As Israel starts to open up the gates to domestic travel, local bed and breakfast resorts are experiencing an unprecedented demand for bookings.
Most of these intimate and unique hotels and inns come equipped with a small kitchenette where guests can cook their own meals or enjoy al fresco dining at one of the restaurants on property.
Fancy a stay at a goat cheese farm and winery? Or an organic garden overlooking the Sea of Galilee where spa treatments include native flora? Or languishing in an open-air tent while sipping a hot fresh mint tea (from a tiny glass) with only camels to obstruct your view of the vast Negev Desert?
These six bed and breakfasts will have you dreaming of your next trip to Israel:
Mitzpe Hayamim https://www.mizpe-hayamim.co.il/
This Eastern Galilee resort is a popular destination among both locals and tourists from abroad, with spectacular panoramic views of the Hermon Mountains.
The Hotel Mitzpe Hayamim is situated between the ancient city of Safed and Rosh Pina. This unique bed and breakfast is known for its healthy chef creations pulled fresh from its fragrant and lush gardens, an organic dairy farm with herds of sheep, goats cows and chickens.
Alegra Boutique Hotel (Ein Kerem) https://hotelalegra.com/
This upscale design-focused bed and breakfast is located in the heart of Ein Kerem, a historic village just outside of Jerusalem, known for its bohemian vibe and notable Christian biblical sites.
The origins of Alegra Boutique Hotel tell a story of love and loss: the grounds were once home to a beautiful Jewish woman named Alegra who fell in love with and married a Christian Arab man and was promptly disowned by her family.
The hotel’s unique suites and lobby design reflect oriental motifs and a sophisticated fusion of ancient and modern, with an intimate atmosphere and chef-driven restaurant.
The Way Inn (Safed) https://thewayinn.co.il/
The Way Inn is a unique family-owned boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Artists Colony in the mystical northern town of Safed, offering epic rooftop views of the Galilee.
Safed is a spiritual and artist mecca that inspires Kabbalah devotees to its winding ancient cobblestone streets filled with centuries-old stone architecture and a thriving local artists market.
The Way Inn consists of seven studio and family suites decorated with ancient Hebrew and biblical motifs, colorful artistry, vintage furniture, and eclectic pieces. The Inn also boasts a Turkish hammam and spa.
Kfar Hanokdim (Negev Desert) https://www.kfarhanokdim.co.il/en/
This unique bed and breakfast is situated in the heart of the Negev Desert in southern Israel.
Visitors to Kfar Hanokdim remark that they feel transported to a scene from Lawrence of Arabia during their stay.
The custom-built oasis invites guests to experience a taste of authentic Bedouin hospitality with an open-air lodge and take part in a traditional Bedouin Coffee Ceremony. The tents and open-air dwellings are suitable for families and single travelers.
Dona Castle (Tiberias/Sea of Galilee) https://uniquehotels.co.il/hotel/dona-castle/
Dona Castle is a small unique bed and breakfast in the center of Tiberias overlooking a sheer cliff along the Sea of Galilee.
The bed and breakfast was carved out from a portion of the historic Chulavey Citadel, built in 1745 by a Bedouin ruler of the Galilee.
The castle was originally part of the Ottoman wall that surrounded the city of Tiberias – artfully restored to create a unique inn.
The foundation’s original stone arches as well as the unique Oriental partitions that allow guests an authentic and intimate experience that combines history and hospitality and may inspire guests to play out their favorite scene from The Game of Thrones.
Vered HaGalil (Northern Galilee) https://veredhagalil.com/
If cowboys lived in Israel, this is where they would likely vacation. Vered Hagalil is known as a guest farm – well regarded among locals for its organic farming and local cuisine, horseback riding, down-home hospitality, a world-class spa, and treatment facility offering Shiatsu and Energy Healing.
The farm’s well-manicured grounds are filled with olive and citrus groves and views of the Galilee. The guest farm consists of a mix of cottages studio rooms, suites, and cabins, some of them self-contained with a small kitchenette. The farm’s Inn is suited for families, couples, or single travelers looking for a respite from city life.