The rumor mill was sent into overdrive last week after billionaire Roman Abramovich was reported to have booked all the rooms in Mitzpe Ramon’s luxurious Beresheet Hotel for the Passover holiday.
An anonymous source told the Daily Mail that Abramovich, the Russian businessman who famously bought the Chelsea football club in 2003 for over $230 million, had booked the Beresheet’s 111 rooms for his family and friends at an estimated coast of $450,000.
The itinerary reported by the Mail and other sites included a Sunday to Thursday stay, with a special first-night seder to be held in a large tent constructed in the Israeli desert. The Jewish News reports that over the course of the stay, there will be a total of nine different events, with guests being able to choose from excursions such as Jeep tours through the Negev desert, rappelling or hot air balloon rides.
Located in the desert near what was once the ancient Spice Route, The Beresheet’s rooms all have personal entrances, with several including a private summing pool and others offering amenities like balcony views of the scenic location, which overlooks the Ramon Crater, the world’s largest crater created by erosion.
According to the Jewish News, this is not the first time Abramovich has planned extravagant Passover vacations. During previous visits to Israel, the billionaire has held events at Timna Valley Park and stayed at Eilat’s Royal Beach Hotel.
“It’s all very hush-hush when he comes,” an unnamed employee of the company hired to set up Abramovich’s events told the Jewish News. “The organizers have been tearing from place to place in order to create the most stylish and beautiful sets for the Seder. It is very exclusive with a lot of security in place so that things go smoothly.”
Now 47, the Moscow-based Abramovich is estimated to have a net worth of $9.2 billion, and is the 133rd richest man on the planet, according to Forbes. Much of his wealth has been accumulated through investments in his home country, specifically in the steel industry.