Israel beach resorts
BY Lee Saunders DATE 10/01/2022
Israel is perhaps best known—and deservedly so—for its diverse religious sites, but its reputation as a beach destination cannot be underrated. From the urban beaches of Tel Aviv to the quieter rural beaches of the Northern Coast and the spectacular nature of the Red Sea, every Israeli has one beach they will argue is the best and you should know about them all and the best beach hotels in Israel.
Chilled and romantic Herzliya beaches
Along the beautiful Mediterranean coastline is Herzliya, an upscale neighborhood just 20 minutes to the north of Tel Aviv. Perched on a powdery west-facing beach, the revamped cliff-top Dan Accadia has undergone a youthful makeover and remains today – the escapee’s escape and one the go-to hotels in Israel. A few steps from the Dan Acedia’s terrace, a path takes you down to the tranquil and endless shoreline. The hotel enjoys a view of Herzliya Marina, the city’s main entertainment, watersports, shopping and leisure hub and one of the largest marinas in Israel, its plush reputation underlined by the national and international sailing events and water sports activities it has hosted and the presence of small boats and yachts. Adjacent to the Herzliya Beach, notably quieter than those further south in Tel Aviv, Dan Accadia’s landscaped gardens enclose two swimming pools with spacious wooden sundecks, while you can opt for garden- or water-facing rooms, bathed in the gentle tones of the sand and sea down below. Take the direct private path to the beach from this serene enclave and let your vacation truly begin.
Caesarea’s golden beach among the ancient ruins
Heading up the coastline is the Caesarea Aqueduct Beach, unique golden sands approximately 50km north of Tel Aviv, just north of the well-to-do ancient port town of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great built this port town in 25 B.C. and one of the most important cities of the Roman World. Today, home to a small hub of art galleries, shops, and restaurants, Caesarea was named by Travel & Leisure as the best tourist spot in the Middle East in 2020. Many ancient remains can still be seen, while the Aqueduct Beach boasts an impressive Roman-era aqueduct, providing sunbathers with a rare opportunity to swim and lounge beside the ruins. Close to the beach, 18-hole golf course and the National Antiquities Park is the iconic Dan Caesarea, one of the most luxurious Israel beach resorts. Having transformed into a luxury hotel for the modern traveler, the resort has an unwavering commitment to the relaxation and happiness of its guests, celebrating the hotel’s luxurious past and the tranquil atmosphere of its present. Enjoy the vast lawns and tennis courts, the nearby beach that is truly different from the many on offer.
Something for everyone in Tel Aviv
If variety is key, you will find that Tel Aviv-Jaffa caters for everyone. From the family beaches to the dog beaches, the gay beaches to the religious beaches, not to mention the famous dog beach, adored by the city’s many canines. The Tel Aviv beach stretches over 14km from historic Jaffa to the northern Tel Aviv port, close to Park Hayarkon, all accessible on foot or electronic scooter. Beachgoers traipse from sand to street, popping into restaurants with indelible views of the Mediterranean. Close to the Dan Tel Aviv are the centrally located Borgrashov Beach, where you can take a paddleboard lesson, Gordon Beach, one of the most popular beaches for volleyball and exercise fanatics, and Frishman Beach, one of the most family and child friendly beaches, with an abundance of beachside restaurants. Further south, towards the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv, is Aviv Beach, a favorite for windsurfers and kitesurfers who enjoy the perfect windy conditions. Read more about Dan Hotels in Tel Aviv near the beach here.
Out-of-this-world beaches in Eilat
Without the vibrant pace of Tel Aviv, the stunning intensity of Jerusalem or the tranquil vibe of Haifa, Eilat feels like a whole new world. Israel’s southernmost city provides a tremendous opportunity to explore and celebrate tremendous beaches and the natural world that lies beneath the Red Sea. Home to more than 1,200 species of fish, the Red Sea offers visitors the opportunity to forge a close and personal experience with some of marine life’s most fascinating creatures, from the dolphins at Dolphin Reef Eilat to the colorful fish close to the Underwater Observatory. From the out-of-this-world balconies at the centrally located Dan Eilat, enjoy this vacation paradise offering gourmet dining, total comfort and round-the-clock activities. Close to all the Red Sea beaches, you can soak up the rays at the tranquil Dan Eilat Beach, just steps from the hotel. Located also on the Red Sea is Neptune Eilat Hotel, where you also enjoy immediate access to an adjacent strip of beach, with direct access for hotel guests, as well as swimming pools, poolside bars, spas and saunas. With jaw-dropping mountain views, Neptune Eilat is a terrific starting point for trips nearby hiking trails, nature trails, jeep safaris, and to attractions including King Solomon’s Mines.
Written by Lee Saunders