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
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.
The Norman Tel Aviv
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.
Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel
Boutique Hotel, Resort
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.
Resort, Spa Hotel
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.
The Setai Sea of Galilee
Spa Hotel, Hotel
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.
Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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.
American Colony Hotel
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.
Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel
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.
Mitzpe Hayamim Spa Hotel
Eco Hotel, Spa Hotel
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.
The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya
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.