Darn Good Digs Review - Editors' Choice
Belfer's Dead Sea Cabins, Neot Hakikar, Israel
Nominated By: Buzzy Gordon, author of Frommer's Jerusalem Day by Day, from Fennville, Michigan, December '09
Price Range: US$110-$170 # of Rooms: 3 Kid-Friendly: yes
What makes Belfer's Dead Sea Cabins so Darn Good? Belfer’s newly-built cabins in the healthful Dead Sea region are cozy for couples, yet ideal for families as well. Bikes are provided free of charge, and are perfect for exploring the surrounding mountain and desert landscape.
Vibe: Belfer’s Dead Sea Cabins offer plenty of privacy with the benefit of very attentive hosts. Belfer is an experienced desert guide who can arrange wilderness tours in jeeps, or even on horses.
Location: The cabins are located in Neot Hakikar, a small moshav, or cooperative agricultural community, twenty minutes south of the closest Dead Sea beach. The tiny village has a small general store, bar, and seasonal outdoor swimming pool with snack bar, and I enjoyed its remote desert location away from the large resort hotels in Ein Bokek.
Rooms: Each of the three private cabins contains a living area, kitchenette, bedroom, loft, and double-sized whirlpool bath. Guests can relax on their outdoor porch to take in the desert views.
Food: While the village has limited food options, the cabins all have kitchenettes and outdoor grills, so guests may want to stock up on groceries before they arrive. Also, the moshav has some great cooks who will cater your meals or picnics with advance notice, and the Belfers maintain a large organic garden where guests can pick their own vegetables.
Keep in Mind: The moshav is a gated community and guests may need to call the Belfers on their cell phone to open the gate if it is closed. Also, when planning your trip, keep in mind that July and August are really, really hot in the Dead Sea area.
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