With glitter, an Israeli tourism development zone gets into tents

Feeling like vacationing on the roof of Jerusalem, waking up to a bird’s-eye view of the city? recently opened gig eden It can only accommodate eight guests at a time. Jerusalem’s first municipal camp site, in the center of the city, Gag Eden (“Gan Eden” or a play on Heaven; lies Means terrace in Hebrew) is located at the top of the Klaal Center, between Mahane Yehuda Market and Ben Yehuda Street.

This new tourist destination and several others in Israel are part of a recent explosion in “glamping”, a portmanteau of the words “glamour” and “camping” that, naturally, emphasize camping in relative luxury.

The dazzling accommodations come in a wide range of styles and include tents, yurts, mud huts, cabins, pods and luxury trailers, all of which allow a retreat to nature without sacrificing comfort such as air conditioning – and guests. To set up your tent without the need for

Located on two dunams (0.5 acres) on a terraced terrace of a center operated by Gag Eden Campsite musalala community, a non-profit organization founded in 2009 by artists, residents and community activists from the Musalala neighborhood in Jerusalem. The group aims to strengthen society and creativity with projects focused on innovation and sustainability, including a plant nursery, beehives, a gallery and creative workshops.

Accommodation is in tents that can seat three people and come with mattresses, bedding, towels, and blankets. Or, guests can stay in a capsule made of clay that is slightly larger. The site also includes a kitchen, shower and shared bathroom. The cost of accommodation is NIS 300 to NIS 400 ($87 to $116) per tent per night. It is designed to be a temporary community for tourists rather than overnight stays.

Project director Halel Moran told The Times of Israel that the unique location “allows campers to see the city from a different perspective, to experience nature in the city amid a desert of empty terraces.”

Shining on the roof terrace of Jerusalem with the Musalala community in Jerusalem (courtesy musalala)

Far from trying to corner the market, Moran said he hoped others would come and learn from the rooftop campground, which was designed to be as eco-friendly as possible, and similar green-roofed spaces spread throughout Jerusalem. Will go

There is also a campsite in Jerusalem. peace forest Which has about 150 camping spots for more traditional do-it-yourself-style camping. Tents are available to rent or guests can bring their own. A stay costs about NIS 80 ($23) per person per night with or without NIS 55 ($16) per person with tent and mattress rental.

Kal Kadish Katz, who runs shining israel The company told the Times of Israel that it has been in the tourism business since 2012 and is now seeing a growing desire from tourist groups to break out of the traditional hotel experience.

Katz’s bright sites are mostly pop-ups, often in the north, in the Arava or Dead Sea area, and are configured for a luxury hotel option. These often include not only nightly accommodations, but a full tented kitchen and bar with chef, a Jacuzzi, and a lounge area for evening entertainment.

Offering a different experience without any sacrifice of comfort or service, these stays can be substituted for or taken in with a stay at a luxury hotel.

glow camping The spa bills itself as equally luxurious, offering treatments, yoga, Pilates, campfire musicians, cooking workshops, jeep tours, mountain biking and off-road trips. The company prides itself on leaving no trace after destroying its makeshift camps.

report suggests Given that increased interest in glamping is a global phenomenon, the market is expected to be $5.94 billion by 2030. This growth is being driven by a revived interest in lodging during the COVID era, as well as raising environmental concerns, to bring in more people. Turn to eco-tourism, which limits the impact of their vacations on the planet.

This time, booking.com offers 17 luxury campsites for rent in Israel, while airbnb It has 17 yurts and over 150 glamping options. They are scattered mostly in the north, the Negev, and especially around Mitzpe Ramen and the Dead Sea.

Buying land for a permanent glamping site is one of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs. While a regular tent for a family can be purchased relatively inexpensively, tents used for glamping are more sophisticated and start around NIS 6,000 ($1,736), although they can cost significantly more. Not only do they have large open spaces for bedrooms, but they also have a more complex structure to add height and improve ventilation. At the top end of the market, they may also require building floors, an outdoor deck and air-conditioning installation, and of course bathroom facilities. But they are an affordable way for those who have some additional land to offer tourist accommodation.

Millennials and Gen-Xers Groups looking for this form of accommodation are the most frequent. Commenting on her stay at one of the Dead Sea glamping resorts, visitor yessica says that “it was an excellent choice to enjoy the Dead Sea in its most natural state, with a spectacular view, in a place that had a super-relaxing experience,” while Another guest comment that you can “relax at the bar with the most beautiful view to the mountains … the tents are nice and comfortable with everything you need.”

ori chalmish at secret israel Sees a mix of Israelis and foreign tourists in search of new and different experiences. Their clients are choosing glamping over more traditional holiday apartment rentals, and range from extended families to singles and groups of friends. He sees glamping as a major growth area, and after working with both pop-up campsites and permanent glamping locations, is currently focusing on a new development in the south of the country.

Shining on an urban roof is a rarity around the world. Gag Eden joins a fairly exclusive club of sites in Melbourne, Manhattan, South Korea and Switzerland. But some entrepreneurs are considering the owners offer rental of long-term tents on their roofsIt may only be a matter of time before we see more tourist accommodation available at roof level.

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