Head South for your next vacation, and explore the many beautiful Deserts Israel has to offer! Whether you’re looking for five-star luxury, original stays, or anything in between, this guide has got you covered!
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We’ve broken this guide into areas:
- North Arava
- South Arava
- Be’er Sheva
- Dead Sea
We’ve also created a ranking system based on ratings from other popular websites.
Pricing for 2 people sharing 1 room:
- $$$$$ >$500/ night
- $$$$ >$400 / night
- $$$ >$300/ night
- $$ >$200/ night
- $ <$200/ night
Best Boutique Hotels in the Negev
Swimming Pool | Boutique | Luxury | Isrotel | Mitzpe Ramon | $$$$$
Escape to this beautiful spa resort in the middle of the Negev Desert, rated as one of the best in Israel. Opened in 2011, and part of Isrotel’s Exclusive Collection, the hotel has 111 rooms, many overlooking the spectacular Mitzpe Ramon crater.
Celebrity guests have included Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, who booked out the whole hotel over Pesach 2014 for a cool $450,000. Guests can go on guided walks in the crater, or take rides on bikes, open-top jeeps… and camels! Or you can just switch off in the hotel’s spa, kosher restaurants, and hotel pool – which overlooks the crater!
Swimming Pool | Boutique | Mid-Range| Isrotel | Mitzpe Ramon | $$
Whether you’re looking for a quiet desert retreat, or a place to freshen up and re-energize en route to Eilat, look no further than the Isrotel Ramon Inn. This warm, quaint and intimate haven is set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Ramon Crater, providing a blissful escape from the bustle of your daily routine.
The natural magic of this desert locale makes the Isrotel Ramon Inn the perfect lodging for nature enthusiasts, desert lovers, and cyclists of all ages.
Best Boutique Hotels North Arava
Swimming Pool | Boutique | Luxury | Tsukim, North Arava | $$$$$
With mountain views, Arava Land is located in Zuqim and has a restaurant and a concierge service. The accommodations are air-conditioned and has a private pool, a spa bath and a hot tub.
Each unit features a balcony, a fully equipped kitchenette with a fridge, a fireplace, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bath and free toiletries. A stovetop and toaster are also available, as well as an electric tea pot and a coffee machine.
Best Boutique Hotels South Arava
Swimming Pool | Boutique | Luxury | Six Senses | South Arava | $$$$$
Fascinating, enchanting and of biblical proportions, the Negev Desert is the epitome of desert landscapes. It is on this boundless horizon that Six Senses Shaharut nestles into a dramatic cliff, at one with the almost-supernatural panorama, where sunsets meld into the orange dunes to become an inky sky scattered with stardust.
Traditional desert hospitality is expressed by generosity of spirit, evident in the resort’s 60 suites and pool villas, which have been thoughtfully designed and integrated into the desert topography to preserve the natural terrain. The villas are built from, and inspired by, local rocks and pigments, with many furnishing elements sourced from a partnership with local community artisans.
Best Boutique Hotels Be’er Sheva
Swimming Pool | Boutique | Mid-Range | Be’er Sheva | $
Located in Beer Sheva, La Finca luxury suites hotel provides express check-in and check-out, non-smoking rooms, a garden, free WiFi and a bar. Providing a shared lounge, the property is located within 4.2 km of Ben Gurion University. The property has a shared kitchen, room service and currency exchange for guests.
At the hotel, every room includes a closet. Complete with a private bathroom equipped with a shower and a hairdryer, all guest rooms at La Finca ☆ luxury suites hotel ☆ have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and certain rooms will provide you with a patio. All rooms will provide guests with a desk and an electric tea pot.
Best Boutique Hotels Eilat
Swimming Pool | Boutique | Mid-Range | $$$
Homely atmosphere of freedom were the main inspiration for planning and designing the hotel in Eilat. With an unique design, Architect Ari, from the original architecture and interior design office Shaltiel-Castiel, composed a game of contrasts and exquisite styles, volumes, colors and textures; Geometry is integrated into the pavement in front amorphous forms of animal movement in the deep sea walls…
Soleil Boutique Hotel Eilat invites you to savor, enjoy and relax with all the good that freedom can offer.
Swimming Pool | Boutique | Mid-Range | Fattal | $$$$
If you fancy some pampering, check out the Herods Boutique Hotel. All the rooms have a king-sized bed, most have large balconies, and the Boutique Hotel has its own private swimming pool.
Swimming Pool | Boutique | Mid-Range | Astral | $$
Astral Maris resides in the most central location in town, on Eilat’s beautiful promenade, which enables fast and easy access to the beach and the various recreation and shopping centers in town, and it is also nearby the airport.
You can enjoy the large swimming pool, connecting harmoniously to the horizon of the Red Sea,
along with sunbathing beds and deck chairs and “Astraland” club, which is filled with games for children and toddlers.
Swimming Pool | Boutique | Mid-Range | Herbert Samuel | $$$
The Orchid Reef is a lovely small hotel, with a great pool, good conditioned rooms, and a delicious breakfast. However what really makes the hotel stand out is its location – right next to Coral Beach. This is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. It’s about a 15-minute drive from the more touristy North Beach, but offers free bike rental and a free shuttle bus to make the trip easier.
Swimming Pool | Boutique | Mid-Range | Herbert Samuel | $$$
Royal Shangri-La Eilat by Herbert Samuel is located on the top of the mountain with rooms and villas. Most of our rooms offers a balcony with panoramic views of the Gulf of Eilat, spacious bathroom, smart TVs and luxury furnishings.
The most prestigious wing of the hotel, the Villa Royal, features 2 luxurious villas located on top of the mountain with breathtaking views and surrounded by private swimming pools and spacious tanning beds, luxurious bedrooms and a luxurious bathroom.
Best Boutique Hotels Dead Sea
Swimming Pool | Boutique | Luxury | Herbert Samuel | $$$$
A different kind of luxury hotel, celebrating the joy of life, and reminiscent of the magical colors and textures of the breathtaking beaches of Greece. In the heart of an intimate and exceptionally lush environment, you will enjoy a calm and relaxing holiday, together with the pleasures and activities in the hotel and its surroundings.
This guide is part of our series of Best Hotel Guides in Israel. Also check out our guides for Best Hotels in Israel, Best Hotels in Jerusalem, Best Hotels in the Dead Sea, Best Hotels in Eilat; for those looking for boutique hotels we have guides for the Best Boutique Hotels in Israel and Best Boutique Hotels in Tel Aviv; and for those traveling in a budget, we have guides for the Best Hostels in Israel and Best Hostels in Tel Aviv.