24 Hours at the Dead Sea | Dead Sea, Israel | I continue reporting on my recent wonderful week in Israel. This time on my 24 hours visit to the Dead Sea, located less than two hours drive from Tel Aviv, with a lovely panoramic scenic drive on the last quarter of the journey, along the coast of the Dead Sea, with the Judaean Desert on the opposite side, and a glance of the Jordanian coast.
We arrived late at night, after an amazing day exploring Jerusalem, so checked IN at our host hotel, the Isrotel Hotel in the Dead Sea Resort of Ein Bokek. A fairly nice basic property, nothing striking, right along the coast. But I must be fully honest, none of the hotels we visited were much of a difference, other than the fact that some of them had direct access to the beach. Ours the Isrotel Hotel, didn’t, but in full fairness, it was just a few steps away from it.
Following morning I woke up rather early, and WOW as I opened the shades to my private balcony, this was the scenery that showed before my eyes. Deep below sea level, at the lowest point on the face of the earth (417 meters below sea level), on the shore of a unique natural phenomenon, Dead Sea is a green oasis of health, tranquility, indulgence and spa, within dramatic views of desert mountains and elevated cliffs. I quickly rushed to breakfast, at a private restaurant, since I was staying at an Studio Room on the Moab Floors, I was entitled to enjoy VIP amenities, treatments, and of course a balcony overlooking the magnificent Dead Sea and Arava Desert.
The Dead Sea, also called the Salt Sea, is actually a lake bordering Jordan to the east, and Israel to the west. One of the most unique tourist attractions in Israel, bringing in visitors from around the world thanks to the ancient landscapes of the region and many medicinal virtues attributed to the Dead Sea water and mud. Earth’s lowest elevation on land , 9.6 times as salty as the ocean, which makes swimming similar to floating. I mean literary, I felt that I could float to the coast of Jordan in an hour with no effort on my side. The salinity makes for a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish, hence its name.
The sea bed also has deposits of black mud that is easy to spread on the body and provides the skin with nourishing minerals. As if that were not enough, the bromide in the air is also beneficial to the body’s systems, thus making the Dead Sea a provider for good health and healing for vacationers from all over the world.
Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David. One of the world’s first health resorts by King Herod the Great, and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products like, fertilizers, to create cosmetics and herbal sachets.
I spent the full morning, both bathing at the Dead Sea, and afterwards, using the indoor/outdoor Dead Sea water pools at the Spa of our hotel. Around noon we checked out, and moved a few blocks away to do a site inspection of the HERODS Dead Sea Resort, followed by lunch. I personally like this resort over the one we stay. But I have to say that I preferred the beach area at the Isrotel Hotel.
On hour way back to Tel Aviv, by the Judaean Desert, we did a two hours stop at the biblical Palace and Fortress of Masada by King Herods the Great. One of the highlights of my week in Israel.
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