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Year opened: 2011. Architecture: Yehuda Feigin. The DNA: Beresheet Hotel feels like it’s literally at the edge of the earth. In the heart of the Negev Desert, this remarkable hotel stands half a mile above sea level on the rim of Israel’s Ramon Crater. Although a multitude of desert activities can be booked, the massive infinity pool right tempts to just hang around for the day - and from the rooms’ large, private balconies, it’s easy to get lost in the sweeping, unobstructed views.
Located in the Arava Valley in the south of the Negev Desert, the resort is intimate in nature, comprising just 60 suites and villas, offering guests an authentic desert adventure with uplifting experiences at every turn. From sunrise yoga workshops and immersive local community experiences to late-night stargazing sessions, incredible hikes and camel treks through the luminous Negev Desert, the aim is to leave enriched and reconnected.
This hotel makes you feel like a special guest in a 19th-century sultan’s palace. The chef-cum-hotel-proprietor spent several years working with archaeologists, antiquities experts and Italian artisans to restore the two buildings’ sandstone details and hand-painted ceilings and walls, including a fresco of an Ottoman-era Istanbul. There is magic in the light-filled first floor, with its arched windows, chandeliers and ceilings with colourful embroidery-like cornices.
The 115-key Mitzpe Hayamim is embraced on all sides by lush greenery on the gently rolling slopes that overlook the majestic Hula Valley and Sea of Galilee. The 17-acre property is long-renowned for its organic dairy farm, spice and herb gardens, vegetable fields and fruit orchards. Guests find sweeping views from almost every corner of the hotel, including the majority of the guestroom balconies, the spa and pool and expansive public terraces.
Cool, colorful and chock-full of charm, this brand new property sits smack in the heart of Herzliya's buzzing business district and within a leisurely walk of the sea. With great design, a killer pool and a roster of classes and events designed to bring hotel guests together, this is a hotel to see - and a place to be seen.