9 Lux­u­ri­ous Kib­butz Ho­tels for Your Next Stay in Is­rael

Look­ing for a pam­per­ing va­ca­tion in a pas­toral lo­cale? Kib­butz ho­tels may be the per­fect so­lu­tion.

The Jewish Voice - - TRAVEL - By: Abi­gail Klein Le­ich­man

Many Is­raeli kib­butzim – col­lec­tive agri­cul­tural or in­dus­trial com­mu­ni­ties – of­fer mod­est bed-and-break­fast ac­com­mo­da­tions for guests and vol­un­teers in­ter­ested in a full kib­butz ex­pe­ri­ence.

For ex­am­ple, Kib­butz Ke­tura in Is­rael’s south­ern Arava re­gion al­lows B&B guests to eat meals in the res­i­dents’ din­ing hall, swim in the kib­butz pool and tour the kib­butz’s al­gae fac­tory, so­lar tech­nol­ogy cen­ter, date grove and dairy barn.

How­ever, a smaller num­ber of kib­butzim cater to guests who are sim­ply seek­ing a pam­per­ing va­ca­tion in a pas­toral lo­cale.

These kib­butz ho­tels “are a unique op­por­tu­nity to be in a beau­ti­ful ru­ral set­ting like the Golan Heights or Jezreel Val­ley while stay­ing in a ho­tel that’s re­ally com­fort­able,” says Bill Slott, a tour guide and travel blog­ger who hap­pens to live at Ke­tura.

Slott sees them as a good al­ter­na­tive to the two usual choices — ur­ban and mid­dle-of-nowhere — ac­com­mo­da­tions for vis­i­tors to Is­rael.

In­deed, most of Is­rael’s 273 kib­butzim are lo­cated in pe­riph­eral ar­eas al­though some are quite close to cities (and one, Kib­butz Ra­mat Rachel, is in­side Jerusalem city lim­its).

The fol­low­ing kib­butz ho­tels (listed from north to south) come rec­om­mended by tourists with a taste for four- and five-star ac­com­mo­da­tions. We wel­come ad­di­tional sug­ges­tions in the com­ments sec­tion be­low.

1. Kib­butz Hagoshrim

Hagoshrim Ho­tel & Na­ture is built on the site of a for­mer Ot­toman win­ter palace in the Up­per Galilee. Rivulets and springs flow across the ho­tel grounds and through the kib­butz. There’s a cir­cu­lar walk­ing route, a fitness cen­ter with two swim­ming pools, gym, sauna, bas­ket­ball court, squash court and spa-treat­ment wing. The ho­tel’s 170 rooms are di­vided among three wings, one of which is for adults only. Within a short drive are the Ag­a­mon Hula Na­ture Re­serve, Mount Her­mon and the Ba­nias Re­serve.

2. Kib­butz Kfar Blum

Opened in 1957 as a six-room guest house, Pas­toral Ho­tel Kfar Blum in the Hula Val­ley of the Up­per Galilee now of­fers 192 5-star rooms for fam­i­lies or cou­ples, as well as a spa, ten­nis courts, Olympic swim­ming pool (in sea­son), restau­rant and con­fer­ence cen­ter. The kib­butz is close to the birds and wildlife in the Hula Re­serve, as well as bou­tique winer­ies, mu­se­ums and parks. Ho­tel guests re­ceive dis­count coupons to at­trac­tions such as Jor­dan River kayak­ing.

3. Kib­butz Merom Golan

Merom Golan Re­sort Vil­lage en­com­passes 32 stu­dio rooms and 46 two-room cab­ins, all with kitchen fa­cil­i­ties. The kib­butz also has a horse ranch, an in­door swim­ming pool, play­ground, bas­ket­ball court and a kosher meat restau­rant. On the peak of Mount Ben­tal nearby is Cof­fee An­nan, said to be the high­est café in Is­rael.

4. Kib­butz Gi­nosar

Nof Gi­nosar Ho­tel is near Tiberias and ma­jor tourist at­trac­tions in the Galilee re­gion. Sit­u­ated on 40,000 square me­ters of green land­scapes, the ho­tel fea­tures 168 rooms and suites, a pri­vate beach, sea­sonal swim­ming pool, ten­nis and bas­ket­ball courts, hik­ing/jog­ging paths along the Tzal­mon River, a play­ground and a kosher restau­rant. An ad­ja­cent Re­sort Vil­lage of­fers 69 rooms and four fam­ily suites.

5. Kib­butz Lavi

Lavi’s 184-room, kosher 4-star ho­tel in the eastern Galilee is 10 min­utes’ drive from Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kin­neret). Started in 1962 as a group of guest houses, the two-wing ho­tel with restau­rant and meet­ing halls is still run by kib­butz mem­bers. Guests from Is­rael and coun­tries in­clud­ing France, Italy, Spain, South Amer­ica, Ger­many, China and the United States can use the nearby kib­butz swim­ming pool and tour the Lavi dairy farm and fur­ni­ture fac­tory.

6.Kib­butz Nahsholim

The Kib­butz Nahsholim Sea­side Re­sort at the foot of Mount Carmel sits on Dor Beach, a Mediter­ranean stretch that boasts blue la­goons, a nat­u­ral bay and small is­lands. Guests can choose be­tween sev­eral types of units of dif­fer­ent sizes through­out the kib­butz and its grounds, some of them dec­o­rated in a sea mo­tif by the renowned Lon­don-based Is­raeli de­signer Nir Gi­lad. First-floor rooms have pri­vate pools. A kosher gourmet dairy restau­rant is on the premises.


The 220-room Ye’arim (Forests) Ho­tel and Sekoya events hall and gar­den pro­vide most of the in­come for the now pri­va­tized Kib­butz Ma’ale Hachamisha atop one of the high­est peaks in the Jerusalem hills. There’s an in­door pool, a spa and a gym, restau­rant and pri­vate gar­dens.

8. Kib­butz Ra­mat Rachel

On the edge of Jerusalem, over­look­ing Beth­le­hem and the Judean Hills, the Ra­mat Rachel Ho­tel of­fers 165 guest rooms and a kosher restau­rant, as well as an ad­ja­cent health and treat­ment com­plex fea­tur­ing a heated semi-Olympic-size swim­ming pool, at­trac­tions for chil­dren, fitness room, ex­er­cise classes, spa treat­ments, ten­nis and bas­ket­ball courts. Guests can tour the Ra­mat Rachel arche­o­log­i­cal site.

9. Kib­butz Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi Ho­tel over­look­ing the Dead Sea started years ago with two wooden cab­ins and sep­a­rate show­ers and toi­lets. By 2012, it had trans­formed into a full-fledged ho­tel with 166 mini suites and rooms plus a lux­ury spa, swim­ming pool, ten­nis courts, nat­u­ral sul­phur pools, min­eral mud baths, and kosher restau­rant amid a lushly land­scaped set­ting that in­cludes a botan­i­cal gar­den.

Hagoshrim Ho­tel & Na­ture in the Up­per Galilee. Photo: cour­tesy

Pas­toral Ho­tel Kfar Blum boasts an Olympic pool. Photo via Face­book

Photo: cour­tesy

Merom Golan Re­sort’s lux­ury Ben­tal Cabin.

Photo: cour­tesy

Nof Gi­nosar Ho­tel grounds.

In­side the Kib­butz Ein Gedi Ho­tel. Photo: cour­tesy

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