Head South for your next vacation, explore the many beautiful Deserts Israel has to offer, and live in the lap of luxury! Whether you’re looking for five-star luxury, the fanciest desert lodge, or anything in between, this guide has got you covered!
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We’ve broken this guide into areas:
- North Arava
- South Arava
- Dead Sea
We’ve also created a ranking system based on ratings from other popular websites.
Pricing for 2 people sharing 1 room:
- $$$$$ >$500/ night
- $$$$ >$400 / night
- $$$ >$300/ night
Best Luxury Hotels The Negev
Swimming Pool | Boutique | Luxury | Isrotel | Mitzpe Ramon | $$$$$
Escape to this beautiful spa resort in the middle of the Negev Desert, rated as one of the best in Israel. Opened in 2011, and part of Isrotel’s Exclusive Collection, the hotel has 111 rooms, many overlooking the spectacular Mitzpe Ramon crater.
Celebrity guests have included Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, who booked out the whole hotel over Pesach 2014 for a cool $450,000. Guests can go on guided walks in the crater, or take rides on bikes, open-top jeeps… and camels! Or you can just switch off in the hotel’s spa, kosher restaurants, and hotel pool – which overlooks the crater!
Best Luxury Hotels North Arava
Swimming Pool | Boutique | Luxury | Tsukim, North Arava | $$$$$
With mountain views, Arava Land is located in Zuqim and has a restaurant and a concierge service. The accommodations are air-conditioned and has a private pool, a spa bath and a hot tub.
Each unit features a balcony, a fully equipped kitchenette with a fridge, a fireplace, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bath and free toiletries. A stovetop and toaster are also available, as well as an electric tea pot and a coffee machine.
Best Luxury Hotels South Arava
Swimming Pool | Boutique | Luxury | Six Senses | South Arava | $$$$$
Fascinating, enchanting and of biblical proportions, the Negev Desert is the epitome of desert landscapes. It is on this boundless horizon that Six Senses Shaharut nestles into a dramatic cliff, at one with the almost-supernatural panorama, where sunsets meld into the orange dunes to become an inky sky scattered with stardust.
Traditional desert hospitality is expressed by generosity of spirit, evident in the resort’s 60 suites and pool villas, which have been thoughtfully designed and integrated into the desert topography to preserve the natural terrain. The villas are built from, and inspired by, local rocks and pigments, with many furnishing elements sourced from a partnership with local community artisans.
Best Luxury Hotels Eilat
Swimming Pool | Tower | Luxury | Isrotel | $$$$$
The Royal Beach Eilat is positioned as the most luxurious of Isrotel’s eight Eilat hotels – and is also one of Isrotel’s five ‘Exclusive Collection’ Hotels. The hotel has 353 rooms all with balconies, 3 pools, and a private beach.
Swimming Pool | Tower | Luxury | Fattal | $$$$$
Consistently rated as one of the top hotels in Eilat, the Herods Vitalis Spa Hotel is a small exclusive spa hotel. This is a great romantic getaway, with five-star service, adults only, and a spa with over 60 different types of treatments!
Swimming Pool | Tower | Luxury | Dan | $$$$
With elegant rooms (albeit a little dated now), decorated with warm colours and earthy tones, The Dan Eilat Hotel offers free WIFI, a swimming pool area, a squash court, an outdoor hot tub, and parking free of charge. And if you have kids, the Dan is the coolest hotel in Eilat, with a waterslide in its pool and the DanyLand kids play area.
Best Luxury Hotels Dead Sea
Swimming Pool | Boutique | Luxury | Herbert Samuel | $$$$
A different kind of luxury hotel, celebrating the joy of life, and reminiscent of the magical colors and textures of the breathtaking beaches of Greece. In the heart of an intimate and exceptionally lush environment, you will enjoy a calm and relaxing holiday, together with the pleasures and activities in the hotel and its surroundings.
Swimming Pool | Tower | Luxury | Isrotel | $$$
Located in Ein Bokek, the Isrotel Ganim Dead Sea Hotel is only a few minutes away from the beach by foot. The hotel offers an indoor pool filled with seawater from the Dead Sea, an outdoor pool fresh-water pool, and a spa with a variety of treatments to indulge on in your vacation. The hotel was recently renovated, the rooms are clean, and there is a high-level of service. If you are travelling with kids you’d be happy to know that the Isrotel Ganim Dead Sea Hotel has it’s own children’s pool. Free WIFI is available throughout the entire hotel, and you also have a free parking lot.
Swimming Pool | Tower | Luxury | Herods | $$$
The award-winning Herods Dead Sea hotel invites you to a luxurious, rejuvenating and majestic experience on the shores of the Dead Sea. Located on its own private beach, feel at one with the sublime landscape while enjoying pure tranquility and pampering in the exclusive Herods Dead Sea Hotel.
Swimming Pool | Tower | Luxury | Isrotel | $$$$
Being 5 stars, the Isrotel Dead Sea hotel has bigger rooms than the average hotel in the area, and all rooms are overlooking the Dead Sea with their private balconies. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, or go visit the hotel’s private beach, and don’t worry about the kids they have their own games room in the hotel! The restaurant offers American style dinners and breakfasts, and if you worry about gaining weight in your vacation just go to the hotel’s gym! Facilities also include: Spa, Massage rooms, Sulphur tub, Sauna and steam bath.
Enjoy a unique experience for the whole family – All inclusive hotel with waterpark! The All-Inclusive Leonardo Club Hotel Dead Sea is located on a private beach in “Ein Bokek”, at the lowest point on earth. The hotel provides an amazing location with a breathtaking view to the Edom Mountains and the Judean Hills.
This guide is part of our series of Best Hotel Guides in Israel. Also check out our guides for Best Hotels in Israel, Best Hotels in Jerusalem, Best Hotels in the Dead Sea, Best Hotels in Eilat; for those looking for boutique hotels we have guides for the Best Boutique Hotels in Israel and Best Boutique Hotels in Tel Aviv; and for those traveling in a budget, we have guides for the Best Hostels in Israel and Best Hostels in Tel Aviv.