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Isrotel Dead Sea, Dead Sea

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Ein Bokek
Dead Sea
Israel 86980
Tel: 972 8 668 9666's insider take:

Israel's Dead Sea shoreline has always had its fill of spalike hotels, but they've generally fallen short on both style and service. Local chain Isrotel bucked the trend in 2008, investing millions to give a modern face-lift to a former Hyatt. The result is one of the country's top destination spas. Spread over nine floors, the hotel's 297 rooms come with white-on-white interiors, flat-screen TVs, expanded bathrooms with shower stalls, and airy balconies. All rooms come with prime views looking across the Dead Sea to Jordan. Accomodations on the two Moab floors include access to a lounge with small spreads at mealtime at a premium of roughly $100 per night—well worth it if you are traveling with kids. The new Ranch House restaurant is an American-style steak house at the lowest point on earth and a more formal (and indulgent) alternative to the main dining room's healthful fare. Best of all is the hotel's spa, where massages make use of mineral-rich Dead Sea mud and a quartet of sulfur pools, indoor/outdoor Jacuzzis, and dry and wet saunas supplement salty dips in the sea itself.

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