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PALACES IN ISRAEL? It's been 3,000 years since King Herod ruled. Now HERODS rules again!

EILAT, ISRAEL: At first glance, Herods will seem like a misprint. Americans are sure to read it as Harrahs, the celebrated gambling casino, while the Brits will see it as Harrods, the famous department store. 

Herods Dramatic Pool and Building
Herods Dramatic Pool and Building
Credit the Israelis who could reinvent a name from the Bible and turn it into a theme hotel.  HERODS SHERATON RESORT EILAT (part of the new Sheraton Luxury Collection) is blazing its name in the Middle East with a palace-like atmosphere that echoes in antiquity. 
Located in Eilat, Israel's most southern tip, the city seems only a hug away from the peaceful and open borders of Jordan and Egypt. You can go safely and quickly to one of the ancient wonders of the world in Petra, Jordan, and be back in time for the Israeli sunset.  Ah!  A refreshing dip in Herods swimming pool with a view of the Red Sea
Ah! A refreshing dip in Herods swimming pool with a view of the Red Sea

But having seen Eilat, you may never want to leave its year-round sun sprinkles or its most exciting feature - the coral-filled Red Sea offering dramatic adventures in deep sea diving. 

Fine dining under a colorful dome
Fine dining under a colorful dome
As you can imagine, Eilat has long been one of those fun-filled resort towns with a retinue of upscale accommodations. But Herods is clearly different from the rest when it comes to historic luxury. With a tab topping $100 million, extravagances are everywhere - gleaming white façade that complements the blue sea and purple-hazed desert mountains, an Italian wrought-iron chandelier hanging twelve stories, and water spouting tigers lining the swimming pool. 

Ancient themes abound as guests arrive at the airport and are greeted with their names scrawled in parchment! Even the staff gets into the act garbed in Nabatean-like costumes designed by Yoav Ingra, owner, builder and architect. Throughout the year, special ceremonies and activities denote the legends of the past. 

Light-hearted motifs in artifacts and décor are prominent with the resort's 332 rooms and suites plus four restaurants. According to Juergen Bartels, CEO for Sheraton's parent company, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, "Herods is a dramatic year-round resort unlike any other in our portfolio. Not only is it the first theme resort, but it also introduces the Middle East to our most exclusive brand, The Luxury Collection." Already, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has captured the State of Israel's 50th Anniversary Travel and Tourism Award.

But biblical heroes and themes will never take the place of a spa and health club, and at Herods Vitalis Spa, visitors will be given choices from frolicking in a hydro-massage waterfall to working out with views of the Red Sea. 

Can things get grander? Apparently so with the shopping arena aptly called Herods Cardo. But hold on. Set to debut in the year 2000 is the colossal Herods Forum, the largest convention center in Israel. Would King Herod approve? Don't ask. 

For more information contact:

HERODS SHERATON RESORT EILAT

Phone: 800-333-3333 or 00972-3-692802213

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Linda-Marie Singer "The LIVEWIRE" for Travel Watch. Former President of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, and created the national writers conference, "The Days of Wine & Proses." She is a travel and entertainment reporter living in the San Francisco Bay Area. (More about this writer.)

Email: lindamari@aol.com - Web: http://www.i.am/lindamarie  

 

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