The Best Resorts on the Dead Sea

An array of Dead Sea resorts make for a splendid sun-filled holiday, within easy access of other local sights
An array of Dead Sea resorts make for a splendid sun-filled holiday, within easy access of other local sights | Courtesy of Hilton Dead Sea Resort and Spa / Expedia
Photo of Alicia Miller
18 January 2021

It’s officially the lowest place on Earth, at 414m (1,358ft) below sea level, but the Dead Sea has more to it than just impressive stats and super-buoyant salty waters for people who want to read a newspaper while floating. An array of resorts make it a great spot for a holiday in the sun – especially a family-friendly one – and the location is within easy access of other local highlights including, on the Israeli side, Jerusalem and the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were famously uncovered. Here they are, then, the best resorts on the Dead Sea.

Hilton Dead Sea Resort and Spa, Jordan

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.1/5 (349 Reviews)
Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa, Israel
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A floating pontoon with its own sundeck? Yes, please. This upmarket resort makes the most of its location perched above the waters of the Dead Sea, with balconied rooms, an infinity pool and a sky bar all facing out to vivid blue views. An Italian restaurant, Bacchus, turns out delicate handmade pastas at dinnertime, but before that, in the afternoon, head to VUE lounge for a decadent chocolate-themed afternoon tea and an array of board games.
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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

Movenpick Resort and Spa Dead Sea, Jordan

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel
4/5 (810 Reviews)
Movenpick Resort and Spa Dead Sea
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Earthy stone exteriors, landscaped gardens and scatterings of mature palms introduce a genuine old-world atmosphere to this resort, structurally inspired by traditional local village architecture. Rooms are swish and modern, with crisp white sheets and balconies the main attraction. Eat pastries with coffee overlooking the Dead Sea, then pop to the beach for a float in those astonishingly buoyant waters; a spa is at the ready should you want to properly indulge.
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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Full-service spa
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, Jordan

Hotel, Luxury, Spa Hotel
4.4/5 (609 Reviews)
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, Jordan
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The grounds of the Kempinski are seriously impressive: waterfalls and lagoon-pooled gardens conspire with a spectacular infinity pool skirting the Dead Sea to create maximum wow factor. The perfect solution for couples looking to indulge are the suites – many possessing prime views as well as complimentary mini-bars and sink-in bathtubs. With more than half a dozen different dining options, you’ll need to book in for at least a week to do justice to them all.
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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Full-service spa
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

Dead Sea Marriott Resort and Spa, Jordan

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.3/5 (527 Reviews)
Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa, Israel
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With its architecturally Bauhaus-reminiscent whitewashed exterior, the Marriott looks as if it’s been plucked straight from the beaches of Tel Aviv. That grand exterior gives way to an atrium-like lobby immersed in sultry greenery and, finally, to an epic pool area, set beside the sandy shores of the Dead Sea. Smart, modern rooms will suit all kinds of travellers, families included, who can plan their days over cuppas in the coffee house stuffed with books.
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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff

Daniel Dead Sea Hotel, Israel

Chain Hotel, Resort
3.5/5 (541 Reviews)
Daniel Dead Sea Hotel, Israel
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A short drive from the ancient rocktop fortification of Masada – one of the principal attractions in the region – this resort is a failsafe choice for families, who will be in seventh heaven exploring its multiple pool spaces lined with loungers – not to mention its kids’ club with a video arcade and other activities. An on-site spa also rolls out a sauna, fitness centre and jacuzzi, generously split over two levels; there’s also an al fresco solarium – a much-loved relaxing spot in which to catch a few rays.
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Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Full-service spa
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

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  • Herods Dead Sea, Israel

    Chain Hotel, Luxury, Resort
    4/5 (457 Reviews)
    Herods Dead Sea, Israel
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    In order to experience the restorative properties of a Dead Sea break to the max, book into this contemporary resort, set right on the sands. Some of the gold and turquoise rooms come with their own sundecks, so you can go straight from bed to working on your tan. Locate, too, the atmospheric hammam: a chilled-out place where you can get your skin buffed to newborn softness after a life-affirming wallow in the Dead Sea’s extraordinary saline depths.
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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Business Centre
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Laundry Facilities
    Multilingual Staff
    Bar/Lounge

    Isrotel Dead Sea, Israel

    Chain Hotel, Resort
    4/5 (380 Reviews)
    Isrotel Dead Sea, Israel
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    Set on the shoreline, in the shadow of the mountains that frame the Dead Sea, the Isrotel Dead Sea is a sophisticated combination of elegance and family-friendliness, with statement chandeliers, popular cabanas by the water and a dedicated kids’ swimming pool. Make a reservation for dinner at the Ranch House Restaurant, and you can feast on succulent sirloin steaks followed by hot chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Try floating after that. (You still will.)
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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Full-service spa
    Business Centre
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities
    Multilingual Staff
    Bar/Lounge

    Milos Dead Sea, Israel

    Chain Hotel, Resort
    3.8/5 (119 Reviews)
    Milos Dead Sea, Israel
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    As its name suggests, Milos takes its decorative cues from the Greek islands. The resort’s USP, beyond its beautiful whitewashed exterior, is its restaurant, which serves up taverna-informed favourites. Rooms are, similarly, calm essays in white and cream, with flashes of blue and, in some cases, private pools facing the Dead Sea. Indulge in a seaweed or date wrap in the spa, then spend the rest of the afternoon on a palm-shaded lounger, getting stuck into a good book.
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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Business Centre
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities
    Multilingual Staff
    Bar/Lounge

    Crowne Plaza Dead Sea Resort and Spa, Jordan

    Resort, Chain Hotel
    3.8/5 (328 Reviews)
    Crowne Plaza Dead Sea, Jordan
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    What’s not to adore about this Dead Sea favourite in Jordan? The spa is a watery wonderland, all a-bubble with hydrotherapy jets and a saltwater jacuzzi. The beach cabanas, tended to lovingly by a private butler, are your invitation to laze the days away, sipping proffered fresh fruit juices. And the balconied rooms? They’re your opportunity to ease slowly into mornings, sitting and admiring the glimmering azure-blue waters. If you’re looking for a properly lazy beach break in Jordan after the rigours of sightseeing, the Crowne Plaza is your Dead Sea dead-cert.
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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Full-service spa
    Business Centre
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities
    Multilingual Staff
    Bar/Lounge
    These recommendations were updated on January 18, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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