Luxury and “green” are usually mutually exclusive. Sure, you have to spend a lot of green to be luxurious, but generally speaking there isn’t much that’s environmentally friendly about five star hotels and luxury spas.
Hotel Spa Mizpe Hayamim in the eastern Galilee region of Israel is trying to rectify that situation and create a space where, in their own words, “luxury and authenticity meet.”
Inspired by their beautiful natural surroundings – such as the Hermon mountain, the Golan Heights, and the Sea of Galilee – the hotel has been trying to leave their environment as unharmed as possible and has integrated organic and free range farming practices into their business. As the hotel describes itself, “the composition, values, beliefs and exclusive location of the Hotel Spa Mizpe Hayamim creates an island of ecological harmony between man and nature.”
Most of this “ecological harmony” is centered upon the hotel’s very own organic farm. All of the produce cultivated at the farm (which is adjacent to the hotel itself) is used to create dishes served in the hotel restaurants. Milk provided by the farm’s cows, goats, and sheep is used by the hotel to make yogurts and cheeses, and free range chickens supply the hotel with eggs.
The hotel further supports environmentally conscious eating with their exclusively vegetarian restaurant (which, according to fellow Green Prophet Karin, serves pretty amazing food). Admittedly, they have a non-vegetarian restaurant too, but it’s nice to have a gourmet vegawarian option.
Check out the clip below, which includes a glamour shot of the vegetarian restaurant’s spread:
The hotel also uses the organic farm to produce herbs used in their handmade 100% natural candles and soaps. Guests can make their own in the soap and candle-making workshops on the farm premises.
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