While Virginia may be for lovers and Paris remains a favorite honeymoon spot, Israel’s Negev and Galilee regions have earned a solid reputation among couples looking for a romantic getaway or a vacation. longer stay with their significant other. In a country the size of New Jersey, where you can ski across the snowy fields of Mount Hermon and then, in just a few hours, soak up the sun in the southern resort town of Eilat, few countries offer a mix so diverse in experiences.
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Below are Israel’s most romantic destinations in the Negev and Galilee, selected by the organization’s supporters and the Western Galilee Tourist Information Center.
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Tamar Va-Gefen Wine Boutique and Exclusive Suites
Nestled among incredibly brilliant green vines and historic oak trees is the Tamar Va-Gefen winery and winery. They say life is about making memories, and a visit here will leave you with memories of the winds and aromas of this serene corner of paradise. The vineyards of this region take advantage of the cool, dry air of the rolling hills of the Galilee and overlook the historic Montfort Crusader castle. The local wines are influenced by the basalt-rich soil and produce a full-bodied, fruity and dark wine. When you’re done walking through the hills and tasting the wines, head to one of Tamar Va-Gefen’s three beautiful Mediterranean suites that overlook a forest of holm oaks. The doors of the suites open onto the private patio with a wooden deck and a Jacuzzi, the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing. As owners of Tamar Va-Gefen, Tami and Yaron Cohen say, “The calm, uncompromising quality and beautiful views will take you back to the depths of yourself and to the days when everything was quiet, clear and connected. “
Contact: [email protected] / +972-50-9978911
Tamar Va-Gefen is a proud member of the Western Galilee Now Small Business Consortium of the Jewish National Fund-USA. The initiative brings together leading businesses to promote tourism and help create jobs that strengthen the entire region. NB: Tamar Va-Gefen serves vegan/dairy meals but is not Kosher certified.
The Efendi Hotel
If just thinking about the prospect of being pampered in a 400-year-old Turkish hammam begins to unwind you, then a visit to the Efendi Hotel in Akko is in order. You and your loved one will feel like true nobility staying at this historic hotel, with the Efendi palace-like building previously used by the Ottoman aristocracy in the 19th century.
According to the hotel, the “palaces” that make up the hotel property were built over the remains of ancient buildings from different historical periods, dating back to the 12th century.
The hotel offers several room types, with each room offering a unique experience. Think solid marble bathrooms, Egyptian cotton sheets, goose-feather pillows, and luxury bathrobes and towels.
While enjoying the golden hue of a Mediterranean sunset, guests will appreciate the hotel’s position between the picturesque lighthouse and the walls of the old city, in the welcoming lanes of Akko.
And when you wake up in the morning, you’re invited to enjoy Hotel Efendi’s famous breakfast, an otherworldly experience influenced by the tastes of Galilee and Akko. A royal breakfast brings together guests from around the world to experience local and exciting flavors, where diners are seated around a chivalrous table in a hall that is hundreds of years old.
As one of the most fascinating, exquisite and special hotels in the world, Hotel Efendi is a perfect location for that special getaway.
Contact: [email protected] / + 972-74-729-9799
The Efendi Hotel is also a proud member of the Western Galilee Now Small Business Consortium of the Jewish National Fund-USA. By supporting these small businesses, you are helping to improve the quality of life for communities throughout the Galilee region. NB: The Efendi hotel is not Kosher certified.
Severe wine estate
A good drop of quality Pinot can elevate a romantic dinner from grand to sublime, and there are few wineries as picturesque as Stern. Perched atop a mountain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the family-run Galilee Winery is the pride and joy of Kibbutz Tuval. Stern Winery’s vineyards use high quality grapes grown between 450 and 540 meters above sea level in soils that vary in composition from basalt to terra rossa with hard limestone deposits.
Be sure to visit their visitor center located a few hundred meters down the dirt road as you enter the kibbutz. Here you will discover the magical world of Johnny Stern and his award-winning wines. And while you’re at it, why not pair local artisan cheeses with your favorite drip while perusing some of Stern’s unique wooden artwork.
And speaking of romantic dinners, get inspired by recipes you can make at home from Galilee Culinary Institute by JNF or sample a unique recipe using Stern’s Wine from JNF-USA Kitchen here.
Contact: [email protected]/ +972-54-303-4361
Stern Winery is also a proud member of US Western Galilee of the Jewish National Fund is now a consortium for small businesses. By supporting these small businesses, you are growing the local economy and attracting new residents to the area. NB: Stern Winery offers a selection of Kosher certified wines.
Timna Park and Chudnow Visitor Center
Hold hands as you walk under moonlit skies and experience Timna Park’s iconic ‘lantern-lit’ evenings before retiring for the night in one of the park’s luxurious ‘glamping’ tents. Before the sun rises, join a special dawn tour of the park’s scenic wonders, including the remarkable ‘Solomon’s Pillars’, ‘The Mushroom’ and the giant heart-shaped boulder – an ideal backdrop for that special “selfie” with your bashert.
Later in the day, be sure to visit the Chudnow Visitor Center for the
Learn about the history of the park through exhibits and interactive displays. Afterwards, cool off in the afternoon by paddleboarding on the park’s enchanting lake or simply relax along its banks under the shade of the trees.
With 15,000 acres of parkland to explore with biblical age copper mines, ancient Egyptian rock drawings and even grazing antelope and ibex, Timna Park has it all.
Website: my.jnf.org/timna and parktimna.co.il/en
Contact: [email protected] / +972.08.631.6756
Ramat HaNegev area and Beresheet Hotel
There is something about the rocky plains resembling moonscapes of the Ramat HaNegev region that make you feel like you are on another planet. And what better place to get away from it all than at the Beresheet Hotel, winner of Travel Agent Central Magazine’s “World’s Coolest Hotel Pool” title. With 111 rooms overlooking the spectacular Ramon Crater, consider booking one of the 39 ground floor rooms which include a private pool. And as you admire the spectacular views, take a moment to relax in the prestigious Carmel Forest Spa which offers no less than 70 body, health and beauty treatments for you and your loved one.
A Beresheet vacation also offers an unforgettable hospitality experience that encompasses the highest quality service, exceptional catering, a luxury spa, spacious accommodations, a magnificent swimming pool, and panoramic views of the incomparable desert landscape.
And no vacation would be complete without sampling the culinary delights of Beresheet’s Rosemarine Restaurant, which captures the essence of the desert with a variety of delicious gourmet dishes prepared from fresh, seasonal ingredients. And after a day of adventure or relaxation, discover gastronomic wonders with a chef’s gourmet menu.
Website: isrotel.com or my.jnf.org/ramathanevev
Contact: [email protected] / +972.08.659.8000
Red Scarlett “Darom Adom” Festival – Eshkol Region
There’s nothing quite like seeing the sun-scorched plains of Israel’s northern Negev turn deep merlot red after the rainy season, as Israel’s national flower, the Cyclamen Persicum, blooms. To celebrate this breathtaking phenomenon of the natural world, as well as Israel’s agricultural achievements, the “Darom Adom” festival takes place throughout the month of February. The festival features mountain bike marathons, poetry readings, concerts and more. For couples who wish to experience the beauty and serenity of the Eshkol region, it is advisable to visit mid-week.
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