Kibbutz Lotan

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Arava Valley, Eilat, Israel

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PleaseDontBePsycho PleaseDo…
41 reviews
May 07, 2007
A spit in the middle of the desert. Nice to go for a retreat weekend. There aren't any planned "activtities" persay so if you're cool with sitting beside a pristine, huge pool in the middle of the desert (there are some covered parts) then this place is for you. On Sat or Sun AM (forget which) there is a tour of the kibbutz where they show you the geodesic buildings made of mud, hay and recycled cans and bottles that have been tied up into bale-like building bricks as well as their goats. The kibbutz is working with the State building legislation people to approve this type of eco-friendly construction. Groovy wire sculpture garden, organic garden with flora that are native to the area and if you talk to the right person you can go check out the 4 am milking of their cows. Fun if you know how to entertain yourself and aren't looking for a mile a minute entertainment.

They also provide Wat-su services. I didn't do it but apparently it's very enjoyable and therapeutic. This woman staying next door to us who was pregnant said it was amazing for her back, feet etc. In a nutshell it's shiatsu performed in a small pool surrounded by vegetation and exotic flowering plants.

Whenever visiting a kibbutz, you need to remember that it's home to the people that work there. Lots of people come visit so with the constant coming and going of visitors, residents aren't "excited" to see new faces - it's not a novelty to them. Don't expect them to be outgoing and friendly. If you are interested in learning about life on the kibbutz, then it'll be up to you to approach others.

p.s. don't wander outside of the perimeter of the kibbutz. you'll end up in jordan and if any of the border police (from either country) find you, it won't be a happy situation.
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