The Kibbutz is a wonderfully lush and green "oasis" situated on the northern edge of the Negev desert in what we as outsiders would caractherize as semi-desert. We definitely got a sense that the ties between people was more close than in a regular village. It is obvious that catering to guests in large and small groups is an important part of the Kibbutz business model, as there was quite a few guest houses. On top of a small hill there is a quite large swimming pool inside a rub-hall and close to it is a water tower with an observation platform on top of it. From there we had a wonderful view of the sunset and sunrise. The only negative experience is that the information we got up front was a bit confusing. We called ahead the day before and asked if we could get dinner in the evening or buy food (we arrived on Saturday, the Shabat). The reply was that unfortunately there was no "restaurant" and the shop was only open for and hour on Shabat, so we made sure we brought food for the day. However, when we arrived, we found that dinner was indeed served in the large canteen (same place as breakfast is served). Not sure if this only happens when they have large groups visiting. Apparently we could also have booked half board, but this was not an option in the booking system, so we did not think of it. If you would like to have half board, write it as a request in the booking or contact the kibbutz after the booking is made. Overall, we are very happy with our "kibbutz experience"
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