Luxury Israel Holidays: An Overview

The fickle nature of luxury travel in the 21st Century is summed up pretty neatly by Israel. Who would have thought just a few years ago that this tiny state with a turbulent past would be considered one of the safest places in which to enjoy a luxury holiday in the Levant (or the Eastern Mediterranean in unromantic 21st Century-speak)? Sadly with Libya and Syria remaining out of action, Israel - while remaining as wary as ever - is thriving.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Take a jeep trip inside the vast Makhtesh Ramon Crater to see amazing geological formations
  • Jerusalem is every bit as fascinating as a city that's central to three religions should be
  • Tel Aviv is quite simply one of the most happening cities anywhere in the world just now

Tailor Made Holidays to Israel: the Detail

Nowhere is this spirit of confidence and creativity more obvious than the beachfront bars, boutiques and galleries of Tel Aviv, which was barely a one camel town a century ago. And just 45 minutes up the road is a certain Jerusalem, with its multiple millennia long history.

Away from the famed cities, and despite a population of eight million souls in a relatively small area, there are areas of staggering beauty and remoteness such as the Negev Desert, which remains home to Bedouin settlements, and the freakish phenomenon of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.

Israel is also a country that engenders a strange sense of reassurance, even in first time visitors. After all, anyone raised in a Christian country will have a certain innate familiarity with places such as Nazareth, or Bethlehem and Jericho in the Palestinian West Bank which can be explored on a day trip. Put simply, collectively this small sliver of Eastern Mediterranean Holy Land packs more of a historical punch than any place on the planet.

But it's not all about history and places - Israeli food is as good as most in the Middle East, the locals have a strong and infectious desire for living life to the full and this is also a surprisingly good destination for family holidays. All this, and weather to knock ours into a cocked hat, is just a five hours away with daily direct flights.


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Original Highlight

Standing outside the Church of the Beatitudes reading the Sermon on the Mount overlooking the Sea of Galilee - and then dipping my feet in.

Eleanor, Original Traveller

A note on price

Three nights in Jerusalem and three in the Negev Desert might come in at around £2,300 per person including accommodation on a B&B basis, transfers and economy flights. Beware - Israel is not a cheap country! Learn more about our pricing


Top picks for Israel

Mamilla Hotel

Mamilla Hotel

Israel

Just because a city is ancient in the extreme doesn’t mean the accommodation there needs to be, and the funky Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem is a contemporary case in point.

Where to stay

Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Israel

The new Royal Beach Hotel is the first large luxury hotel in Tel Aviv since way back in 1999. It was well worth the wait.

Where to stay

Beresheet Hotel

Beresheet Hotel

Israel

The beautiful but stark Negev desert was once somewhere to observe from the window of an air conditioned car on route to Eilat and the Red Sea, but the opening of the Beresheet Hotel in 2011 has changed all that.

Where to stay

Tel Aviv Art Tours

Tel Aviv Art Tours

Israel

In celebration of Tel Aviv’s flourishing art scene our Expert-Led Art Tours take travellers off the typical tourist trail on an intimate exploration of the city’s underground art scene and emerging cultural offerings.

What to do

Alma Hotel & Lounge

Alma Hotel & Lounge

Israel

In the running for best boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, the Alma Hotel & Lounge sits pistachio pretty in the heart of Tel Aviv’s famed Bauhaus White City district.

Where to stay

The Norman

The Norman

Israel

With apologies to Normans everywhere, the funkiest new luxury hotel in Tel Aviv could have come up with a cooler name. Moniker aside, we are extremely excited about The Norman – great location, iconic Bauhaus exterior (created from two 1920s buildings), Israeli contemporary art adorning the walls and immaculate rooms. Oh, and a rooftop pool.

Where to stay

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