For sheer natural magnificence, few venues can top the splendor of the most luxurious feather in the Isrotel cap. The blink-and-you-miss-it driveway, situated next to a gas station, doesn't befit its standing as Israel's most expensive hotel (you'll know you've gone too far if you see the sign to Eilat and you've begun a steep descent down the windy Route 40). Once you have your credentials verified by security, you'll be directed to park in a parking lot where a golf
cart will whisk you to reception. There you'll be met by a sweeping lobby with glossy, patterned, marble floors and smashing views of the crater beyond. Once checked in, you'll be driven up a winding path to your individual cabin. Designed from the outside to resemble modest Nabatean huts, the interiors are outfitted for a luxurious stay. Bathrooms feature whirlpool tubs, tiled showers, and wooden shutters that open up into the sleeping areas, which are small but well appointed, with furniture that, sadly, looks familiar if you've stayed in other high-end Isrotel properties. Obviously the main draw here are the jaw-dropping views, best experienced from the private patio or balcony that extends beyond some but not all of the rooms. On a clear day, draw the shades and look straight into one of the world's most impressive natural wonders, sun-dappled and variegated in color. The private pools on some terraces (unheated in winter months) are an incredible perk. In summer, the gorgeous outdoor pool areas provide similar perks (in winter, swimming laps in the candlelit indoor pool ain't too bad), and individual oversized cabana chairs are ideal for snuggling couples or parties of one fixing for an afternoon date with a book. Dinner at the restaurant with its rich woven carpets and overhead fabric sculpture, is better than serviceable, but pales in comparison to breakfast, which features one of the most lavish and delicious offerings, from tomato jam and halvah spread to still-hot locally baked, seeded breads you slice yourself to individual omelets delivered to the table, allowing you to avoid the usual egg-prep lineup. Downstairs there's a small sauna and Turkish-style hammam bath, the Carmel Forest spa, and a children's play area. Off the main lobby, there's a large lounge, with comfortable couches, nightly entertainment, a full bar—everything but the views that daytime affords. The hotel has also contracted with a full-service bike outfitter who can arrange well-organized two-wheel tours of sights in the area.
Derech Beresheet 1, Mitzpe Ramon, 80600, Israel