Helena-Reet: The very best outdoor pools that Israel has to offer
OHMYGOSSIP — Israel is the perfect destination to have a diverse and interesting holiday. There is plenty to do, but one of the best ideas in summer time is to visit a pool or a water park to cool yourself off. Here are my suggestions for the one’s who love the luxury, for families with kids and for serious sport lovers.
FOR ROMANTICS AND LUXURY LOVERS:
The Norman Hotel’s sundeck and infinity swimming pool
The Norman Tel Aviv, 23-25 Nachmani Street, Tel Aviv, 6579441, Israel
Norman Hotel’s sundeck
Visit Norman Hotel and get an unforgettable experience in the heart of vibrant Tel Aviv. The Norman Tel Aviv is a fusion of 1920s elegance and unparalleled service, housed in two historic buildings, superbly restored to their unique architectural heritage. At The Norman, you can enjoy the ultimate personalized boutique hotel experience with exclusive luxury services and facilities, including a rooftop pool, state-of-the-art fitness room, Wellness Center, and a selection of world-class fine dining restaurants.
The sundeck and infinity swimming pool is located on the rooftop and is seasonally open from 7:00am until sunset, with a lifeguard constantly on duty. Changing rooms are available on the 3rd floor with direct access to the pool. Please note that, for safety reasons, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the swimming pool or the surrounding area.
FOR SPORT LOVERS:
14 Eliezer Peri St, Tel Aviv. NIS 65 for adults, NIS 55 for children, students & pensioners. Sun 13:30-21:00; Mon-Thu 6:00-21:00; Fri, 6:00-19:00; Sat 7:00-18:00. 03-7623300. Homepage: http://www.gordon-pool.co.il/
Photos: gordon-pool.co.il and Shutterstock
Gordon Pool is a XXL-size open-air swimming pool located on the boardwalk right by the Tel Aviv marina (between Gordon and Hilton Beach)! Gordon swimming pool enables visitors to enjoy the spectacular sunset views of Tel Aviv, and the rich colors of the sky. Pool complex blends naturally with the sequence of the promenade, and invites swimmers to enjoy the city’s rich culture, fascinating local audience, and the turbulent city life. Those who want to enjoy a steaming cup of coffee, a cool drink or a snack, can sit in the cafe and enjoy a beautiful view over the beach, marina and promenade.
If you like to do some serious swimming, this is the perfect place. Dating back to 1956, this legendary pool underwent thorough renovations a few years ago and the facility now includes pools for children and toddlers as well as a modern wooden deck with sun beds, chairs and large parasols for when you want to rest a little or soak up the sun.
FOR FAMILIES WITH KIDS:
Shefayim Water Park
(30-40min by car/taxy from Tel Aviv Beach)
Shefayim, 60990, Iisrael. Every day from 9:00-17:00 (till 18:00 Sun-Thu during August) Kibbutz Shefayim NIS 111, NIS 85 each for groups of three and over. 09-9595756. Homepage: http://www.waterpark.co.il
Shefayim Water Park
Photos: waterpark.co.il and Internet
Since it first opened its gates in 1984, the Shefayim Water Park park has established itself as one of the strongest tourist brands. Shefayim Water Park hosts a whole range of fun water-related activities for the whole family! It is the largest water park in Israel, covers a site of over 24 acres and is comprised of three complexes including the water park complex, the motor park complex, and the adventure and paintball complex. The site also includes restaurants and fast food venues, sales booths, and special areas for selected productions. Shefayim Water Park’s uniqueness is its extensive variety of exciting recreational attractions combined with an easily accessible location.
Swimming pools are almost always refreshing but when you add 22 water slides, two tubing routes and a splendid wave pool, things get even more exciting. It can get pretty busy during summer months but it’s definitely worth a trip if you like your watery fun with a twist – and a few turns along the way. Kids will absolutely love the Caribbean World section with its wading pools, sprinklers, a giant water faucet, mini slides and fantastic 140 water fountains.
The park operates between the months of May and October (from Shavuot until Simchat Torah). During this period, the park attracts visitors from summer camps, schools, community centers, public bodies and corporations as well as individual families.