Kfar Hanokdim - for the third time.
I've slept here for the first time 2008 in one of the big tents - not my style and I didn't like it. But what I had already liked then was the quiet and peace in the desert, the breathtaking view, the wonderful main tent with the breakfast and in general the good food.
The cabins on the other hand are a really nice place to stay. They are clean with nice, handmade decorations and own bathrooms with a bathtub and everything you need, even a coffee-/teamaking facility which was more clean than in many places I've been.
Depending on the amount of people, the dinnr is served as a buffet or at seperate tables, the breakfast is a huge buffet with tasty spreads, great (and really sweet and strong) tea or arabic coffee with cardamom.
The camel ride is at first time adventurous, but after three times it becomes a bit boring - still, it is great to see the desert mountains from the back of a camel.
The stories told by real bedouins can be funny and interesting - and somehow you feel so welcomed and everyone talks to everyone and I've always met people to talk to in quiet evenings in the desert.
If you are there - go for a walk in the night and see the stars.
One thing to mention: This camp can be reached only by taxi from Arad or car (parking available) and lies away from "everything". It is easily reachable and it is close to Massada which can easily be visited from here. Also the Dead Sea is not too far away (the hotel beaches are about 50 km distance).
I would definitely come back, since it is also not too far from Jerusalem (it's a spectacular two hour drive along the beautiful Dead Sea coast.
Only the price seems a bit high, since you can stay in a hotel for the same price - but you'll have nice arabic food, a camel ride and the pure experience of the desert beauty.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the Kana'im valley which is in the Judean desert, between the city of Arad and ancient Masada, lies Kfar Hanokdim. It is a green oasis shaded by palm trees and crowned with Biblically inspired gardens. Merely walking into Kfar Hanokdim reveals a picturesque scene - Bedouin tents comfortably fitted with colorful rugs and mattresses. Kfar Hanokdim, surrounded by the breathtaking views of the Judean desert, offers relaxed desert hospitality, a real break from daily life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kfar Hanokdim Hotel Arad