We visited Israel during the summer of 2010 and wanted a relief from the usual Hotel and Hostels. So, I figured, in the south, we would try something else.
We also paid 240 NIS for 2, and figured that we should get a different experience. It wasn't an experience that we enjoyed.
The place is right outside the small city of Mitzpe Ramon, not enough for me to really feel like I'm "in" the desert. The 2 care givers were ok, and pretty much kept to themselves.
The biggest problem were the bathrooms. Basically, not enough. Even though there were at least 2, the care givers didn't want to open the 2nd bathroom. That left 6 people competing for one bathroom which also had the one shower. In the morning, and in the evening, this became a real problem. And, even though we asked nicely several times, they didn't open the 2nd bathroom.
The end result, and I'm sure we weren't the only ones, we did our business outside of the camp, some meters off to the side. I can't imagine what the situation is like when a bigger group is hosted .
The evening itself was mared by Israeli army helicopters' exercise which made the "desert quiet" into a real noisy quagmire. Not the fault of the camp, but that is what happened.
We will not go back to this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A few steps from the cliff of Machtesh Ramon, About 900 Meters above sea level, The Silent Arrow Desert Lodge invites you all to breath the coolest desert air and enjoy the inspiration of the desert. For reasons of atmosphere and quality of life, the site is not connected to the electricity grid. We use solar lamps at night time to engage softly with the moon and star light. You are provided with shower and restroom facilities. There is always hot water for showering, which we recycle to water our garden. You are provided with a selfservice common kitchen that is accessorized, clean and tidy (no refrigerator). Free coffee and tea are provided. The site includes a sitting area for you to relax and enjoy the desert landscape. You can light a fire, prepare a potjiekos stew or make a barbecue. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Silent Arrow Israel/Mitspe Ramon