My friend and I are what you would call typical Tel Avivians. We enjoy
the hustle and bustle of city life and very rarely cross over into the
likes of Ramat Gan or Holon, let alone venture to the north or south of
the country. But when the opportunity arose to visit a hotel located on
the northernmost kibbutz in the country, we just couldn't resist. A
weekend away at the Kfar Giladi Hotel was well worth the three-hour
drive out of our beloved city that never sleeps.
Set in between
Kiryat Shmona and Metula with breathtaking views of the Hula Valley,
Kfar Giladi is as about as far away from Tel Aviv as you can get, both
in terms of distance and atmosphere. The moment my friend and I drove
through the gates of the kibbutz, we were transported back to the Israel
of yesteryear that both of us grew up learning about in our respective
The hotel itself is spread across various
buildings set among trees and grassy areas, which makes for an imitate
setting, fitting of its kibbutz surroundings.
Our suite was
quite simply enormous. There was a large lounge area complete with
widescreen television and ample seating space. The bedroom area, which
was separated from the seating area by a partial internal wall, had a
huge king-size bed and lots of space to roam around in.
the rest of the suite was very impressive, it was the bathroom that
really blew us away. Not only was it spotlessly clean, the modern yet
rustic room included a huge walk-in shower, an impressive sink stand and
an ornate free-standing bathtub.
Although we ended up spending
far too much time in the room relaxing, for those who are more
interested in organized activities, there are plenty of those on offer.
During the summer months guests can enjoy the likes of circus shows,
juggling workshops, photography workshops, jazz evenings, Shira B'tzibur
(public singalongs) evenings as well as live theater.
dinner on Friday afternoon we went for a leisurely dip in the indoor
swimming pool. As the hotel is very popular with children, there were
plenty of noisy children enjoying themselves playing in the water.
However, as the pool is very large, it was easy enough for us to ignore
them and enjoy some serious swimming as well as general relaxing. The
large pool enjoy views overlooking the Hula Valley so after our dip we
sat outside on the wrap-around balcony, put our feet up and watched the
sunset. Talk about relaxing.
A couple of minutes walk from the
indoor pool down some stairs lies the outdoor pool. It's just as
impressive as the indoor pool, if not more so. Enjoying similar views,
the outdoor pool is set among a large grassy area ideal for sunbathing
and kids to play. The water was slightly too cold, but refreshing at the
same time as the temperatures outside were scorching. The outdoor pool
is only open at specific times so it's worth checking beforehand to
It's not only the swimming pools that enjoy
great views. Those lucky enough to sit by the windows of one of the two
dining rooms are treated to sweeping views of the valley below. These
views are the best feature of the dining rooms that are unfortunately
slightly dated. They haven't yet enjoyed the same modern makeover that
the 160 rooms have been through. Despite this, we still had some
pleasant dining experiences.
Dinner on Friday night included the
usual kosher hotel food with various salads, chicken soup complete with
soup nuts, and various hearty meat and fish dishes. The parve desserts
were a little disappointing but we were so full by that point that we
were happy to just have a small taste.
My friend and I were
looking forward to breakfast because we know how good Israeli hotel
breakfasts are, and we weren't disappointed. As is to be expected, the
selection was overwhelming and the quality was good. Lunch, which
consisted of a number of leftovers from the night before, was also very
All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Kfar Giladi
Hotel. It's perfect for a chance to get away from it all in a calming
and beautiful environment. While it's ideal for those who want to relax
and do nothing, the plethora of different activities on offer will keep
those busy who are looking for something extra.The writer was a guest of the hotel
Price of suite stayed in - NIS 1,850 per night for half board, (1,600 just with breakfast)
Suites start from NIS 1,030
Kfar Giladi Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Giladi
For reservations: (04) 690-0000