Herods—designed with the legendary king in mind—is all about over-the-top opulence and palatial, Vegas-style pizzazz. Part of the Fattal Hotels Group, it's really three hotels in one. The dramatic 12-story lobby, decorated with Italian wrought-iron chandeliers, carved marble planters, and mosaics graces the Palace, the main building. The Vitalis is a spa hotel with large public areas (no children allowed). The Forum is designed to host conventions, and includes the
largest ballroom in Eilat, with a seating capacity of 1,200. Touches of luxury are apparent everywhere, from the minaret towers that greet you outside to Romanesque domes, arches, bridges, and niches inside, all designed by well-known architect Yoav Igra (also one of the hotel's investors) to convey Israel's archaeological heritage. Rooms are spacious, with warm, dark-wood furniture and lush curtains. Unlike the Dan, where you can't see the sea from the pool, the Herods pool sits at the end of an avenue of palm trees—it looks as though it flows straight into the sea.