Just to say I am reviewing this place in comparison to other places in Israel, as all of them have different standard to the European accommodation. We stayed in the kibbutz 2 nihgts, out of season- in January. First of all it takes only about an hour to drive from Jerusalem to the sea. You can find cheaper places to stay in Jerusalem if you want to spend just one day by the sea. I was quite disappointed with the hirls at the reception, who were quite rude on our arrival...Honestly girls-smile would not kill you!!! We booked a triple room but only had a double bed ready so had to wait for the linen and then do the third bed ourselves...Little details like no hairdryer in the room-in fact no hairdryer even at the reception. But I think after unpleasant welcome you notice things like this even more. The kibbutz (village of Kalya) is located close to the "green line"...therefore the entire village is surrounded by a smart or electric fence with a barbed wire. Not sure if its for the protection from Jordanians or Palestinians or just over protection... Between 6-8pm the israeli fighter jets fly really just above your head-a lot of noise and gives you a weird feeling like being on a polygon (although the other two in our party were delighted and very excited seeing that). The soldiers on the gates to the village do not allow villagers to leave after sunset and so the tourists are advised to stay within the camp as well. The hotel grounds are nice-a few rubbish here and there but clean inside the apartment. In the morning-good breakfast, birds singing and close by mountains make up for the evening noise. There are hourse riding lessons, tennis court and an open pool-unfortunately the pool is closed In low season which is a shame. The beach is about 5 km drive from the village (!!!) so dont even bother booking more expensive rooms with "the sea view". All apartments have the same view. The beach itself is nice, a bar, few shops with souvenirs and mud cosmetics.There is plenty of mud just on the beach so you can do the mud bath if you fancy.The Kalya Kibbutz hotel will give you some vouchers for free entry cos normally you have to pay for the entrance to the beach. All in all we would say it is a good location and pleasant stay, but should be cheaper for what they offer.The hotel management should make sure the reception staff is welcoming even for "after season" tourists- in the end the whole kibbutz would benefit from better reviews.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just A few minutes drive away from the Beaches of the Dead Sea, Qumran, Masada, the Judea Desert and the Ein Gedi Hot Springs, Kibbutz Kalia Holiday Village offers its guests accommodations surrounded by lush gardens. The hotel has 64 air-conditioned ground floor rooms, some of which can accommodate two people, while others can accommodate up to four individuals. All rooms have a private terrace and feature cable television, a double bed and two sofa beds, refrigerator, kettle and lounge area. Guests can enjoy free wireless internet in the hotel's public areas, an outdoor pool in season, laundry, dry cleaning and ironing services, a 24-hour reception desk and currency exchange. The kibbutz offers a playground for children, as well as a mini-market, two conference rooms, health treatments and horse- back ridding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kalia Kibbutz Kalya, Palestinian Territories