‘Where else?’ That’s right, ‘WHERE ELSE‘ is an Israel Tourism Conference organized each year by Ortra that helps travel agents from around the world learn about everything Israel has to offer. I had the opportunity to be a part of this amazing journey, and it was well worth it!!
As part of the group that did the Southern circuit of Israel, I visited Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, Eilat and Jerusalem over a period of 7 days. Eilat, at the Southern-most tip of Israel is a different experience from the rest of Israel, which is more religious and historic. Eilat on the other hand is the place where people come for rest and relaxation.
Eilat Dolphin Reef
I have been to Eilat before, but I enjoyed this time even more. We visited the Eilat Dolphin Reef, a major tourist attraction and infamous the Ice Mall. At the Dolphin Reef, I experienced the restfulness of the relaxation pools, where one is pampered by calming underwater music while floating and assisted by the water team people. They catered to the guests by giving you lavish massages. (Each of the 3 pools has a different soothing music theme.)
Above the relaxation pools was a VIP area where one can lounge around and taste the variety of meals and drinks.
There were also a few cats and peacocks hanging around, that gave you a sense of being closer to nature.
There was a splendid view of Aqaba (Jordan) in the distance, especially beautiful from the upper levels.
Later in the day, we had a chance to interact with the dolphins staying at the reef.
These dolphins have the freedom to come and go as they please, and to interact with humans too.
The dolphins also help children with learning disabilities. It was a fun and educating experience!
Eilat Ice Park and Mall
That evening we visited the Ice Park and Mall – the only mall in the world with an ice skating rink, another great experience. (Although considering the brands there, it was more a place for the rich and famous…)
We watched a lovely skating and saxophone performance, after which we had time at leisure to shop. Well, more so window shopping for me, couldn’t afford it! 😉 But for those who could, it was a VAT free experience. Hmm!
After returning to my room at the luxurious Hilton Eilat later that evening, I was treated to an amazing view of the sunset over the reef. Beautiful!
After a good night’s rest, the next morning we headed to the airport for our flight to Jerusalem, the Eternal city, but more about that later…
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