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First class relaxation: El Al's King David Lounge at Ben Gurion Airport, Israel

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Recently, I was in El Al's first class/business class lounge -- the King David Lounge -- in Ben Gurion Airport, Israel. I was happy to be hosted to experience it! This lounge is so chock full of amenities, I didn't even know about some of them until I came home! I'll discuss this momentarily.

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There are plenty of comfortable chairs; not all airline lounges seem to be able to comfortably accommodate all of the passengers they invite. I was there for an early afternoon flight back to New York. The lounge features a library hosted by one of Israel's local bookstores, Steimatzky.

The food/beverage selection was quite the pleasant surprise: restaurant-quality displays of local wines, local olive oils, the Israeli favorites of "Israeli salad" (chopped cukes, tomatoes), olives with herbs and orange twists, bakery-fresh breads with goodies like olives in them, yogurts, feta cheese, tuna salad, snacky things in jars like candy-coated chocolates, little cookies, crunchy things

So, I was busy doing last minute charging of devices -- I had a total of 20 hour journey back to Baltimore, so it was a must -- and didn't wander upstairs in the King David Lounge's upstairs, the "Gallery". I assumed it was a quiet section or overflow section. I'm a little red-faced to say I didn't do my usual deep poking around online ahead of time and thus, didn't know that there's a spa with FREE 20 spa treatments that you can arrange by prior appointment (or take your chances on last-minute availability) provided by the best therapists of Spa Shizen Herzelia by Tamares Hotels chain! For your convenience, the spa complex is located on the Gallery Level of the Lounge, with a private treatment room as well as showers. Arrrgh! I'm dying at having missed this. I love spas and fancy airline lounge amenities! <Sigh>. I suppose that's my raison d'être here: hopefully you can benefit from my knowledge. I'm sure the treatments utilize products incorporating their famous Dead Sea salts and muds.

If I get the opportunity again to check it all out, I will not miss out on it!

Also in the Gallery is a cigar lounge hosted by David's Cigars.