As a vacation destination, Israel offers a wide range of options. While the religious sites are undoubtedly unique, Israel has many more beautiful and welcoming destinations and so much more to offer than its rich history and complex politics.
Israel’s current hotel building boom is making the country an even more attractive tourist destination, with new properties springing up in its warm and bustling urban centers, along the country’s stunning Mediterranean coast, and even in the desert south. Here are some of the most popular luxury resorts in Isreal.
10/10 David Kempinski – Tel Aviv
David Kempinski, a five-star hotel in the heart of Tel Aviv’s famous Promenade, has raised the bar for luxury accommodation options in the city. The newly opened hotel has 250 rooms, 34 floors, an 11-room spa, rooftop pool, four indoor and outdoor restaurants, and is located on the beach between Marina and Jaffa. The Kempinski’s triplex penthouse is the largest of its kind in the city and features a private 30-foot infinity pool.
9/10 Gali Kinneret – Tiberias
Galei Kinneret has symbolized the illustrious Israeli culture of hospitality for over seventy-five years. Built in the 1940s and recently renovated by local design giants Saar Zafrir Design, this coastal hotel features 123 rooms and suites with contemporary furnishings that honor Villa d’Este’s Italian renown. The new hotel features many luxurious amenities, such as a private beach, an outdoor pool overlooking the Galilee, and individual whirlpool tubs in every room.
8/10 The Market House Hotel – Tel Aviv
The Market House Hotel on Beit Eshel Street is inspired by the historic clock tower and bustling flea market near Jaffa. Through the hotel’s glass-floored atrium, guests can explore the ancient ruins of the Byzantine church and lose themselves in a stunning art gallery that represents the city’s famous charm. The hotel’s 44 elegant rooms have an urban bohemian feel and offer views of the bustling market below and the expanding city beyond.
7/10 David’s Citadel – Jerusalem
David Citadel has large, charming rooms, and each room is quiet and upscale and filled to the brim with luxury treats like Frette linens and Bvlgari toiletries to make guests feel right at home. Guests can relax and have a meal on the hotel’s garden terrace, which is a peaceful paradise where they can listen to the birds and choose a quiet corner to spend some time alone. Due to the hotel’s central location between the historic and modern business districts, many of the world’s most famous attractions are within walking distance.
6/10 Drisco Hotel
The Drisco Hotel has been a Tel Aviv landmark since it opened in 1866. Its location in the historic German American Colony provides guests with a peaceful and pleasant atmosphere surrounded by beautifully restored homes. Alma Beach, Micham Hachana, New Rail Park, Levinsky Market, and many more are within walking distance. The hotel has 42 luxurious rooms and suites with an impressive 5-star rating. Hotel visitors can enjoy a view of the city from the lower floors or the Mediterranean Sea from the upper floors.
5/10 The Setai – Tel Aviv
Setai Tel Aviv is located at the junction of modern and old Tel Aviv-Jaffa, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the Tel Aviv coast and the port of Jaffa. Housed in a historic Ottoman building that was initially used as a prison, Setai Tel Aviv offers guests an unbeatable launching pad to fully explore the delights of Jaffa Port and Tel Aviv Beach. The restored Turkish bath spa and rooftop infinity pool offer stunning views of the entire city of Tel Aviv, and the hotel has 120 rooms to accommodate guests.
4/10 U Club Coral Beach – Eilat
It is possible to spend an unforgettable vacation on the Red Sea in Israel in this unique resort built by Fattal Hotels. Not only do guests have access to the resort’s standard amenities, but they also have access to a variety of extracurricular offerings. The ultra-inclusive package includes various activities, from snorkeling and swimming to sailing, windsurfing, and even a flying trapeze. Located on the waterfront, U Club Coral Beach is close to a variety of exciting attractions in Eilat and on the Red Sea, including Coral Beach Nature Reserve and Conservation Area, scuba diving centers, boat rentals, and more.
3/10 Afandi Hotel Acre – Acre
The Efendi Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel housed in two Byzantine-era buildings that pay homage to Akko’s illustrious past. There are 12 luxurious rooms in the hotel, some with elaborate painted ceilings from the Ottoman era. There are rooms with or without sea views of the winding streets of the old city. With a deck overlooking the hills of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea from Ras al-Naqoura to Mount Carmel, an authentic 400-year-old Turkish bath, spa for couples, and a peaceful terrace from the Crusader period, this hotel has it all.
2/10 The American Colony Hotel – Jerusalem
Guests at The American Colony Hotel are a 5-minute drive from Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jaffa Gate, which puts them in a prime location from which to explore Jerusalem. The American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem has been welcoming guests for nearly a century, and guests can learn about Jerusalem’s history while enjoying the stunning scenery. Lawrence of Arabia, Winston Churchill, Bob Dylan, Uma Thurman, Richard Gere, Giorgio Armani, Miuccia Prada, Tony Blair, and Mikhail Gorbachev are just some of the celebrities who have visited the hotel in the past.
1/10 Mamilla Hotel – Jerusalem
Named after the historic area in which it was found, Hotel Mamilla serves as a bridge between the city’s history and its future, an apt symbol of the city’s past, present, and future. This five-star hotel is located next to Jaffa Gate and offers great views of the Old City of Jerusalem. With 194 rooms, a comprehensive spa and fitness facility, a variety of state-of-the-art event facilities, first-class individual service, state-of-the-art technology, and exquisite décor, the hotel is a destination for business and leisure travelers alike.