Israel and the Palestinian Territories make up the largest part of Holy Land, an important strip of land considered to be the most significant religious place on Earth not only for Christianity but a sacred place for Jews and Muslims. As well as being the cradle to powerful and incredible religious sites, Israel is also home to some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the Middle East. Looking for some luxury in the Middle East? Here are 7 highlights for a luxury break in Israel.
1. Tel Aviv Piano Festival
For the ultimate high-end luxury, visit Tel Avivs Piano Festival in November to soak up the local neo-classical wonders which will be performed over 6 days in the prestigious Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Featuring some of Israels biggest names such as Shlomo Gronich, Tamar Eisenman and Yuval Banai, the concerts are all performed in Hebrew; not something for those in search of accessible entertainment but certainly a delight for those who are looking for some high-brow stimulation during their stay.
2. A tour of Jerusalem
No journey to Israel is ever complete without a tour of the Golden City of Jerusalem. For the most spectacular views overlooking the city, head to Haas Promenade for a fantastic outlook spot. The religious significance of Israel alone is reason to visit. But once you see the lush Jerusalem hills and stunning architecture, youll know why its such a luxurious haven in the Middle East.
3. Beaches in Haifa
Haifa boasts some wonderful beaches including the very relaxed Carmel Beach or the very active Shikmona Beach (ideal for watersports). And if youre after luxury resorts complete with the very best in spa facilities, you wont be disappointed either; the Carmel Forest Spa was named the Travellers’ Choice® 2015 Winner and is perfect for romantic breaks.
4. Mineral Beach (Dead Sea)
The Dead Sea is an absolute must for those holidaying in Israel. Get the ultimate spa treatment with the Dead Seas natural mud; it simply doesnt get any more organic than that. Let the mineral rich, ailment curing mud soothe your body as you float miraculously in the water and dont forget to wind down in the natural hot spring Jacuzzis.
5. Dolphin Reef (Red Sea)
Its no surprise that the Rad Sea can become somewhat crowded during peak times. After all, its one of the most famous tourist attractions in Israel. But if you want to have your own private piece of paradise and you wont mind paying a little extra for it, head to the glorious and exclusive Dolphin Reef. Enjoy the quiet beach life and watch the dolphins swimming in the distance. This is also the best place for diving or snorkelling.
6. Wine and dine in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is one of the most vibrant, diverse, exciting and lavish cities in the world. Theres something for everybody, particularly foodies who are after that je ne sais quoi in fine dining. Head to Messa which has recently been cited as one of the 50 Most Beautiful Restaurants in the World or Mul Yam for the most stunning lobster and oyster dishes.
7. Hula Valley
Hula Valley in Northern Israel is a migration hot spot for millions of birds each year. The Bird Festival takes place every November and its an incredible sight, even for those who dont take a particular interest in birding. Soak up the untouched luxury of the Hula countryside and stay at one of the many boutique hotels in the area.
Christos Hajipapas is Head of Business Development & Strategy at Cyplon Holidays.If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.