Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"In the beginning" -- Beresheet Hotel in the Negev desert

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A few days ago you saw the Visitors Center of Makhtesh Ramon.
Let's walk a few minutes along the rim of the "crater" and see what those buildings are on the left of the top photo.


Believe it or not, it's a luxury hotel!
Beresheet is named after the first word in the Book of Genesis; it means "In the beginning."


Here are some of the 111 "cabins."
Each one has a view of the makhtesh ("crater") and some have their own little pools.


I have never been inside (because weekday rates start at $322 per couple per night!).
But this article  says there is no grand entrance to the deluxe hotel,  just this gate, and you enter and park and wait for your golf cart ride to the lobby.
There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sauna and hamam, and the full spa treatment.
 You can see indoor photos in this slideshow (under "Beresheet").


From this side the hotel seems to stick out a lot, but from the crater side it blends in more with the nature.
As their website says, "This exceptional desert hotel maintains a dialog with the surrounding desert, allowing its essence to penetrate every corner ..."    blah blah ... 


Here is the simple sign on the road.
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UPDATE Jan. 2017:  Article about the hotel and its relation to the nearby town, Mitzpe Ramon.
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13 comments:

William Kendall said...

The price is all in the incredible views you get.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

quite a place! i really liked seeing it.

Nadege said...

At least, the hotel is not an eyesore. I wouldn't mind staying over night in one of those rooms. I bet the sky is so clear, we probably would be able to see the milky way.

Hels said...

I love the idea of the architecture blending into the environment, but it would be too expensive for me too.

Karl Demetz said...

I love the view to the "crater" !

José Mendonça said...

Lovely! I would gladly stay in one of those cabins.

Gerard Michaud said...

Lovely!!! Dina
I would love to stay in one of the cabins.
Alice

visualnorway said...

The stone work blended very much with the surroundings. The architects have done a great job. If the inside is as good as the outside it must be worth the price ...

Birdman said...

Your own pool. That's cozy. I like that they are called cabins. Here most cabins have kerosene lamps, fireplace, all one ceiling and maybe a community outhouse? Hahahaha Roughing it. Some people like to 'get away from it all'.

VP said...

With all the due respect for this nice place, my idea of luxury is completely different...

Spiderdama said...

I know this place is very beatuiful! But I prefer more simple places to stay:-)

James said...

What an amazing place! The hotel is out of my price range but I would love to have a look inside.

Gunn said...

Looks pretty!
I like all the stonework on the buildings and the little pool outside.