Hotels and Accommodation in israel

Visitors to Israel are spoiled for the choice of hotels in every location, and every style of accommodation. You could go camping by the Dead Sea, stay in an ultra-luxury hotel in Eilat, a historic home in Jerusalem, or a boutique hotel in Tel Aviv. Choose a hotel in Tel Aviv in one of the centrally located neighborhoods. Stay in historic Neve Tzedek; in artsy Florentin; at a boutique hotel in the White City, or book a seafront hotel. Hotels in Jerusalem include the iconic King David Hotel and unique hotels within the Old City. There are boutique hotels, like those in Ein Karem, and hotels with incredible views of the City of Gold, like the Mount Zion Hotel and the Mamilla Hotel.

Hotels in Eilat are renowned for their excellent facilities. The city on the Red Sea is home to large resort-style hotels like the Dan Eilat; spa hotels like the Herods Vitalis; and casual hotels for those interested in water sports. There are also convenient hostels for backpackers, and budget travelers. Hotels in Galilee range from those on the edge of the Sea of Galilee; kibbutz hotels; campsites, and hotels in the capital of Galilee, Tiberias, like the historic Scots Hotel. Other top Israel hotels include the tranquil Carmel Forest Spa Resort; the luxury Efendi Hotel in the heart of historic Acre, and Beresheet Mitzpe Ramon Hotel overlooking the Ramon Crater and the Negev Desert.


Budget Hotels in Eilat

Israel’s opening up for tourism again and as well as the obvious ‘hotspots’ - Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Galilee - Eilat is gearing up to start welcoming back visitors. Located in the far south of the country, with wonderful views of both the Red Sea and the mountains, it’s the perfect place for a vacation, a romantic weekend or just a few well-deserved days of R&R.Eilat restaurant with a view, Israel. Photo credit: ©ShutterstockEilat may not be a big city, but with warm temperatures year-round, and situated slap bang on the Red Sea it’s a resort that’s perfect for eating, drinking, shopping, swimming, snorkelling and diving. Its lively bars and nightlife make it popular with young people andtop attractions suchas the Underwater Observatory and Dolphin Reef mean it’s a big draw for those with young children. Eilat is also close to the Wadi Araba Border Crossingconnecting Israel andJordan which means that making a trip to Petra is extremely easy. And if your passion is hiking, then it’s a short drive up to Timna Park, with its copper mines, rock formations and manmade lake…you can take jeep tours and camel treks in the area too!In the last 20 years, Eilat has developed significantly and as that happened, many luxury hotels sprung up. And whilst they boast all kinds of facilities, they come with a steep price tag - indeed, a weekend vacation down at the Red Sea can really be tough on the wallet. So are there any options for the dollar-conscious traveller?The good news is, yes, you can visit the Red Sea and not break the bank, particularly when it comes to finding a place to sleep. We’ve looked around and found more than a few budget hotels in Eilat, where you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars each night but still get clean, comfortable facilities. What are you waiting for? Eilat Promenade by night.Photo credit: © Shutterstock1. Custo Club, EilatThis down-to-earth guesthouse is a great place to stay if you’re looking for a place to swim and/or diving lessons. A little further away from the beach than many hotels, it’s still within walking distance, but the area it’s situated in is a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood.Custo offers free Wi-Fi throughout the space as well as air-conditioning and LCD TVs in all the rooms. Some of the rooms have balconies and private bathrooms, whereas cheaper options mean you’ll have to share. There is also a big kitchen where you can cook and there’s a relaxed atmosphere in the place at all hours.Custo’s outdoor pool has sun loungers and a ping pong table nearby. They also have a space within the villa where a diving club operates. Here you can rent equipment, take introductory SCUBA lessons and if you’re staying at Custo you’ll even get a discount!Custo is a good choice, price-wise, because although things need a bit of modernisation, it’s clean and the owner is a friendly and reliable person. You can walk there easily from the central bus station and they also offer an airport shuttle service, if you’re leaving from Eilat Ramon.Custo Club. Mish'ol Shoshan 2, Eilat. Tel: 050-887-7989.Villa Custo Club in Eilat, Eilat. Photo from Custo Club Facebook page2. Flintstone