WITH ITS BIBLICAL HISTORY, celebrated cuisine and great-looking people, Israel is a tempting destination, but you’ll need a place to stay. There are many sensational hotels, but one of them has only just been unwrapped.
THE SETAI TEL AVIV & HERBERT SAMUEL JERUSALEM
The Setai Tel Aviv belongs to the renowned Nakash brothers (Joe, Ralph and Avi) and they have brought their good taste and first-hand experience of staying in hotels around the world to this dynamite property.
“Luxury Meets History” is how the brothers pitch The Setai Tel Aviv, and guests will agree when they experience a new level of premium accommodation at the five-star hotel located in Old Jaffa by Clock Square and the city’s coastline at the historic site known as the “Kishle”.
A fortress during the Crusades, and then a prison in the Ottoman period, the original building has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur during a 20-year preservation process, which included extensive archeological digs that unearthed 12th century artefacts.
The hotel’s design, led by London-based Ara Design, is a perfect blend of the Middle East and the Mediterranean with lots of modern oak, leather furnishings and oriental rugs.
There are 120 rooms and suites decorated in rich reds, chocolate browns and metallics, and each one has a handmade king-sized bed, rainfall showers and 49-inch IPTVs. Add to this a spa with classic massage treatments and traditional Eastern experiences, a bar serving hand-crafted cocktails and food at the Jaya Chef Restaurant honouring the culinary heritage of Jaffa and the property’s Turkish roots, and you know it doesn’t get better.
The Namash brothers know what makes a hotel great and this extends to another of their established properties, The Herbert Samuel in Jerusalem. Based in the central Zion Square, the hotel has 137 rooms decorated authentically with Jerusalem stone, and there is a gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna and extensive treatment menu. The hotel’s rooftop dining restaurant, with 360° panoramic views of the city, serves wonderful food and, with the bustling Nahalat Hashiva promenade, Dome of the Rock and Western Wall all close by, staying at the Herbert Samuel could be the making of your trip.
CARLTON TEL AVIV
“We didn’t want to leave,” wrote a guest on Trip Advisor summing up his stay at the Carlton Tel Aviv. “The staff are all professional and courteous, and the place is so very clean. The best way to begin each day is breakfast at the unique indoor/outdoor setting on the beach. There was food from front to back, all fresh and just made.” And that is all you need to know about this panoramic sea-view property with rooftop pool, spacious rooms and a chef, Meir Adoni, who makes innovative Jewish food in the Lumina restaurant. You will love it!
With 95 trip awards,16,700 rooms and 10,000 employees, it is no surprise to discover the Fattal hotel chain is Israel’s largest hospitality organisation. The 38 hotels in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Tiberias, Dead Sea and Eilat all deliver incredible value. This is because founder David Fattal understands what guests want as he started out as a waiter and rose up through the ranks to become general manager at King Solomon’s Palace in Eilat, all the time noting what is required for repeat custom. Fattal introduced the all-inclusive holiday to Israel, and the children’s clubs in his hotels are legendary, so be sure to visit www.fattal-hotels.com to find out where you can experience them.
INBAL JERUSALEM HOTEL
For a five-star stay in the holy city, the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel is hard to beat. Sophisticated and comfortable, the hotel has suites to match every kind of visit – from family holidays to large conferences and weddings. There are 283 exquisite guest rooms that have cosy beds, bathrooms stocked with thoughtful amenities, free Wi-Fi, and 24-hour room service offering an abundance of gourmet food. It is close to everything, and a busy day sightseeing can end in the health spa or heated pool, followed by a delicious dinner at the newly-renovated Sofia restaurant (it reopens after 31 May).
Established in Israel in 1990, Prima Hotels caters for guests who want a unique Israel experience, be it urban explorations in Tel Aviv or beach escapes in Eilat. Central, but not in the hub, each hotel has an average of 100 bedrooms, which keeps things intimate and allows staff to learn guests’ names. The design of each hotel, from colour to fabrics, is inspired by its location, and then there are the concept properties, such as the Prima Music in Eilat, which has dedicated each floor to a different genre of music, so guests can unwind to their favorite songs, and the Spa Club at the Dead Sea, which is for the ultimate chill, as no mobile phones in public spaces or guests under the age of 18 permitted.
Avi Shvecky and Eran Kviatek have worked in the hospitality industry for more than 50 years and, together, these hoteliers have opened some of the finest properties in Israel. Last summer, they opened the Ramada Resort Hadera; Tryp Jerusalem Bat Sheva, and the Ramada Olivie Nazareth. By catering for a range of clients, the hotels are all unique. So Tryp Jerusalem is a work of art, with designs inspired by Bukharan Jews from Central Asia, and the Alma is a boutique property in Tel Aviv that should grace every interiors magazine. Visit Leshem Hotels and revel in the creativity.
The Tamares Hotels chain is all about giving guests beautiful memories in meticulously decorated premium and boutique properties. The group includes the Daniel Herzliya Hotel, Daniel Dead Sea Hotel, West Boutique in Tel Aviv and Ashdod, the West Lagoon in Netanya, and the adults-only Shizen Resort and Spa. The Shizen has 40 elegant, spacious Japanese-style rooms and 16 treatment rooms offering massages and treatments, both new and traditional from the far East. There is also an indoor pool, wet and dry saunas, a Jacuzzi, gym, and classes for aerobics, yoga and Pilates, as well as lectures.
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