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Eilat and the Negev Hotels

Succah in the Desert

  • Local Flavor

Pros

  • Homemade vegetarian breakfasts and dinners included in the price
  • Great for stargazing

Cons

  • Can be cold during the desert nights
  • Difficult to reach without a car
  • Must arrive before nightfall
  • Bathrooms are shared, which is not for everyone

Updated 05/20/2013

Fodor's Review

In the middle of nowhere (but accessible by unpaved road) is this out-of-the-ordinary encampment of huts (like the portable dwellings used by the Children of Israel when they wandered into this desert). On a rocky hillside are eight isolated dwellings, 150 meters apart, each made of stone and wood, with a palm-frond roof. For the rugged traveler seeking the starkness and purity of the desert, it's an appealing example of ecotourism. Each succah has a carpet on its earthen

floor and a mattress with cozy blankets; household essentials include a tea corner, a clay water jar, and copper bowls for ablutions. The units are solar-powered, and there's an ecological-toilet cabin. Guests eat in the communal succah. You can ask a staff member to pick you up from outside the Ramon Inn. Plan to arrive before dark.

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Hotel Information

Address:

On road to Alpaca Farm, 7 km (4½ miles) west of Mitzpe Ramon, Mitzpe Ramon, 80600, Israel

Phone:

08-658–6280

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 8 units sleep 2, 1 unit sleeps 10, all with shared bath
  • Breakfast; Some meals

Updated 05/20/2013

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