The Best Resorts to Book in Israel

Infinity pools, spectacular spas and fresh Middle Eastern cuisine are part of the package at the best resorts in Israel
Infinity pools, spectacular spas and fresh Middle Eastern cuisine are part of the package at the best resorts in Israel | Courtesy of Beresheet Hotel / Expedia
Alicia Miller

Whether you’re a family seeking an easy-breezy week in the sun or a loved-up couple keen to pair buzzy urban nightlife with a stint on the beach, Israel nails the resort lifestyle. No matter where you choose – be it city, desert or even the Dead Sea – infinity pools, spectacular spas and fresh Middle Eastern cuisine are bound to be part of the package. Here’s our round-up of some of the best resorts in Israel.

1. Beresheet Hotel, Negev Desert

Resort, Spa Hotel, Luxury

A ground-floor, stone accommodation with a private pool at the Beresheet Hotel
Courtesy of Beresheet Hotel / Expedia

At the edge of the Ramon Crater, in the sun-baked Negev Desert, the Beresheet offers proper remote luxury. Infinity pools – a full 39 of the ground-floor rooms have them – let you splash while soaking up the view of the inhospitable surrounding wilds. There’s a spa with a comprehensive list of pampering treatments to choose from. Grab a seat on the Rosemarine Restaurant terrace at breakfast, and you’ll enjoy sweeping golden-toned landscapes with your morning shakshuka.

2. Herods Dead Sea, Ein Bokek

Chain Hotel, Luxury, Resort

A restaurant with a cream-and-brown colour palette at Herods Dead Sea
Courtesy of Herods Dead Sea / Expedia

The Dead Sea delivers for both wellness-seekers and families, and Herods is a stylish, relaxed place to take it all in. Think private beach space, aquamarine tones in rooms and multiple restaurants, bars and pools (including a sulphur one, especially beneficial for those with skin conditions). Grown-ups, do make time for the spa, which includes a striking cream-stone hammam and hydrotherapy treatments to really help those shoulders unclench.

3. Dan Accadia Hotel, Herzliya Pituach


The large outdoor pool complex with striped loungers and sea views at the Dan Accadia Hotel
Courtesy of Dan Accadia Hotel / Expedia

On a powdery west-facing beach, just 20 minutes north of Tel Aviv, this resort gives you the best of a city break with a spell of low-key relaxation. Built in the 1950s, Dan Accadia has been given a facelift with a choice of garden- or water-facing rooms bathed in the gentle tones of sand and sea. Intersperse dips in the pool with a beach buffet, then, come evening, uncork the Israeli wine as the sun sets above the waves.

4. Hilton Tel Aviv

Chain Hotel, Resort

The elegant lobby with floor-to-ceiling windows and sea views at the Hilton Tel Aviv
Courtesy of Hilton Tel Aviv / Expedia

From top restaurants to scene-y beaches, Tel Aviv is the place for urban thrills in Israel, and the Hilton is right in the thick of the action. Hilton Beach, right outside the hotel, has a thriving gay scene while surrounding Independence Park is a popular spot for watching the sunset. The best of the city, including restaurant-stuffed Carmel Market and the Bauhaus buildings near Rothschild Boulevard, is all within walking distance of this resort in Tel Aviv.

5. Casa Nova – Boutique Hotel, Jaffa


A wooden deck with wooden furniture and cushioned seating at the Casa Nova – Boutique Hotel
Courtesy of Casa Nova – Boutique Hotel / Expedia

Jaffa is one of the oldest ports in the world, and a stay in this stylish 17th-century house immerses you deeply in its ancient atmosphere. Enter from one of the narrow, cobbled alleyways, and you’ll discover a gorgeously styled array of suites with period features. A two-bedroom apartment with a fully equipped kitchen has a spectacular roof terrace with sweeping views out over the Mediterranean and neighbouring Tel Aviv.

6. King David Jerusalem


The grand King David Jerusalem standing behind the outdoor pool
Courtesy of King David Jerusalem / Expedia
When celebrities or international leaders come to Jerusalem, they book into the King David – a luxurious stay in honey-coloured stone, complete with grand dining areas, a lounger-lined pool and rooms adorned with fresh flowers and books for thumbing. And, as you’re just a 15-minute walk from the old walled city core, there’s no limit to the time you can spend exploring world-famous sights such as the Western Wall and Church of the Holy Sepulchre from this resort in Jerusalem.

7. Daniel Dead Sea Hotel

Chain Hotel, Resort

A restaurant at the Daniel Dead Sea Hotel with neat rows of tables and chairs overlooking the outdoor pool
Courtesy Daniel Dead Sea Hotel / Expedia

Why do we love this spot so? For the contemporary bedrooms splashed in sunshine yellow, prettied with potted orchids; the poolside grill with rambling lawns, on which to enjoy creamy hummus or sizzling burgers; and the powdery beachfront. This family-friendly Dead Sea resort has all you need for a dream holiday in the sun. Children will enjoy the kids club, decked out with a video arcade, offering plenty of activities; parents can relax at the tranquil al fresco solarium.

8. Orient Hotel Jerusalem

Chain Hotel, Resort

A balcony with cushioned seating and city views at the Orient Hotel Jerusalem
Courtesy of Orient Hotel Jerusalem / Expedia

Who says a historic break in ancient Jerusalem can’t come with a little modern-day fun? Blessed with a sprawling rooftop pool, a decadent spa with more than 70 treatments and a cool, contemporary design, Orient Hotel brings a fresh vibe to balance out all that heavyweight sightseeing. Rooms come with brushed-copper-toned sinks and rainfall showers, not to mention, in some cases, balconies – all that and the fascinating old city core is 1km (0.6mi) away.

9. Orchid Eilat

Resort, Hotel, Villa

A gorgeous villa with a private plunge pool and sea views at the Orchid Eliat
Courtesy of Orchid Eilat / Expedia
Famed for its brilliant beaches, Eilat is the finest Red Sea resort in Israel, home to Coral Beach, a diving hotspot. And the Orchid hotel, with its Thai inspiration, has all you need to make your stay memorable. Terraced rooms overlook the sparkling waters, while palm-lined villas have private plunge pools and enough space for the whole family to spread out in comfort. Top tip: be sure to rise early, and you’ll witness a spectacular sunrise over the surrounding mountains.

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