State of Israel – the country of juxtapositions. It’s overflowing with historical sites of important religious significance, yet it plays host to one of the most well-known gay pride celebrations in the world. The Red Sea, the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea all touch its land, but deserts blanket well over half its surface. It’s home to the lowest point on Earth, The Dead Sea, that can be viewed from atop a mountainside fortress. Contemporary and ancient exist cohesively, each respecting the other. It’s small, roughly the size of the United States’ 5th smallest state, New Jersey, but within its borders, you can sunbathe, take a salty float, ski, hike, immerse yourself in history and well, just read on for more. We’ll tell you why this destination that may never have been on your family travel radar should actually top the list.

Make it a beach vacation: Tel Aviv

You could happily make a whole vacation of hanging out at the beach in Tel Aviv and if you're going to do that, Herods Tel Aviv isn't a bad place to lay your head. It sits right on Gordon Beach, next to the Tel Aviv Marina, with loads of restaurants, shopping and even a public pool, Gordon Pool. Get this . . Gordon Pool, which is actually 3 pools (an Olympic-sized pool for lap swimmers, a kids pool and a toddler pool) is drained and refilled every night with mineral-rich groundwater. There's a small entrance fee per person, but it's a nice alternative if you want a break from sand, while remaining at the beach.

Herods has beach towels available to guests at the front desk, tablet and segway rentals, an outdoor swimming pool open May-October, a dining room overlooking the water and a business lounge with complimentary snacks and beverages. Right outside, you'll find bike rentals on the beach to cruise along the paved path.  A total bonus is the management staff is top notch and very attentive to their guests.

Good to know

  • The vibe in Tel Aviv is extremely relaxed, so dress like you would in the states.

Herods Tel Aviv
Eliezer Peri St 14
Tel Aviv-Yafo
Online: herods-hotels.com

Have you had the opportunity to visit Israel? We’d love to hear about your experience in the Comments below.

— Maria Chambers

This trip, including hotel stays, food and activities, was paid for by Israel’s Ministry of Travel.