Spa Day at the Dead Sea – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , February 9th, 2017

Dead Sea, Israel
This past week has been an absolute roller coaster of emotions: I got my passport back from the US consulate, with only two days to spare before my flight to Israel, and returned to Israel where I was reunited with one of my favorite people in the world.

Sadly, it went downhill from there: first, the half-marathon I was supposed to run yesterday was canceled due to bad weather (heavy rain in the desert means flash floods), and I had trained so hard for this race in Germany’s arctic temperatures this month. And then there was Trump’s first anti-immigration action which caused this brand new immigrant to feel more anxiety than ever before. I’ll leave my full thoughts on that topic for my monthly round-up next week, but this and his other political actions definitely put a damper on my mood.

The plan for the rest of the day yesterday – post-race – was to spend the day at the Dead Sea, in which I floated during my first visit to Israel, and which was one of my favorite experiences in Israel, and to treat myself to a spa in one of the hotels on its shores, but since to get there, we’d have to take the same road that my race would’ve taken place on and which was closed because of flash floods, we had to change our plans.

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A Day at the Dead Sea

Author: , December 10th, 2014

Dead Sea

The first thing I noticed was the silence. It was eerily quiet it when we walked down towards the water. All you could hear was the crunching sound of the pebble stones under our feet, and some laughter in the distance, a reminder that we were not the only ones here, but we moved away from the small area where people were gathering to take a dip in one of the world’s saltiest inland lakes.

We knew exactly where we wanted to go: a small patch filled with mud that a local had pointed out to us, a bit further down the shore. The mud of the Dead Sea is known for being rich in minerals and I had two goals for the day: giving myself a Dead Sea mud facial and floating in the salty water.

I could already see the salt through the clear water, covering rocks in the Sea, but also outside of the water, where white salt crystals were slowly crumbling off the big rocks it covered, twinkling in the afternoon sun.

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Twenty Four Hours at the Dead Sea

Author: , December 7th, 2014

Carlos Melia - Dead Sea

I continue reporting on my recent wonderful week in Israel. This time on my 24 hours visit to the Dead Sea, located less than two hours drive from Tel Aviv, with a lovely panoramic scenic drive on the last quarter of the journey, along the coast of the Dead Sea, with the Judaean Desert on the opposite side, and a glance of the Jordanian coast.

Dead Sea - Carlos MeliaWe arrived late at night, after an amazing day exploring Jerusalem, so checked IN at our host hotel, the Isrotel Hotel in the Dead Sea Resort of Ein Bokek. A fairly nice basic property, nothing striking, right along the coast. But I must be fully honest, none of the hotels we visited were much of a difference, other than the fact that some of them had direct access to the beach. Ours the Isrotel Hotel, didn’t, but in full fairness, it was just a few steps away from it.

Following morning I woke up rather early, and WOW as I opened the shades to my private balcony, this was the scenery that showed before my eyes. Deep below sea level, at the lowest point on the face of the earth (417 meters below sea level), on the shore of a unique natural phenomenon, Dead Sea is a green oasis of health, tranquility, indulgence and spa, within dramatic views of desert mountains and elevated cliffs. I quickly rushed to breakfast, at a private restaurant, since I was staying at an Studio Room on the Moab Floors, I was entitled to enjoy VIP amenities, treatments, and of course a balcony overlooking the magnificent Dead Sea and Arava Desert.

The Dead Sea, also called the Salt Sea, is actually a lake bordering Jordan to the east, and Israel to the west. One of the most unique tourist attractions in Israel, bringing in visitors from around the world thanks to the ancient landscapes of the region and many medicinal virtues attributed to the Dead Sea water and mud. Earth’s lowest elevation on land , 9.6 times as salty as the ocean, which makes swimming similar to floating. I mean literary, I felt that I could float to the coast of Jordan in an hour with no effort on my side. The salinity makes for a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish, hence its name.

Dead Sea - Carlos MeliaThe sea bed also has deposits of black mud that is easy to spread on the body and provides the skin with nourishing minerals. As if that were not enough, the bromide in the air is also beneficial to the body’s systems, thus making the Dead Sea a provider for good health and healing for vacationers from all over the world.

Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David. One of the world’s first health resorts by King Herod the Great, and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products like, fertilizers, to create cosmetics and herbal sachets.

I spent the full morning, both bathing at the Dead Sea, and afterwards, using the indoor/outdoor Dead Sea water pools at the Spa of our hotel. Around noon we checked out, and moved a few blocks away to do a site inspection of the HERODS Dead Sea Resort, followed by lunch. I personally like this resort over the one we stay. But I have to say that I preferred the beach area at the Isrotel Hotel.

Dead Sea - Carlos MeliaOn our way back to Tel Aviv, by the Judaean Desert, we did a two hours stop at the biblical Palace and Fortress of Masada by King Herods the Great. One of the highlights of my week in Israel.

If you would love to experience this and much more, join me on a journey to Israel and Jordan in 2015. For more information contact me directly @ carlos@carlosmelia.com. This trip was made possible by the support and invitation of both the Tourism Office of Israel and a Tel Aviv based tour operator OUTStanding Travel.

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Gay Travel: Masada and the Dead Sea

Author: , April 14th, 2011

MasadaOn our tour of Israel’s south we managed to float in the Dead Sea and walk among the ruins of Masada. Masada is a rugged natural fortress of majestic beauty in the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.

It is a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel, its violent destruction and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army, in 73 A.D. It was built as a palace complex, in the classic style of the early Roman Empire, by Herod the Great, King of Judaea, (reigned 37 – 4 B.C.). The camps, fortifications and attack ramp that encircle the monument constitute the most complete Roman siege works surviving to the present day.

Instead of allowing themselves to be enslaved by the Romans, most of the fervent rebel Jewish community chose mass suicide than to lose their freedom and be murdered and have their children sold into slavery. The outcome of the Jewish-Roman wars that led to the destruction of the ancient kingdom of Israel and led to the dispersion of the stateless Jewish people throughout the world from that point on for 19 centuries.

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