ingredients sourced from the hotel gardens. Guest rooms are individually decorated in a style reminiscent of the French countryside (wrought-iron canopy beds, carved wooden armoires, freestanding tubs). Each room is equipped with an LCD TV, although you'll likely find the bird song and views from your private balcony more entertaining. Produce, dairy products, and bread are procured from the hotel's organic farm, which can be toured by guests. The harvest can be sampled at a vegetarian dinner buffet or the Muscat restaurant, where chef Haim Tibi prepares French-influenced menus that change daily. To work off the rich meals, guest can explore the hiking trails that meander over Mizpe Hayamim's 37-acre spread, and the artist colony of Rosh Pina is nearby.—Updated by Lynn Suhrie
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