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Israel - Dead Sea Retreats
Our Dead Sea resorts in Israel provide the optimum conditions for an effective healing programme. But what makes Israel so special as a destination? What are some of the key things you need to know before booking your health retreat on the shores of the Israeli Dead Sea? Have you read our Dead Sea Travel Guide but would like some more specific information on the country?
Below are the answers to our most frequently asked questions and the reasons why you should book your Dead Sea resort in Israel.
What can the Dead Sea help to cure?
Although the majority of our Dead Sea health resorts have their own extensive spas and wellness therapies, if you book your stay through SpaDreams you will be offered additional treatments and medical care at the neighbouring DMZ (Deutsches Medizinisches Zentrum) medical centre with exclusive rates, depending on the selected treatment. As well as general doctors the centre also comprises specialists in rheumatism, dermatology and pulmologie.
The Solarium in Ein Bokek is also available and is a gender-divided naturist sunbathing area, protected from outsider viewing. There is a kiosk, seating, showers and toilets, as well as a bathing area (bathing only with costume).
At the DMZ you are offered:
- Anamnesis and medical consultation
- Establishment of the individual treatment plan for sunbathing and swimming times, including necessary salves, oils and medications, according to the time of the year and the personal skin type.
- Final medical consultation with review of the efficacy of the treatments and results
For psoriasis, vitiligo and eczema:
- Prescription-only treatment of scalp
For rheumatism, scleroderma and uveitis
- Prescription-only treatments (around 3 per week) such as sulphur bath, Dead Sea bath, sunbathing, black mud applications, cryotherapy (cold), medicinal massage.
- For Uveitis an optician consultation
For Psoriasis Arthropathica:
- Combination of all above-mentioned treatments
- Spirometry (test of lung function) and analysis
- Measurement of oxygen levels in bloodstream
- Peak flow monitoring (measurement of the maximum airflow on out-breath)
- 2x Thorax massage
- Inhalation therapy
- Breathing and movement training
With so many specialist treatments on offer, you can guarantee your stay at our Dead Sea health resorts in Israel will be as relaxing as it is rejuvenating.
Key Israel Travel Information
Which days are holidays in Israel?
Sunday is a weekday in Israel. All work stops at sunset on Friday until sunset on Saturday. Saturday is the day of rest (Shabbat). Hotel service is minimised on this day, however, this also results in increased peace and quiet.
What is the currency in Israel?
In Israel the currency is Israeli New Shekel (ILS). 1 GBP = approx. 4.80 ILS (at the time of writing in March 2018).
Are There Any Visa Requirements?
You do not need a visa for a tourist stay in Israel, however your passport has to have a validity of at least 6 months from the date of your entry to Israel. Current information can be found on all government websites and it is advisable to check this before booking.
Are Holidays in Israel safe?
Even though the tourist areas around the Dead Sea remain entirely unaffected, due to the tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories, it is important to check up to date information and possible warnings for tourists on your government website.
What are the customs and conventions to be aware of?
Inside and around religious sites there may be specific dress requirements but in the hotels and surrounding beaches, you are allowed to dress in regular clothing.
Although food and drink will still be served in hotels during Ramadan, at this time you should avoid eating, drinking and smoking in public places out of courtesy.
When visiting religious sites such as Jerusalem, you are not allowed to wear shorts. Women must cover arms and hair (e.g. with a scarf) and public displays of affection are forbidden. Be extra vigilant of personal belongings when using public transport and when visiting religious sites.
Do I need to speak Hebrew to get around in Israel?
No, almost everyone employed in Israel resorts as well as the majority of Israeli population speaks English as a second language. However, if you’re interested, knowing how to say hello, please, thank you and sorry in Hebrew would be a courteous and friendly way of greeting people in Israel!
Shalom (shah-lohm) = Hello/Goodbye
Todah (toh-dah) = Thank you
Bevakasha (beh-vah-kah-shah) = Please/You’re welcome
Slicha (slee-chah) = Excuse me