When going to the Dead Sea, most tourists seem to choose Ein Gedi as their entry point as it is a natural oasis in the desert with a waterfall. When I was there there was no access to the Dead Sea in Ein Gedi because of dangerous sinking holes at the sea front. So instead I went to Ein Bokek, which I think is actually a much better option.
When me and my German friend got into the water we could feel that something was different. The water was cold and when touching the skin it felt almost a bit slimy with the salt water layer on top of it. We went out, leaned back and the density of the salty water took care of the rest. We were floating on our backs without any effort.
If it wasn’t for the cold weather I think I would have bought a neck pillow and just have slept there easily.
There were not much to do other than visiting spas, restaurants and the dead Sea, so after about an hour of swimming we got on the bus back to Jerusalem..