Luxury holidays in Negev Desert

A lunar-like expanse stretching across half of Israel to the shores of the Red Sea, the Negev Desert doesn’t stint on spectacle. Cloud-brushing mountains fall away into dizzying wadis and sandstone cliffs tower over archaeological wonders – boot up, budding Indiana Joneses, you’ve got a biblical city or two to explore. Whether it’s waterfall-flanked hikes, dune-roaming camel rides or tea-sipping in a Bedouin tent topping your to-do list, start your Negev adventure here.

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When to go

Outdoorsy types should visit from April to November, when sun-baked days and still-warm nights make for the finest hiking, biking and camel-riding weather. Milder temperatures and spectacular flash floods in the wadis make winter a winner, too; go between December and February to catch the cascades.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Fly into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. From there, it’s around a four-hour drive to Eilat, two hours to Mitzpe Ramon and the surrounding archaeological sites, and three hours to Six Senses Shaharut. If you’re heading to the latter, you can also hop on a 50-minute flight from Tel Aviv to Eilat’s Ramon International airport, just a 45-minute drive from the hotel. The hotel can arrange transfers from either airport.
  • Automobiles

    There are plenty of guided jeep tours to choose from and hotels can arrange airport transfers, but hire a four-wheel drive at the airport if you plan on plotting your own adventure.