If ever one needed proof that not all beaches in Israel are created equal, just check out the Dead Sea (so-named because no fish can survive in its salty waters). No trip to Israel is complete without a requisite floating-in-the-water selfie. The lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea is surrounded by the picturesque Negev desert, all of which you can take in as you naturally float in the water while lathered in mineral-rich mud. Where around the Ein Bokek area you’re beaching yourself, however, is key, so opt wisely when choosing your Dead Sea hotel. To make it easier we've rounded up the best choices in the area. If you choose to go even more south, you'll want to use our guide to the best Eilat hotels.
The top Dead Sea hotels
Set in the heart of Ein Bokek's hotel area, Daniel Dead Sea Hotel offers a private beach and an extensive spa area with free indoor and outdoor pools. A pub and restaurant are available. WiFi is free throughout.All rooms at the Daniel come with an LCD TV, pillow menu, and black-out curtains. Some rooms offer sea views, while others overlook the surrounding Edom Mountains.The wellness area also includes a hot tub, saunas, and a gym. Massages and other beauty treatments can be reserved, and some pools have Dead Sea water.The property arranges yoga, Zumba, and Pilates lessons, as well as water aerobics and morning walks. Lectures on nutrition and health are also held here.Ein Gedi Spa is 20 minutes’ drive away. In the evenings, guests are welcome to enjoy shows or performances in the hotel lobby.
This all-inclusive deluxe hotel is set a private beach in the hotel area of Ein Bokek. It offers luxurious spa facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, and daily entertainment for children and adults alike.Leonardo Club Hotel Dead Sea has its own mini water park, as well as a free gym, solarium and a range of relaxing beauty treatments. Free Wi-Fi is provided in the lobby and all rooms.A gender-separated sun deck is available on the hotel's rooftop terrace. Twice a week, the hotel holds a Dead Sea Mud Party on its private beach.The all-inclusive option includes meals throughout the day with an extensive breakfast buffet, light lunch, afternoon coffee and cake, buffet dinner and a midnight snack. The bar area is open 24 hours a day and serves free soft drinks and alcoholic drinks.
Offering a free spa and free WiFi throughout, Herods Dead Sea is on the Dead Sea Beach, across the Edom Mountains. Indoor and sulfur pools, Turkish bath and hot tub are featured in the spa area.At the Herolds Dead Sea - A Premium Collection by Leonardo Hotels, all rooms and public grounds boast panoramic views of the sea and pool. AC, cable TV, minibar and a tea/coffee maker are standard room equipment.The hotel also includes a quiet intimate lobby, elegant business lounge, dairy restaurant and a dining room with show cooking.Hotel's wellness facilities include sun beds, a fitness area and a variety of personal treatments. Tennis and basketball courts are available on site.
Set on the Dead Sea shores in the north of Ein Bokek region, Hodhamidbar Hotel has free Wi-Fi in the lobby and offers a sea-view terrace with a salted-water swimming pool.Hodhamidbar Resort & Spa Hotel also has free access to its private beach with sunbeds and parasols. The staff provides entertainment activities in the evening.All rooms at Hotel Hodhamidbar come with satellite TV with international channels, air conditioning and private bathroom with hairdryer. Some rooms offer views of the Dead Sea.Free phone calls to various international destinations are available. The hotel has 9 internet points and bikes for touring the area.Parking is possible at the hotel, subject to availability. Public parking in front of the hotel is charged extra.
With each of its stylish rooms boasting panoramic sea and mountain views from the private balconies, the David Dead Sea Resort & Spa features a large outdoor pool area, indoor sulfur pools, 3 restaurants and a spa centre.Free Wi-Fi, LCD cable TV and minibar are standard room amenities at the David Dead Sea Resort. You can relax on the loungers in the shade of palm trees on the poolside terraces.Massages, body treatments and facials can all be booked at the spa centre, where you can also enjoy a hot tub and dry and wet saunas. Fitness centre and squash courts are also available for your recreation.The Bazar Restaurant serves international cuisine, mostly meat dishes. You can enjoy coffee and pastries at the Ein Hamidbar, while the Splash Restaurant is located on the pool side of the resort and its offers grilled meat and light lunches.The ancient site of Massada is at a distance of 16 km. Ein Gedi Nature Reserve can be reached in a 25-minute drive.
With a unique Moroccan design, Oasis Dead Sea Hotel is set on the shores of the Dead Sea in Ein Bokek. It offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a modern wellness centre. Free WiFi and parking are provided.All rooms at the Oasis Hotel offer views of the sea. Each comes with air conditioning, and a kettle with tea and coffee. Breakfast and dinner are served in the Arava dining room.The striking façade of the Oasis welcomes you to a hotel specially designed for your well being. Here you can relax in the traditional Turkish bath, sauna and hot tub. If you feel like something more active there is also a gym.The hotel is 3 km north of Zohar Hot Springs. It is ideal for visiting the archaeological ruins of Masada, the cable car for which is 15 minutes' drive away.