FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Beresheet Hotel

by Francis X. Gallagher

Jul 1, 2016

© FRANCIS X. GALLAGHER

July 2016

Arrival/Check-In: After spending the day in Petra, Jordan, we followed an ancient spice route through the Negev Desert and crossed the border into Israel. We made our way to the Beresheet Hotel, which sits 2,625 feet above sea level on top of the Ramon Crater. Unlike impact craters, Ramon was formed by water erosion. The sprawling complex is completely made of native stone.

Check-in was swift, but we had to arrange a few details. We wanted to make sure we had dinner reservations, as it was Shabbat, and we also needed to confirm our excursion to the Ramon Crater the following morning. After a little confusion, we secured an experienced ranger and a Polaris RZR 4×4 for the crater ride.

The friendly bellman escorted us (and lots of luggage) to our room in a golf cart. A fleet of these carts scurries about transporting guests from their rooms to the main building.

Guest Quarters: We were in Room Four, which was a pleasant boardwalk away from the main building. The room offered a crater view and an outside patio with a small plunge pool. Desert evenings can become cool, and the property suggests you have a jacket, even in the summer. Our suite included all the amenities one requires when traveling, including a Nespresso coffeemaker, storage for clothing and a small, built-in desk. (With so much relaxation available at the property, who needs a desk?) After passing through the hallway/entrance, we entered the bedroom with a king-sized bed and a small sitting area near the sliding doors to the patio. The design was uniquely Israeli contemporary. Toiletries included the hotel-branded Desert Essence shampoo, shower gel and other accoutrements all displayed nicely on the sink vanity.

Services/Amenities: Although we were warned we were checking in during Shabbat, we saw little effect. The Rosemary Restaurant was wonderful, and I could hardly tell anything was different due to the Sabbath. A large dinner buffet offered many stations (we were told the staff could not cook, just warm things). It was a wonderful experience all around, and we enjoyed a post-dinner drink in the Lobby Lounge listening to live music. Make sure you visit the overhanging balcony off the Lobby Lounge at sunset for a great introduction to the property.

Breakfast was equally enjoyable with breathtaking views of the crater, the resort pool and the extended wing of the property. Activities abound from hiking to cycling and horseback riding through the crater and exploring the geological phenomenon. Our 4×4 ride through the crater was fantastic! The ranger raced the Polaris RZR through the trails for a thrilling and educational morning. We often stopped to discuss the crater, its creation and the animals that inhabit the site. We paused for coffee at one of the higher peaks, where our ranger told us his background and experiences. As we were driving, an ibex darted onto the road in front of our vehicle. I had just commented about the possibility of an animal strike, which the ranger said, “was not possible.” It was a fabulous tour and adventure — truly a high point of our stay.

The Experience: The Beresheet Hotel provides a breathtaking view, amazing architecture and a truly unique experience.

Beresheet Hotel

Derech Beresheet 1
Mitzpe Ramon, 80600
Israel
tel 972 8 6387797
isrotelexclusivecollection.com

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Mar 5, 2021

3 Recipes for Lent from New Orleans’ Top Chefs

The Lenten season continues through April 3. This year, New Orleans’ top chefs share some Lent-friendly recipes for at-home dining.

Adventure Redefined: Volvo Overseas Delivery

Custom order your Volvo through the Overseas Delivery Program and receive round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and a personalized delivery at the Volvo Factory Delivery Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Your experience begins in Sweden with insurance and registration included, enabling you to drive your new Volvo throughout Scandinavia and Europe. Create the adventure of a lifetime with the program named Best Overseas Delivery four years running, and return home with the ultimate souvenir.

January/February 2021
Mar 5, 2021

Indulge in the Seductive Splendor Bora Bora

I had just taken off my sandals, stepping onto the white-sand beach for a late-morning walk to a secluded spot I heard about from a front desk clerk, when I glanced down and saw the time on my phone. It had just turned 11 a.m., which meant it was only 7 am back home, the perfect time to call and say good morning to by husband before he left for work. Not quite ready to head back to my room, I decided I’d test the WiFi signal and made the call as I continued walking toward the shoreline.

January/February 2021
Mar 4, 2021

Set Your Sights on San Antonio’s Art, Culture and Green Spaces

San Antonio celebrated 300 years of progress in May 2018. With a clear vision following that anniversary year, the Texan city set its sights firmly on 300 more. While commemorating this milestone, the city underwent a major overhaul to prepare for the next phase in its history.

Peace of Mind

IHG® Business Edge provides small- to midsized enterprises with benefits and confidence to navigate the evolving business travel environment.

Daily
Mar 4, 2021

SoJo Spa Club: Tranquility with an Urban View

When you think of a relaxing spa day, mountains, rivers and view of gorgeous landscapes pop in your head; a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of any city’s booming music and honking taxis. SoJo Spa Club and Hotel gives you the relaxing feeling of being away while still staying close to the busy center of Manhattan.

eFlyer Deals
Mar 3, 2021

Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel’s Reopening Offers

Dance the night away with Grand Hotel’s Ballroom Dance offer, available May 16–18. Dancers of all skill levels will experience a diverse range of ballroom dance styles, alongside daily breakfast and dinner, a welcome reception and complimentary golf green fees.

Adventure Redefined: Volvo Overseas Delivery Program

Are you looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own refined adventure of a lifetime. You can custom order your new Volvo, tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.

eFlyer Lead
Mar 3, 2021

4 Travel Experiences for Women’s History Month

March marks Women’s History Month, and there are a number of ways to celebrate through travel. Here are just a few ideas to honor women in history.