There is a quiet, serene feeling near the Dead Sea, one that cannot be found
anymore in Eilat or other popular vacation spots in Israel. It is secluded,
there are no shopping malls, and nature is close by. When the sun goes down, the
air is magical. The relaxed, peaceful feeling you get just floating on the water
is incomparable. But for many years, the area lacked good accommodations. Many
of the hotels, once considered first-class, deteriorated over time, and very few
new good options opened. The idea that people who needed the healing powers of
the special mud and water would stay in whatever room you offered them (and pay
dearly for it) drove hotel owners to neglect the properties. So vacationers
simply chose Eilat or the North for their holidays.
But a new spot that I
visited recently is one that will draw families back to the area.
investment of more than NIS 30 million in renovation and upgrading, the Isrotel
Dead Sea Ganim Hotel in Ein Bokek reopened this year, adding to the hotels in
the area a much-needed accommodation option that is stylish and relaxing, modern
The atmosphere is very much determined by the interior makeover,
designed by London-based Harry Gregory, who also designed the makeovers of a
number of Isrotel Eilat hotels recently.
The design is contemporary and
welcoming, with retro touches. The golden-brown color scheme with touches of
lime green, designed sofas and armchairs, and wooden bookcases that divide the
lobby into small seating areas, give the place an immediate air of tranquility.
There are 203 rooms in the hotel, which include studio rooms, double rooms,
family and garden suites, all of which have a sea view. The rooms are very
spacious and comfortable, with the same color scheme and modern
They have large bathrooms, high-quality amenities – a safe, a
hair dryer, flat-screen TV, coffee corner and mini-bar, as well as other
comforts, depending on the room.
But who wants to stay in the room when you can
do laps in either of two saltwater swimming pools or exercise in the
well-equipped gym and get a massage at the spa? There are 12 treatment rooms in
the spa, two Jacuzzis, a dry sauna and a sundeck for those who require the
healing power of the sun. And the Dead Sea beach is within easy access.
the chill-out feeling is maintained thanks to the meticulous landscaping
surrounding the pool, with flower beds and palm trees, a number of green lawns
and an orchard, all providing the hotel with the feeling of a first-class
The white-curtained cabanas situated by the semi-Olympic swimming
pool, the mood music and the special night lighting all add to the romantic
The hotel offers a new culinary approach that is expressed in the
cooking stations, where the chefs prepare the dishes in front of the guests; in
the pool bar that is open at night; in the coffee station, which is open and
free for guests at all times; and the contemporary menu that features a lot of
fresh produce, offering a down-to-earth concept. The food is fresh and light,
and the focus is on healthy eating and high-quality ingredients.
children enjoy the kiddies’ pool, and an aviation-themed playroom is available
for the guests.
Prices vary according to date and type of room. They range from
NIS 880 to NIS 1,160 for bed and breakfast for two, and more with added meals
and upgraded rooms. The writer was a guest of the hotel.