After a year of being locked up in homes, the need for a vacation is stronger than ever. But the expensive vacation prices in Israel, and especially in Eilat, are not off the agenda, and a vacation abroad is still not a viable option, especially for a family with children who are not vaccinated.
The good news is that there is an alternative to an expensive vacation in Eilat, which includes exactly the same ingredients needed for a winning vacation – a pampering hotel with a pool and spa, an adjacent beach, a rich breakfast and many attractions for the whole family. where? In her room. Yes, that’s not a mistake. Hadera may not sound like the first choice for a vacation, perhaps because it is this city on the way, the one we pass on the way from the center to the north, so it is not perceived by us as exotic enough. But why not actually? It has a beautiful strip of beach, lots of attractions for the whole family in the immediate vicinity and also one hotel is particularly worthwhile. Sacrifice, it turns out, is actually a very big advantage. Who wants to be dragged with the kids for hours on the road in the July-August heat? A vacation in Hadera allows you to arrive even before the children ask: “Is it still far?” And everyone starts their vacation when they are much calmer.
The Ramada Hadera Hotel, which opened in 2017 and was recently renovated extensively and thoroughly, has one huge bonus that there are very few hotels in the country, despite its Mediterranean location – the sea. The hotel is located in Benjamin Bay, right on a beautiful strip of beach with natural sea rocks that form small and shallow pools, and unlike many other beach hotels, not even a road separates it from the beach. The sea is visible from the hotel pool, the dining room and the balconies of each of its rooms. This is a mesmerizing and addictive view that you will have a hard time taking your eyes off, especially at sunset. The adjacent beach is especially inviting for recreation, but if you manage to break away from this big blue, the hotel will have a spa complex and an outdoor pool where recreation is a pleasure for young and old.
The outdoor pool is surrounded by lawns and shady trees, and the pool itself is also partially shaded, making it a successful choice for spending time with the kids on a hot summer day. It has attractions like a fountain and a massage waterfall, and is designed in such a way as to allow a play area for children, as well as a quieter area for adults. The spa complex includes a heated indoor pool, a large jacuzzi (actually, two such), a Finnish sauna and a steam sauna. The complex is open in summer until 22:00 at night, so you can reach it at the end of a busy day and enjoy relaxing. The spa also offers a variety of treatments, with exotic names like “Journey to Malaysia” or “Journey to Morocco”, but we have not tried them.
After spending time in the spa and pool, it’s time to return to the room. The hotel has a total of 171 rooms, all of which are equipped with a balcony overlooking the sea. Rooms are spacious and cozy, and are also equipped with a seating area, dining area and smart TV. Most of the hotel’s rooms are actually suites, which include a bedroom as well as a dining area and a living room (which can be used for children’s accommodation), separated by a sliding partition on which smart TV screens are installed. The shower is also extra spacious and luxurious and equipped with a rain head.
Breakfast is served in the dining room overlooking the sea. The buffet is rich and varied and includes salads of various kinds, cheeses and dips, fresh breads and pastries, custom-made omelet stands (along with other egg dishes like scrambled eggs and shakes), pies, creamed potatoes, pastas, granola and breakfast cereals, yogurts and delicacies, pancakes and sweet pastries. Dinners are also sometimes served at the hotel, especially on weekends. There is a café in the lobby, where you can have light lunches and dinners and enjoy a drink at night.
Ramada Hotel Hadera
Where to eat?
There is a large selection of restaurants within a short drive of the hotel. At the foot of the hotel is the Fisherman’s Restaurant, in the mall in front of the nearby beach there are a variety of branches of well-known chains such as Landover, Pat Winnie, Oshi Oshi, Ruben Meat Restaurant and the Pancake House. In the very nearby Caesarea you will find several restaurants in the port, including the fine Helena restaurant.
Our recommendation is closer, a short walk from the hotel (you can even look at it from the room window) – Beit Henkin. The restaurant stands at the top of a cliff to which many stairs lead, a climb that proves to be worthwhile. The Bauhaus structure was built by Joshua Hankin, the savior of the lands, for his wife, Olga, for many years. By the time construction was completed, the couple were already elderly and ill and could not live in the house, and shortly after construction was completed Olga passed away. The house stood abandoned for years until it passed to the Site Preservation Council. In 2004, a cafe was established in this charming building, whose view of the sea from its balcony and its large windows is one of the most beautiful in the country. To take visitors back to the time when the Henkins lived, the cafe is furnished and equipped with vintage items purchased at flea markets around the world. No item is the same as another (not even successes and saltines), but they will all create a nostalgic atmosphere for you, as if you had come to visit Grandma. The menu is dairy and includes fish, excellent fresh pastas, salads, sandwiches and vegan dishes. There are also fine breakfasts. Great fun to sit lazily in Beit Henkin, without looking at the clock, and enjoy good food and especially the view.
What’s in the area?
Although the hotel is ideal for a tummy tuck vacation, if you prefer a more active vacation, you will find plenty to do in the immediate area. Right next to the hotel, within walking distance, is the Tel Gador Reserve, which stretches between Olga Beach and Mikhmoret Beach. The reserve is famous for its kurkar cliffs, which rise to a height of 33 meters, and the charming beach at the foot of the cliffs which serves as a laying site for sea turtles. This is an ideal place for a romantic getaway.
With the kids, you can walk to Hadera River Park, a short walk from the hotel (or a five-minute drive). The park is located on the estuary of Nahal Hadera with lawns, an eucalyptus grove, playgrounds and fitness facilities and hiking trails. In winter you can see sharks coming to the estuary, but be careful not to feed them.
Within a short drive of the hotel you will reach some classic family attractions. A three-minute drive away is a mall in front of the beach that offers, among other things, attractions such as a surfing pool designed for surfers (ages eight and up) and an ice skating rink. Another attraction, a 15-minute drive from the hotel, is the Orange Trail Park, an adventure park in the heart of an orchard with ropes and ninja trails, climbing towers, omegas, an electric car trail, water facilities and more.
Active families will also enjoy other attractions nearby, such as horseback riding trips at the forest farm (Hadera Forest) or surfing lessons at Olga Beach.
Apart from all these, Caesarea, with its archeological site and ancient port, is a 15-minute drive away.
Jacob hotel chain
Ramada Hadera Hotel is part of a new hotel chain – Jacob Hotels, which was established in Israel during the Corona period. The chain includes five hotels, each with its own uniqueness, and all of them excel in a high sense of service and meticulous design. Another spa and resort hotel is the Sea Life Hotel in Nahariya, located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and offering a fine pool and spa that includes, among other things, a salt room. The other hotels are urban boutique hotels, including the Jacob Tiberias Hotel housed in an historic Ottoman-style building, the Batsheva Hotel housed in central Jerusalem and its roof overlooking the Old City and city rooftops, and the Shenkin Hotel, a beautifully designed and award-winning boutique hotel located in the heart of the city bleaching.
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The reporter was a guest of the hotel
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