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View of the Sea of Galilee from The Setai | © Assaf Pinchuk
View of the Sea of Galilee from The Setai | © Assaf Pinchuk
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The 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Israel

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Israel writer
Updated: 6 June 2018
Israel has come a long way since its humble origins. Once a country synonymous with kibbutzim and modesty, it is now a destination littered with boutique and lavish hotels, from Akko down to the Negev Desert. Whether you’re looking for an opulent urban resort or an idyllic retreat overlooking the spectacular Ramon Crater, here are our top 10 picks to help you plan your trip to the Holy Land.

The Setai Tel Aviv

Resort, Hotel
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The sea view from the Setai's dreamy pool | © Assaf Pinchuk
One of the most opulent hotels in Miami opened its Tel Aviv branch in 2017 and has raised the bar in terms of luxury accommodation in Tel Aviv. Located in Jaffa, a beautiful and ancient port city beside Tel Aviv, this urban resort offers 120 luxurious rooms and suites in a meticulously restored Ottoman-era building. There are breathtaking views overlooking Jaffa’s ancient port and the Mediterranean Sea, which you can enjoy from the serenity of its rooftop pool.
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The Norman Tel Aviv

Boutique Hotel
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The Norman's pool | © Sivan Askayo
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It’s not hard to understand why American travel magazine Jetsetter voted this the best boutique hotel in the world. Since its opening in 2014, the Norman has been leading the pack when it comes to luxury hospitality in Tel Aviv. Set in two restored 1920s buildings overlooking the charming King Albert Square on Nachmani Street, off Rothschild Boulevard, this hotel is truly an urban oasis. In addition to its 50 luxurious rooms and suites, it also houses two of Tel Aviv’s favourite fine dining restaurants: The Norman, and the Tel Aviv branch of London’s Dinings, as well as the upscale Library Bar, one of the best spots for cocktails in the city.

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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Swimming pool
Spa
Gym
Business facilities
Child activities
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Boutique, City, Fine Dining, Business, Romantic, Historic, Design, Stylish

Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Resort
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Elma Luxury Hotel & Arts Complex, Israel | © Elma Luxury Hotel & Arts Complex
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Set in the picturesque Zikhron Ya’aqov in northern Israel, this is a magnificently designed complex dedicated to the arts and luxurious hospitality. Designed by award-winning Israeli architect Yaakov Rechter, facilities include a concert hall, galleries, a spa and an outdoor pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The region has an abundance of wineries and stunning nature. With a versatile event schedule featuring opera shows, concerts and plays, this luxury resort is recommended to anyone visiting northern Israel.

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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Swimming pool
Spa
Crib
Childcare
Connecting rooms available
Non smoking
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Arty, Boutique, Countryside, Design, Modern, Relaxed, Romantic

Beresheet Hotel

Resort, Spa Hotel
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Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel | © Assaf Pinchuk
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Beresheet, meaning ‘in the beginning’, is the first word in the Old Testament in Hebrew. The luxury 5-star complex is all about rejuvenation and clearing your mind. Staying at Beresheet is like pressing a restart button. Set in the heart of the Ramon Crater (Makhtesh Ramon) in Israel’s southern Negev Desert, this hotel has arguably the most dramatic views in the country, which you can enjoy from your luxurious suite with private pool. Part of the Isrotel Luxury Collection, this is the perfect place to stay for those seeking a dreamy desert getaway.

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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Swimming pool
Spa
Gym
Hot tub
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Adventure, Design, Outdoors, Relaxed, Remote, Romantic, Stylish

The Setai Sea of Galilee

Spa Hotel, Hotel
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View of the Sea of Galilee from The Setai | © Assaf Pinchuk
Perched on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) in Israel’s north, this spa hotel is equipped with 110 luxurious villas and suites offering breathtaking views of the pastoral surroundings. In addition to its state of the art spa complex – the largest in Israel – guests can explore the Galilee and Golan regions, which are rich in archaeological sites and stunning nature. For anyone seeking a luxurious city getaway, this is the hotel for you.
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Hotel Montefiore

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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Hotel Montefiore, Tel Aviv | © Sivan Askayo
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Set in an historic restored building built in 1922, this 12-room boutique hotel personifies luxury, style and intimacy. Just off Rothschild Boulevard, in the heart of Tel Aviv, its location is hard to beat for anyone seeking to explore Tel Aviv’s vibrant nightlife and culinary scene. With its flagship Hotel Montefiore restaurant in the lobby and round-the-clock room service, Hotel Montefiore is highly recommended for a luxurious stay in the centre of this exciting city.
Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Spa
Gym
Pet Friendly
Airport transfers
Crib
Non smoking
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American Colony Hotel

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A suite at the American Colony Hotel, Jerusalem | © Mikaela Burstow
Located in the east of Jerusalem, this is a favourite for international journalists, celebrities, high-ranking officers of the United Nations and diplomats from across the world. Still owned and run by the descendants of the original founding community–American Christian pilgrims who moved to Jerusalem in 1895–this 5-star hotel is as rich in history as it is luxurious. Featuring opulent rooms, the intimate Cellar Bar, and an enchanting courtyard, this is a wonderful place to stay while rubbing shoulders with some interesting guests.
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Mamilla Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel
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View of the ancient walls of Jerusalem's Old City from Mamilla Hotel's rooftop | © Mamilla Hotel
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This is the place to stay for anyone seeking modernity and luxury in Jerusalem’s Old City. One of the first luxury design hotels in Israel, this has been the hotel of choice of celebrities such as Barbra Streisand and Helen Mirren, and it is no wonder why. With modern, beautifully designed rooms, a rooftop restaurant and bar with magnificent views of Jerusalem’s Old City walls, and the luxurious Akasha Wellbeing Centre, this makes for the perfect luxury getaway in Israel’s fascinating capital city.

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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Swimming pool
Spa
Hot tub
Bathtub in
Business facilities
Childcare
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Arty, Boutique, City, Historic, Modern, Design, Romantic

Mitzpe Hayamim Spa Hotel

Eco Hotel, Spa Hotel
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A room at Mitzpe Hayamim hotel, Israel | © Salis Studio
This is an idyllic hotel set amid the greenery and nature of Israel’s northern Galilee region, between the artist colony of Rosh Pina and Safed (Tzfat), one of Israel’s holiest cities. The hotel offers 96 beautifully designed rooms and suites, extensive spa treatments, an organic dairy and vegetable farm, orchards, herb gardens, streams and more. Its two restaurants (one of which is vegetarian) use produce fresh from their farm. Staying here is sure to connect you with nature and leave you feeling rejuvenated, mentally as well as physically. Note: Mitzpe Hayamim hotel will be closed for renovation from April 8, 2018 to November 1, 2018.
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Countryside, Romantic, Relaxed, Eco friendly

The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya

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View of the beach from The Ritz Carlton Herzliya's spa | © Matthew Shaw
Located in Herzliya Pituach, one of Israel’s most affluent and exclusive neighbourhoods just 20 minutes’ drive north of Tel Aviv, this is one of the finest luxury hotels in the country. With its sleek design, impeccable service, and wonderful views overlooking Herzliya’s picturesque Marina–not to mention its glamorous rooftop pool and decadent spa–this has everything you’d expect from one of Israel’s leading 5-star hotels. If you weren’t already sold, Herzliya is home to some of Israel’s most idyllic beaches.
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