Above the Dolphin Reef beach, a planked walkway leads to a hideaway consisting of a warren of open spaces designed for pure relaxation. Blink and you might miss it—and trust us, you won't want to. Three pools—a deep seawater pool, a soft rainwater pool, and a saltwater pool that'll have you floating Dead Sea–style—offer 2 hours of sybaritic rest that you've likely never experienced. Before you change and shower, help yourself to a glass of wine or the delicious
selection of cookies and dried fruits, or slice and squeeze your own fresh orange juice from a juicer set up on a rustic tree stump. Admission to the pools is strictly capped, ensuring a lack of overcrowding. During the day, the pools offer stunning views of the water beyond through tented-plastic windows; at night, candles and heaters enhance the atmosphere. Cell phones aren't allowed—a rarity in Israel. For an additonal fee, an instructor will float you around the pool in a 30-minute "relaxation technique," a series of undulating exercises that further enhance the experience. Once you're done floating, you can spend the rest of the day reading, walking on the raised outdoor plank to watch the dolphins, sleeping, or ordering drinks from the small bar/snack counter in the front room. For the price of admission, you get to stay as long as you want. Admission also includes entrance to the Dolphin Reef. The pools offer a true one-of-a-kind experience.
South Beach, Eilat, Israel