Guesthouse, EilatLocated just over 1km from Dekel, Mosh and Papaya beaches, the Flintstone Guesthouse offers guests non-smoking rooms, free Wi-Fi throughout the property and an outdoor heated swimming pool. All of the rooms come with private bathrooms (with showers, not baths) and free toiletries. There is air-conditioning in every room and some family options also provide a kitchenette with a microwave. Visitors rave about the hospitality and talk about how helpful and kind the owners are. This place also has a good reputation for cleanliness. In short, Flintstone’s is really good value for money.Flintstone Guest House., 2 Mishol Egoz, Eilat. Tel: 08 630-3777 A tour on a glass-bottom boat on the Red Sea in Eilat, Israel.Photo credit: © Shutterstock3. La Villa EilatLocated in a quiet, residential part of the city, which is ideal for anyone arriving by car, La Villa offers guests cosy accommodation with spacious common areas. Nearby is an excellent pizzeria and there are several supermarkets where you can buy food to cook, in their well-equipped kitchen. Indeed, many guests talk about how nice it is to eat breakfast outside in the garden.La Villa boasts spacious clean rooms, some with kitchenette facilities, and the beds are very comfortable. It also has a swimming pool, hot tub and barbeque area and the rooms are comfortable and clean (with the showers boasting good water pressure). Guests talk about how accommodating and friendly the owner David is. This is a great find and incredible value for money.La Villa Eilat, Mish'ol Habushim 1, Eilat. Tel: 054-808-8084Acruiseboat in Eilat, Israel.Photo credit: © Shutterstock4. Blue Hotel, EilatThe Blue Hotel is not far from the central bus station and so close to banks, supermarkets and a few cheap eats. Offering affordable prices, it has 30 rooms which can suit a range of people - individuals, families and groups of travellers. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms, a terrace and a shady garden. The rooms are all non-smoking and come with flatscreen TVs, private bathrooms and the owners can arrange for you to have breakfast at a nearby cafe if you don’t want to make your own arrangements. Tea, coffee and water are complimentary. Blue Hotel is owned by the Marina Divers Club and so if you want to don your SCUBA equipment, they’ll be happy to help and give you a nice discount too. Walking to the beach will take you about 15 minutes.The Blue Hotel, Ofarim St 123, Eilat. Tel: 053-2321656Blue Hotel, Eilat, Israel.Photo from Blue Hotel Facebook page5. Americana Hotel, EilatThe Americana regards itself as ‘Eilat’s most popular, moderately priced resort hotel’ and many would agree. Situated on the north beach of Eilat, it’s close to many entertainment spots in town and prides itself on its professional service, personal touches, excellent location and friendly atmosphere. The Americana has free wi-fi, modern rooms (all with cable TV and kettle), two restaurants, a pool with hot tub and a smaller pool for kids. Rooms all have private bathrooms and air-conditioning and on site there is also a supermarket and gift shop.Guests love the buffet breakfast (with up to 20 dishes to choose from) and the place is clean and has friendly staff. As a value for money, it can be highly recommended…it’s not five stars but it’s a great budget option in Eilat. The Americana, Kaman Street, Eilat. Tel: 08 630-0777The Americana Hotel, Eilat, Israel.Photo from Americana Hotel Facebook page6. Comfort Hotel, EilatA five-minute walk from the Central Bus Station, and 12 minutes by foot from the shores of the Red Sea, the Comfort Hotel is strategically located (close to everything) and offers simple but pleasant accommodation. All of the rooms are air-conditioned, with LCD TVs and private bathrooms, and come with a kettle, tea and coffee and a safe. Some rooms also have a view over the Gulf of Aqaba.The Comfort has an outdoor pool and you can also book paid sessions at their spa (which has a steam room, hot tub and dry sauna). The beds are comfortable, the place is clean and if you’re not hankering after a luxury resort, this hotel is the perfect option. Comfort Hotel, Sderot Hativat HaNegev 14. Tel: 08 636-3222Comfort Hotel, Eilat, Israel.Photo from Comfort Hotel Facebook page7. Hotel Adi, EilatSituated in the centre of Eilat, not too far a walk from the beach, Hotel Adi is close to restaurants, pubs and a big shopping mall. It boasts 111 rooms, and the suites have either a private jacuzzi or two adjoining rooms. With air-conditioning throughout, safety deposit boxes and cable tv, it’s ideal for families. The Adi hotel also has a lobby, bar