“Desert Routes Inn” and the “Ras HaShita” Overnight Campsite – recommended accommodation in the heart of the Arava
The magical and blessedly quiet desert spaces make a visit to the Arava an especially unique experience. The variety of guest rooms, the Bed & Breakfasts and the overnight campgrounds provide an outstanding desert atmosphere and quality that is very different from what you will find in the center of Israel or the north. Here are some recommendations for accommodation options in the central Arava region, including places to eat nearby:
The “Desert Routes Inn” at Hatzeva / “Ras HaShita” Overnight Campsite: like in Sinai
The Oz family at Moshav Hatzeva have a desert accommodation complex in which there are 11 simple guest units, some for couples and some for families, as well as two sleeping huts that can accommodate between 11 – 22 people. The pleasant accommodation units are built of stone, using environmentally friendly construction, they are air-conditioned and contain a toilet and shower, refrigerator, coffee corner, TV and balcony. In the sleeping huts guests sleeps on mats or mattresses, and each hut contains a toilet and shower.
The highlight of the place is the magical desert courtyard which is reminiscent of the Sinai coast – only the sea is missing the. In the courtyard, which is shaded with palm branches, colorful Bedouin carpets, mattresses, mats, cushions and hammocks are scattered around – everything that is needed for a peaceful holiday in the desert. There is also a bar, a pool table, football table and ping pong, two fully equipped kitchens and a spacious dining room. Guests may also enjoy free access to the swimming pool of the Moshav during the bathing season. Boaz Oz, who runs the place, is a Desert Tour Guide and offers guided walking tours, or trips by bicycle or jeep.
The Ras HaShita Overnight Campsite located near to Hatzeva is an additional Desert Guest complex managed by the Oz family. You can spend the night in closed tents that can accommodate 10 or 20 people, in private huts for couples or families, and camping tents out in the open. All of the sleeping accommodation is on mats or mattresses. Showers and toilets are shared – although separate for men and women – however, they are well-maintained and there’s always hot water. In the center of the complex there is a central arbor with fans (or heating during cold weather), seating areas and refreshments throughout the day, tea and dates. There are also hammocks and seating areas where it is possible to have camp-fires. Near the central hut there are equipped cooking areas, where only the cooking utensils are missing.
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