Been to the Dead Sea ? Almost every hotel calls itself a spa, which is true in that they have a mineral pool, a Jacuzzi and offer treatments etc. But the truth is, that even if the facilities are luxurious, they all feel the same. A number of years ago a small mediocre hotel decided to do a makeover and become a spa hotel. The Hotel itself did not change in size, but the makeover actually worked. The hotel oasis spa club is linked to the oasis hotel and they share a pool and the Spa itself – at least most of the time.
The Good - It is absolutely quiet, the Lobby is stunning and well set with a beautiful view of the dead sea and wifi available 24/7 (and free in your room for a hour a day) . Naturally there are many kinds of tea available all day. Works by local artists adorn the walls - many of which are really quite good. At 4 PM there is tea time, with vegetables, fruits, and cookies . There were also complimentary 5 minute massages ( at least when we were there) - a nice extra. The spa is opened until 10PM and breakfast goes from 8-12. The staff is very accommodating and the food decent. Before I get jumped on, let me pronounce that I am a dedicated and hands on grandparent - now that that is said, the best thing is that no one under 16 is allowed, nor are cell phones in public places for that matter - but being Israel….. Although the spa is shared with the hotel next door from 7-10 PM it is exclusive for the spa.
During our stay we had free Yoga and later a ti-chi sessions both of which were quite enjoyable.
English is not a strong language for much of the staff many of whom are local Bedouin or Russian immigrants but they do try, and there is always someone around who can help bridge the gap.
Not so good but with caveats -
As noted above facilities are shared which means that often the mineral pool can be over crowded esp if there is a large tour group in the adjoining hotel or if a local union brings its members for an afternoon. But, for the most part these groups leave early in the morning leaving a few good hours of quiet. Plus the spa is ONLY opened to spa guests ( not hotel guests)from 7-10 P.M. . The same can be said for the pool especially during holiday season but that is probably the same for all hotels down here, and why I avoid taking vacations at that time . Rooms are rather small, although they are well kept . There are no balconies which meant we had to figure out where to put the wet bathing suits. A friend staying at a hotel nearby had to pay 100 NIS extra a day for a balcony). The bathrooms are modern and clean.
The pool is rather small only 21 feet (17 meters) but there is a cover over most of it which means that the water is comfortable even in the heat of the summer.
Bottom line – this was my second visit and if their prices remain similar to the other 5 luxury hotel in the area I would come back just for the quiet and ambiance especially in off season.
- Also Known As:
- Spa Club Hotel Ein Bokek
- Spa Club Hotel Dead Sea, Israel
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