and large dining room with a diverse menu and guests talk about the good breakfast which is included in the price. This is a simple hotel but it’s friendly and the staff are very efficient. Its location is also great - you can get everywhere on foot, and quickly. The Adi is a good choice if you don’t want to pay the high prices of big Eilat hotels. Hotel Adi, Topaz St 6, Eilat. Tel: 08 638-8111Palms at Eilat beach, Israel.Photo credit: © Shutterstock8. Sunset Inn, EilatThe Sunset Inn is located just two minutes walk from the Central Bus Station, and another 15-20 minutes walk from the seashore and the town’s promenade. All rooms are air-conditioned, have flat-screen TVs with cable options and free Wi-Fi. All of the rooms come with kitchenette facilities, including a minibar, electric kettle (with tea and coffee) and a microwave, so it’s ideal if you want to prepare food. If you’re not arriving by air or bus, take advantage of their free private parking. This is a no-frills place, not fancy but very clean and is definitely good value for money. Guests comment on how accommodating the staff are and how much they enjoy the outside space, which they say is good for reading and relaxing.Sunset Inn, Retamim St 130, Eilat. Tel: 050-270-8795Sunset Inn, Eilat, Israel.Photo from Sunset Inn Hotel Facebook page9. Palms Hotel, EilatMarketing itself as an ‘urban resort’ this recently renovated hotel, with its trendy modern decor, is the most costly option on our ‘budget hotel in Eilat’ list but still a steal when you consider what it offers. With a range of comfortable rooms, suitable for couples and families, the Palms features a sun terrace, two swimming pools - one for adults and the other for children - a video games room, a jacuzzi and a Kids Club. The Palms Hotel is located about 10 minutes walk from the shopping centre and beach, in the city centre. The 152 rooms are elegant, spacious and all include black-out curtains, LED TV, air conditioning and mini-fridge. Some suites have private jacuzzis and sun terraces and there is free parking for guests, close by. Guests are particularly impressed with the comfortable beds and rich, diverse Israeli breakfast. For a mid-price, three-star hotel in Eilat, you can’t go wrong.Sderot HaTmarim 2, Eilat. Tel: 08-651-6000.Palms Hotel, Eilat, Israel.Photo from Palms Hotel Facebook page10. Red Sea Hotel, Eilat.Offering guests a central location, the Red Sea Hotel is a good choice for anyone looking for accommodation with a number of facilities, but at a reasonable price. The spacious rooms all come with LCD TV and cable TV, air-conditioning, minibars and private bathrooms and downstairs there is a 24/7 reception.The Red Sea Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and there is a private beach, ten minutes walk away, with free sun loungers there. On the beach is the Mamam restaurant and guests of the hotel can receive a discount when eating there. The hotel is small but clean and tidy and offers guests a decent breakfast, with a good quality and variety of food. It’s located close to the central bus station, so you’re close to money changers and supermarkets. Fair prices for what you get.The Red Sea Hotel, Tamarim 12, Eilat. Tel: 08 637-2171Israel's Red Sea coastline.Photo credit: © Shutterstock
By Sarah Mann

The Best Luxury Hotels in Israel

Are you planning a vacation in Israel? If so, the country is waiting for you! After two long, exhausting years, people are desperate to travel abroad again and many of us are so worn down from the pandemic that we’re ready to splash some serious cash about, ensuring that we get a holiday that ticks all of our individual boxes. And, honestly, there’s never been a better time to treat yourself - let’s face it, you deserve it.The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. Photo fromwww.marriott.comTreat Yourself - You Deserve It…Luckily, Israel can oblige in this sense, that being because in the last decade it’s raised its ‘accommodation game’ substantially. Today, there are luxury hotels scattered across the country, all able to satisfy the most discerning traveller’s needs. Whether you want a city break (think historic Jerusalem and hipster Tel Aviv), a peaceful retreat (the tranquil Sea of Galilee and the empty, silent Negev desert) or cocktails and dance clubs at the Red Sea, you’re spoilt for choice. That’s because, in the last decade, Israel’s raised its game, with a series of sophisticated and stylish luxury hotels.Why Stay at a Luxury Hotel in Israel?We all need a vacation periodically - to rest our body and our mind, not to mention have a little fun. And whilst some people think