Fancy forests and posh park homes – the 10 best ZIMMERS of Israel

Sush, it’s an Israeli secret: typical only for the country “zimmers” are private accommodations in rural environment. These quiet, romantic, and often luxurious spots serve as a getaway place for ever-busy Israelis, perfect for mini-breaks and artistic retreats. My listicle, originally published in easyJet Traveller

Behind The Forest: Literally at the end of Amirim village, surrounded by beautiful nature lays this romantic nest with outdoor hot tub to chill in and with delicious plant based breakfast by Basket for Two. – Amirim, 052-650-5033

The Last Supper: Vintage vibes meet luxury at „HaSeuda HaAchrona” holiday cottages where breakfast comes to bed – each villa featuring a terrace with a spa bathtub, sharing a sweet swimming pool. – Amirim, Israel, 050377731

Darna Bgalil: At this ecological guest farm everything is done preserving nature. Crowning a majestic mountain the whole décor is in harmony with the rural environment, yet offers unique comfort. – Lavron, Israel,, 052-3687940, 04-9887326

Eretz Arava: Ever dreamt of waking up with the sun in the desert – in the comfort of your own bed? Hikers paradise by the Negev desert, where dads can do barbecue and moms can chill by the pool – or the other way around. – Zuqim, Israel,

The Round House
This modern days Hobbit home in Kfar Vradim village at the Western Galilee is only 15 minutes drive away from Mediterranean coasts – and as it can host up to 8, it’s perfect for families or friends traveling together. – Kfar Vardim, bookings through Airbnb

Cnaan Village Boutique Hotel & SpaWith breathtaking view to the Sea of Galilee this luxury suites complex even has sauna and indoor swimming pool, so it’s perfect for off-season as well. Their rich Israeli breakfast served by the pool won’t leave anyone hungry. – Had Nes, Israel 

Hamakom SuitesFor the ones looking for complete privacy – and a heated swimming pool all for yourself. Minimalistic design meets high tech: cinema and sound system in each suite, massage chairs – all this on a on a beautiful hillside far from the noise of the big cities. – Netula, Israel

The Beresheet hotelA “zimmer-themed-hotel” by the ancient Spice Route, on the edge of a slope down into the Ramon Crater – formed about 5 million years ago. Winner of the “Coolest Pool in the World” by Travel Agent Central Magazine 2018 – need to say more? – Mitzpe Ramon, Israel, 08-659-8000

Idyll and The Pearl: A romantic B & B housed in an ancient stone house, with original woodwork, renovated in style. The city of Safed is close by – tradition holds the mountains are protected by the spirits of ancient kabbalist sages. – Amirim, Israel, 053-9429793

Renaissance Estate: Fancy self-catering suites in Rosh Pina, the cutes small town in Upper Galilee, close to the town of Tiberias, where Jesus walked the waters. But wit swimming pool and hot tub on the sun terrace you might not make it so far… – Rosh Pina, Israel, 0529098490

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