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Whether you’re searching for the ideal honeymoon destination or planning your next spectacular Israel family getaway, Isrotel’s Beresheet Hotel (https://www.isrotel.com/beresheet) is the perfect Negev Desert oasis and private pool luxury resort. And it just might be the most gorgeous resort in Israel altogether.
Just a short 20 minute drive further southward along Route 40 from the Upper Entrance to Ein Avdat National Park (for more on Ein Avdat National Park, click here: http://www.destinationdan.com/exploring-negev-route-40/), you’ll come to the amazing Ramon Crater, and perched atop the rim of the crater is Beresheet Hotel.
The lobby is gorgeous, and from it you can gaze through the windows at the main resort pool, the crater and nature’s finest handy work.
The resort is a great base for any romantic couples retreat. But it somehow caters just as well to families looking for an adventure, all while somehow successfully maintaining an air of privacy, serenity and seclusion for those who would rather not be disturbed.
An adventure was exactly what my 13 year-old son and I had in mind. In celebration of his Bar-Mitzvah I wanted to give him an experience he’d never forget using Beresheet and the amazing Ramon Crater as our launching point. After all, he’d never stayed anywhere before where he had his very own infinity edge private pool.
Infinity edge private pool indeed! Upon checking in, we were immediately whisked away via golf cart to our own “Ovdat with pool” and our luggage was there to meet us when we arrived at our room. Our accommodations were awesome. We overlooked the main resort tower and had a set up which included a patio, 2 lounge chairs and a 12m x 12m sparkling, gorgeous pool. Not the size of a backyard or villa pool, but certainly much larger than a plunge pool. And it was perfect! Perfect for jumping in and cooling down when the desert begins to heat up! NOTE: Larger-sized pools and rooms and even greater privacy exist in proportion to cost.
After spending some time happily relaxing in the pool, we changed and summoned the golf cart once again to bring us to dinner in the main building at “Rosemary”, the resort’s fine dining kosher meat establishment.
While the fixed price per person was on the steep side, we thought it was well worth it. Just the atmosphere of the restaurant was impressive from the moment we walked in and we were escorted to a table situated on an outside patio area that afforded us stunning views of the sunset as it was beautifully splashed all over the walls of the crater.
In the center of the restaurant was an extensive buffet with just a dizzying array of appetizers, soups, salads, and smoked meats, all just insanely delicious, and all to be paired with your choice of one of several savory entrees. My son and I both opted for a delicious steak dish that included some kind of otherworldly sauce, shallots and veggies, alongside of a baked potato in which the chef stuffed a poached egg. Extravagant doesn’t even begin to describe it. Oh and if you were wondering about dessert… yeah, they got that covered:
Just stay realistic and don’t expect to lose any weight while you’re there!
Off the lobby area there’s another charming restaurant with cheaper kosher dairy eats that are no less delicious. The unnamed restaurant has a terrific vibe, sporting an amazing outside porch with panoramic views during the day and soft, relaxing live music in the evening.
Wandering throughout the resort’s walkways and common areas, you’re likely to encounter the occasional ibex.
These gentle creatures are harmless and beautiful and they just might even visit your private pool to say hello. But don’t feel that you have to splurge on private pool accommodations to enjoy this resort!
In addition to private pools, Beresheet also offers a large sun deck area right along the edge of the Ramon Crater. Complete with its own infinity-edge pool, this outdoor area also provides loungers, relaxation beds and rafts on which to lay out and float while you enjoy the sun and panoramic views over the cliff walls below.
The outdoor pool area has it’s own hot tub area, as does a separate large indoor pool area… perfect for when the sun gets TOO hot or in months where the desert gets too cold (yes, there are times, especially at night, when the Negev really does get cold!). The indoor pool area even has an indoor/outdoor exit which allows you to start bathing in the shade and swim outdoors when you feel like it.
All-in-all there just isn’t any part of Beresheet that isn’t polished or any part of it that you should miss. Thought and care has gone into every aspect of this extremely well-manicured hotel. And all in a very unique location… the amazing Ramon Crater. That’s what makes this place a true Negev Desert oasis and perhaps the finest private pool luxury resort in all of Israel!
I truly hope you enjoyed this article. If you haven’t already, please click on our other related “DIY Israel: Drive It Yourself!” posts below. Stay tuned for our next article all about the myriad of adventure activities you can find in and around the amazing Ramon Crater, some literally mere steps outside the door of your room at the Beresheet Hotel.