If your idea of a perfect vacation translates into relaxing and soaking in the sun on pristine beaches, the amazing lure of the sandy shores of the Dead Sea should figure high on your travel itinerary. What if you could give a twist to the tale and see your dreams of sitting or lying back and floating in the water turn into a reality? It may seem like a scene straight out of a sci-fi movie but the high concentration of dissolved mineral salts in the water makes our bodies buoyant in the Dead Sea. You can literally float in the water and, at the same time, tweak your beauty game with the near-magical properties of the Dead Sea mud. Read on to discover the five alluring beaches dotting the shoreline of the Dead Sea, and the activities you can indulge in to create lifetime memories of your holiday.
If you are looking for a beach where you can spend some quality “me time” far away from the madding crowd, you should head for Kalia Beach located in the Northern Basin of the Dead Sea. Whether you want to simply sit back and relax or soak in the healing goodness of the black mud and enjoy a “weightless” floating experience, this eco-friendly beach lets you slip into vacation mode effortlessly. There are various facilities to keep beach addicts as well as camping enthusiasts busy. There is a natural mud area where you can treat yourself to the therapeutic properties of the black mud. You can satiate your hunger pangs at the restaurant styled as a Bedouin tent serving a range of delicacies from staple hot dogs and crepes to falafel. Or you can cook your meals at the designated barbecue area. You can get a taste of your favorite poison at the bottommost bar in the world near the edge of the water and enter the ‘chill’ zone with a “bottomless” beer while you develop a taste for the local food. Pick up souvenirs or gifts to round off your beach excursion from the Cosmetics Centre and Gift Shop. The beach is open during summer from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; the visiting hours are restricted during winter from 8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
If you’re looking to enjoy a slice of Morocco, Biankini Beach, located south of Kalia Beach on the Northern Basin of the Dead Sea, is the perfect place for you to visit with your family and/or holiday buddies. The décor, culinary choices, sleeping areas, the restaurant, and swimming pools add to the Moroccan-styled theme of the place. The beach promises to be the perfect place for a family outing complete with a club to keep the children busy while you pamper yourself at the spa or rub natural black Dead Sea mud on your body to rejuvenate yourself. The restaurant lets you unleash your adventurous side in terms of gourmet delights, and sample Mediterranean and Moroccan cuisine. Night owls can groove to live music at the night club or enjoy a variety of shows before hitting the sack.
Neve Midbar Beach
If you want to experience tranquility, the Neve Midbar beach located at a short drive from Jerusalem should figure high on your list of places to visit. The sparkling yet still waters glistening in the sunlight and surrounded by hills of a golden-brown hue are sure to captivate your soul. The abundance of the renowned Dead Sea mud, the swimming pools, the designated barbecue areas, an oriental restaurant, a club bar, the camping ground, and the bungalow area make it a complete vacation experience for all. You can shop to your heart’s content for souvenirs to take home with you at the store showcasing products containing Dead Sea mud.
Ein Bokek Beach
Whether you are a loner or a stickler for family holidays, this is the ideal beach getaway for those planning a vacation in a less crowded place. The beach has two segments — the central beach and the south beach. You can float in the saline waters, splash on the natural mineral-rich mud, and enjoy a light meal and sip on beverages at the snack bar. The beach also has spots earmarked for barbecue. Although pitching tents and lighting fires are prohibited, one can stay overnight on the beach in designated areas. Shoppers can go for retail therapy at the shopping center and Ein Tchelet Mall as the beach is located adjacent to the hotels surrounding this part of the Dead Sea.
Neve Zohar/ Zohar Hot Springs Beach
This beach is your go-to place if you want to take a break from your humdrum daily routine. You can absorb the beautifying and healing properties of the black mud or rent a reclining bathing chair to relax in the water. But if you wish to go a step further, you can immerse yourself in hot mineral springs for a complete therapeutic experience. Don’t forget to grab a quick bite at the refreshment stand to end your holiday on an invigorating note.