Monday, January 23, 2012

Perfect Time to Visit Eilat

To me, Israel is really a place to visit in the summer. It is a desert, after all. These cold, rainy winter days (which yes, I know, are nothing when compared to the bitter winters in let's say New York or Russia) leave you wanting to stay indoors all day and hibernate until the summer sun makes its first appearance. In the meantime, there's still one place to go in Israel where you will be assured to find beautiful skies and perfect temperatures. It's all the way in the south, a 5 hour drive from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv straight through the Negev desert. Your long journey through the barren Israeli desert will leave you here in beautiful Eilat at Israel's southernmost tip:

A water lover's paradise, in Eilat you will find long stretches of beach, coral reefs galore and abundant sun to keep you warm. Eilat is sort of like Israel's "Palm Springs", a desert oasis lined with hotels where the people of Israel come for a quick, relaxing getaway. Because nowhere in Europe is warm enough for a proper visit at the moment and because the Mexican Riviera is thousands of miles away, Eilat is the closest you will come at this time of year to a much needed sunny soiree:

No matter where you're staying on the Gulf of Eilat, you'll be sure to find a nearby stretch of beach close to your hotel. Even I haven't seen all the beaches there are to see in Eilat, having been once as a kid, once with Birthright Israel and twice on quick overnights in the past few years before visiting nearby Petra in Jordan. 

Water lovers, aren't you enticed to take a dip inside the warm Red Sea waters when you look at these images below? Experienced divers almost always have this spot on their wish list of places in the world where they would like to dive. Colorful fish, dolphins and plentiful coral will dot your underwater experience.



And I have to say, there's not much that's better than lounging by the pool on a warm, breezy day, taking in the sun and ordering some poolside food. Your options for hotels are limitless and you will find great deals this time of year.

Maybe opt for a hot stone massage while on vacation? I know I would love to. I can tell you that I've seen some great deals for couples massages on the Facebook page of Eilat Today. Something to check out and add to your list if you're planning a visit down there anytime soon.

As we make our way through the chilly days of winter, knowing that there is a sunny paradise just 5 hours south is a comforting thought. I might just have to add a revisit to Eilat to my list of things to do in the near future.

An insider's tip: nearby Aqaba, which is just across the border into Jordan just so happens to be a hip, trendy city that is on its way to becoming a resort paradise of its own. Loads of 5 star hotels are in the process of being built along what will be a beautiful beach promenade. Perfectly safe and incredibly hospitable, it's another option to add to your list of things to do and see while on a visit to Eilat. Here's a little glimpse at the type of luxury you might find:

* Aqaba images courtesy of Kempinski Hotel Aqaba and Moevenpick Tala Bay Spa Aqaba


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