Surrounded by the Negev Desert, Eilat is Israel’s southernmost city. A popular resort city on the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba, it offers visitors 360 days of sunshine each year. Winter temperatures stay above 20°C, while its warm waters are known for their corals. As well as being a destination all of its own, Eilat is situated next to the border with Jordan. This makes it a jumping off point for trips to Petra, and even Saudi Arabia. See our ideas for the 10 best things to do in Eilat.
Eilat’s North Shore area is the main hub of the city’s hotels, resorts, and night spots. They tend to cluster around the hotel zone and marina, although some nudge the Jordanian border. By day, the North Shore air is filled with the sound of games of beach volleyball and jet skis. By night, it’s the buzz of restaurants, bars, and finally nightclubs.
The Soleil Boutique is a hotel which offers all the modern amenities guests would expect. It is situated just 50 meters from the nearest beach, and less than 0.5 kilometers from both the airport and promenade. Rooms come with city views, while some also have balconies and seating areas. There is a freeform outdoor heated pool, and guest facilities that also include a bar, terrace, and lounge.
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Isrotel Agamim offers travelers a respite from the dusty desert with a lush oasis escape. They offer on the water rooms, hammocks hanging in verdant tropical gardens, and a central lagoon to cool off. Or spend your time with chic cocktails at the Jasper 08 bar. They also have live performances and a dance floor. Each room is renovated, offering contemporary style to relax in. It’s family-friendly, and offers a younger atmosphere for guests.
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Herod’s Vitalis Spa Hotel Eilat
Herod’s Vitalis is an adult-only five-star superior hotel. Its rooms are elegantly finished in muted tones. Each one includes an area of comfortable seating, and spa bath. Its wellness center includes a gym as well as a sauna. The hotel has both indoor and outdoor pools, the latter shaded by tall date palms. Guests also receive use of the Laurence Lounge, with daily refreshments and newspapers.
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Queen of Sheba
This hotel provides modern luxury the ancient queen would surely approve of. It has expansive views of the Gulf’s turquoise waters, and is just two minutes from the beach. There is also a good-sized outdoor swimming pool for anyone who prefers it. At the heart of Eilat’s hotel zone, the Queen of Sheba contains its own shopping mall, and spa. This features a sauna, steam room and hot tub. There is also a well-equipped gym, and a space designed to keep young minds entertained.
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Isrotel King Solomon
Situated on Eilat’s North Beach, Isrotel King Solomon has an unusual multilevel outdoor pool and sun deck at its heart. Its chic rooms look out over the pool or the Edom mountains from their balconies. Family-orientated, there are daily children’s activities scheduled, while adults are able to enjoy the spa, which contains a traditional hammam.
The Gulf of Aqaba’s West Shore is where you should think about basing yourself if your primary goal is to head under the waves on snorkeling or scuba diving trips. The waters are particularly fine around Coral Beach Nature Reserve.
The Reef Eilat Hotel by Herbert Samuel
This hotel has a crisp modern look both inside and out, with whitewashed walls and natural wood finishes. Situated next to the Coral Beach Nature Reserve, it has a beachfront location. This allows for views across the Gulf of Aqaba through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the majority of its rooms. Coming close to being an apartment or suite, each room also has a balcony, seating area, and small fridge. The Reef Eilat Hotel also has an outdoor pool and gym, as well as free bike rental for guests.
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Isrotel Yam Suf
Isrotel Yam Suf offers spacious rooms with an additional seating area and double-height windows. It also provides guests with three outdoor pools, and a sun deck with tropical planting. Its seafront location provides direct access to its private beach. There is also a fitness center with gym and spa. Isrotel Yam Suf is close to the Coral Beach Nature Reserve, and Manta Diving Center.
Eilat City Center
Combining shopping and other entertainments with proximity to the North Shore beaches, Eilat City Center is a good compromise for those unsure of their plans once they’ve reached Eilat.
Nova Like Hotel
The Nova Like Hotel, part of the esteemed Atlas Collection, is another gem in their crown. A vibrant property, rooms are contemporary with clean lines and open design. Each also comes with its own kitchenette. Perfect for families, summer months include free programming for children. While they’re off playing, parents can enjoy craft cocktails by the pool. Or they can explore some of the many nearby attractions.
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Hotel Astral Nirvana
Close to North Beach, Hotel Astral Nirvana has a sea-view outdoor swimming pool and additional children’s pool. Its rooms each provide a seating area, and most also have a balcony from which to enjoy the coastal air. There’s a children’s activity space to entertain little ones, and a lobby bar for those a little older.
Although it may call itself a hostel, Arava has a range of private rooms. They are suitable for 2-5 people, making them a good choice for families. The hostel is five minutes on foot from the city center and just ten minutes from North Beach. Its indoor facilities include a communal guest kitchen. Outside, guests will find a landscaped sun terrace with sun loungers, barbeque area, and picnic benches.
Escaping to Eilat
Eilat is not short of good options when it comes to accommodation. So whether you’re seeking out pool complexes or coral reefs, you’ll find it in Israel’s southernmost city. Explore the area with a tour to Petra or the Red Canyon. You can also take a shuttle from Eilat to Tel Aviv and back to ease your travels. If none of these tours are exactly what you’re looking for, design your own custom tour! Our private tours can include any activities nearby. They combine highlights and unique experiences for the perfect trip.