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Dan Caesarea Resort - Happiness is Around

Rothschild St 1, Caesarea, Israel
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Dan Caesarea Resort - Happiness is Around

Why we love it: A $25 million renovation has made this artsy beach resort the ultimate family destination.

The Highlights:
- A cheery pool deck area with pool table inside the angular pool
- Art by Israeli artists Ron Arad, Yaakov Dorchin, Tzachi Nevo, and Rita Alima
- A kid’s club complete with an aquarium, dinosaur world, and games

The Review:
Perched 35 miles north of Tel Aviv near the ancient Roman aqueduct and amphitheater, and adjacent to Israel’s only Pete Dye-designed golf course, the recently redesigned Dan Caesarea is spread across 15 landscaped acres. A historic resort that was opened some 60 years ago by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, today the property is run by the respected Dan Hotels group and encompasses 116 rooms, four bars and restaurants, a pool area, brand new spa, an innovative kid’s club, a basketball court, soccer field, tennis court, mini golf course, table tennis, and manicured gardens made for picnicking in.

Rooms are light and airy with a unique balcony structure that gives guests an open view with maximum privacy. Design highlights include angled Italian walnut floors, one-of-a-kind art by local artists, and spacious marble bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers. A favorite perk is the coffee machine/grinder that comes with a selection of fragrant coffee beans for the ultimate fresh brew. Spending time at the brightly colored pool deck and Limonada Bar is a given, especially to rack up a game of billiards on Israel’s only pool-table-within-a-pool. Adults will enjoy the new spa complex, with wet and dry saunas, a state-of-the-art gym, and six treatment rooms. Meanwhile, little ones, kids, and teens will be psyched on the creative Danyland, designed by Philippe Boulakia and Dikla Robinson to combine a selection of retro games and technological innovations. Attractions include a unique aquarium, a world of dinosaurs that combines a classic sandbox with a 3D projection; and dozens of games. Peruse the property for art by some of Israel’s most respected artists, including one of Ron Arad’s famous flattened car sculptures.