In spite of the plethora of great beach options in Tel Aviv there are times when you just need a swimming pool. Whether you seek swimming for exercise or leisure or a little bit of both, there’s nothing like dipping into the calm waters of a pool when you need a break. Here, we bring you some excellent indoor and outdoor pools across Tel Aviv.
The days of summer will seem to stretch on forever at The Norman’s infinity pool. This is definitely a pool for pleasure, serious swimmers would be better off clocking in laps elsewhere. For those looking for a stylish respite from the gritty Tel Aviv streets, there is no better place than this urban rooftop gem. The Norman was declared the world’s best boutique hotel by Jetsetter magazine. If arduous task of floating in an infinity pool is proving to be a bit too much, don’t panic, cocktails, English high tea, and classic great books await at The Norman’s genteel Library Bar.
Widely considered the crown jewel of Tel Aviv pools, the open-air Gordon Pool is an amenity-rich luxury hot spot. Built on Tel Aviv’s promenade in 1956, Gordon Pool has a long history of attracting celebrities and the city’s upscale crowd. After a period of neglect, it was restored to its former glory in July 2009. The complex actually houses three pools. The 50-meter Olympic pool, a children’s pool, and a toddler pool. And while the beach is only a few steps away, chances are, you won’t even miss it. Unlike typical pools, Gordon is pumped with mineral-rich salt water, with a fresh scent that practically transports swimmers to the ocean. Enjoy sun beds, swimming lessons, a café, and a state-of-the-art fitness center, all with a tranquil view of palm trees and the Tel Aviv Marina.
Imagine a fun-filled evening of happy hour and restaurant hopping on trendy Dizengoff Street, followed by a 2 A.M. dip in the pool to wind down a perfect night. With eight swimming lanes in a 20-meter indoor heated pool, Jimmy’s is likely the best pick in the heart of Tel Aviv for dedicated swimmers night or day, winter or summer. There is also a system in place to ensure that each swimmer has his or her own lane, without interference. Located on the top floor of bustling Dizengoff Center, the airy atrium also offers a sundeck, table tennis corner, and computer and internet station.
Tel Aviv University’s Elite Sports Center Pool is perfect for anyone planning on spending significant time in the north Tel Aviv area. Open seven days a week, the University boasts a 50-meter Olympic pool surrounded by an expansive sunbathing area, and two 25-meter indoor pools that are heated during the winter. In addition to the magnificent pools, the center also features six outdoor tennis courts, an ultra-modern fitness center, and indoor cycling, in addition to a spa with two jacuzzis and a wet and dry sauna. While the pools and the rest of the facilities are offered to University students and staff at a steep discount, the general public is also welcome to enjoy the amenities.
Country Club Lamed Pool in Ramat Aviv is, as its name suggests, part of a larger two-and-a-half acre complex. It includes a heated five-lane pool with swimming currents, an outdoor pool in summer, children’s pools with a playground, saunas, tanning patios and much more. Take advantage of the plentiful lounge chairs and umbrellas whether you want to work on your tan or escape to the shade. The beautiful lawn is well kept and full of slides and swings to keep any kids you may have in tow sufficiently entertained. Additional amenities include workshop studios, basketball and soccer courts, table tennis, a massage room, and dining room.