Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

The Beresheet Hotel is truly heaven on earth. Set on the rim of the non-impact Ramon Crater in the Negev (mid-southern Israel), this is probably one of the most beautifully stark and surprisingly alive places in the world.

Cottage Rooms at Beresheet Hotel

Cottage Rooms

I stayed here for two nights in February 2015, and wished it were longer. Look at these photos and you’ll understand why. The Beresheet Hotel seems to be a sacred place of peace in a region so mired in conflict.

Beresheet Hotel Crater View

Crater View from lobby windows

First Impressions

Ibex abound at Beresheet Hotel

Ibex abound all over hotel grounds

Wow.  Perhaps it was the happy Ibex family that greeted us at the entrance. Or floor to ceiling windows with views of the crater in the lobby. Or the exceptional and warm greeting (a new concept in this country!). Collectively, a knockout. No wonder Beresheet tops the Best Hotel list in Israel, and secured a spot on the 2012 Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot List” worldwide.

Rooms

Rooms overlook Ramon Crater at Beresheet Hotel

Rooms overlook Ramon Crater

You need to walk or take a complimentary golf-cart shuttle to the main building from every room.

Beresheet Balcony View

Beresheet Balcony View

Guest chambers are housed in stone buildings on the property – each with balconies overlooking the Ramon Crater.

Beresheet Hotel Room

Beresheet Hotel Room

Rooms are large, with glass showers, Nespresso machines, high-end toiletries and comfortable bedding.

Dining

Fresh Salads for Breakfast at Beresheet Hotel

Fresh Salads for Breakfast

Being basically in the middle of nowhere – it’s important that food on site is at least palatable. The cuisine at Beresheet goes much farther past that, occasionally into brilliance (and sometimes not so much). But even the most jaded diner will be blown away by many of the offerings. As with most Israeli hotels, an ample morning breakfast buffet – heavy on vegetables, salads, and cheese – is included in room rates. But this being a deluxe hotel –  the food is as lovely to look at as it is to eat. Just check out the honeycomb dripping with the stuff.

Freshest Honey in the morning at Beresheet Hotel

Freshest Honey in the morning at Beresheet Hotel

You can’t go wrong with dinner, either. Chefs work away in the open kitchen coming up with inventive dishes.

Beresheet Hotel Open Kitchen

Beresheet Hotel Open Kitchen

On some nights, you can order off a menu, on others, its nirvana at the buffet table. Either way – incredible.

Beresheet Hotel Dinner

Beresheet Hotel Appetizer Buffet

Activities at Beresheet Hotel

Morning Prayers at Beresheet Hotel

Morning Prayers

The landscape that surrounds the property inspires prayer and meditation. At dawn, you may see men donning prayer shawls and groups gathering for Yoga by the infinity pool.

Pre-Yoga Meditation at Beresheet Hotel, Israel

Pre-Yoga Meditation

Spa services are world-class as well, and book up quickly.  In sum, this is a place to savor, a place of peace. Shalom.

Just the Facts

Nightly room rates start at $350 with breakfast and $480 for breakfast and dinner (for 2).

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In Category: Hotels, Romantic Getaways, Travel The World

Malerie Yolen-Cohen is the Author of newly released cross-country travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3562 Miles of Transcontinental Route 6. She contributes frequently to Newsday and New England Boating Magazine (formerly Offshore/Northeast Boating Magazine), with credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Yankee Magazine, Shape.com, Sierra Magazine, Porthole, Paddler and dozens of other publications. Malerie’s focus and specialty is Northeastern US, and she is constantly amazed by the caliber of restaurants and lodging in the unlikeliest places.

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