Israel's southernmost destination, Eilat, definitely holds its own against other famous "tropicool" destinations like Miami and Europe's beachy playgrounds. Meeting venues in Eilat (beside the azure Red Sea waters at the Bay of Eilat, also known as the Gulf of Aqaba) are stylish and up to date, as many Europeans go there to escape northern winters.
Eilat connects to the rest of Israel via air, road and sea. Eilat Airport is located in the city center and receives mostly domestic flights from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. Surface travel is often via two main roads that connect Eilat with Israel's center. Along the coast, Aqaba, Jordan and Taba, Egypt serve as Eilat's geographic bookends.
Largest of Eilat meeting venues is Herods Eilat, comprising three hotels and the Herods Congress Center, which holds several convention and exhibition halls totaling over 16,000 square feet of space. Herods Palace, the centerpiece hotel, has 268 guest rooms and suites. Herods Boutique and Herods Vitalis Health and Lifestyle Resort offer smaller, more intimate venues for business groups. The Pavilion Hall within the convention center accommodates up to 1,200 guests for meetings, receptions, and seated dinners, as well as exhibitions and trade shows. Elsewhere, King Solomon's Palace Hotel has 420 guest rooms and hosts up to 420 people in its various meeting spaces. Isrotel Royal Beach Resort and Convention Center has 320 guest rooms, multiple meeting and exhibition halls to accommodate up to 1,000 guests.
The Coral Beach Nature Reserve south of Eilat is an underwater spectacle of tropical marine flora, fauna, and fish, and one of the world's most pristine coral reef regions. Non-divers may access the exciting Red Sea subterranean world via glass bottom boat excursions or the Underwater Observatory Marine Park where exhibitions of Red Sea life like sharks, turtles and stingray reside. Not all of Eilat's natural wonders are underwater. Because of its location on the main bird migration route between Africa and Europe, millions of birds pass over through the region each year, and many observe the phenomenon at the International Birding and Research Center. Camel and Jeep tours into the nearby desert and swimming with dolphin are also popular visitor choices. Excursions to the nearby Sinai Peninsula, tours to Jordan's Petra and Egypt may also round out Eilat meetings and events programs.
In between meetings, groups will find the wealth of dining and entertainment venues in Eilat along North Beach where a promenade filled with shops, discos and clubs is found. Nearby is a marina, where yachts and other craft for floating excursions, sport-fishing and year-round diving can be chartered.