A day at the beach is a must when visiting Israel almost any time of year, and the choices are most bountiful along Israel’s 273-kilometer (170-mile) Mediterranean Sea coastline.
The ideal beach vacation in Israel won’t require you to take a taxi in your swimsuit because there are scores of hotels situated on or very near the beach.
Once you scarf down that famous Israeli breakfast compliments of the hotel, simply slather on the sunscreen and walk out the front door. What could be more relaxing?
Here are our choices for 10 of the best seaside hotels on Israel’s Mediterranean shore, going from north to south.
Every one of the 62 suites at this boutique spa hotel in northern Nahariyya has a balcony with a sea view. Located on the waterfront of one of Israel’s most pristine beach strips, Nahariya Achziv, Sea Life has a reputation for being inclusive and family friendly.
Address: 75 HaAliyah St., Nahariya
Amenities: outdoor and indoor swimming pools, spa, salt room, kosher breakfast, lounge bar, billiards, sun terrace, free bikes, play areas, accessibility for people with motor, visual and auditory disabilities.
The NEA boutique hotel in the northern part of the Western Galilee (about 20 miles north of Haifa) offers 74 rooms and suites in three choices of settings: hotel, spa rooms or private beach villas with pools. All rooms have a balcony overlooking the sea or a pastoral garden. The hotel is situated 200 meters from two beaches and the Nahariya beach promenade.
Address: 4 HaEla, Shavei Zion
Amenities: kosher chef restaurant, bar, spa, indoor heated swimming and hydrotherapy pools, free bikes, beauty salon
Ideally situated on the beach promenade, the Leonardo in Haifa is not surrounded by one hotel after another, as you’d find in more crowded Tel Aviv – in fact, it’s the only hotel directly on the Haifa beach. Offering 100 suites and 84 rooms, the Leonardo is your address for a Haifa seaside stay, whether for business or family vacation.
Address: 10 David Elazer St.
Amenities: Indoor heated pool, kosher restaurant, gym, business lounge, honeymoon suite, “Welcome Baby” package for guests with babies, children’s club
Nahsholim Seaside Resort features 153 units of various sizes for couples, singles, families and groups: 48 two-room family units, 17 double rooms, 24 boutique sea-view rooms, 24 suites, 39 country-style lodges and a villa that sleeps 15. All of this is spread out along a beautiful stretch of beach at the foot of Mount Carmel, surrounded by lush lawns, blue lagoons and small islands.
Address: Kibbutz Nahshalim, Dor Beach near Zichron Ya’akov
Amenities: kosher restaurant, bike rental, massages by appointment
Adjacent to Tamnun Beach in northern Netanya, the 100-unit Seasons offers studio rooms, poolside garden rooms, suites and “super suites” overlooking the Mediterranean. One special perk of this family-friendly hotel is that the free Wi-Fi extends outdoors to the beach.
Address: 1 Nitza Boulevard, Netanya
Amenities: Half-Olympic swimming pool, spa, fitness center, sports playground, children’s game room and playground, bike rental, pool bar, kosher café-restaurant with seaside terrace
Guests have a direct private path to the beach from this serene enclave perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean. The 210-room Dan Accadia is a self-contained resort not far from the Herzliya Marina, the city’s main entertainment, watersports, shopping and leisure hub. In addition to a daily breakfast buffet, the hotel has a kosher meat restaurant open Sunday to Thursday for dinner or by special arrangement.
Address: 122 Ramat Yam St., Herzliya
Amenities: Seasonal outdoor swimming pool and children’s swimming pool, spa, gym, tennis courts, golf course, kosher wine bar, kosher lobby coffee shop, business lounge, children’s club on summer weekends and Jewish holidays, bike rental
Both sides of HaYarkon Street hugging the Tel Aviv shore are chockful of hotels in all shapes and sizes, from five-star luxury high-rises (Carlton, Dan, Sheraton, Crowne Plaza, etc.) to funky little boutique hotels (Shalom & Relax, Melody, Ultra Tel Aviv Boutique Hotel, and more).
We’ve chosen the Hilton to represent the northern end of the strip because it’s iconic. Perched above Hilton Beach named in its honor, the Hilton Tel Aviv is situated in Independence Park within walking distance of many attractions including fashionable Dizengoff Street and the Tel Aviv Port. It has 363 rooms and suites plus another 197 rooms and suites on the premium Vista floors (11-17).
Address: 205 HaYarkon St., Tel Aviv
Amenities: Five kosher restaurants, gym, spa, business lounge and facilities, outdoor semi-Olympic saltwater pool and children’s pool, babysitting service, beauty and barber salons, tour desk, medical center, accommodations for people with disabilities.
Hotel choices are no less plentiful at the southern end of the beach promenade leading toward Jaffa. The luxurious 232-room Royal Beach Hotel sits across the road from Banana Beach. Guests also have easy access to popular sites in southern Tel-Aviv, such as Carmel Market and Neve Tzedek. The hotel hosts a digital art hub, DigArt, presenting more than 800 works by upcoming Israeli artists.
Address: 19 HaYarkon St., Tel Aviv
Amenities: Spa, fitness club, kosher restaurant, outdoor seasonal swimming pool, children’s swimming pool, lobby bar, executive floors and business lounge, beauty salon, accessible rooms
Situated at the northern end of Ashdod’s beach promenade, across the street from the Blue Flag-certified Lido Beach, the West All-Suite Boutique Ashdod features 113 suites of various sizes, including Chalet Suites with a wood-decked garden terrace.
Address: 21 HaTayelet, Ashdod
Amenities: kosher chef restaurant and café-restaurant, spa, fitness room, partly covered seasonal outdoor swimming pool, children’s club and playroom, business lounge, accessible rooms
Decorated in pretty aquamarine and sand tones that bring the beach feel indoors, the Leonardo Ashkelon Hotel is only steps from the city’s beach promenade and marina. All 130 guest rooms at this family-friendly property feature balconies and sea views.
Address: 11 Golani St., Ashkelon
Amenities: kosher restaurant, spa, gym, outdoor swimming pool, salt bath, children’s and youth club, “Welcome Baby” package, business lounge