7 highlights of a luxury break in Israel

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 Aviv’s 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 Israel’s 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.

1. Tel Aviv Piano Festival

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, you’ll know why it’s such a luxurious haven in the Middle East.

2. A Tour of Jerusalem

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 you’re after luxury resorts complete with the very best in spa facilities, you won’t be disappointed either; the Carmel Forest Spa was named the “Travellers’ Choice® 2015 Winner” and is perfect for romantic breaks.

3. Beaches in Haifa

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 Sea’s natural mud; it simply doesn’t get any more organic than that. Let the mineral rich, ailment curing mud soothe your body as you float miraculously in the water – and don’t forget to wind down in the natural hot spring Jacuzzis.

4. Mineral Beach (Red Sea)

5. Dolphin Reef (Red Sea)

It’s no surprise that the Rad Sea can become somewhat crowded during peak times. After all, it’s one of the most famous tourist attractions in Israel. But if you want to have your own private piece of paradise and you won’t 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.

5. Dolphin Reef (Red Sea)

6. Wine and dine in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is one of the most vibrant, diverse, exciting and lavish cities in the world. There’s 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.

6. Wine and Dine in Tel Aviv

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 it’s an incredible sight, even for those who don’t 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.

7. Hula Valley

Christos Hajipapas is Head of Business Development & Strategy at Cyplon Holidays.

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Comments (4)

  1. Great article but slight correction: Dead Sea is not Red Sea. The Dead Sea is not for swimming. Mineral Beach is at the Dead Sea and it is a place for the famous therapeutic mud and Dead Sea floating. Red Sea is in Eilat – southernmost point of Israel – and that is where the dolphins are.

  2. Paul Johnson says:

    Thank you, Judith… I’ve tidied up the article.


  3. Samantha says:

    I would love to see Dolphin Reef. Sounds amazing. I don’t mind having to pay a little if it’s less crowded and more relaxing. Thanks for great pics.

  4. Ben Julius says:

    Hey, nice post but the Mul Yam restaurant is no longer open, there are many other great restaurants in Tel Aviv though.

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