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Published: April 4th 2019
Hotel Montefiore's elegant and unique rooms. Photo via http://www.hotelmontefiore.co.il
Israel not only offers an opportunity to explore religions, breathtaking views, and famed archeological sites but to stay in some of the best hotels in the world. These gems, which range from city chains to boutique country spas, are located all over the country to ensure that your stay is luxurious throughout.
City Centre Hot Spots
Kicking off this list is landmark mega-hotel the Hilton Tel Aviv smack in the middle of the city center brushing the shores of the Mediterranean. Its location makes it easy to go shopping and visit visit museums, restaurants, old Jaffa
, the Carmel Market, Tel Aviv Port, and more. The hotel itself has five kosher restaurants, a fantastic breakfast buffet, a pool, spa, and spacious rooms, each with a balcony.
If you're after a boutique hotel experience, then Hotel Montefiore is a must. The hotel was created by converting a 1920s heritage building into 12 world-class, elegant and unique rooms. The hotel also boasts a renowned restaurant and is famed for its superb breakfasts.
Luxury up North
If you’re exploring the country, you’ll most likely venture up north. Nestled to the South of the Carmel Mountains, 35 kilometers south of Haifa, is the quaint town of
Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel. Photo via https://www.afar.com
Zichron Yaakov famed for its wineries. Here you’ll discover what is known as the Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel.
This boutique resort perches on the side of the mountain offering spectacular views all around. The hotel has a spa, pool, stylish restaurant, art exhibitions, and famous musicians frequently perform in the concert room.
No list would be complete without mention of the famed Carmel Forest Spa Hotel. This adult-only spa resort is a 30-minute drive up north from Zichron. The resort offers a stunning outdoor pool, a Turkish bath, saunas, and more spa treatments than you could imagine - a stopover to recharge your batteries and reconnect with your soul.
If you’re back in the swing of things, your next stop might be beautiful Rosh Pina. Here you’ll find the 37-acre Mizpe Hayamim hotel with its 97 luxury rooms, orchards, gardens, organic farm, gourmet restaurants, spa, swimming pool, and top customer service.
On to the Holy City
As you make your way down south, your itinerary will certainly include Jerusalem
. After touring around, you will need a place to rest. Within close reach of the center is the esteemed Orient Jerusalem hotel. The sprawling establishment
Villa Ba'Moshava Jerusalem
Villa Ba'Moshava Jerusalem. A room with balcony. Photo via https://brownhotels.com
has 234 luxury suites, a rooftop pool with a beautiful view of significant landmarks, an indoor pool, a gym, saunas, and a Turkish bath.
For a more intimate experience, the Arcadia Ba’Moshava Boutique Hotel comes highly recommended. The 24-room hotel is near the German Colony with its bars, restaurants, and cafes.
Other landmark hotels are the Waldorf Astoria with its luxurious 1920s style décor and famed Palace Restaurants; the celebrated King David Hotel, which hosts world leaders and VIPs, features an outdoor pool, incredible gardens, a tennis court, and several restaurants; and the stunning Cramim Resort and Spa just 20 minutes’ drive from the Old City nestled in the Jerusalem hills.
The Dead Sea to the Negev
As you move down south, you'll most definitely find yourself on the shores of the Dead Sea. Some come to heal in the salty waters; others come to experience the breathtaking landscapes; while others seek out the resort hotels and spas to unwind.
The Isrotel Dead Sea Resort is a 5-star hotel with spacious bedrooms each with a balcony overlooking the sea. Its many features include an outdoor pool, spa, sulfur tub, sauna, steam bath, private beach, games
Isrotel Ganim Dead Sea. Photo via https://www.isrotel.com
room for kids, and sumptuous American-style meals.
Another luxury hotel by the Isrotel chain is Isrotel Ganim Hotel, which often gets the vote of the Dead Sea's best hotel. Just a short walk from the beach, the hotel boasts an indoor pool filled with fresh Dead Sea water, an outdoor fresh-water pool, a spa with indulging treatments, and more to make your stay perfect.
If you want to experience Kibbutz life, don’t miss the Ein Gedi Kibbutz ten minutes' drive from the Dead Sea. You won't have to relinquish any luxuries as this hotel has a private beach, an outdoor pool, an excellent restaurant, and stunning surrounds.
Continuing on your journey, you'll find yourself in the Negev, the vast desert region in southern Israel. Don't let the bareness of the landscape fool you. In the middle of the desert, you can enjoy the ultimate in luxury at the Beresheet Hotel. This gorgeous spa resort that overlooks the breathtaking Mitzpe Ramon crater is rated as one of Israel’s best and has hosted many celebrities.
The Ultimate South
No visit to Israel is complete without a sojourn in Eilat, the southern port and resort town on the Red
The Reef Eilat Hotel
The reef Eilat with a private pool. Photo via www.orchidhotels.co.il
Sea. The city features many hotels, but some stand out from the crowd. The Herods Vitalis is an adult-only boutique spa hotel that is perfect for romantic getaways and acclaimed as one of Eilat's finest.
Another excellent small hotel is the Orchid Reef Boutique Hotel, which offers the best of all worlds - a great pool, luxury suites, fantastic cuisine, and the perfect location next to Coral Beach for scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. It’s a 15-minute shuttle drive from the more “touristy” North Beach, so you’ll find some peace and quiet if that’s what you’re seeking.
For a full family fun experience try the Dan Hotel. The hotel’s pool features a waterslide that is a sure drawcard for kids.
Wherever you find yourself in Israel, there are indeed enough hotels that are on-par with outstanding hotels worldwide to ensure that throughout your stay, luxury is just around the next corner.
I'm Guy Shtern, a travel writer and the owner of Funticles blog
. I like to explore new destinations and share observations with others.
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