THE INBAL (www.inbalhotel.com) in Jerusalem is spectacular, melding the essence of a boutique property with the allure of a grand hotel.
After a two-year renovation process of the 331 guest rooms, suites and public spaces at a cost of $90million, you can see where the money was spent.
Built entirely from traditional Jerusalem stone, the hotel offers a range of first-class amenities, including gourmet restaurants, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness centre, a heated, semi-Olympic pool, as well as artisan and designer shops.
DAN CAESAREA HOTEL built by Baron Rothschild for sixties jet-setters has been reinvented as a resort. All the areas of the resort have been refurbished and upgraded so the entire complex of 116 guestrooms and suites now sparkle. It really is an impressive renovation of a property set in 62 acres of landscaped gardens surrounding a huge central pool, which rather uniquely has a pool table standing in it overlooked by trees into which tree houses have been embedded. The Danyland club offers has an aquarium, a world of dinosaurs that combines a classic sandbox with a 3D projection, and a wealth of possibilities with the retro games and technological innovations. Add to this a fully equipped high-tech fitness centre, a swanky spa, a basketball court, a soccer field, a tennis court and innovative culinary surprises. (www.danhotels.com)
WOM ALLENBY opened in January. It is the first location of the new brand of pod-style hotels. Situated near the beach, the hotel offers an affordable stay in a comfortable bed. There are three room categories, including solo pod, twin pod and king pod. Using the WOM app, guests control their entire stay, including booking, check-in/check-out and their room’s facilities. They can also chat with fellow travellers and hotel staff. (www.staywom.com)
THE THEODOR is a 34-room boutique hotel on the corner of Herzl Street and Rothschild Boulevard. There is a private garden, rooms with outdoor terrace showers and a trendy bar and spa. (www.brownhotels.com)
Very Tel Aviv.
SIX SENSES SHAHARUT is the ultimate dream vacation set to open in May, but watch this space. There are dramatic views from any of the 58-suite and villa hotel nestled in the Arava Valley, south of the Negev desert. A spa, camel stables and the freshest air await you. (www.sixsenses.com)
Very traveller chasing adventure.
THE RITZ-CARLTON in Herzliya sets the benchmark in luxury, but doesn’t rely on bells and whistles to attract guests. There are 115 rooms set over 12 floors, huge beds and fabulous art by local talent. Herbert Samuel, the hotel’s relaxed restaurant, takes kosher dining to a new level, as does the service (staff undergo 250 hours of training and also do charity work outside of the hotel as part of the corporate ‘social responsibility’ footprint). The hotel’s kids club is run in part by the Ocean Society. (www.ritzcarlton.com)
Isrotel’s newest addition is the KEDMA HOTEL in Sde Boker located near the home of David Ben-Gurion. A great base for exploring the Israeli desert, Kedma has a swimming pool, authentic desert cuisine, a luxurious spa with Turkish bath and heated treatment pool, a state-of-the-art fitness room, and a large event complex. (www.isrotel.com)
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