Our first impression of Beresheet, besides the beautiful and imposing structure of the main building, was the wonderful smell which permeated the main reception area. Beresheet was the first place we stayed after our long flight to Israel, and being greeted with such a pleasing aroma was very relaxing.
Beresheet is indeed a very beautiful place and others have written accurate reviews regarding the facilities. Our room was on the second story in the middle directly overlooking the crater. The resort blends in beautifully with its environment, but it's not until you get into your room and look out over the crater do you realize what a special place this truly is. The thing that makes this place a "must visit" on your list is the awe inspiring natural beauty of the Ramon Crater.
The rooms that have private pools are certainly a unique aspect to Beresheet, but consider choosing a second story room with a direct crater view so that you can take in the beauty of the crater's panoramic landscape. That is what made this so special for us. Make the effort to wake up early to watch the sunrise. You won't find a more peaceful and serene view with the sun rising over the crater.
Generally when we travel, we stay in small inns and upscale b&b's, and we normally don't utilize the on-site amenities. Beresheet, however, because it stands alone in the desert, was a different matter. We intentionally spent time enjoying all that Beresheet had to offer, from the phenomenal breakfasts to spa treatments, to the gorgeous pool on the edge of the crater. We were never bored and we were never disappointed.
Don't be shy about exploring the crater itself. It is one thing to marvel at it from your balcony and quite another to drive into it in an all terrain vehicle! Ask for the guide named Boaz Katz. You will learn more than you thought possible. You will never forget the experience, and your friends back home will be impressed that you've done it!
The breakfast at Beresheet is a foodies' paradise! It is a very large buffet with everything imaginable and is second to none! It is a wonderful way to sample the many different dishes of the local cuisine like Kadaif, among many others. It is full of many salads, freshly made local cheeses, fruits, vegetables, breads, cobblers, and eggs to order. Delicious!
Mitspe Ramon is not a large community itself, but within easy driving distance are the ruins of Avdat, which are impressive by any archeological standard. It is located high on a mountain top which overlooks the ancient spice route which was an integral part of trade from Petra to the Mediterranean Sea.
Farther up the road is the small Kornmehl goat farm. It is run by Danny and Anat Kornmehl. You might think that the names of the cheese are unique, but it turns out that they name their cheese after the goat that produced the milk for the cheese! We tried "Edna," and it is some of the best goat cheese you will ever eat! They also have a small restaurant where you can enjoy their cheeses in the local dishes.
The Negev desert is pretty spread out, so do your homework ahead of time. Research places that would be of interest to you before you get there so you can plan accordingly. It is a beautiful desert environment, but not a place for a spur of the moment find. Beresheet is a unique luxury resort in a unique part of the world. What a great way to get acquainted with one of the great deserts of the Middle East.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beresheet Hotel by Isrotel Exclusive Collection is located in the spectacular geographical area of the Ramon Crater and offers a range of desert activities and attractions, all of which you can order at the hotel’s reception. Among the available activities are Jeep tours, camel rides, hiking, bicycle trips, bicycle renting, rappelling, hot-air balloons, self-drive Jeep adventures, Jeep excursions with outdoor meals and much more. In Beresheet Hotel, the kids and teenagers enjoy a diverse entertainment experience. Kids have fun in the well equipped Yeladudes kiddos club, while teenagers are offered an interactive youth space - state-of-the-art "grown-ups" rooms - that includes video games, advanced gaming and multimedia facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beresheet Hotel By Isrotel Exclusive Collection Israel/Mitspe Ramon