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Desert Eco Lodge

The Sounds of Silence…

Ramon Crater; view from the terrace

Celebrating the connection between men, nature and the magic of desert life, the Desert Shade Group invites you to experience the beauty of eco-vacation adventures. Located on the edge of the Ramon Crater, we invite our guests to enjoy the privilege of waking up to a true panorama view of God’s creation.

We believe man is not to conquer nature, but to coexist with it, and this belief shapes the way we live and designed the premise: from our eco-accommodation through the communal space and outdoor area. Our eco lodge is a unique experience and a gentle way to discover the local nomad culture; we don’t have a swimming pool, air mattress or air conditioning, our luxury is the richness of nature where silence, peace and serenity of the Negev is yours to experience.

We are not a “five stars”, we are a million stars…

We offer hand-build accommodations that blend with nature, tents and eco-structures to cater for your needs. We offer three accommodation types:

  • Private Eco-Tents, built from mud sheeting, covered with earth materials; we have the following eco tent options:
    • Single/ Double Private Eco Tent, maximum 2 adults and one small child (in the parents bunk); each tent contains a stone bunk, with mattresses. We have 4 such rooms.
    • Family Eco Tent  (Two Spaces), two connected sleeping spaces, for maximum 4 adults+ 1 child, or 2 adults + 3 children; each tent contains a stone bunk, with mattresses. We have 3 such rooms.
    • Family Eco Tent (Single Space), single beds, maximum 4 adults or children; we have 2 such rooms.
  • Group Tent,  built in the style of a traditional Bedouin desert tent, we have one such room with 6 single beds. Sleeps a maximum 6 guests, adults or children.
  • Dormitory Tent, built in the style of a traditional Bedouin desert tent, we have one such room with 10 single beds; recommended for communal sleeping.
  • Communal Sleeping, a traditional Bedouin desert tent, containing mats and mattresses laid on the floor for a real desert nomad experience; can sleep up to 30 people,
  • Camping area, where guests can bring their own tents.
All accommodations share a communal area, toilets and shower facilities, with hot water 24/7.
Single/ Double Private Eco Tent

Single/ Double Private Eco Tent

 

 

Single/ Double Private Eco-Tent

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Central Building

Our communal area is situated in a central hand-built stone building, with huge glass windows facing the Ramon Crater for breathtaking views of the desert. The central building, also used for our reception area, visitor center and chill-out area, has low tables and stone bunks with mattresses and pillows for comfy sitting, and complimentary herbal tea and Wi-Fi internet. This area is also used for dining in our restaurant, offering local homemade cuisine, and out visitor center for Rujum, our own vineyard, producing wines from grapes grown in the desert! We also offer olives and olive oil grown and made in the desert.

Our outdoor area, overlooking the Ramon Crater and the sculpture park on its edge, includes shaded corners and a terrace, offering incredible orange and pink sunrises and relaxing sunset views followed by a blanket of stars by the campfire, shining away from city lights.

The premise also includes facilities for seminars, retreats, workshops, private events (weddings, bat/bar mitzvah etc.) and a center for bikers and hikers. All trails are within a walking distance, with several trails originating on premise.

The Desert Shade group also offers traditional local accommodation, staying with Bedouin families in their community, where you can get an authentic glimpse into Desert hospitality.

 

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