that staying in a luxury hotel is a waste of money, we’d disagree…because it’s going to give you certain amenities and benefits that really make your time away that much more special, in terms of comfort, facilities and service.Luxury hotels mean top-end mattresses, soft bed linen and fluffy pillows, not to mention 24-7 housekeeping services. They’re going above and beyond in their facilities - whether it’s infinity pools, high-end toiletries, afternoon teas, champagne and chocolate in your room on arrival or even a butler service. Within them are fine-dining restaurants, cocktail bars and coffee lounges designed with your enjoyment in mind. And, of course, luxury hotels in Israel always put an emphasis on world-class service - from the General Manager to the bellboy, everyone is working to ensure your expectations are not just met but actually surpassed. Today, we’re looking at luxury hotels in Israel that really have the ‘wow’ factor. And whilst we want to stress here that our opinions are entirely subjective, the ones we’re recommending here all come highly recommended - by our friends, colleagues and TripAdvisor! If you don’t believe us, book a private day tour in Israeland then add it on as a treat to yourself. After all, you only live once! Here we go…The Scots Hotel Tiberias outside view, Sea of Galilee, Israel. Photo from www.scotshotels.com1.The Inbal Hotel, JerusalemThe Inbal is a luxury luxury hotel in Jerusalem, located in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from the famous Montefiore Windmill and within walking distance of the Old City, and Emek Refaim (the German Colony). Catering to a wide variety of clients - tourists, business travellers, families and couples looking for a romantic getaway - Inbal offers its guests sophisticated elegance, combined with comfort and warmth - all provided by their knowledgeable staff.With 335 beautifully-designed rooms (some with balconies and views overlooking the Old City), you can choose between deluxe doubles to spacious suites and some accommodations have connecting doors. The decor is decidedly minimalist, spacious and airy, with all the amenities you’d expect including a coffee machine, bathrobes, quality toiletries and little extras like chocolates left on your pillow. Facilities include a fitness centre and huge pool, a top-level spa, artisan and boutique stores, executive lounge, concierge service and free underground parking. Their ‘Kids Club’ offers activities and workshops for toddlers and young children throughout the day, making this hotel an ideal choice for young families.In terms of cuisine, the breakfast buffet is plentiful, with cheeses, yoghurts, eggs and freshly-baked bread and muffins. (You can actually sit in their garden, whilst eating). Inbal also offers a kosher meat fine dining experience at their ‘02’ restaurant, under the watchful eye of chef Nimrod Norman. With ribeye minute steaks, lamb shank and gourmet hamburgers, carnivores will be in their element. For vegetarians, there is ‘The Lounge’ serving salads, pizza and pasta, salmon and some local dishes besides. Our tip: try their baklava and black coffee if you need an afternoon ‘pick me up’ - it’s delectable.The Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem. Photo fromwww.inbalhotel.com2. The Jaffa Hotel, Tel Aviv-JaffaThe Jaffa is housed in a historic building, which was once both a French hospital and monastery, and its design is nothing short of a triumph. Combining stained glass windows, vaulted arches and remains of a 12th century-era wall with contemporary furniture, eclectic light fittings and Damien Hirst art, its location couldn’t be better - the beautiful Jaffa port, charming artists quarter and Levantine flea market are all just a stone’s throw away.The Jaffa opened in 2018 and offers 120 rooms and suites, some within the historic structure and others within the modern new wing. The look is ‘high ceilings and neutral colours, and the restful effect is evident. Nice touches include bespoke mirrors, coffee capsule machines and backgammon boards.The Jaffa Hotel offers a beautiful spa but for those who prefer the outside, there’s a shady courtyard and a restful pool, with a cocktail bar that sets up at midday. In terms of dining options, it’s less Middle Eastern and more North American/Mediterranean. As well as a classic buffet breakfast, there’s ‘Golda’s Deli’, where you can enjoy bagels with lox and tuna melts. Their restaurant ‘Don Camillo’ (which is not kosher) is a tier above most Italian restaurants in Tel Aviv, which is reflected in the price, but the food is delicious - we’d recommend the Dover sole or