Underground hot springs and thermal waters have been discovered in various parts of Israel. The underground water was often found as a result of digging or exploring for gas or oil – and quite accidently, hot thermal underground water was discovered. Enterprising individuals, in most cases backed by the kibbutz in which they lived, turned this new-found resource into a booming business. Here is a list of desert hot springs and spas which invite you to test the waters.
Ga'ash Hot Springs and Day Spa
Located on the Mediterranean coast, Ga'ash is not in the desert, but on the coastal plains. Kibbutz Ga'ash welcomes day trippers to its mineral water, sulfur pools. Discovered quite by accident when excavating for gas deposits, the spa is a refreshing delight! Natural thermo-mineral pools at 39 degrees Celsius. Wet and dry saunas. Oudoor swimming pool in season.
- Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
- Monday, Thurs, Sat: 8:00 – 18:00
- Tues, Wed: 8:00 – 23:00
- Fri: 8:00-16:00
- T: 09.952.9404
Hamei Yoav Hot Springs Spa
Directions: Hamei Yoav is located on Rte 35 between Ashkelon and Kiryat Gat. From Rte 4, exit at Birkhiyya Junction and turn left onto Rte 35. Continue past Givati Junction. Hamei Yoav is on the right.
Hamei Yoav spa features natural sulfur and mineral water pools for submerging. Posted signs state water temperatures of each pool.
One of the best features is the sulfur- and mineral-rich water shower room where strong jets of smelly water pound your body and soothe away aches.
For men and women together. Bring a bathing suit.
Entrance fee is to mineral pools, showers, use of grounds and lounge chairs.
Bathrobe, towel, soap, shampoo and locker may be rented for an additional fee.
Massage and other therapeutic treatments are available; to ensure a session, we suggest booking treatments in advance.
- Open daily from 7:30. Some late evenings.
- Where: Off Route 35 on Kibbutz Sde Yoav.
- T: 08.672.1150
Neve Midbar Desert Hot Springs Spa
Neve Midbar Day Spa has four thermal mineral water pools, including one outdoor pool and a children's pool. The waters originate in natural underground pools and are said to be over 10,000 years old. Massage treatments available by prior arrangement.
- Dairy coffee shop.
- T: 08.657.9666
- Sun, Mon, Wed, Sat: 9:00 – 18:00
- Tues & Thurs: 9:00-22:00
- Fri: 9:00 – 16:00
Overnight suggestion: Mashabim Vacation Village is located a mile away. Rural accommodations.
Ze'elim Turkish Spa in the Desert
An intimate spa, in the style of a Turkish hamam, is at your service 24/7, according to the spa owners. The small spa, with a turquoise dome, is an incongruous site in the Negev – but not an illusion.
Massages and treatments available by prior arrangement.
- T: 08.998.9272; 052.357.5272
- Sun, Mon, Wed: 24 hours/day BY APPOINTMENT.
- Thurs: 13:00 – 22:00
- Friday, Sat: 10:00 – 19:00