A welcome retreat

Friday 16 Jul 2010

Mega-hotel in Jerusalem opens Mamilla Cafe and Wellbeing Retreat & Spa this summer

The Mamilla Hotel is a new 194-room build with interiors designed by Piero Lissoni and architecture design by Moshe Safdie. Opened to critical acclaim in June 2009, the property will open two key areas of the hotel — the Mamilla Café and Akasha Wellbeing Retreat & Spa, both designed by Lissoni — this summer. Located in a remarkable position in Jerusalem city centre with breath-taking views of the Old City walls, the Tower of David and Jaffa Gate, the Mamilla is a modern, world-class hotel that combines a distinctly international outlook with the unique cultural heritage of this most magnetic, frenetic, incredible city.

Safdie and Lissoni worked in collaboration to design multiple restaurants and bar venues offering a range of both local and international cuisine, a chic ‘Mirror’ bar, a terrazzostyle Rooftop brasserie with uninterrupted views of the Old City, a holistic well-being spa and gym, various events and banqueting spaces with an elegant, gracious and personalised service. Lissoni’s design plays with light throughout the hotel. Inspired by the strong Jerusalem sun, dark colors of the public areas are broken up by the outside light. Intimacy and simple sophistication are key, with the manipulation of light designed to create unique experiences. A diverse approach to furnishing sees modern alongside antique and Chinese pieces next to Italian, producing a rich and detailed aesthetic.

"The Mamilla Hotel is a quintessentially urban place. It is a combination of historic buildings and contemporary architecture rising out of the network of alleys which connect the walled and the new cities of Jerusalem. It combines the pattern of the old with cutting edge modernity. It enjoys great views of the Old City and is designed to be in the center of action. The Rooftop outdoor venue is bound to become one of Jerusalem's favorite meeting places” said Safdie.

The 1,000 sq m Holistic Wellbeing Centre features a separate gym, spa and wellness space, designed to encourage visitors to achieve greater balance, mindfulness and inner harmony through a truly holistic approach. The space is split into different areas in alignment with the four elements to ensure comprehensive restoration and rejuvenation. ‘Earth’ is a lounge and bar providing organic and nourishing raw and cooked dishes and drinks; ‘Water’ is the main spa, featuring sound, music and aroma therapies, exclusive Watsu pool hydro-treatments, special hammam treatments and signature therapies using the finest local and international products and ingredients; ‘Fire’ is the gym, fitted with the most up to date equipment including Kinesis, plus a spacious aerobics, spinning and Pilates room and a private training room for optional personal training sessions; ‘Air’ is a calming, peaceful space for yoga, tai-chi, meditation and other group or one-on-one classes, with bespoke music that changes according to the time of day.

Key to the hotel’s vision is to create restaurant and bar areas that will not just appeal to hotel guests but will become destinations in their own right for local Jerusalemites and other visitors, imbuing the hotel with a wider role in Jerusalem culture and entertainment. In addition to the main hotel dining room, the Espresso Bar serves the legendary Israeli breakfast daily and the Lobby Café, serving all-day dairy specialties in an impressive historical indoor/outdoor annex to the main Lobby, the hotel offers the Mamilla Rooftop – a spectacular outdoor brasserie with perhaps the finest views of any Jerusalem restaurant, serving Italian style chiccetti, salads, meat and fish. For drinks, the Mirror Bar is the ultimate destination in the city for sophisticated mixology, with an internationally inspired drinks list, resident DJ, local live jazz and a separate enclosed Cigar Lounge. For wine lovers, The Winery offers one of the largest selections of Israeli kosher wines in the country, served upon fine robust antique wooden counters, set amidst a modern 300 bottle contemporary wine rack. Chef Roi Antebi heads up the hotel’s food & beverage outlets, having come from celebrated Tel Aviv restaurant, Catit.

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