Alpine cottages, a pool with a view and a spa are on offer at the exclusive boutique resort where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was vacationing with his wife. The Panda Hotel situated in Neve Ativ, a community on the Golan Heights, also offers fine dining, walking trails and relaxing nooks spread around the 10-acre grounds.
The resort nested on the foothills of Mount Hermon, offers 44 cabins of varying sizes, some with their own pools, others suitable for families or couples. The Netanyahus would likely avoid the presidential suit, tempting as it might be and opt for a more secluded cabin to comply with security demands.
Cabins in the busy August season, cost anywhere from NIS 4,705 ($1,274) for two nights + breakfast for a couple in a deluxe suite, to NIS 5,533 ($1,500) for two nights in a larger deluxe family cabin with a private pool and sundeck.
A 120 square meter (1,290 square foot) duplex premium suite for two nights, with a dining room, private pool, hot tub and a large outside porch is available for NIS 17,066 ($4,622) for two nights, double occupancy + breakfast.
Panda has received mostly good reviews online with its Google rating standing at 4.8 out of 5. One guest praised the service and spa which offers a range of treatments and includes a Turkish bath (Hammam). TripAdvisor also rated the hotel highly, giving it 4.9 out of 5.
The remote location and abundance of nature that surrounds the couple's brief escape from the pressures of the job, will be disturbed by protesters, who have gathered outside calling on Netanyahu to stop his legislative push to overhaul the judicial system and curb the power of the Supreme Court.
Although only residents of Neve Ativ were allowed to enter the village, others gathered outside while their representatives petitioned the court to allow them to protest where the prime minister was residing.