wood-grilled lamb chops. With its personable staff and enviable location (close to the beach and a short cab ride from the heart of Tel Aviv), no wonder it’s taken the neighbourhood by storm!The swimming pool in Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel.Photo from www.marriott.com3. The Queen of Sheba, EilatThe Hilton Queen Of Sheba Hotel is an upmarket, luxury hotel located in Eilat. Just a two-minute walk to the beach and the glorious Red Sea, it boasts 480 rooms, a number of restaurants, a spa, gym, outdoor pool and - unbelievably - a shopping mall! Located on the north shore hotel area, close to the promenade it is, by far and away, one of the resort’s most comfortable and stylish hotels.The decor of the hotel is very grand - domes and turrets with a wing that alone has more than 200 rooms. The high ceiling lobby boasts a mosaic floor, depicting all kinds of biblical animals. And if you like cats, you’ll be in your element because images of them are all over the hotel. The rooms are of a good size, many with marble bathrooms and balconies facing the sea. Some even have jacuzzis. As you ascend or descend in their see-through gold-edged elevators, enjoy the view of the atrium. Breakfast is something visitors at the hotel rave about - they serve a wide selection of both sweet and savoury dishes, as well as an array of cheeses and high-quality coffee. ‘Ebony’ - the pool restaurant and bar - serves grilled meats, salads, shakes and cocktails. ‘Makeda’ offers a wide variety of international buffet dinners. The Chicago Grill services both appetisers and evening meals and on the 12th floor, Yakimon is for sushi lovers. And if you’re a night owl, you can grab light snacks at Axum, the hotel’s late-night bar. For fun, you can take advantage of their fitness centre, spa, pool table, games room (with ping pong), pool, sauna and - of course - a very indulgent spa. Staying at the hotel also gives you access to the Neviot beach next door, with complimentary beach chairs and towels. Queen of Sheba Eilat Hotel, Israel. Photo from www.queenofshebaeilat.com-israel.com4. Six Senses Shaharut, Negev DesertSituated on a dramatic cliff overlooking the Arava valley in the Negev desert, Six Senses Shaharut salutes and honours its wilderness setting. Just an hour’s drive from Eilat and two hours by car from the Dead Sea, it offers traditional desert hospitality in out-of-the-ordinary comfort.The design of this luxury desert hotel was inspired by the Nabateans, nomads who lived here 2,000 years ago and were also responsible for building the ancient city of Petra. Six Senses was built in such a way that it might ‘blend’ into the surrounding desert landscape and the materials used reflect this - stone, wood, copper and teak all feature in the furnishings (which incidentally are all artisan).The accommodation consists of 60 suites and villas, all wonderfully designed in a rustic style and either situated around a communal pool or boasting their own private pool (the three-bedroomed Private Reserve comes not just with its own pool but also a pizza oven and chef service!). Bedroom amenities are thoughtful - complimentary snacks, a yoga mat, walking sticks and bath products made especially for the hotel, using camel and goat milk.The fine dining experience at this luxury desert hotel means that food is both refined and healthy, with many seasonal and organic products used in the dishes (purchased from local farmers). Drawing on the culinary traditions of the Middle East and the Mediterranean, diners have a number of options. Midian offers the very best of traditional Israeli cuisine, Edom View offers mezes, the poolside grill services both butcher’s cuts and homemade ice cream and the Jamillah bar is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail at sunset.Six Senses Shaharut also offers a number of original activities and experiences, including sunrise yoga, hikes, star gazing outings, 4x4 off-road jeep tours and camel treks. The emphasis is on the guest’s experience being integrated with nature - entertainment is often in the form of local musicians, at the on-site amphitheatre. And since the setting here is so tranquil, it’s no surprise that this luxury hotel also offers a Wellness Programme, including retreats, a hammam and aerial yoga. Our verdict - simplicity and luxury combined!Six Senses Shaharut, Israel Resort & Luxury Spa in Negev Desert. Photo fromwww.sixsenses.com5. The Scots Hotel, Sea of GalileeSituated in Tiberias and overlooking both the peaceful, beautiful Sea of Galilee (‘the Kinneret’ in Hebrew) and the Golan Heights, Scots Hotel is situated in a beautifully-preserved