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The beautiful but stark Negev desert was once somewhere to observe from the window of an air conditioned car on route to Eilat and the Red Sea, but the opening of the Beresheet Hotel in 2011 has changed all that.
An hour and a half south of the Herodian fortress of Masada and perched on the precipitous edge of the awesome Ramon Crater, Beresheet is a low rise, rock built hotel that blends in beautifully with the surrounding and dramatic desert scenery.
The accommodation is made up of rooms and villas, some of which are perfect for families, and many of which have plunge pools and views out over the crater rim.
The excellent restaurant uses ingredients from local organic farms and serves wines from the vineyards springing up in the region, and if guests can resist the strong urge to spend the rest of the day lying by the infinity pool admiring the unbelievable view, there are activities on offer from 4x4 safaris in the crater itself and camel safaris.