While a group outing or business retreat at the Dead Sea has long been an appealing prospect after a week of handshaking and meetings in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, the hotels of the past left much to be desired. Thankfully, an oasis of high-end business hotels and luxury properties appeared in the desert, or Ein Bokek, to be more exact. Amid some global hotel-branded properties, the Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel and Spa is the ideal choice for visitors wanting a stay with more than the popular bucket-list activity of effortlessly floating on the Dead Sea. It has just the right amount of sophistication without feeling overdone, with white curving exteriors, Mid-century Modern furniture, and cool, pale green, turquoise and brown hues that enliven the lobby and balconied rooms with postcard views. The beachfront, just downstairs, is clean and well-maintained, making the all-important dip more welcoming.
After the week’s various business activities, which can also be staged in the property’s meeting rooms, guests can treat themselves to a pampering at Esprit Spa. The spa offers a range of exclusive treatments and products made with locally sourced muds, minerals and botanical components. The European-style spa also incorporates skin-soothing steam rooms, Dead Sea water pools, Jacuzzis and sulphur baths. Like other hotels in the 4- to 5-star class, the property features fine dining with the Ranch House restaurant along with a Lobby Bar. The lobby bar features live entertainment most nights, and an executive lounge for those staying in rooms on the seventh to ninth floors gives guests a place to kick back. While buffets often get a bad rap, many of all-day restaurant Zer Hazahav’s breakfast and dinner offerings, particularly Israeli and Mediterranean specialties, are fresh and nicely presented.
Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel and Spa
Dead Sea, 86 980, Israel
tel 972 8 668 9666
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Alaska Airlines recently debuted its new Pixar-inspired, special-edition aircraft livery. On both sides of the Pixar-themed Boeing 737-800 aircraft, travelers spot recognizable faces from the Toy Story franchise, including Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie. Rex the Tyrannosaurus appears on the boarding door and the little green aliens show up on the aircraft’s winglets.
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Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
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FOR THOSE OF US PASSIONATE about wellness pursuits and who feel most at peace close to the sea, there’s nothing quite like the synergy offered by a floating spa integrated into the setting of a luxurious cruise ship. I’m sailing through the Mediterranean from Rome to Barcelona, discovering along the way that the Crystal Life Spa & Beauty Salon on board the Crystal Serenity provides not only the element of high-end indulgence but also the cruise line’s signature commitment to attention and service.