old building, formerly known as the Scots Mission Hospital. Today it welcomes visitors with plenty of ‘Highland Hospitality’, from the arrival drinks it serves to live music performances in their whisky-themed bar.This luxury hotel and spa boasts sixteen renovated rooms, all constructed out of basalt rock and with high ceilings. The decor is traditional but all the extras you need are in your room, including high-end toiletries, plasma tv, ‘coffee corner’ with a chaise lounge and a Nespresso machine. The rooms are suitable just for two, which is why this hotel is frequented more by couples and older people, than families with young children.The Scots Hotel oozes refinement and grandeur and whilst just a stone’s throw from the promenade, has a large and lush, three-tiered garden, giving visitors a chance to enjoy hours of tranquillity. It boasts a gym, pool and excellent spa with a range of ‘wellness’ treatments and their famed Scottish-themed Ceilidh bar serves 80 different kinds of whisky!For many visitors, the highlight of the stay is the cuisine. The Scots Hotel serves sumptuous gourmet buffets, both at breakfast and dinner. The Torrance restaurant draws on gourmet traditions from around the globe with a hint of Galilee flavour. Dishes are made with local produce, using herbs from the hotel garden and fruits, vegetables, preserves and wines all from local farms. The hotel also offers culinary workshops, where chefs from across the world come to show off their skills and impart their skills and knowledge.One thing to note is that the Scots Hotel does not operate a kosher kitchen (which is somewhat uncommon in top Israeli hotels) so expect an array of dishes both in the morning and evening that include dairy products, fresh fish and seafood and prime meat cuts. The desserts are also fabulous so leave room for the end of your meal! Our tip: if you feel like being alone, retreat to the library/reading room upstairs. It’s a fine place to settle down with a good book…We hope this article has intrigued and inspired you to pamper yourself and make a trip to one of the above. Finally, if you book a private touror an Israel tour package with Bein Harim and wish to add some of these luxury hotels in Israel to it, for an overnight stay, don't hesitate to contact us.The Scots Hotel Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Israel.Photo fromwww.scotshotels.com
By Sarah Mann

Staying at a Herzliya Hotel

When choosing where to base yourself on a trip to Israel the obvious choice is either Tel-Aviv or Jerusalem but there is another attractive option – Herzliya. Herzliya is a city on the coast about 20 minutes north of Tel-Aviv. The main coastal road (route #90)and railway tracks divide the city in to who halves. Inland you have the main centre of the city and the residential area. Across the main coastal road and along the beachfront you have Herzliya Petuach which is one of the most sort after residential areas and a hub for tourists, revelers and beach-lovers. Herzliya Petuach is also the industrial area of the city but it has evolved from industry into a dynamic center for nightclubs and chic eateries.If you choose to stay at a Herzliya hotel it will most likely be one of those along the beachfront. The hotels are all of a high standard (4 to 5 stars) and have the added advantage of the sea right on their doorstep. It literally takes minutes to walk from any of the Herzliya beachfront hotels down to the seaHerzliya is conveniently located within easy access of the main coastal road which can take you to Tel-Aviv or north to Haifa and beyond. The Herzliya train station connects to Ben Gurion and other cities in Israel. There are many regular buses and taxis available. In addition, tour companies pick up groups of tourists from the Herzliya hotels. By foot, you can walk up and down the coastline along the sand.If you intend to unwind, relax and soak up the sun then Herzliya is a great place to base yourself. You can see the rest of the country with daily tours where you are picked up from your hotel but the rest of the time you can enjoy the beach and hotel amenities. Just a few minutes away is the Arena Mall which faces the Herzliya Marina. There are many top stores here as well as restaurants which have brilliant views over the yachts and boats in the marina. From the marina, you can go on boat excursions, try deep-sea fishing or take a kayak out on the water. In the evening head for Herzliya Pituach’s many nightclubs, wine bars, karaoke bars, and restaurants. Herzliya Pituach is also home to an outlet mall where you’ll get great bargains on brand-name fashion items.
