Founded in 1963, the Ein Gedi Hot Springs were the first Spa to be opened around the Dead Sea and in the Holy Land. Originally the Spa was a tiny asbestos cabin, next to the thermo-mineral well. And then in the early 1980’s the new facilities were built, and the nearby hostel became the Ein Gedi Hotel.
Today, the Ein Gedi hot springs are officially called the “Sea of Spa”. It is an important health centre offering a large number of health care treatments, and a soothing adventure. The mineral hot spring water contains high percentage of sulphur, which is vital for constructing proteins and amino-acids, and encourages a vital activity for the skin. The outcomes affect not only the skin itself but also the rest of the body.
Among the services offered are: 6 thermo-mineral pools including a common pool, separate pools for men and women, a treatment centre with a verity of mud-pad and natural pilling techniques under the hand of various expert therapists. In the summer a wide fresh-water pool is open in the outdoors and there is a free access to the Dead Sea shore.
The drastic drop of the surface along the years had made severe changes to the site. When it was built in the early 80’s, the centre was brimming with the Sea; it took just a few steps out of the rear door to get to the magnificent Dead Sea. But in this very spot, the slope of the sea-bottom is so mild that 1m drop of the surface means a receding of 50m. Therefore, over the last 30 years the shore has drawn back more than a mile away from the Spa. The solution offers a new adventure. A road was peeved, and a train (actually a tractor carrying two wagons) is constantly going back forth taking the visitors to the shoreline, where rescue services, including fresh water and showers are offered free to the visitors. Special tanks contain the precious Dead Sea Mud, and welcome the visitors to revive their skin with the natural remedy. The resort includes a fine big restaurant, and a coffee shop. cosmetic store and skin care products and refreshment stand. The site is accessible for handicaps.
For special orders the resort offers some unique activities, including night-bathing, a Bedouin traditional dinner in a Bedouin tent, an outdoors dance floor and more.
The hot springs of Ein Gedi are located about 3.5km south to the Kibbutz Ein Gedi, next to the Dead Sea.