Saturday 29 April 2017

Suite talk Beresheet, Negev

Israel's newest hotel lies deep in the heart of the dusty Negev desert. Named after the Hebrew word for genesis, the Beresheet lives up to its biblical moniker, situated on the edge of the dramatic 200-million-year-old Makhtesh Ramon hollow, the biggest erosion crater on the planet.

A couple of hours drive south of Tel Aviv, near the town of Mitzpe Ramon, this Isrotel property was built using indigenous sandstone and Brazilian wood.

There are 111 suites with king-size beds and terraces. Almost half have their own private infinity pools facing the 23-mile-long crater, which is rich in rare wildlife. No cars are allowed at the resort to preserve its tranquility.

Early morning camel rides take guests to local cave dwellings, while a cluster of boutique wineries are a short drive away. Nearby kibbutzim grow ingredients for the restaurant's Mediterranean-style dishes and native herbs are used in essential oils at the sleek spa. Doubles from €200. Contact 00 972 8 659 8000 or isrotel.com

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