By Petal Mashraki

Top 5 Luxury Spas in Israel

Israel has some exclusive luxury spa resorts situated in unique locations including the Dead Sea area and on the shores of the Red Sea. Take a look at these top luxury spas in Israel which have all been nominated or won the World Travel Awards title of leading spa resort.Carmel Forest Spa Resort, HaifaThis is a 126 room luxury spa resort nestled in the Carmel Forest Nature Reserve on a mountain top surrounded by trees. The natural surroundings add to the exclusive and unique feel of this resort. All the luxuriously furnished rooms have breathtaking mountain views and guests can use the resort facilities for free. The facilities include a Turkish steam bath (Hamam) imported from Turkey, a gym, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools. Among the added extras available at the resort are spa treatments, massages, tai-chi, meditation, palates and the services of a dietitian. There are three meals a day prepared by a gourmet chef with a focus on healthy eating. The two outstanding features which make this one of Israel’s best luxury spas are the stunning location and that the resort is a child-free-zone!Herods, EilatIn Israel’s leading vacation city you’ll find three luxury Herods hotels – Herods Palace, Herods Vitalis and Herods Boutique but it is the Vitalis which offers spa treatments on another level. The exclusive 53 suit hotel provides a tranquil retreat to those seeking peace and quiet. For this reason under 18s and cell phones are not allowed at the Vitalis. The hotel’s location overlooking the Red Sea and within walking distance from Eilat’s dynamic attractions makes this a perfect vacation option. The design of Herods Vitalis exudes opulence, the architecture resembles a palace with all the trimmings and together with the pampering service and professional spa treatments guests are made to feel like royalty.Mizpe Hayamim Resort, Rosh Pina This resort on a 15 hectare property of pristine countryside enjoys views of the Golan Heights, Sea of Galilee and Mount Hermon. The resort property has gardens, paths, pools and brooks as well as being an organic farm. The farm grows Biblical fruit and vegetables and breeds farm animals organically providing the spa with fresh organic produce. In these ecologically harmonious surroundings the guest rooms are individually designed and the spa offers a range of unique treatments. On the grounds are craft workshops, soap and candle making workshops and an organic bakery. The facilities include a fitness room, dry and wet sauna, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi and swimming pool.Le Meridian, Dead SeaThis resort has won the award for best spa in Israel for 6 consecutive years. Its location on the shore of the Dead Sea gives it a unique twist and the spa treatments make use of the concentrated minerals provided by the Dead Sea water and mud. The treatments include Dead Sea mud body masques and sea weed wraps.When you’re not getting one of the spa treatments you can visit the private beach, enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, fitness center, Dead Sea water pools, Jacuzzi and sauna. The large resort has five restaurants, an exclusive 16th floor business level and all rooms have a view of the Dead Sea.Vered HagalilThis exclusive get-away location is named as one of the “1,000 places to see before you die” in the Workman Publications book of the same name. The style of this resort is different to the others mentioned above, it is more rural, down to earth and suited to nature lovers. What makes this a stand-out luxury resort is the horse riding facilities and the individual wooden chalet-style accommodation set in untamed country surroundings. Guests can stay in 2 room cottages, cabins, studio rooms or suites. All the units have a Jacuzzi, luxury facilities and rustic style furnishing. The spa offers treatments in a quiet shady part of the farm with an emphasis on reconnecting with nature.Check out our Dead Sea Spa & Relaxation tour >>The tour include a visit to Mineral or Kalya beach in the Dead Sea with optional SPA treatments
By Petal Mashraki
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